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Top facts about David James, a man of many talents

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Here is an introduction to

top facts about David James

. David Benjamin James MBE (born 1 August 1970) is a former goalkeeper in the English Premier League. He is fourth on the all-time Premier League appearances list with 572 games played, and he held the Premier League record for most clean sheets with 169 before Petr Cech broke it.

James began his career with Watford and has since played for Liverpool,

Aston Villa

, West Ham United, Manchester City, and Portsmouth in the Premier League.

With Liverpool in 1995, he won the Football League Cup, and with Portsmouth in 2008, he won the FA Cup, as well as runners-up medals with Aston Villa in 2000, Liverpool in 1996, and Portsmouth in 2010. He made history in 2010 by being the oldest goalkeeper to play in an FA Cup Final at the age of 39. In 2010, James moved down a division to play for Bristol City, and then for Bournemouth in League One.

After retiring from goalkeeping, he worked as a coach for IBV Vestmannaeyjar in Iceland, Luton Town in his hometown, and Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League. He has worked as a pundit for BT Sport and Eurosport since then.

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Top facts about David James, a man of many talents and extras

The thing is we are not here to skim through long introductions or an article dedicated to his career, that’s why we will now move on to the next part of top facts about David James and we will only have 2 other sections which would be based on his football information.

David James information

Here is a list of David James’s most basic information which is necessary for those who arrived here with no prior information about this amazing personality.

Personal information

  • Full name:

    David Benjamin James

  • Current profession:

    Football pundit

  • Date of birth:

    1 August 1970

  • Age:


  • Star Sign:


  • Star sign features:

    Vivacious, theatrical, passionate

  • Nationality:


  • Place of birth:

    Welwyn Garden City, England

  • Marital status:


  • Religion: Christian

Football information

  • Position:


  • Total appearances:


  • Club appearances:


  • National appearances:


  • Highest market value:

    4.75 m

  • Foot:


Physical stats and appearance

  • Height:

    1.94 m

  • Weight:

    90 kg

  • Hair color:

    Dark brown

  • Hairstyle:

    Short sides

  • Facial hair:


Now that we are sure that you have a general idea of who David James is, we can move on to the next parts of the

top facts about David James

, which is his transfer market information.

David James Transfermarkt

Now, let us take a look at his transfer market statistics in this part of the top facts about David James. It should be noted that this information is based on the statistics provided by



The first 2 things that you would probably notice on David James’s page on the website are his trophies and his last position. He has 2 major trophies which are the English League Cup and The FA cup. David James’s last position was the manager of

Kerala Blasters


Kerala Blasters Football Club, also known as The Blasters, is an Indian professional football club based in Kochi, Kerala, that competes in the Indian Super League, the country's highest level of football. The club was established in May 2014, during the Indian Super League's inaugural season.

Back to the main subject, we will take a look at his statistics. He has received 21 yellow cards which is a high amount for a goalkeeper. He has also received one yellow card which resulted in getting a red card and getting sent off.

He has conceded 995 goals and has 269 clean sheets throughout his career.

David James market value and transfer history

David has a pretty interesting market value graph as he breaks his personal best market value record twice with a 3-year gap. This article wouldn’t have been named

top facts about David James

if it didn’t consist of his market value information.

Now if we want to analyze this graph for you, we should start from 2004 when he was worth 3.5 million euros. The first time that his market value reached new heights was in 2005 when his market value rose to 4.5 million euros.

After this event, his market value dropped by a million euros but then again it started to progress towards a new personal best and on January 29, 2008, it marked 4.75 million euros on the market value graph. After that, it was all downhill to the point that in 2012, he was a player with no club. But Bournemouth was his savior as it gave him and his market value a second chance.

His market value got a new lift but it wasn’t enough to spark anything exciting as it stayed on 100 thousand euros.

Now, as his transfer history goes, most of his transfers are between English clubs, except his last 3 contracts. His total transfer fee is a bit over 13 million euros, which is a good amount considering his condition.

David James club career

James earned his Liverpool debut against Nottingham Forest in a 0–1 league loss on August 16, 1992. James rose to prominence alongside Liverpool teammates Steve McManaman, Jamie Redknapp, and Robbie Fowler.

On August 7, 1999, James made his Villa debut, keeping a clean sheet in a 1–0 away victory over Newcastle United. On July 11, 2001, the Englishman signed a four-year deal with West Ham United for £3.5 million after just two years and 85 appearances.

James made his West Ham debut in a 1–0 home defeat to

Tottenham Hotspur

on November 24, 2001. He appeared in 102 games for West Ham in all competitions. James signed a contract with Manchester City on 14 January 2004 and made his debut in a 1–1 home draw with Blackburn Rovers on 17 January 2004.

The man with many talents announced on August 10, 2006, that he wanted to leave Manchester City in order to be closer to his children, who lived in London. He signed a two-year contract with Portsmouth for £1.2 million two days later.

In his first five games for Portsmouth, James had five clean sheets. In the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur, James captained Portsmouth. On July 30, 2010, James signed a one-year deal with Championship club Bristol City, with the option of a second year.

