James Harper (footballer)

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James Harper
James Harper 23-07-21 1.png
Harper playing for Hull City in 2011
Personal information
Full name James Alan John Harper[1]
Date of birth (1980-11-09) 9 November 1980 (age 38)[1]
Place of birth Chelmsford, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Walton Casuals
Youth career
1994–2000 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Arsenal 0 (0)
2000–2001 Cardiff City (loan) 3 (0)
2001–2010 Reading 316 (25)
2009–2010 Sheffield United (loan) 21 (3)
2010 Sheffield United 13 (1)
2010–2012 Hull City 29 (1)
2012 Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 5 (0)
2012–2014 Doncaster Rovers 27 (0)
2014 Barnet 6 (0)
2014–2016 Basingstoke Town 55 (0)
2016 Hayes & Yeading United 15 (1)
2016 Hungerford Town 1 (0)
2016–2017 Metropolitan Police 5 (0)
2017 Hendon 14 (0)
2018 Gosport Borough 10 (0)
2018– Walton Casuals 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:15, 27 August 2018 (UTC)

James Alan John Harper (born 9 November 1980) is an English footballer who currently plays for Walton Casuals.

Club career

Early career

Born in Chelmsford, Essex,[1] Harper attended the Anglo European School in Ingatestone, Essex. He started his career as a trainee with Arsenal, but as his first team opportunities were limited, he first went on loan to Cardiff City, before signing permanently for Reading for an undisclosed fee said to be "a substantial six-figure fee" at the end of February 2001.[2]

Reading

James had a real impact at Reading including playing a key role in a number of promotions and single handled defeat of Liverpool in Reading's only ever win over one of the premier leagues big four. After helping Reading to win the 2005–06 Football League Championship, and thus win promotion to the Premier League, he scored his first Premiership goals for Reading in a clash with Newcastle United at St James' Park, scoring twice despite losing 3–2.[3]

At the start of July 2007, Harper signed an improved three–year contract to keep him at Reading until the end of the 2009–10 season.[4]

Sheffield United

Harper joined Sheffield United in September 2009, on loan until the end of the season.[5] With his contract set to expire at the same time, Reading manager Brendan Rodgers admitted it was likely that he had played his last game for Reading.[6] Harper duly made his début for The Blades in an away victory at Derby County just under a fortnight later.[7] After being a regular in the first team from that point his loan deal was made permanent during the January transfer window, with Harper signing until the end of the season.[8] Harper was a regular starter for the remainder of the season notching up four goals in the process. At the end of the season however his contract was not extended further and he was released.[9]

Hull City

Harper began a trial with Hull City in early July 2010 following the arrival of Nigel Pearson as manager of the club. On 12 July 2010 it was announced that Harper had signed for Hull on a two-year contract.[10] He made his league debut on 23 October in the home match against Portsmouth when he came on, just after half time, to replace Nolberto Solano.[11] Harper scored his first goal for Hull City, with a long range strike against former club Reading in a 1–1 draw at the KC Stadium on 28 December 2010.[12]

On 24 January he moved to Wycombe Wanderers on a month-long loan.[13]

In May 2012 it was announced that his contract at Hull would not be extended and he was released by the club.[14]

On 26 July Harper joined Hungerford Town of the Southern Football League Division One South and West where close friend Bobby Wilkinson was Manager.[15] Harper featured in friendlies against Mortimer and Wokingham & Emmbrook to help build match fitness as he planned a return to league football.[16]

Doncaster Rovers

On 17 August 2012 Harper signed a one-year deal with Doncaster Rovers and made his debut as a second-half substitute in a 3 – 0 win over Walsall the next day.[17][18] He won a League 1 winners medal as Doncaster won promotion to the Championship. The following season Harper made no appearances for the club leading to him leaving by mutual consent in January 2014 in search of regular football.[19]

