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James Collins
Personal information
Full name James Michael Collins
Date of birth 23 August 1983 (1983-08-23) (age 26)
Place of birth Newport, Wales
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position centre back
Club information
Current club Aston Villa
Number 29
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Cardiff City 66 (3)
2005–2009 West Ham United 54 (2)
2009– Aston Villa 17 (1)
National team
2001 Wales U19 3 (0)
2002 Wales U20 2 (0)
2002–2004 Wales U21 8 (0)
2004– Wales 34 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:07, 17 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:40, 3 March 2010 (UTC)

James Michael Collins (born 23 August 1983) is a Welsh professional footballer who plays for Aston Villa and the Wales national team as a centre back.


Club career


Cardiff City

Collins joined Cardiff City as a trainee in August 2000, after playing local football in his native city of Newport.[1] He made his debut for Cardiff in an FA Cup match against Bristol Rovers in November 2000, which Cardiff won 5-1, and went on to make 86 appearances in all competitions for Cardiff, scoring six goals.[1] He won the Welsh Young Player of the Year award in 2005.[2]

West Ham United

Collins joined West Ham in July 2005, along with his centre-back partner at Cardiff, Danny Gabbidon, in a £3.5 million deal for the pair as Cardiff attempted cut their wage bill and raise money.[2][3]

Due to fitness problems as well as competition from more experienced players, Collins did not make his West Ham debut until the Carling Cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday in September 2005, which West Ham won 4-2.[1] He also made his first appearance on the bench for the Hammers but did not play in West Ham's 0-0 draw with Arsenal in the same month. He made his Premiership debut in October 2005 against Bolton Wanderers.[1] He scored his first goal for West Ham in a 1-1 draw with Portsmouth on Boxing Day 2005.[4] Collins ended his first Hammers season with two league goals, after scoring again in a 4-1 defeat against rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in April 2006.[5]

Due to injuries to new signing Matthew Upson and 2005/6 Hammer of the Year Daniel Gabbidon, Collins, affectionally known as 'Ginge', was given the chance to form a formidable centre back partnership with Anton Ferdinand towards the end of the 2006/7 season. Along with the excellent performance of Robert Green and the guidance of Lucas Neill, 'Ginge' was considered by Hammers supporters to be a major player in the improvement of the West Ham defence and their extraordinary success in beating the drop.

On 28 January 2008 it was announced that Collins would be out for a year after suffering severe ligament damage in a West Ham reserve game against Portsmouth.[6] His injury, however, only kept him out for 9 months and on 26 October 2008, Collins returned to first team action, starting in West Ham's 2-0 loss to Arsenal at Upton Park.[7]

Aston Villa

Collins signed a four year contract with Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee on 1 September 2009, the last day of the transfer window.[8] His league debut for Villa came on 13 September helping them to gain a clean sheet in the second city derby against Birmingham City. He scored his first Villa goal and the winner against Chelsea FC in a 2-1 win,[9] in which he also earnt the 'Man of the Match' for his outstanding performance.

International career

Collins has 32 caps for Wales and is a regular in the first team, he scored his first goal for Wales in a 3-1 defeat to Cyprus on 13 October 2007. He also played for the under-21 team on several occasions and captained them in a match against Germany U21's[10] Ever present during 2010 World Cup qualifying when fit, he captained Wales for the first time in the last qualifier against Liechtenstein and helped keep a clean sheet in a 2-0 win. Collins was given the captains armband for the senior squad for the first time for a friendly against Sweden on March 3 2010.[11]


With Cardiff City

With West Ham United

  • FA Cup Runners Up Medal 2006


  1. ^ a b c d Soccerbase:James Collins, Racing Post. Retrieved 19 June 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Gabbidon voted top Welsh player", BBC Sport, 4 October 2005. Retrieved 19 June 2007.
  3. ^ "Hammers swoop for defensive trio", BBC Sport, 5 July 2005. Retrieved 19 June 2007.
  4. ^ "Pompey 1-1 West Ham". BBC. 26 December 2005. Retrieved 24 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "Chelsea 4-1 West Ham". BBC. 9 April 2006. Retrieved 24 October 2009. 
  6. ^ "Collins facing year on sidelines", Sky Sports News, 28 January 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  7. ^ West Ham 0-2 Arsenal
  8. ^ "Webflash: Collins signs". Aston Villa F.C.. 2009-09-01.,,10265~1784214,00.html. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  9. ^ "Aston Villa 2 - 1 Chelsea". BBC. 17 October 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  10. ^ "Collins named Wales U21 captain" BBC Sport retrieved on 13 October 2007
  11. ^ "James Collins to captain Wales in friendly with Sweden". BBC Sport. 3 March 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 

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