Tony James (English footballer)

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Tony James
Personal information
Full nameAnthony Craig James
Date of birth (1967-06-27) 27 June 1967 (age 53)
Place of birth Sheffield, England
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
Senior career*
1986–1988 Gainsborough Trinity
1988–1989 Lincoln City 29 (0)
1989–1994 Leicester City 107 (11)
1994–1996 Hereford United 35 (4)
1996–1997 Plymouth Argyle 34 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Anthony Craig James is an English former footballer. He played as a centre back for Gainsborough Trinity, Lincoln City, Leicester City, Hereford United and Plymouth Argyle.

He is best remembered at Leicester as being the player who scored the goal that kept Leicester from dropping into the 3rd tier of English football for the first time, after his 24th minute close range conversion from a corner saw Leicester beat Oxford United 1–0 to climb out of the relegation on the final day of the 1990-91 season, which ultimately saw the start of the club's upturn in form in the 1990s. He was also awarded the club's Player of the Year award in the same season. However a broken leg in a game against Wolverhampton Wanderers in October 1991 and several injuries afterwards halted his progression and he never really claimed an extended run in the Leicester side after that. [1]

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  1. Dave Smith & Paul Taylor (2010). Of Fossils and Foxes. ISBN   978-1-905411-94-8.