David Benjamin James
(born 1 August 1970) is an English footballer
who plays as a goalkeeper
for Bristol City
On 14 February 2009, he achieved the all-time Premier League appearance record
with 536 appearances, overtaking Gary Speed
. He held this record until being overtaken by Ryan Giggs
on the 14th May 2011. He has also been capped 53 times by England, having made his first appearance in 1997.
He gained a Football League Cup
winner's medal with Liverpool
in 1995, and an FA Cup
winner's medal with Portsmouth
in 2008 as well as runners-up medals with Aston Villa
in 2000, Liverpool in 1996 and Portsmouth in 2010. In 2010, he became the oldest goalkeeper to appear in the FA Cup Final
James also holds the Premier League record for most clean sheets
, with 173.
Born in Welwyn Garden City
, James signed as a trainee with Watford
upon leaving school in 1989, and was first selected for the first team in 1989. In his days as a youth player, he helped Watford win the FA Youth Cup
. Following the departure of Tony Coton
, James made his league debut on 25 August 1990 in a 1–2 defeat with Millwall
, and his performance resulted in an England U-21
call-up for a match against the Republic of Ireland
. He earned a total of ten caps for the U-21s.
At club level, James made 89 first-team appearances for Watford, and was named the club's Player of the......