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James Collins

Squad Number: 19
Position: Defender
Born: 23rd Aug 1983 (Newport)
Signed: 5th Jul 2005 (£1,000,000)
Contract: 4 years + 2 year extension (signed August 2007)
Previous Club: Cardiff

KUMB Awards: Most Improved Player 2006/07; Most Missed (runner up) 2009/10.

The boy from Newport arrived at West Ham along with Danny Gabbidon as part of a double swoop on Cardiff by Alan Pardew in July 2005.

The flame haired centre-half is considered by those in the know in South Wales as the better prospect of the pair, although his first team chances at West Ham have been limited to date.

 

2014/15 Match Notes & Ratings

3-2 v Sampdoria (h) 9th August 2014
by Staff Writer



0-0 v Aston Villa (h) 8th November 2014
by Gordon Thrower

One silly moment in the second half where he seemed to lose his bearings but otherwise strong.

0-0 v Aston Villa (h) 8th November 2014
by Raedwulf

Another very solid game in the centre of defence.

0-2 v Malaga (a) 3rd August 2014
by Staff Writer



0-0 v Schalke (a) 2nd August 2014
by Staff Writer



2-1 v Manchester City (h) 25th October 2014
by Gordon Thrower

I admit that I'd have picked Tomkins for this had I been fit. I'd have been totally, utterly and completely wrong. As usual. Hopefully they've dropped back into position after the Toure fee-kick. Came close to getting MOTM but for......

2-1 v Manchester City (h) 25th October 2014
by Raedwulf

Functional again, who would ask anything more? Brave as always, who could ask anything more? Several key challenges, particularly in the latter stages. A rock upon which City broke...

3-1 v Liverpool (h) 20th September 2014
by Raedwulf

(Replaced Valencia) Came on for the final quarter-hour to stiffen the defence. One heart-stopping moment when he went after a loose ball with a long slide, but he won it cleanly and fairly, and that raises him above the standard '5 for a sub'.

3-1 v Liverpool (h) 20th September 2014
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Valencia) Managed to avoid the faux-pas' that have characterised his recent outings and one thundering but perfectly-timed tackle at the end got the crowd going.

3-1 v Burnley (a) 18th October 2014
by Gordon Thrower

Kept it simple thus avoiding the banana skins to which he can become prone when he starts t take the “Ginger Pele” nickname at face rather than ironic value.

3-1 v Burnley (a) 18th October 2014
by Raedwulf

Functional, rather than fancy, as usual. Happily, no rushes of blood or silly mistakes on his return to the starting line up.

0-1 v Tottenham Hotspur (h) 16th August 2014
by Raedwulf

Has always been an intermittent liability and cost us badly today. I wasn't impressed with his performance anyway, but picked up two stupid, needless bookings to even the sides up just after the hour.

0-1 v Tottenham Hotspur (h) 16th August 2014
by Trevor Twohig

Has always been an intermittent liability and cost us badly today. I wasn't impressed with his performance anyway, but picked up two stupid, needless bookings to even the sides up just after the hour.

0-1 v Tottenham Hotspur (h) 16th August 2014
by Gordon Thrower

When you want a block put in he's your man. Unfortunately, his limitations in other scenarios were all to evident in this one.

 

2013/14 Match Notes & Ratings

1-3 v Norwich City (a) 9th November 2013
by Staff Writer

There it is again - that one error per game that too often proves too costly. And he didn't even mean it this time...

2-0 v Aston Villa (a) 8th February 2014
by Raedwulf

Booked for an over-optimistic challenge, he was generally solid & untroubled. Long free-kicks were rather erratic.

1-4 v Liverpool (a) 7th December 2013
by Staff Writer

Lost Suarez for the third goal to maintain his regular tally of errors. Put in some good challenges and blocks too though.

3-0 v Tottenham Hotspur (a) 6th October 2013
by Trevor Twohig

Helped shore up the defence for the final few minutes.

0-1 v Crystal Palace (a) 3rd December 2013
by Staff Writer

Didn't really do a great deal wrong tonight but still leaves you wondering when the next error is coming.

0-1 v Crystal Palace (a) 3rd December 2013
by Trevor Twohig

Still rushes out, still worries me, when is Reid back?

0-1 v Stoke City (h) 31st August 2013
by Gordon Thrower

Battled gamely against the chunky Jones. Probably MOTM as the pick of an average bunch.

2-1 v Hull City (h) 26th March 2014
by Raedwulf

Beaten far too easily in the air by Long on four minutes; off injured on eight.

0-1 v West Bromwich Albion (a) 26th April 2014
by Raedwulf

Slotted in comfortably when JT departed.

