James Spencer (footballer, born 1985)

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James Spencer
James Spencer.jpg
Spencer on trial with Bury
Personal information
Full name James Matthew Spencer
Date of birth (1985-04-11) 11 April 1985 (age 31)[1]
Place of birth Stockport, England
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
F.C. United of Manchester
Youth career
Stockport County
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2007 Stockport County 91 (0)
2007–2009 Rochdale 20 (0)
2009 Chester City (loan) 5 (0)
2009–2011 Northwich Victoria 66 (0)
2011– F.C. United of Manchester 53 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:12, 9 November 2012 (UTC).

James Matthew Spencer (born April 11, 1985) is an English footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for F.C. United of Manchester.

Playing career[edit]

Stockport County[edit]

Born in Stockport, Greater Manchester,[2] Spencer started his senior career with his local side Stockport County, where he came through the club's Centre of Excellence youth system, making his debut in a 2–1 victory over Watford in 2002, aged just 16. Since his debut in 2002, Spencer played regularly for the Stockport first team, linking him with moves to Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion. However, Spencer lacked first-team opportunities during the 2006–07 season.


In the summer of 2007 he signed a two-year contract with Rochdale,[3] however he lacked first team opportunities when a double hernia and stress fracture of the hip in April 2008 kept him out due to injury he was replaced by Sam Russell and subsequently Rochdale brought Premiership keeper Frank Fielding in on a loan deal. On April 9, 2009, Spencer joined Chester City on an emergency loan, following an injury to regular goalkeeper John Danby.[4] He played in the final five matches of the season but was unable to prevent City being relegated out of The Football League. At the end of the season, Spencer was released by Rochdale,[5]


After his release from Rochdale, he joined non-league side Northwich Victoria in August 2009, but after two successful seasons with the club, he was released in 2011, to cut the playing budget.[6]

He was then signed by F.C. United of Manchester in July 2011.[7]


  1. ^ a b "James Spencer". Soccerbase. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ "James Matthew Spencer". Playerhistory.com. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Rochdale net Stockport's Spencer". BBC Sport. June 1, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-01. 
  4. ^ "James joins Chester City". Rochdale AFC Official Website. April 9, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-09. 
  5. ^ "Rochdale tell 10 they can leave". BBC Sport. May 14, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  6. ^ Simpson, Andrew (11 June 2011). "Northwich Victoria agree transfer of Ben Hinchliffe from Bamber Bridge". Northwich Guardian. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Sam Ashton leaves FC United". FC United of Manchester. 21 July 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 

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