James Wilson (footballer, born 1989)

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James Wilson
Personal information
Full name James Steven Wilson[1]
Date of birth (1989-02-26) 26 February 1989 (age 28)[1]
Place of birth Chepstow, Wales
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Sheffield United
Number 20
Youth career
0000–2006 Bristol City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2014 Bristol City 31 (0)
2008 Brentford (loan) 14 (0)
2009 Brentford (loan) 13 (0)
2013 Cheltenham Town (loan) 4 (0)
2014–2016 Oldham Athletic 85 (2)
2016– Sheffield United 6 (1)
National team
2006–2008 Wales U19 9 (0)
2009 Wales U21 3 (1)
2013 Wales 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:10, 04 September 2016 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22.48, 15 October 2013 (UTC)

James Steven Wilson (born 26 February 1989) is a Welsh international footballer currently playing for Sheffield United. Wilson is a central defender who can also play at right-back if required.


Wilson began his career at Bristol City before being loaned out to Brentford for the first 3 months of the 2008–09 season, where he put in a number of impressive performances in a central defensive partnership with Reading loanee Alan Bennett. Despite returning to Ashton Gate by November, Wilson was able to claim a Football League Two winners medal.

He rejoined Brentford in an initial one-month loan deal on 20 August 2009, the loan deal later extended to 1 January 2010, and both clubs have agreed there will be no call-back option for the youngster during the duration of the deal.[2] Wilson was dismissed for a professional foul on Gareth Ainsworth during an away match against Wycombe Wanderers on 24 November and gives away a Penalty, although keeper Wojciech Szczęsny saved the spot-kick, Brentford still lost 0–1 at the end.[3]

On 13 September 2013, Wilson joined Cheltenham Town on an initial one-month loan.[4] Making his debut the following day against Oxford United.

Oldham Athletic[edit]

On 31 January 2014, Wilson signed for Oldham Athletic until the end of the 2013–14 season with a view to extending deal.[5]

The one-year option that the club had on Wilson's contract was exercised, extending his contract till the end of the 2014–15 season.[6]

Sheffield United[edit]

On 5 July 2016, Wilson signed for Sheffield United on a two-year contract, after rejecting a new deal with Oldham Athletic.


Wilson is a former Wales under-21 international, and captained Wales at under-19 level.

In October 2012 he was called into the senior Wales squad,[7] and on 15 October 2013 made his debut for his country away in Belgium.[8]




  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0. 
  2. ^ "Wilson extends loan deal at Bees". BBC Sport. 2009-09-02. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  3. ^ "Wycombe 1–0 Brentford". BBC Sport. 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  4. ^ http://www.ctfc.com/news/article/wilson-in-inniss-out-1050176.aspx
  5. ^ "Central Defender Joins Latics". Bristol City FC. 31 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Oldham Athletic retained list". Oldham Athletic A.F.C. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Wilson in Wales squad
  8. ^ [1]

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