James Poole (footballer)

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James Poole
Personal information
Full name James Alexander Poole
Date of birth (1990-03-20) 20 March 1990 (age 27)[1]
Place of birth Stockport, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder, Striker
Club information
Current team
Salford City
Youth career
2005–2006 Macclesfield Town
2006–2008 Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Manchester City 0 (0)
2009–2010 Bury (loan) 9 (0)
2010–2011 Hartlepool United (loan) 3 (1)
2011–2014 Hartlepool United 96 (14)
2014–2015 Bury 4 (0)
2014 Dover Athletic (loan) 5 (1)
2015– Salford City 52 (21)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:33, 1 February 2017 (UTC).

James Alexander Poole (born 20 March 1990) is an English footballer currently playing for Salford City, who is primarily a striker but can also play left-wing and as an attacking midfielder.


After joining Manchester City's academy from Macclesfield Town's centre of excellence for a small fee, he went on to be part of the Manchester City FA Youth Cup winning side in 2007–08 which beat Chelsea[2] and signed a new one-year contract in March 2010.[2]

Having joined Bury on loan on 25 March 2010 until the end of the 2009–10 season,[3] he made his debut on 27 March in a Football League match against Aldershot,[1] going on to make 9 appearances for the club, before being sent-off in the last league match of the season.[1]

On 13 October Poole joined Hartlepool United on a one-month loan deal,[4] which was later extended by a month. Poole made 6 appearances at Hartlepool, scoring his first goal in senior football in the League 1 game against Brighton & Hove Albion.[5] In December 2010, Poole returned to his parent club, Manchester City.

On 13 May 2011, Poole made a permanent move to Hartlepool for the 2011/12 season, signing a two-year contract. He stated in the Hartlepool Mail newspaper that he wanted to sign even more when he saw experienced midfielder Nolberto Solano was signing on the same day.[6]

He scored a wonder goal on his first permanent game for Hartlepool away to MK Dons in a 2–2 draw.[7] James scored two goals in his fifth league game against Rochdale which saw him score a 20-yard volley in a 3–1 win to give Hartlepool their first win of the season after four consecutive draws.[8] After a few appearances on the bench, Poole returned to the Hartlepool United team and scored 2 away to Chesterfield. His first, a spectacular left-footed strike made the scores 2–2 and his second proved to be Hartlepool's winner, a close range header in the second half.

Poole won Hartlepool's Goal of the Season award for 2012–13 for his goal in a 2–1 win against Notts County in February 2013, with Poole saying: "I think I would have to say it’s probably the best goal I’ve ever scored. It might not look the best because it doesn’t fly in to the top corner from thirty-five yards or anything, but technically I was really pleased with the goal".[9] This goal also made national headlines after the two Hartlepool goalscorers were named Hartley and Poole.[10] The goal was nominated for the Football League’s Goal of the Year at the 2014 Football League Awards[11] but was unsuccessful as Franck Moussa won the award.

Poole signed a new contract with Hartlepool in 2013.[12] He began the 2013–14 season under new boss Colin Cooper playing in a midfield role but lost his place in a CAM position to Luke Williams.

Poole left the club in July 2014 turning down a new contract.[11]

Poole went on trial with Melbourne City in pre-season but signed for Bury on non-contract terms in August 2014.[13]

Poole joined Conference side Dover Athletic on loan in November 2014.

in September 2015 he joined Salford City.


  1. ^ a b c "Player profile: James Poole". Soccerbase. 14 April 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Poole pens new deal and Bury loan move". Manchester City F.C. 25 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Bury snap up Manchester City youngster James Poole". BBC Sport. 25 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Manchester City striker James Poole joins Hartlepool". BBC Sport. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 17 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Hartlepool 3 – 1 Brighton". BBC Sport. 13 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Pools seal Poole capture". Sky Sports. BSkyB. 13 May 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "MK Dons 2 – 2 Hartlepool". BBC Sport. 6 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Rochdale 1 – 3 Hartlepool". BBC Sport. 28 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "VIDEO: Poole strike named Hartlepool United fans' goal of the season". Hartlepool Mail. 2 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "What are the odds? Hartlepool win thanks to Hartley and Poole!". Daily Mail. 3 February 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "James Poole Leaves Hartlepool United". Hartlepool United. 1 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "James Poole targets Hartlepool United payback". Hartlepool Mail. 13 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "James Poole 'backs himself' in sink-or-swim contract". Bury Times. 14 August 2014. 

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