0-0 v Newcastle United (a) 24th August 2013
by Trevor Twohig

A mixed bag - Some excellent blocks but some poor decisions.

0-3 v Chelsea (h) 23rd November 2013
by Trevor Twohig

Groan. Another defensive lapse costs us.

0-3 v Chelsea (h) 23rd November 2013
by Gordon Thrower

Oh dear.

0-2 v Manchester United (h) 22nd March 2014
by Raedwulf

Saved Tomkins' blushes early on, did what he needed to do, but didn't add anything beyond that.

3-1 v Southampton (h) 22nd February 2014
by Raedwulf

Mugged by Ramirez on 65. Otherwise untroubled & uninspired in equal measure.

3-1 v Southampton (h) 22nd February 2014
by Gordon Thrower

Ok for much of the game but there were two or three rushes of blood that caused problems.

2-3 v Everton (h) 21st September 2013
by Gordon Thrower

Silly challenge allowed Everton back into the game.

2-3 v Everton (h) 21st September 2013
by Trevor Twohig

Solid, despite his one howler a game.

0-1 v Everton (a) 1st March 2014
by Raedwulf

Dodgy dead balls aside, defended well, getting head or boot in whenever required.

2-0 v Swansea City (h) 1st February 2014
by Raedwulf

Solid and untroubled.

2-0 v Swansea City (h) 1st February 2014
by Gordon Thrower

This was his sort of game – sleeves up and battle away. Took an early – and probably deliberate – elbow from Cheato which Webb saw. Simply dabbed a bit of blood off his lip and got on with it. Someone might want to add that bit of footage to Carroll's appeal tape. And show it to those who think Webb is actually a good ref.

2-1 v Tottenham Hotspur (a) 18th December 2013
by Staff Writer

Captain for the night and led by example. Nearly scored with a cheeky back-pass to Lloris that he saw the funny side of.

2-1 v Tottenham Hotspur (a) 18th December 2013
by Trevor Twohig

One of the best games I have seen him have - no mistakes!

1-3 v Stoke City (a) 15th March 2014
by Staff Writer



0-0 v Southampton (h) 14th September 2013
by Trevor Twohig

Played well. Missed a golden chance to win the game.

0-0 v Sunderland (h) 14th December 2013
by Trevor Twohig

A bit of a liability for me.

0-0 v Sunderland (h) 14th December 2013
by Gordon Thrower

A less error strewn run-out than normal, though even allowing for the fact that Altidore was only stood about six yards away he should have cleared him from that distance.

0-2 v Manchester City (a) 11th May 2014
by Raedwulf



2-0 v Norwich City (h) 11th February 2014
by Raedwulf

Nice flick header for the first goal, not overly tested in defence tonight, long balls forward dodgy again.

2-1 v Pacos de Ferreira (h) 10th August 2013
by Gordon Thrower

Comments to follow...

 

2012/13 Match Notes & Ratings

4-2 v Reading (h) 19th May 2013
by Gordon Thrower

Another battling run out for the defender still known as “Ginge” despite the almost complete absence of barnet.

0-2 v Everton (a) 12th May 2013
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow...

0-0 v Newcastle United (h) 4th May 2013
by Gordon Thrower

Kept Cisse quiet for the most part.

1-2 v Manchester City (a) 27th April 2013
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow...

2-0 v Wigan Athletic (h) 20th April 2013
by Gordon Thrower

Hard to pick an MOTM for this one where we weren’t at our best but, from a back four who all had decent games he was probably the pick so I’ll give it to him.

2-2 v Manchester United (h) 17th April 2013
by Gordon Thrower

Fine performance on a par with the one up at Anfield.

1-1 v Southampton (a) 13th April 2013
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow...

2-3 v Tottenham Hotspur (h) 25th February 2013
by Gordon Thrower

Not sure if it was a good game for Ginge or whether it was Adabeyor making him look good. A bit of both perhaps. Booked while Dembele got away with murder.

2-2 v Manchester United (h) 5th January 2013
by Gordon Thrower

Two great headers for the goals. Strong in defence where he got some important blocks in.

1-2 v Everton (h) 22nd December 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Strangely given the MOTM award by the sponsors. Although there were some important interceptions throughout the game there were a number of occasions where he lost his man in the box – the first goal being a case in point.

3-1 v Chelsea (h) 1st December 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Storming performance – unlucky to be penalised for the disallowed goal.

0-0 v Manchester City (h) 3rd November 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Basically Ginge had decided pre-match that if the opposition were going to score it wasn’t going to be as a result of a failure on his part to put in a block. His best performance for a while. In a match that was notable for the strength of the team performance it’s difficult to give an MOTM but for me he just shaded it.

