Matthew James (footballer)

Matthew James
Personal information
Full name Matthew Lee James[1]
Date of birth 22 July 1991 (1991-07-22) (age 20)
Place of birth Bacup, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Defender
Club information
Current club Manchester United
Number 43
Youth career
2007–2010 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009– Manchester United 0 (0)
2010 Preston North End (loan) 30 (3)
National team
2007 England U16 5 (0)
2007–2008 England U17 10 (0)
2009– England U19 13 (0)
2009 England U20 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:59, 12 November 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:34, 27 July 2010 (UTC)

Matthew Lee "Matty" James (born 22 July 1991) is an English footballer who plays for Manchester United. His regular position is in midfield, but he can play in defence when required.

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Club career

Manchester United

Born in Bacup, Lancashire, James joined the Manchester United Academy at an early age, and made his first appearance for the under-18 side in October 2005, at the age of 14. His next appearance for the under-18s came just over a year later, when he came on as a substitute for Magnus Eikrem in a Premier Academy League fixture against Manchester City. He made a further eight appearances for the under-18s during the 2006–07 season, before establishing himself as a regular in the team in 2007–08, although he began the season filling in in defence. James scored his first goals in a Manchester United shirt during the 2007–08 season, both of them in the league. After making his first appearance for the reserve team in November 2007, James became a regular for the reserves during the 2008–09 season, while remaining a relative mainstay in the under-18 side. At the end of a season in which he had made 22 appearances for the reserves and 14 for the under-18s, James received his first call-up to the Manchester United senior team on 24 May 2009. Given the number 47 jersey, James was named on the bench for the match, but did not take to the field.[3]

James signed his first professional contract with Manchester United in July 2009,[4] before playing in the 1–0 win over Bolton Wanderers in the final of the 2008–09 Lancashire Senior Cup.[5] Prior to the first team's match against Barnsley in the Fourth Round of the League Cup on 27 October 2009, James was given a new squad number (43),[6] and was named as an unused substitute.[7]

Preston North End loan

In February 2010, James followed in the footsteps of Manchester United team-mate Danny Welbeck by signing on loan with Preston North End until the end of the 2009–10 season.[8] He went straight into the Preston first-team for their match against Sheffield United on 9 February 2010, and scored within 10 minutes as his deflected shot from outside the penalty area beat Sheffield United goalkeeper Ian Bennett.[9] James returned to Manchester United at the end of the 2009–10 season, but rejoined Preston on a season-long loan on 2 July 2010.[10]

On 30 December 2010, Sir Alex Ferguson chose to recall Ritchie De Laet, Joshua King and James from their loans. De Laet and King returned immediately, but due to the terms of James' loan, he did not return to Manchester United until 4 January 2011.[11]

International career

James has played regularly for the England Under-16s and Under-17s sides, and in 2009 he was called up to the Under-19s for the 2009 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.[12] He was named captain and in his first game as skipper, England recorded a 3–2 victory in their opening game against Austria.

Career statistics

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other[nb 1] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 2009–10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Preston North End (loan) 2009–10 18 2 0 0 0 0 18 2
Manchester United 2010–11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Preston North End (loan) 2010–11 10 0 0 0 2 1 12 1
Manchester United 2011–12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 28 2 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 30 3

Statistics accurate as of match played on 6 November 2010[13]

Notes

  1. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the FA Community Shield

References

  1. ^ "Matthew James". transfermarkt.co.uk. TransferMarkt. http://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/en/matthew-james/leistungsdaten-verein/spieler_73522.html. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Matthew James Profile". Preston North End. http://www.pnefc.net/page/ProfilesDetail/0,,10362~47191,00.html. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Hughes, Ian (24 May 2009). "Hull 0–1 Man Utd". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/8048308.stm. Retrieved 2 July 2009. 
  4. ^ Coppack, Nick (2 July 2009). "Teen trio turn pro". ManUtd.com (Manchester United). http://www.manutd.com/default.sps?pagegid={F9E570E6-407E-44BC-800F-4A3110258114}&newsid=6635556. Retrieved 2 July 2009. 
  5. ^ Bartram, Steve (17 August 2009). "Reserves: Bolton 0 Utd 1". ManUtd.com (Manchester United). http://www.manutd.com/default.sps?pagegid={B4CEE8FA-9A47-47BC-B069-3F7A2F35DB70}&newsid=6637945. Retrieved 27 October 2009. 
  6. ^ Hibbs, Ben (27 October 2009). "Today at Old Trafford – Tuesday 27 October – 09:01". ManUtd.com (Manchester United). http://www.manutd.com/default.sps?pagegid={6DDFCB6E-3471-4E45-9385-F04D05F4A70D}&newsid=6637707. Retrieved 27 October 2009. 
  7. ^ Stevenson, Jonathan (27 October 2009). "Barnsley 0–2 Man Utd". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/league_cup/8323041.stm. Retrieved 27 October 2009. 
  8. ^ "Preston North End set to sign Man Utd's Matthew James". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 8 February 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/p/preston/8505108.stm. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "Preston 2–1 Sheff Utd". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 9 February 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/8501344.stm. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  10. ^ "Manchester United's Matthew James rejoins Preston". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 2 July 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/p/preston/8783280.stm. Retrieved 2 July 2010. 
  11. ^ "James Returns To United". pnefc.net (Preston North End FC). 4 January 2011. http://www.pnefc.net/page/NewsDetail/0,,10362~2257986,00.html. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "England U19 Players". TheFA.com. The Football Association. http://www.thefa.com/England/MensUnder19s/Players.aspx. Retrieved 10 February 2010. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Matthew James". pnefc.co.uk. Preston North End FC. http://www.pnefc.net/page/ProfilesDetail/0,,10362~47191,00.html. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 

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