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James Tomkins (footballer)

James Tomkins
Tomkins playing for West Ham in July 2015
Personal information
Full name James Oliver Charles Tomkins
Date of birth (1989-03-29) 29 March 1989
Place of birth Basildon, Essex, England
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back / Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
West Ham United
Number 5
Youth career
1997–2008 West Ham United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008– West Ham United 190 (8)
2008 Derby County (loan) 7 (0)
National team
2004–2005 England U16 4 (0)
2004–2006 England U17 13 (0)
2006 England U18 1 (0)
2007–2008 England U19 8 (0)
2009 England U20 1 (0)
2009–2011 England U21 10 (0)
2012 Great Britain 2 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:23, 4 October 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:00, 13 September 2012 (UTC)

James Oliver Charles Tomkins (born 29 March 1989) is an English footballer who plays as a defender for West Ham United. He has represented England at all levels up to the under-21 team and represented Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics [2] He primarily plays as a centre back, but can also play at right back or defensive midfield. He is a product of the West Ham youth academy.


  • Club career 1
    • West Ham United 1.1
      • Early years and club début 1.1.1
      • 2008–09 season 1.1.2
      • 2009–10 season 1.1.3
      • 2010–11 season 1.1.4
      • 2011–12 season 1.1.5
      • 2014–15 season 1.1.6
      • 2015–16 season 1.1.7
  • International career 2
    • England U21 2.1
    • Great Britain Olympic team 2.2
  • Career statistics 3
  • Honours 4
    • Club 4.1
    • Individual 4.2
  • Personal life 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Club career

West Ham United

Early years and club début

Tomkins playing for West Ham United in 2008
Tomkins playing for West Ham United in 2010

Aged seven, Tomkins was spotted while playing for his local Sunday League side and signed into West Ham United's youth academy. Initially a striker, he eventually switched to his current position in central defence. He signed scholarship forms in 2005. Prior to making his first team debut, his career had been marred by several injuries.

Tomkins made his Premier League debut on 22 March 2008 in a 1–1 draw away to Everton.[3] Although his costly slip allowed Yakubu Aiyegbeni to score the opening goal,[4] Tomkins made five more starts and a substitute appearance. As first choice centre backs James Collins, Danny Gabbidon and Matthew Upson were all out injured during various times in the season, he enjoyed an extended run in the first team for the remainder of the season, winning the Young Hammer of the Year for 2007–08.

2008–09 season

On 27 November, he signed for Derby County on a five-week loan spell.[5] He made his debut for Derby in their 3–0 away defeat to Burnley on 29 November 2008.[6] Tomkins played 8 times in all competitions for Derby County during his loan spell, before being recalled to West Ham on 31 December 2008 by manager Gianfranco Zola.[7] After his stint with Derby, he started to feature regularly with the Hammers first-team. On 21 March 2009, he started and played the full 90 minutes alongside Jonathan Spector in a 1–1 draw with Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. Initially desputising for the injured Collins, he managed to stake his claim ahead of the Welsh international, and on 4 April 2009, scored his first senior goal, a header from Mark Noble's corner, in a 2–0 win over Sunderland.[8][9] The same month, he and several fellow youth products were awarded long-term contract extensions.

2009–10 season

After the departure of James Collins and with Danny Gabbidon injured, Tomkins retained his place in the starting eleven at the beginning of the 2009–10 season, losing it to new signing Manuel da Costa for several games. He regained his place, starting alongside captain Matthew Upson.[10] He was named Man of the Match by Sky Sports as he and Upson helped keep the Hammers' first clean sheet of the year in the away draw against Aston Villa on 17 January 2010.[11]

2010–11 season

Tomkins made 28 appearances in all competitions in the 2010–11 season scoring once against Manchester City at Upton Park. On 1 January 2011, he made his 50th first team appearance for West Ham in a 2–0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.[12]

2011–12 season

It was the 2011–12 season that Tomkins found his feet in the West Ham United first team, forging a partnership at the back with New Zealands Winston Reid. He scored the first goal in the 4–0 win against Watford at Vicarage Road and also received WHUFC player of the month for August, the opening month of the season. During the 2011–12 season, Tomkins was linked with a £4 million move to both Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle United of the Premier League, but the speculation soon ended about his future when he signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal at West Ham on 21 January running until summer 2016.[13] After signing he also proved his commitment and love for the club by saying "I'm a local boy and have come through the ranks at the club and loyalty is a far bigger currency to me than money".[14] For his outstanding performance in the 2011–12 Championship season he was voted by his fellow professionals into the PFA Championship Team of the Year, along with fellow Hammer Mark Noble.[15] Tomkins was also voted runner-up Hammer of the Year by West Ham fans, losing out to Mark Noble.[16][17]