On May 1, 2012, he was released by

Bristol City

and started training with Exeter City in July. On September 27, 2012, he arrived at Dean Court to practice with Bournemouth, and the next day, he signed a one-year contract to play with them.

He was signed as player-manager by Kerala Blasters FC, which is owned by Sachin Tendulkar, for the 2014 Indian Super League season. At the end of the season, James announced his retirement.

David James personal life

James was educated at the Sir Frederic Osborn School in Welwyn Garden City. He is of mixed Jamaican and English ancestry and spent most of his childhood in the Caribbean. James rose to prominence as a model, first for Giorgio Armani in 1995 and then for H&M in 2005.

James was notorious for trying out new hairstyles. In May 2007, a "Who Ate All the Pies" column mocked him, among others, for "backcombed efforts," and compared a previous November 2006 cut to fictional character Clark Kent, all of which was captured by BBC Match of the Day.

During the 2003 off-season, James was a guest at the Miami Dolphins' training camp, where he learned the team's training and conditioning practices.

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David James relationship

Tanya James, David's now ex-wife, was his first wife. Tanya and David divorced in 2005 after having four children together. David later married Amanda Salmon, his childhood sweetheart, and moved to Devon with Amanda's two children. However, the couple divorced shortly after their wedding.

David was seen dining with a mystery brunette in South Kensington in April of this year.

The Sun revealed at the time that David had been visiting his girlfriend's family, but the couple's relationship has yet to be officially verified. For the 2019 season of the hit Saturday night show, David James has been paired with Strictly professional Nadiya Bychkova.

Deviating from the main topic of top facts about David James, we should talk about Nadiya. Nadiya Bychkova is a ballroom and Latin American dancer from Ukraine who competes for Slovenia alongside Miha Vodicar.

In 2014 and 2015, they became World Champions in the '10' Dance. Bychkova appeared on the cover of FHM in March 2012, and her nude photoshoot was included in the Ukrainian edition of Playboy magazine.

David James net worth

James was declared bankrupt in May of 2014. James' debts had grown after his divorce from his wife, Tanya, in 2005, despite earning an estimated £20 million from his footballing career and owning many properties. During his playing days, James had lucrative modeling contracts with Giorgio Armani and H&M.

To pay off his debts, James sold hundreds of pieces of football memorabilia he had amassed during his career in November 2014. 150 signed shirts, shorts, and match balls, as well as his customized Vauxhall Astra van and Raleigh Chopper bikes, were among the items on display.

David James habits

Here is an interesting fact of top facts about David James.

During his early career, James was a 20-a-day smoker, having started the habit when sidelined with injury at the age of 15 and quitting for the new millennium. In 2008, he was the face of an anti-smoking movement.

James is a talented painter who has donated many of his works to charity.

He writes a daily column for The Observer newspaper and donates his article fee to charity, in addition to being an art lover. James was also the illustrator for his friend Steve Pearson's children's book Harry's Magic Pockets: The Circus.

David James in other fields

James and Richard Bacon co-hosted a BBC show called Euro's Most Shocking Moments shortly before Euro 2012.

The main subject of our story was announced as a TV pundit for BT Sport's coverage of Premier League and Conference Premier matches in the summer of 2013. At the 2014 FIFA World Cup, James served as a pundit for Eurosport, and at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, he worked for India's Sony Ten.

In 2005, James traveled to Malawi, a country in southern Africa, to help raise AIDS awareness. He then established the David James Foundation to help Malawiese maize farmers improve more sustainable farming methods. The foundation also seeks to provide youth with work skills such as mechanical and building. In addition, James has made touch with West Exe Technology College in Exeter.

Friends of Mulanje Orphans, a Malawian charity, have been called to his attention by this campus. The David James Foundation Scholarship at the University of Westminster is funded by the foundation, and it allows a Malawian student to pursue a master's degree at Westminster.

The Institution of Chemical Engineers has donated to the charity (IChemE). James is now a Special Olympics global envoy who partners with Access Sport to create sporting opportunities in underserved parts of the United Kingdom.

David was revealed as a contestant on the seventeenth series of Strictly Come Dancing in July of this year. He danced with Nadiya Bychkova and was the fourth celebrity to be eliminated after a dance-off with Mike Bushell and Katya Jones on October 20, 2019.

David James social media

In this part of the top facts about David James, we would take a look at his social media and the pictures that he has posted. On Instagram, he currently has over 100 thousand followers and is active by the name of davidjamesofficial with a blue mark which indicates that this is indeed his official page.

He mostly posts pictures of his old days or the upcoming event in which he is featured. On March 8th he has posted a picture to celebrate international women’s day and the caption of this post goes as “8th of March is the day of celebration; every day is for recognition that more needs to be done for equality”.

He has also posted a close-up picture of a cat’s eye to show off his brand-new Galaxy S21 phone.

David James awarded MBE

David James received an MBE from HRH Prince of Wales in 2012 for his contributions to football and charity.

On this matter, David stated: "I am extremely honored to be receiving an MBE today. It is not an award that one sets out to achieve, making me even more appreciative to those that put my name forward. I have had many years playing football, years that have given me tremendous enjoyment. They have also allowed me to get involved in many charitable campaigns, for this, I am very grateful."

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