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David James MBE



Welwyn Garden City


1st August 1970


6ft 4 1⁄2 in


14st 13lbs




28th September 2012



Former Clubs

Watford, Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham, Man City, Pompey, Bristol City


England - 53 caps

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James started his career with Watford in 1988 making 98 appearances, before a 1million move to Liverpool followed in 1992. He spent 7 years on Merseyside winning the League Cup in 1995 and making his first England appearance in 1997. Overall he made 280 appearances for Liverpool.

A move to Aston Villa for 1.7million followed in 1999 and after two seasons and 85 appearances he moved to West Ham for 3.5million. Three years and 102 appearances at Upton Park followed before a 2million move Manchester City. Once again he spent two years there making 100 appearances before a 1.2million move to Pompey.

During his time at Fratton Park he worked with both Cherries former 'advisor' Harry Redknapp and former Cherries manager Paul Groves, winning the FA Cup in 2008. He made 158 appearances over four years with Portsmouth and remained a regular in the England team winning 53 caps.

He eventually moved on to Bristol City in 2010 where he made a further 84 appearances, bringing his career total to a massive 960 appearances for clubs and country.

The 42 year old became a free agent after being released by Bristol City during the summer of 2012 and he briefly trained with League Two side Exeter City to remain fit.

In September 2012 he joined up with Paul Groves squad for training and quickly agreed a deal to join AFC Bournemouth until the summer of 2013.

He made his AFC Bournemouth debut at home to Walsall but less than a week later Groves was sacked as manager.

Following the appointment of Eddie Howe, James remained as the Cherries number one 'keeper playing all 15 of the Cherries unbeaten League One games between October and January.

But following James' nineteenth game in goal, he was dropped following a defeat to Walsall and fell behind both Shwan Jalal and Ryan Allsop in the pecking order.

In February James travelled to Iceland to check out Icelandic top flight outfit IBV's set-up ahead of a potential move to link up with former team-mate Hermann Hreidarsson in time for the new season which starts in May.

In March AFC Bournemouth terminated his contract by mutual consent.

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