Omari Sterling-James

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Omari Sterling-James
Personal information
Full name Omari Shaquil Jabari Sterling-James[1]
Date of birth (1993-09-15) 15 September 1993 (age 28)[2]
Place of birth Birmingham,[2] England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.77 m)[2]
Position(s) Winger
Club information
Current team
Kidderminster Harriers
Number 11
Youth career
Birmingham City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Alvechurch 33 (13)
2013–2014 Redditch United ? (13)
2014–2016 Cheltenham Town 22 (1)
2015Oxford City (loan) 17 (1)
2016Gloucester City (loan) 14 (2)
2016–2017 Solihull Moors 42 (9)
2017–2020 Mansfield Town 14 (0)
2018Solihull Moors (loan) 8 (1)
2019Brackley Town (loan) 9 (0)
2020Kettering Town (loan) 3 (1)
2020– Kidderminster Harriers 52 (13)
National team
2017– Saint Kitts and Nevis 13 (3)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 09:45, 19 April 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 09:45, 19 April 2022 (UTC)

Omari Shaquil Jabari Sterling-James (born 15 September 1993) is a footballer who plays as a winger or forward for National League North club Kidderminster Harriers and the Saint Kitts and Nevis national team.

He previously played in the Football League for Cheltenham Town and Mansfield Town, and in non-League football for Alvechurch, Redditch United, Oxford City, Gloucester City, Solihull Moors, Brackley Town and Kettering Town. Born in England, Sterling-James plays international football for Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Career[edit]

Sterling-James began his career with Birmingham City, and was released in the 2012 summer. Shortly after he moved to Midland Football Alliance club Alvechurch, and scored 11 goals in his first season.[citation needed]

In September 2013 Sterling-James moved to Redditch United of the Southern League.[3] He appeared regularly with the side, also scoring 13 goals during the whole campaign.[4]

During a trial with League Two club Cheltenham Town, Sterling-James impressed in the pre-season friendlies and on 21 July 2014, he signed a six-month deal.[5]

He made his professional debut on 12 August in the League Cup, as a late substitute in a 2–0 loss away to Brighton & Hove Albion.[6][7] In December, he signed an extended deal to run until June 2016.[7] He made 22 league appearances, scoring once, in Cheltenham's 2014–15 season, at the end of which the team were relegated to the National League.[8][9]

Sterling-James spent the first half of the following season on loan at Oxford City of the National League South. In December 2015, Cheltenham confirmed that he was one of seven players whose contracts would not be renewed.[10][11] On his return to his parent club, he made one appearance, in the FA Trophy,[2] before joining National League North club Gloucester City on 4 February 2016 on loan until the end of the season.[12]

Sterling-James signed for Solihull Moors, newly promoted to the National League, in July 2016.[citation needed] He scored, and was named man of the match, on his debut in a 3–1 victory over Sutton United.[13][14] At the end of December he signed a new contract,[15] and he finished the season with 9 goals from 46 appearances.[2]

Although Moors wanted to keep Sterling-James at the club, he was determined to return to the Football League, and he signed for League Two club Mansfield Town on a free transfer.[16][17] By mid-January 2018, he had failed to score in twenty appearances, only two of which were league starts,[2] and he rejoined Solihull Moors on 22 March on loan until the end of the season.[18] He played in three more Mansfield matches before a proposed loan move to Boston United fell through and he finished the 2018–19 season on loan to Brackley Town of the National League South, where he played little.[19][2] On his return to Mansfield he again struggled for game time, joined Kettering Town on loan shortly before the National League was suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic,[20][21] and was released when his contract expired.[22]

Sterling-James signed for Kidderminster Harriers in September 2020,[23] He played in all but one of their National League North matches before the season was ended early because of COVID-19.[2] He was a regular in Kidderminster's side in 2021–22, and contributed to their FA Cup run: entering at the second qualifying round, they beat Championship team Reading to reach the fourth round, in which they led Premier League team West Ham United until stoppage time before losing in extra time.[2][24]

International career[edit]

Sterling-James received his first international call-up to the Saint Kitts and Nevis national team for friendly against Armenia and Georgia on 4 and 7 June 2017.[25] He played in both games – both defeats,[26] He scored his first goal for Saint Kitts and Nevis in a 10–0 win against Saint Martin in the 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League qualifying rounds.[27]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 18 April 2022
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cheltenham Town 2014–15[8] League Two 22 1 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 24 1
2015–16[2] National League 0 0 1[b] 0 1 0
Total 22 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 25 1
Oxford City (loan) 2015–16[2][28] National League South 17 1 2 2 0 0 19 3
Gloucester City (loan) 2015–16[2] National League North 14 2 14 2
Solihull Moors 2016–17[2] National League 42 9 4 0 0 0 46 9
Mansfield Town 2017–18[29] League Two 13 0 2 0 1 0 4[c] 0 20 0
2018–19[30] League Two 0 0 1 0 0 0 1[c] 0 2 0
2019–20[31] League Two 8 1 1 0 1 1 3[c] 2 13 4
Total 21 1 4 0 2 1 8 2 35 4
Solihull Moors (loan) 2017–18[2] National League 8 1 0 0 8 1
Brackley Town (loan) 2018–19[2] National League South 8 0 2[d] 0 10 0
Kettering Town (loan) 2019–20[2] National League North 3 1 3 1
Kidderminster Harriers 2020–21[2][32] National League North 14 4 1 0 1[b] 0 16 4
2021–22[2][33] National League North 38 9 6 0 2[b] 0 46 9
Total 52 13 7 0 3 0 62 13
Career total 187 29 17 2 3 1 15 2 222 34
  1. ^ Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in FA Trophy
  3. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in EFL Trophy
  4. ^ One appearance in FA Trophy, one in National League South play-offs

