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22. Matty James

Full name: Matthew Lee James
Birthdate: 22.07.1991
Birthplace: Bacup
Position: Midfielder
Joined from: Manchester United
Signed by: Nigel Pearson
Nationality: England
First game: Torquay United, 14.08.2012
Last game: Bournemouth, 03.03.2018
Games: 115 (92 starts + 23 subs)
Goals: 5
Contract end: 30.06.2021
  • Player profile

    James was part of a double transfer from Manchester United which also included youngster Richie De Laet moving to City in the summer of 2012, the fee being undisclosed, as boss Nigel Pearson continued his squad rebuilding.

    The Bacup-born player came through the youth ranks at Manchester United but failed to make a first-team appearance for the Premier League giants. He was a regular in their under-18s side, and then reserve side, and although his main position was in central midfield, he also showed he could play in defence.

    James had two loan spells with Preston North End to gain some valuable first-team action, while United boss Alex Ferguson's son, Darren, managed at Deepdale, but he was recalled as soon as Darren was sacked.

    Pearson saw plenty of quality in the youngster when he signed him alongside De Laet, penning him to a three-year deal at the King Power Stadium before the start of the 2012-13 campaign.

  • Seasons

    League FA Cup League Cup Europe OtherTotal
    Season Division Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls
    2012-13Championship2432-21--2-304
    2012_1486_
    2013-14Championship3511-4-----401
    2013_1486_
    2014-15Premier League27-2-------29-
    2014_1486_
    2016-17Premier League1---------1-
    2016_1486_
    2017-18Premier League13-2-------15-
    2017_1486_
    Total10047-61--2-115 5
    _1486_