Barnet

On 21 March 2014, Harper signed for Conference Premier side Barnet for the remainder of the season[20] and made his debut in the 2–0 win over Hereford United at the Hive.[21] After six appearances, it was announced that Harper was being released at the end of the season, although he was invited back for 2014-15 pre-season training at the Hive.[22]

Basingstoke Town

On 24 October 2014 Harper signed for Basingstoke Town,[23] making his debut for the club on 8 November in the FA Cup first round replay at Telford United. Following some solid displays, he soon became a regular 1st team choice, making 31 appearances as Town reached the Conference South play-offs, narrowly missing out to Whitehawk at the Semi Final stage. The 2015/16 season was not so successful with the team performing poorly and sat with Basingstoke Town in 22nd position Harper was released by manager Terry Brown following a one on one meeting.

Hayes & Yeading United

In March 2016, Harper signed for Hayes & Yeading United.

2016–17

On 11 October 2016, Harper signed for Hungerford Town.[24] After making just one league appearance for The Crusaders, he joined Metropolitan Police to make his debut in a Surrey Senior Cup loss to Kingstonian on 13 December 2016.[25] On 3 February 2017, Hendon announced his signature.[26]

Gosport Borough

On 16 March 2018, Harper joined Gosport Borough[27], making his début as a second-half substitute in a 2–5 defeat to Redditch United the following day.[28][29]

Walton Casuals

Harper joined Walton Casuals for the 2018-19 season and scored on his debut against Shoreham in the FA Cup, as well as his league debut against Metropolitan Police.[30][31]

International career

Harper rejected the chance to go to the 2006 FIFA World Cup with Ghana, saying: "I've never even been to Ghana. I don't know the colour of their flag and it's not my country. I wouldn't feel right putting on the shirt." He would have qualified to play for Ghana because his mother was born there.[32]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 28 April 2018[33][34][35]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other[a] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Arsenal 2000–01 Premier League 6 0 0 0 0 0 - 6 0
Cardiff City (loan) 2000–01 Third Division 3 0 0 0 0 0 - 3 0
Reading 2000–01 Second Division 12 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 27 1
2001–02 26 1 1 0 3 0 2 0 32 1
2002–03 First Division 36 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 40 2
2003–04 39 1 2 0 2 0 - 43 1
2004–05 Championship 41 3 3 0 2 0 - 46 1
2005–06 45 7 3 0 3 0 - 51 7
2006–07 Premier League 38 3 1 0 1 0 - 40 3
2007–08 38 6 1 0 2 0 - 41 6
2008–09 Championship 34 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 36 1
2009–10 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 0
Total 312 24 13 0 17 0 6 0 339 24
Sheffield United (loan) 2009–10 Championship 21 3 2 0 0 0 - 23 3
Sheffield United 2009–10 Championship 13 1 0 0 0 0 - 13 1
Hull City 2010–11 Championship 28 1 1 0 0 0 - 29 1
2011–12 1 0 0 0 1 0 - 2 0
Total 29 1 1 0 1 0 - - 31 1
Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 2011–12 League One 5 0 0 0 0 0 - 5 0
Doncaster Rovers 2012–13 League One 27 0 0 0 2 0 - 29 0
2013–14 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0
Total 27 0 0 0 2 0 - - 29 0
Barnet 2013–14 Conference Premier 6 0 0 0 0 0 - 6 0
Basingstoke Town 2014–15 Conference South 25 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 31 0
Basingstoke Town 2015–16 Conference South 30 0 4 0 0 0 3 0 37 0
Hayes & Yeading United 2015–16 Conference South 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Hayes & Yeading United 2016–17 Southern Premier 9 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 12 0
Hungerford Town 2016–17 National League South 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Metropolitan Police 2016–17[36] Isthmian Premier 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
Hendon 2016–17[37] Isthmian Premier 14 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 15 0
Gosport Borough 2017–18[38] Southern Premier 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Walton Casuals 2018–19[31] Southern Premier South 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 2
Career total 523 31 27 1 20 0 15 0 585 32
  1. ^ Appearances in the FA Trophy and Football League Playoffs