2014–15 season

In 2015 Tomkins signed a new, long-term contract which would keep him with West Ham until 2020.[18] Shortly after he dislocated his shoulder in training, an injury which was expected to keep him from playing for several weeks.[19] In March he received surgery for the same injury.[20] Tomkins played 25 games in all competitions for West Ham including three FA Cup games.[21] He scored a single goal, in a 2-1 away win against West Bromwich Albion on 2 December 2014.[22] His shoulder injury kept him out of the side from March 2015, finally returning for the last game of the season, replacing Reece Burke in the 69th minute, a 2-0 away defeat to Newcastle United.[23]

2015–16 season

Tomkins opened the 2015-16 season by scoring the third goal in a UEFA Europa League game on 2 July 2015. West Ham won the game against Andorran team Lusitanos 3-0 with Tomkins as captain and with the other goals coming from Diafra Sakho.[24] On 16 July 2015, he scored another UEFA Europa League goal in the 1-0 win over Bikirkara in the 90th minute.[25] In the second-leg, in Malta, on 23 July 2015, Tomkins was sent-off after pushing Birkirkara's Nikola Vukanac as West Ham went through to the next round, 5-3 on penalties.[26]

International career

England U21

Tomkins has represented England at U15,[27] U16,[28] U17, U19 and U21 levels[2] and played in every match of the 2008 UEFA U-19 Championships along with club mate Freddie Sears. His U21 debut came on 8 June 2009 in the 7–0 home win against the Azerbaijan U21 team.[29][30] He was called up for the 2009 UEFA U-21 Championships as back up after the withdrawals of first-choice centre backs Steven Taylor and David Wheater through injury. After the tournament, he was recalled to the squad and regularly partnered Michael Mancienne in defence. He was called up for several European Championship qualifiers but withdrew after being ruled out with an injury sustained during training.[31]

Great Britain Olympic team

After the success of the 2011–12 Championship season, where Tomkins was named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year and was the runner-up for the Hammer of the Year, he was called for the final squad for Great Britain's Olympic football squad for the London Olympics 2012.[32][33] Tomkins played twice for the Great Britain Team. On 20 July 2012 he played the first half in a 2–0 defeat to Brazil in a warm-up game [34] and on 29 July 2012 in a 3–1 victory against UAE.[35] Tomkins blamed his inclusion in the Olympic squad and lack of games on a loss of form at the start of the 2012–13 West Ham season.[36]

Career statistics

As of 4 October 2015[37]
Club Season League League Cup FA Cup Other UEFA Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
West Ham United 2007–08 Premier League 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Derby County 2008–09 Championship 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Derby County Total 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
West Ham United 2008–09 Premier League 12 1 0 0 3 0 15 1
2009–10 Premier League 23 0 2 0 1 0 26 0
2010–11 Premier League 19 1 6 0 3 0 28 1
2011–12 Championship 44 4 0 0 0 0 3 0 47 4
2012–13 Premier League 26 1 1 0 2 0 29 1
2013–14 Premier League 31 0 4 0 0 0 35 0
2014–15 Premier League 22 1 0 0 3 0 25 1
2015–16 Premier League 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4[1] 2 12 2
West Ham United Total 190 8 14 0 12 0 3 0 4 2 223 10
Career total 197 8 14 0 12 0 3 0 4 2 230 10
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League



West Ham United


Personal life

On 23 December 2013 Tomkins was charged with the assault of a police officer, resisting arrest and being drunk and disorderly following an incident on 22 December at the Sugar Hut nightclub in Brentwood, Essex. He was bailed until 9 January 2014 to appear at Basildon Magistrates Court.[39] Tomkins averted the need for a trial by pleading guilty to assaulting a police constable, being drunk and disorderly in a public place and obstructing a constable. On 29 September 2014 he was fined £7605.[40]


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External links

  • West Ham United Profile at
  • James Tomkins career statistics at Soccerbase
  • Premier League profile
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