James Shea

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James Shea
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Personal information
Full name James William Shea
Date of birth (1991-06-16) 16 June 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Islington, England
Height 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
AFC Wimbledon
Number 1
Youth career
2007–2010 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 Arsenal 0 (0)
2011 Southampton (loan) 0 (0)
2011 Dagenham & Redbridge (loan) 1 (0)
2013 Needham Market 1 (0)
2013–2014 Harrow Borough 32 (0)
2014– AFC Wimbledon 87 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:37, 9 March 2017 (UTC).

James William Shea (born 16 June 1991) is an English footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Football League One side AFC Wimbledon.[1]



Born in Islington, Shea joined Arsenal's youth team in August 2007. In 2009 he won both the FA Youth Cup and Premier Academy League.[2][3]

Southampton (loan)[edit]

Shea joined Football League One side Southampton on a month-long loan in February 2011 to act as cover for the injured Bartosz Białkowski. However, he was recalled after eight days by Arsenal without making an appearance.[4]

Dagenham & Redbridge (loan)[edit]

Shea was sent out on loan for the entire 2011–12 season to Football League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge.[5] He made his debut as a substitute for Chris Lewington in the match against Macclesfield at Moss Lane.[6] Despite getting a yellow card for wasting time, he helped his side to win their first league game of the season by scoreline of 1–0.[citation needed]

Return to Arsenal[edit]

He was recalled from his loan by Arsenal on 5 December 2011.[7] On 18 September 2012, he was on the bench because of injures to Wojciech Szczęsny and Łukasz Fabiański for a UEFA Champions League match against Montpellier HSC.[8] On 30 June 2013, he was released along with nine other young players at Arsenal.[9]

Non-League – Needham Market and Harrow Borough[edit]

After a short spell with Needham Market of Division One North,[10] in October 2013 Shea signed for Isthmian League Premier Division side Harrow Borough, where he played 36 games, with 32 of these in the league.[11]

AFC Wimbledon[edit]

Shea joined League Two side AFC Wimbledon on a free transfer on 4 July 2014.[12]

Shea was Wimbledon's regular goalkeeper during the 2014–15 season and at the start of the 2015–16 season, but was replaced by loan signings when he was injured, and was not able to regain his place. He was on the substitutes' bench for all of the games of the League Two play-offs of 2016 where Wimbledon reached the final and eventually won 2–0 against Plymouth Argyle at Wembley thus securing the club's promotion to League One.[13]

International experience[edit]

Shea has not yet represented England at any level but he is also eligible to represent the Republic of Ireland.[14] In August 2010, Shea trained with the England squad at Arsenal's London Colney training ground because of an injury to David Stockdale.[15]


AFC Wimbledon


  1. ^ a b "AFC Wimbledon Player Profiles:James Shea". AFC Wimbledon. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Taylor, Declan (17 May 2009). "Tottenham Hotspur 0–1 Arsenal". Arsenal F.C. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Kyle Bartley". Arsenal F.C. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Southampton sign Arsenal goalkeeper James Shea on loan". BBC News. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  5. ^ "Daggers sign Arsenal keeper James Shea". 27 June 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Macclesfield 0–1 Dagenham". BBC News. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Shea returns from Dangenham loan spell | News Archive | News. Arsenal.com (2011-12-05). Retrieved on 2011-12-30.
  8. ^ Smith, Ben (18 September 2012). "Montpellier 1 – 2 Arsenal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  9. ^ Smith, Ben (30 May 2013). "Arsenal release 10 young players". Arsenal FC. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Needham Market Star Signs For Harrow Borough". The Non League Football Paper. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  11. ^ Harrow Borough Football Club (29 November 2012). "The Team – First Team – Harrow Borough Football Club". Pitchero.com. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  12. ^ "James Shea: AFC Wimbledon sign former Arsenal goalkeeper". BBC Sport. 4 July 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  13. ^ a b Pilnick, Brent (30 May 2016). "AFC Wimbledon 2 Plymouth Argyle 0". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  14. ^ Lawton, Matt (1 September 2010). "England No 1 Joe Hart joined by Arsenal rookie James Shea as goalkeeper crisis deepens". Daily Mail. London. 
  15. ^ James Shea trains with the England squad | News Archive | News. Arsenal.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-30.

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