Honours

Reading
Doncaster Rovers

References

  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. p. 187. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0.
  2. ^ "Royals swoop for Harper". BBC Sport. BBC. 28 February 2001. Retrieved 6 February 2007.
  3. ^ "Newcastle 3–2 Reading". BBC Sport. 6 December 2006. Retrieved 11 December 2006.
  4. ^ "Four new contracts agreed". Reading F.C. 4 July 2007. Archived from the original on 11 April 2008. Retrieved 4 July 2007.
  5. ^ "Blackwell snaps up Harper". Sheffield United F.C. 2 September 2009. Archived from the original on 4 September 2009. Retrieved 2 September 2009.
  6. ^ "Royals trio seal loan moves". Reading F.C. 2 September 2009. Archived from the original on 5 September 2009. Retrieved 2 September 2009.
  7. ^ "Rams, Raided!". vitalfootball.co.uk. 12 September 2009. Retrieved 13 September 2009.
  8. ^ "James Harper permanent switch to Sheffield United". The Star. 28 January 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2010.
  9. ^ "Harper leads Blades exodus". Sky Sports. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2010.
  10. ^ "Hull City: Solano and Harper agree deals". Hull Daily Mail. 10 July 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  11. ^ "Hull 1 – 2 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. BBC. 23 October 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2010.
  12. ^ "Hull 1 – 1 Reading". BBC Sport. BBC. 28 December 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
  13. ^ "Wycombe Wanderers sign James Harper from Hull City". BBC Sport. BBC. 24 January 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  14. ^ "Richard Garcia leaves Hull City for new adventures". This is Hull and East Riding. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  15. ^ "Ex-Royal James Harper signs for Hungerford Town". Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  16. ^ "Hungerford Town 2 -3 Wokingham & Embrook". Hungerford Town FC. Archived from the original on 26 August 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  17. ^ "Doncaster Rovers sign midfielder James Harper". BBC Sport. BBC. 17 August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  18. ^ "Walsall 0 – 3 Doncaster". BBC. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  19. ^ "James Harper to leave Doncaster Rovers". DRFC Official Site. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  20. ^ "Barnet Sign James Harper". BARNET FC. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  21. ^ "Barnet 2 – 0 Hereford". BBC Sport. BBC. 22 March 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  22. ^ Martin Allen announces player departures
  23. ^ "Basingstoke Town sign former Reading midfielder James Harper". Basingstoke Gazette. 24 October 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  24. ^ "'Godfather' Harper becomes a Crusader". Newbury Today. 17 October 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  25. ^ "Met suffer a defeat in the Surrey County Cup". Metropolitan Police FC. 14 December 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  26. ^ "One in and two out". Hendon FC. 3 February 2017. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  27. ^ The Boro' sign Harper - News - Gosport Borough Football Club
  28. ^ The Boro' fall to Redditch - News - Gosport Borough Football Club
  29. ^ Gosport Borough FC on Twitter: "Gosport sub: Ten-Grotenhuis off, Harper on for his debut. (57 mins)"
  30. ^ Walton Casuals vs Shoreham
  31. ^ a b Appearances | James Harper
  32. ^ "Harper rejects World Cup chance". BBC Sport. BBC. 27 April 2006. Retrieved 26 May 2006.
  33. ^ "Games played by James Harper in 2000/2001". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  34. ^ James Harper Profile | Aylesbury United FC
  35. ^ England - J. Harper - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway
  36. ^ James Harper - 1st XI - Metropolitan Police FC
  37. ^ Greensnet - Official Hendon FC: Former Staff - James Harper
  38. ^ Weymouth 5 vs. 0 Gosport Borough - 2 April 2018 - First team - Gosport Borough Football Club

External links

  • James Harper profile at the Doncaster Rovers website
  • James Harper at Soccerbase
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