James Walker (footballer, born 1987)
|Full name||James Luke Newton Walker|
|Date of birth||25 November 1987|
|Place of birth||Hackney, England|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Playing position||Second striker|
|East Thurrock United|
|2006||→ Hartlepool United (loan)||4||(0)|
|2006||→ Bristol Rovers (loan)||4||(1)|
|2006–2007||→ Leyton Orient (loan)||14||(2)|
|2007||→ Notts County (loan)||8||(0)|
|2007–2008||→ Yeovil Town (loan)||13||(3)|
|2008||→ Southend United (loan)||15||(4)|
|2009||→ Hereford United (loan)||6||(1)|
|2013||Albany Creek Exclesior S.C.||7||(3)|
|2015–||East Thurrock United||29||(4)|
|2012–||Antigua and Barbuda||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:41, 3 May 2016 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:12, 12 September 2012 (UTC)
Walker was released by Charlton in 2006, but was invited back on a trial by new manager Iain Dowie during pre-season, and he impressed by scoring against Millwall, Germinal Beerschot and Hibernian, earning a new one-year contract.
He has loan spells with Hartlepool United, Bristol Rovers (where he scored his first career goal against Boston United), Leyton Orient, Notts County and Yeovil Town. He is a former England under-18 international.
On 23 November 2006, Walker joined Leyton Orient on a two-month loan deal. He scored with his final touch for the club in a 5–2 away win against Millwall on 20 February 2007. He joined Notts County on loan in March 2007 and later joined Yeovil Town on a three-month loan in October 2007.
After returning in January 2008, he was close to joining another League One side, Southend United, for £200,000. However, the move was cancelled after he was discovered to have an irregular heart rhythm after he failed a medical. The following month he was signed on loan by Southend, and scored on his debut against Bournemouth.
At the start of Southend's 2008–09 season, Walker was used as a winger rather than a striker. On 13 December 2008, in the club's League One game against Huddersfield Town, Walker missed a penalty which would have put Southend on level terms, instead Southend slipped to a 1–0 defeat. On 20 January 2009, Walker came off the bench against Leyton Orient to rescue a point in the sixth minute of injury time with an individual effort after taking on four defenders.
On 22 September 2009, Walker joined Hereford United on a month's loan spell. He made his debut in a 4–1 loss to Rochdale on 26 September 2009. He then scored his first goal against Dagenham & Redbridge on 3 October 2009, and his second goal followed three days later in a Football League Trophy tie against Aldershot Town.
Hereford were keen to extend Walker's loan but after his initial month he wanted to return to Southend to fight for his place in their side.
On 1 February 2010 he agreed to have his Southend contract terminated and joined Gillingham on a free transfer. He made his debut in 4–0 defeat to Brentford. Walker was released at the end of the season.
In September 2010, Walker joined Leyton Orient on a three-month deal, which was later extended by another month. He left the club when this deal expired on 11 January 2011, having made 14 appearances in all competitions without scoring, although he was almost always used as a late substitute.
On 3 March 2011, Walker signed for Conference South side Woking on a contract until the end of the season.
Walker left Eastbourne for personal reasons on 26 February 2013.
Albany Creek Excelsior
Walker moved to Australia with former Eastbourne Borough player Marvin Hamilton to play in the Brisbane Premier League for Albany Creek Excelsior. His first game was against UQFC on 29 June.
Return to Eastbourne Borough
In August 2014, Walker re-signed for Conference South side Eastbourne Borough after a successful pre-season trial. However, with fitness problems and not scoring in his first 15 appearances Walker was told by manager Tommy Widdrington that he could start to look for a new club.
East Thurrock United
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- Walker move called off, Charlton Athletic F.C.
- Southend sign Charlton's Walker, BBC Sport
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- "Hereford 1 - 1 Dag & Red". BBC Sport. BBC. 3 October 2009. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
- "Hereford 2 - 2 Aldershot". BBC Sport. BBC. 6 October 2009. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
- Official Gillingham website
- "Walker moves on". Leyton Orient F.C. 11 January 2011.
- "Grimsby trial for striker Walker". BBC News. 16 February 2011.
- "Forster releases seven". NonLeagueDaily.com. 3 May 2012.
- "Open Day A Huge Success & Striker Signs". ebfc.co.uk (Eastbourne Borough). 5 August 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
- "Walker makes World Cup qualifier debut". Eastbourne Herald. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
- "Squad Update : James Walker Contract Cancelled". Eastbourne Borough F.C. 26 February 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2013.
- "Borough striker told he can find another club". The Argus. 7 December 2014. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Bishop's Stortford chance for Walker". The Argus. 9 December 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
- "Rocks on a roll at Carshalton". The Enquirer. 27 September 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2016.