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- Not to be confused with the footballer Jamie Hand.
|Full name||James Francis Hand|
|Date of birth||22 October 1986|
|Place of birth||Drogheda, Ireland|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|2006||Republic of Ireland U21||5||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
James Francis Hand (born 22 October 1986) is an Irish footballer. Hand played with Manor Farm, Carrick Rovers, Monaghan United and Dublin side Belvedere, before opting to sign for Huddersfield Town over Manchester City. Has shown an ability to play at left-back or on the left-side of midfield and rose to prominence in the Irish shirt during the Madeira Cup trophy victory in February 2006.
Born in Drogheda, County Louth, Hand made his Town debut against Oldham Athletic on 7 April 2007, replacing Gary Taylor-Fletcher at half-time and was instrumental in the set-up of Luke Beckett's equaliser.
Playing on the left-wing, Hand has managed to acquire Under-21 caps for the Republic of Ireland.
Having been released by Huddersfield along with seven other players on 9 May 2007 due to budget restraints at the club, Hand, after declining interest from Stockport County, returned home to his native land and was expected to sign for Pat Scully's Shamrock Rovers in June. However, he instead decided to join John Gill at Dundalk, and became the Lilywhites' third signing of the 2007 July transfer window. He was released at the end of the season by Dundalk, had two seasons with Kingscourt Harps and is currently playing in midfield for Newry City. He is now back playing with Kingscourt Harps.