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Saint Kitts and Nevis' goal tally first.[27] Score column lists the score after each Sterling-James goal.
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 October 2018 Raymond E. Guishard Technical Centre, The Valley, Anguilla  Saint Martin 6–0 10–0 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League qualification
2. 10 October 2019 Isidoro Beaton Stadium, Belmopan, Belize  Belize 1–0 4–0 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League B
3. 27 March 2021 Thomas Robinson Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas  Bahamas 4–0 4–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Football League Limited: Club list of registered players as at 16th May 2015" (PDF). The Football League. 16 May 2015. p. 70. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 June 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "O. Sterling-James". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  3. ^ "Former Churchman earns professional dream". Alvechurch F.C. 22 July 2014. Archived from the original on 17 August 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  4. ^ "McDonald: Omari will shine for Robins". Redditch Advertiser. 22 July 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Omari Sterling-James snapped up". Cheltenham Town F.C. 21 July 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  6. ^ "Brighton & Hove Albion 2–0 Cheltenham Town". BBC Sport. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  7. ^ a b "Cheltenham Town: Omari Sterling-James signs new contract". BBC Sport. 16 December 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  8. ^ a b "Games played by Omari Sterling-James in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 April 2022.
  9. ^ "Cheltenham Town 0–1 Shrewsbury Town". BBC Sport. 25 April 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  10. ^ Bruce, Matthew (11 December 2015). "Omari Sterling-James gets the all-clear to play for Oxford City in FA Trophy". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  11. ^ "Seven squad members to leave the club". Cheltenham Town F.C. 9 December 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  12. ^ "Dale & Sterling-James set to join Gloucester on loan". 4 February 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  13. ^ "Marcus Bignot describes National League opener as a debut to remember". Solihull Observer. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  14. ^ Solihull Moors FC [@SolihullMoors] (6 August 2016). "Our @cucinakitchens man of the match today is @OSterling19" (Tweet). Retrieved 11 April 2022 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ "Solihull Moors winger agrees new contract". BBC Sport. 28 December 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  16. ^ "Omari Sterling-James: Mansfield Town sign Solihull Moors forward". BBC Sport. 27 June 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  17. ^ Reynolds, Shaun (29 June 2017). "Striker Sterling James departs Moors for new challenge with Football League club Mansfield". Solihull Observer. Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  18. ^ "Solihull Moors re-sign Mansfield Town forward on loan". BBC Sport. 22 March 2018. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  19. ^ "'If people are playing you off for extra money then they're not the right ones for us!' Boston United won't be held to ransom by targets, says Craig Elliott". LincolnshireWorld. 1 May 2019. Retrieved 17 April 2022.
  20. ^ "Forward joins Kettering on loan". Mansfield Town F.C. 18 May 2020. Retrieved 17 April 2022.
  21. ^ "National Leagues suspended indefinitely". Kettering Town F.C. 31 March 2020. Retrieved 17 April 2022.
  22. ^ "Mansfield Town announce retained list". Mansfield Town F.C. 18 May 2020. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  23. ^ Paddock, Matty (8 September 2020). "Sterling-James signs for Reds". Kidderminster Harriers F.C. Retrieved 17 April 2022.
  24. ^ Northcott, Jonathan (6 February 2022). "West Ham leave it late (twice) to deny inspired Kidderminster a famous upset". Sunday Times. London. Retrieved 17 April 2022.
  25. ^ Palmer, Jon (1 June 2017). "First international call-up for ex-Cheltenham Town man". GloucestershireLive. Retrieved 17 April 2022.
  26. ^ "Omari Sterling-James: International matches". 11v11.com. Association of Football Statisticians. Retrieved 19 April 2022.
  27. ^ a b "Omari Sterling-James". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. Retrieved 19 April 2022.
  28. ^ For FA Cup matches not covered by Soccerway: Bruce, Matthew (28 September 2015). "Sterling-James double puts Oxford City through in FA Cup". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 11 April 2022.
    Bruce, Matthew (12 October 2015). "Oxford City suffer shock defeat at Bognor Regis Town in FA Cup". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  29. ^ "Games played by Omari Sterling-James in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  30. ^ "Games played by Omari Sterling-James in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  31. ^ "Games played by Omari Sterling-James in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  32. ^ For FA Cup match not covered by Soccerway: "Alvechurch 03-10-20". Kidderminster Harriers F.C. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  33. ^ For FA Cup matches not covered by Soccerway: "Sporting Khalsa (A) 18-09-21". Kidderminster Harriers F.C. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
    "Ware (A) 02-10-21". Kidderminster Harriers F.C. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
    "Ware (H) 05-10-21". Kidderminster Harriers F.C. Retrieved 18 April 2022.

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