Kingsley James

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Kingsley James
Personal information
Full name Kingsley Tyrone James[1]
Date of birth (1992-02-17) 17 February 1992 (age 23)[2]
Place of birth Rotherham, England[3]
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Youth career
2002–2010 Sheffield United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Sheffield United 0 (0)
2011–2013 Port Vale 11 (0)
2011 Chasetown (loan) 5 (2)
2013 Hereford United (loan) 21 (1)
2013–2014 Hereford United 23 (2)
2014–2015 Chester 40 (2)
National team
2014– England C 3 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:32, 1 June 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

Kingsley Tyrone James (born 17 February 1992) is an English footballer. He has represented England at semi-professional level.

A former Sheffield United youth team captain, he switched to Port Vale in summer 2011. He was loaned out to Chasetown in October 2011. He joined Hereford United on loan in January 2013. Port Vale were promoted out of League Two in 2012–13, and he left the "Valiants" to play for Hereford on a permanent basis. He switched to Chester in June 2014.

Club career[edit]

Sheffield United[edit]

James began his career as a youth team player at Championship club Sheffield United, after joining at the age of ten he went on to captain the likes of Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker in the youth team.[4] Kevin Blackwell handed him his first team début in the League Cup First Round 2–0 defeat by Hartlepool United at Victoria Park on 11 August 2010 – he was replaced by Jamie Ward on 66 minutes.[5] This would prove to be his only appearance for the club, and he and teammate Phil Roe followed former United manager Micky Adams to League Two side Port Vale in July 2011.[6] Adams pursued the youngster despite having refused to offer him a new contract as United manager.[7]

Port Vale[edit]

He missed the start of the 2011–12 season due to a knee injury.[8] He joined Chasetown of the Northern Premier League Premier Division on loan on 20 October.[9] He scored on his Chasetown début in the FA Trophy,[10] then followed this up with two goals on his league début at Marine.[11] He played a further five games without scoring, before returning to Vale Park in December. James made his Port Vale début on 7 January 2012, replacing Gareth Owen 63 minutes into a 3–0 defeat at Southend United.[12] He was given his first start against Shrewsbury Town at the New Meadow on 27 March, but the match was abandoned after 64 minutes due to a fire caused by the failure of the floodlights.[13] He agreed to sign a new one-year deal with the club in June 2012.[14]

He hoped to establish himself in the centre of midfield in the 2012–13 season following the departure of Anthony Griffith.[15] James filled in at centre-back for 45 minutes against Northampton Town at Sixfields on 27 October, after a catalogue of injuries and suspensions left only James and Joe Davis as the two players with any experience of the position.[16] He provided an assist for a Tom Pope goal in a 4–1 win over Wycombe Wanderers on 20 October, his second appearance of the season.[17] He won his first start for the club on 20 November, in a 4–0 win over Bristol Rovers.[18]

Hereford United[edit]

On 28 January 2013, he joined Martin Foyle's Hereford United on a one-month loan deal.[19] He made eight Conference National starts for the "Bulls", and his loan spell was extended until the end of the 2012–13 campaign.[20] He became a key member of the first team, and scored his first goal for the club on 1 April, in a 5–2 win over Tamworth at Edgar Street.[21] He played 21 games for Hereford, before returning to Vale in time to see the club promoted into League One. He was not offered a new contract at the end of the season and was released as a free agent.[22]

After leaving Port Vale, James began training with Hereford in July 2013,[23] and signed a one-year contract the following month.[24] He made 23 appearances in the 2013–14 campaign.

Chester[edit]

James signed a one-year contract with Steve Burr's Chester in June 2014.[25] He scored three goals in 46 appearances during the 2014–15 campaign, and elected to leave the club following a strong first half and finish to the season which attracted interest from clubs in the Football League.[26]

International career[edit]

James scored on his debut for the England C team against Estonia under-23's on 18 November 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Although many of his friends and family were Rotherham United fans, James supported Manchester United as a boy.[27]

Statistics[edit]

Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Other[28] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2010–11[29] Sheffield United Championship 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Sheffield United Total 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2011–12[30] Port Vale League Two 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2011–12 Chasetown (loan) Northern Premier 5 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 7 3
2012–13[31] Port Vale League Two 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Port Vale Total 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2012–13[31] Hereford United (loan) Conference National 21 1 0 0 0 0 21 1
2013–14[32] Hereford United 23 2 0 0 0 0 23 2
Hereford United Total 44 3 0 0 0 0 44 3
2014–15[33] Chester Conference Premier 40 2 4 0 2 1 46 3
Chester Total 40 2 4 0 2 1 46 3
Career Total 100 7 5 0 1 0 4 2 110 9

Honours[edit]

with Port Vale

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Search 1984 to 2006 – Birth, Marriage and Death indexes". Findmypast.com. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Name: Kingsley James". port-vale.co.uk. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Port Vale: Youngster James keen to grab chance to impress after making Vale debut". The Sentinel. 10 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Kingsley James ready for new challenge at Port Vale". BBC Sport. 5 July 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Hartlepool 2–0 Sheff Utd". BBC Sport. 11 August 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Port Vale agree deals with Sheffield United duo". BBC Sport. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Port Vale: New boy James delighted to be back with the man who fired and hired him". The Sentinel. 5 July 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "Port Vale: Youngsters hit for five in cup tie". The Sentinel. 20 September 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Port Vale extend loan of Notts County's Liam Chilvers". BBC Sport. 20 October 2011. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  10. ^ Goddard, Dave (22 October 2011). "Perrow Hits Four As Scholars Progress". Chasetown FC. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  11. ^ Goddard, Dave (29 October 2011). "James Inspires Comeback". Chasetown FC. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "Southend 3 – 0 Port Vale". BBC Sport. 7 January 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Shrewsbury's League Two match with Port Vale has been abandoned because of a floodlight failure". BBC Sport. 27 March 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "Duo sign on the dotted line". port-vale.co.uk. 6 June 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  15. ^ "James celebrates new deal by vowing he'll be the new Griff". The Sentinel. 8 June 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  16. ^ "Northampton 2 – 0 Port Vale". BBC Sport. 27 October 2012. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "Match analysis: Port Vale 4, Wycombe 1". The Sentinel. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  18. ^ "Tom Pope races to new club record against Bristol Rovers". The Sentinel. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  19. ^ "Hereford United sign Kingsley James and Rodney MacDonald". BBC Sport. 28 January 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  20. ^ Johnson, Dave. "Midfielder's loan spell extended". port-vale.co.uk. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  21. ^ "Hereford 5 – 2 Tamworth". BBC Sport. 1 April 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  22. ^ "Four players released by Valiants". The Sentinel. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  23. ^ "Kingsley James trains with Hereford United". Hereford Times. 3 July 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  24. ^ "Trialist trio sign for Bulls". Hereford United. 31 July 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  25. ^ "Chester FC complete signing of James". The Leader. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  26. ^ Green, Jim. "Kingsley James confirms Chester FC exit". Chester Chronicle. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  27. ^ "Port Vale: Home boy James hoping to put wind up Millers". The Sentinel. 21 January 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  28. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Football League Trophy and the FA Trophy
  29. ^ "Games played by Kingsley James in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  30. ^ "Games played by Kingsley James in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  31. ^ a b "Games played by Kingsley James in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  32. ^ "Games played by Kingsley James in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  33. ^ Kingsley James profile at Soccerway

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