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James Chambers
Personal information
Full name James Ashley Chambers
Date of birth 20 November 1980 (1980-11-20) (age 29)
Place of birth    Sandwell, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Full Back
Club information
Current club Doncaster Rovers
Number 6
Youth career
1997–1999 West Bromwich Albion
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
West Bromwich Albion
Cardiff City (loan)
Leicester City
Doncaster Rovers
71 (0)
90 (0)
07 (0)
24 (0)
72 (0)   
National team
England Youth

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 20:37, 16 March 2010 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

James Ashley Chambers (born 20 November 1980 in Sandwell, West Midlands) is an English footballer. He currently plays for Doncaster Rovers. He is predominantly a right-back, although he has played at centre-back, left-back and right-wing in his career.


Chambers' early career mirrored that of his twin brother Adam. Both played for Grove Vale, whom they joined in 1996, before signing for West Bromwich Albion as apprentices in July 1997.[1] After progressing through Albion's youth system, both twins turned professional in January 1999.[1] James made his debut in a 0-0 draw with Port Vale on 15 January 2000. He made 78 appearances in total for the Baggies, with a significant number coming in the 2000-01 season.

With few chances available at the newly promoted Premiership side, he was allowed to move to Championship side Watford on loan in August 2004.[2] He impressed manager Ray Lewington enough to sign him on a permanent three-year contract in a deal worth up to £250,000.[3] Chambers started regularly in his first season at the club and also featured in the club's run to the League Cup semi-finals that year. He scored his two career goals to date the 4th round 5-2 victory over Premiership side Southampton,[4] and played in the quarter-final victory over Portsmouth and semi-final defeat to Liverpool.

Chambers competed with Lloyd Doyley for the right-back spot in 2005-06, as well as spending some time playing at left-back. Watford reached the play-offs, finishing third, and Chambers started on the right-wing in the semi-final first leg against Crystal Palace, putting in an impressive display.[5] He kept his place for the second leg and the final, against Leeds United, where his deflected strike led to an own goal by Leeds goalkeeper Neil Sullivan.[6] Watford won 3-0, and were promoted to the Premiership.

Chambers started Watford's first game in the top-flight, a 2-1 loss to Everton where he was substituted at half-time. Aside from a League Cup appearance against Accrington Stanley, he did not play another first team match until he joined Cardiff on a month's loan in October 2006.[7] Playing as a left back for the early Championship leaders,[8] he started all seven games in his time at Ninian Park. Watford then rejected Cardiff's request to extend the loan.[9]

Chambers (No. 2) watches helplessly as his opponent scores a penalty kick in an M69 derby at the Ricoh Arena

He returned to the Watford side at right-back, but sustained an injury against Newcastle United that kept him out of the team until March. He featured sporadically after that, as Watford were relegated from the Premiership, but did play in the side's FA Cup quarter-final victory over Plymouth Argyle and semi-final loss to Manchester United.

In June 2007 Chambers turned down a new contract at Watford to sign a three year contract with fellow Championship side Leicester City.[10]

On 4 August 2008, Chambers signed a three-year-deal with Doncaster Rovers. Chambers had a clause in his contract at Leicester allowing him to move on a free transfer should the club be relegated. This clause was activated following the Foxes relegation into Coca Cola League One.[11] He became Rovers' seventh signing of the summer, leading up to their first season back in the second tier of English football after fifty years in the lower leagues.


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