James Poole (footballer)
|Full name||James Alexander Poole|
|Date of birth||20 March 1990|
|Place of birth||Stockport, England|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Playing position||Midfielder, Striker|
|2009–2010||→ Bury (loan)||9||(0)|
|2010–2011||→ Hartlepool United (loan)||3||(1)|
|2014||→ Dover Athletic (loan)||5||(1)|
|* 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 and signed a new one-year contract in March 2010.
Having joined Bury on loan on 25 March 2010 until the end of the 2009–10 season, he made his debut on 27 March in a Football League match against Aldershot, going on to make 9 appearances for the club, before being sent-off in the last league match of the season.
On 13 October Poole joined Hartlepool United on a one-month loan deal, 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. 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.
He scored a wonder goal on his first permanent game for Hartlepool away to MK Dons in a 2–2 draw. 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. 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". This goal also made national headlines after the two Hartlepool goalscorers were named Hartley and Poole. The goal was nominated for the Football League’s Goal of the Year at the 2014 Football League Awards but was unsuccessful as Franck Moussa won the award.
Poole left the club in July 2014 turning down a new contract.
Poole joined Conference side Dover Athletic on loan in November 2014.
in September 2015 he joined Salford City.
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- "Hartlepool 3 – 1 Brighton". BBC Sport. 13 November 2010.
- "Pools seal Poole capture". Sky Sports. BSkyB. 13 May 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
- "MK Dons 2 – 2 Hartlepool". BBC Sport. 6 August 2011.
- "Rochdale 1 – 3 Hartlepool". BBC Sport. 28 August 2011.
- "VIDEO: Poole strike named Hartlepool United fans' goal of the season". Hartlepool Mail. 2 May 2013.
- "What are the odds? Hartlepool win thanks to Hartley and Poole!". Daily Mail. 3 February 2013.
- "James Poole Leaves Hartlepool United". Hartlepool United. 1 July 2014.
- "James Poole targets Hartlepool United payback". Hartlepool Mail. 13 August 2013.
- "James Poole 'backs himself' in sink-or-swim contract". Bury Times. 14 August 2014.