    Appearances

    DateCompetitionOppositionResultStartSubGoals
    1 14.08.2012 League Cup 1 Torquay United (A) 4 - 0 1
    2 18.08.2012 Championship Peterborough United (H) 2 - 0
    3 21.08.2012 Championship Charlton Athletic (A) 1 - 2
    4 28.08.2012 League Cup 2 Burton Albion (H) 2 - 4
    5 16.09.2012 Championship Wolverhampton Wanderers (A) 1 - 2
    6 19.09.2012 Championship Burnley (H) 2 - 1
    7 23.09.2012 Championship Hull City (H) 3 - 1
    8 29.09.2012 Championship Middlesbrough (A) 2 - 1
    9 27.10.2012 Championship Crystal Palace (H) 1 - 2
    10 03.11.2012 Championship Watford (A) 1 - 2
    11 01.12.2012 Championship Derby County (H) 4 - 1
    12 15.12.2012 Championship Millwall (A) 0 - 1
    13 26.12.2012 Championship Hull City (A) 0 - 0
    14 29.12.2012 Championship Burnley (A) 1 - 0
    15 01.01.2013 Championship Huddersfield Town (H) 6 - 1
    16 05.01.2013 FA Cup 3 Burton Albion (H) 2 - 0
    17 12.01.2013 Championship Bristol City (A) 4 - 0 1
    18 18.01.2013 Championship Middlesbrough (H) 1 - 0
    19 12.02.2013 FA Cup 4 rep Huddersfield Town (H) 1 - 2
    20 19.02.2013 Championship Charlton Athletic (H) 1 - 2
    21 29.03.2013 Championship Millwall (H) 0 - 1
    22 01.04.2013 Championship Barnsley (A) 0 - 2
    23 06.04.2013 Championship Brighton & Hove Albion (A) 1 - 1 1
    24 12.04.2013 Championship Birmingham City (H) 2 - 2
    25 16.04.2013 Championship Bolton Wanderers (H) 3 - 2
    26 20.04.2013 Championship Crystal Palace (A) 2 - 2
    27 26.04.2013 Championship Watford (H) 1 - 2
    28 04.05.2013 Championship Nottingham Forest (A) 3 - 2 1
    29 09.05.2013 Championship sf leg 1 Watford (H) 1 - 0
    30 12.05.2013 Championship sf leg 2 Watford (A) 1 - 3
    31 03.08.2013 Championship Middlesbrough (A) 2 - 1
    32 06.08.2013 League Cup 1 Wycombe Wanderers (A) 2 - 1
    33 11.08.2013 Championship Leeds United (H) 0 - 0
    34 17.08.2013 Championship Derby County (A) 1 - 0
    35 24.08.2013 Championship Birmingham City (H) 3 - 2
    36 31.08.2013 Championship Charlton Athletic (A) 1 - 2
    37 21.09.2013 Championship Blackpool (A) 2 - 2
    38 24.09.2013 League Cup 3 Derby County (H) 2 - 1
    39 28.09.2013 Championship Barnsley (H) 2 - 1
    40 01.10.2013 Championship Yeovil Town (A) 2 - 1
    41 19.10.2013 Championship Huddersfield Town (H) 2 - 1
    42 29.10.2013 League Cup 4 Fulham (H) 4 - 3
    43 02.11.2013 Championship Watford (A) 3 - 0
    44 23.11.2013 Championship Ipswich Town (A) 2 - 1
    45 30.11.2013 Championship Millwall (H) 3 - 0
    46 03.12.2013 Championship Sheffield Wednesday (A) 1 - 2
    47 14.12.2013 Championship Burnley (H) 1 - 1
    48 17.12.2013 League Cup 5 Manchester City (H) 1 - 3
    49 21.12.2013 Championship Queens Park Rangers (A) 1 - 0
    50 26.12.2013 Championship Reading (H) 1 - 0
    51 29.12.2013 Championship Bolton Wanderers (H) 5 - 3
    52 04.01.2014 FA Cup 3 Stoke City (A) 1 - 2
    53 10.01.2014 Championship Derby County (H) 4 - 1
    54 18.01.2014 Championship Leeds United (A) 1 - 0
    55 25.01.2014 Championship Middlesbrough (H) 2 - 0
    56 28.01.2014 Championship Birmingham City (A) 2 - 1
    57 01.02.2014 Championship Bournemouth (A) 1 - 0
    58 08.02.2014 Championship Watford (H) 2 - 2 1
    59 20.02.2014 Championship Nottingham Forest (A) 2 - 2
    60 22.02.2014 Championship Ipswich Town (H) 3 - 0
    61 01.03.2014 Championship Charlton Athletic (H) 3 - 0
    62 11.03.2014 Championship Barnsley (A) 3 - 0
    63 15.03.2014 Championship Blackpool (H) 3 - 1
    64 22.03.2014 Championship Blackburn Rovers (A) 1 - 1
    65 25.03.2014 Championship Yeovil Town (H) 1 - 1
    66 29.03.2014 Championship Burnley (A) 2 - 0
    67 04.04.2014 Championship Sheffield Wednesday (H) 2 - 1
    68 19.04.2014 Championship Queens Park Rangers (H) 1 - 0
    69 22.04.2014 Championship Bolton Wanderers (A) 1 - 0
    70 26.04.2014 Championship Huddersfield Town (A) 2 - 0
    71 21.09.2014 Premier League Manchester United (H) 5 - 3
    72 27.09.2014 Premier League Crystal Palace (A) 0 - 2
    73 04.10.2014 Premier League Burnley (H) 2 - 2
    74 18.10.2014 Premier League Newcastle United (A) 0 - 1
    75 25.10.2014 Premier League Swansea City (A) 0 - 2
    76 01.11.2014 Premier League West Bromwich Albion (H) 0 - 1
    77 08.11.2014 Premier League Southampton (A) 0 - 2
    78 22.11.2014 Premier League Sunderland (H) 0 - 0
    79 29.11.2014 Premier League Queens Park Rangers (A) 2 - 3
    80 02.12.2014 Premier League Liverpool (H) 1 - 3
    81 07.12.2014 Premier League Aston Villa (A) 1 - 2
    82 26.12.2014 Premier League Tottenham Hotspur (H) 1 - 2
    83 28.12.2014 Premier League Hull City (A) 1 - 0
    84 01.01.2015 Premier League Liverpool (A) 2 - 2
    85 03.01.2015 FA Cup 3 Newcastle United (H) 1 - 0
    86 10.01.2015 Premier League Aston Villa (H) 1 - 0
    87 07.02.2015 Premier League Crystal Palace (H) 0 - 1
    88 10.02.2015 Premier League Arsenal (A) 1 - 2
    89 15.02.2015 FA Cup 5 Aston Villa (A) 1 - 2
    90 22.02.2015 Premier League Everton (A) 2 - 2
    91 04.03.2015 Premier League Manchester City (A) 0 - 2
    92 14.03.2015 Premier League Hull City (H) 0 - 0
    93 21.03.2015 Premier League Tottenham Hotspur (A) 3 - 4
    94 04.04.2015 Premier League West Ham United (H) 2 - 1
    95 11.04.2015 Premier League West Bromwich Albion (A) 3 - 2
    96 25.04.2015 Premier League Burnley (A) 1 - 0
    97 29.04.2015 Premier League Chelsea (H) 1 - 3
    98 02.05.2015 Premier League Newcastle United (H) 3 - 0
    99 09.05.2015 Premier League Southampton (H) 2 - 0
    100 10.12.2016 Premier League Manchester City (H) 4 - 2
    101 11.08.2017 Premier League Arsenal (A) 3 - 4
    102 19.08.2017 Premier League Brighton & Hove Albion (H) 2 - 0
    103 26.08.2017 Premier League Manchester United (A) 0 - 2
    104 09.09.2017 Premier League Chelsea (H) 1 - 2
    105 30.12.2017 Premier League Liverpool (A) 1 - 2
    106 01.01.2018 Premier League Huddersfield Town (H) 3 - 0
    107 06.01.2018 FA Cup 3 Fleetwood Town (A) 0 - 0
    108 13.01.2018 Premier League Chelsea (A) 0 - 0
    109 20.01.2018 Premier League Watford (H) 2 - 0
    110 31.01.2018 Premier League Everton (A) 1 - 2
    111 03.02.2018 Premier League Swansea City (H) 1 - 1
    112 10.02.2018 Premier League Manchester City (A) 1 - 5
    113 16.02.2018 FA Cup 5 Sheffield United (H) 1 - 0
    114 24.02.2018 Premier League Stoke City (H) 1 - 1
    115 03.03.2018 Premier League Bournemouth (H) 1 - 1

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  • Transfers

    Club Fee Date
    IN  Manchester United £1,000,000 15.05.2012
    OUT  Barnsley On loan 25.01.2017
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