1-2 v Wigan Athletic (a) 27th October 2012
by Rob Chapman

One fantastically committed challenge in the second half when he looked a distant second best to get there ahead of the forward and gave his all as always. But too often guilty of dispatching the ball as if it was the physical manifestation of some obscure form of medieval witchcraft.

4-1 v Southampton (h) 20th October 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Generally ok but he did get away with a couple of lapses.

1-3 v Arsenal (h) 6th October 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Good in the air but yet again slight lapses of concentration proved costly.

1-1 v Sunderland (h) 22nd September 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Bit of an off day that could have cost us all three points. His sloppy pass gave the ball away and he completely failed to pick up Fletcher for the goal. Can do better.

0-0 v Norwich City (a) 15th September 2012
by Robert Watson

Played very well. Similar to Winston Reid, he won the aerial challenges and defended well (even if he nearly conceded a penalty).

3-0 v Fulham (h) 1st September 2012
by Stuart Jones

Back to being Mr No Nonsense. Only troubled once Berbatov entered the fray in the second half, but there won't be many centre halves over the years who haven't been.

3-0 v Fulham (h) 1st September 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Much-improved from last week’s disaster. Partnered up well with Reid and showed a fine sense of anticipation throughout the match.

0-3 v Swansea City (a) 25th August 2012
by Tom Kilbey

Looked a different player from the one who was a class above everyone else last week. As well as making an error for the goal, he struggled against the Swansea style of play and generally looked uncomfortable. It seems safe to conclude that aerially, he can deal with most players, but when teams try through the defense, he looks nowhere near as comfortable.

1-0 v Aston Villa (h) 18th August 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Outstanding. The sponsors gave him MOTM and, for once I’m inclined to agree.

 

2011/12 Match Notes & Ratings

James Collins is yet to play this season.

 

2010/11 Match Notes & Ratings

James Collins is yet to play this season.

 

2009/10 Match Notes & Ratings

0-0 v Blackburn Rovers (a) 29th August 2009
by East Stand Martin

Some great headers and tackles in what could be his Hammers swansong.

1-2 v Tottenham Hotspur (h) 23rd August 2009
by East Stand Martin

Another decent showing for the hopefully staying Welshman.

1-2 v Tottenham Hotspur (h) 23rd August 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Another decent showing for the hopefully staying Welshman.

2-0 v Wolverhampton Wanderers (a) 15th August 2009
by Andy Stansfield

Won just about everything in the air. And on the ground.

2-0 v Wolverhampton Wanderers (a) 15th August 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Won just about everything in the air. And on the ground.

 

2008/09 Match Notes & Ratings

2-0 v Sunderland (h) 4th April 2009
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Spector, 73 mins) Looked a little ring-rusty following his absence. Good clearance at the death to spare the keeper’s blushes though.

1-2 v Bolton Wanderers (a) 21st February 2009
by John Simkin

Was taken off after only 15 minutes so it is unfair to give him a rating.

1-1 v Middlesbrough (h) 14th February 2009
by John Simkin

fault for the goal but was generally solid.

1-1 v Middlesbrough (h) 14th February 2009
by East Stand Martin

Out of sorts and lost concentration a couple of times – one of which as the goal.

1-1 v Middlesbrough (h) 14th February 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Out of sorts and lost concentration a couple of times – one of which as the goal.

0-1 v Manchester United (h) 8th February 2009
by John Simkin

Managed to get in the way of most things thrown at him.

0-1 v Manchester United (h) 8th February 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Maybe the corner given away before the goal was a tad unnecessary, but other than that he barely put a foot wrong.

0-0 v Arsenal (a) 31st January 2009
by East Stand Martin

Superb. Immense in the air and got in block after block after block.

0-0 v Arsenal (a) 31st January 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Superb. Immense in the air and got in block after block after block.

0-0 v Arsenal (a) 31st January 2009
by John Simkin

Put his body in the way of numerous shots on target. Also headed off the line when Green found himself out of his goal.

2-0 v Hull City (h) 28th January 2009
by John Simkin

Dealt competently with everything that came to him.

2-0 v Hartlepool United (a) 24th January 2009
by John Simkin

Commanding performance from this much improved player.

3-1 v Fulham (h) 18th January 2009
by John Simkin

He is developing a very good partnership with Upson. So far his lack of speed is not causing him any real problems.

2-2 v Newcastle United (a) 10th January 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Slipped at the vital moment for their first goal but dealt with anything in the air with ease.

3-0 v Barnsley (h) 3rd January 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Solid – though it has to be said that his pairing with Tomkins didn’t quite look like a partnership in the same way as his pairing with Upson does.

2-1 v Stoke City (h) 28th December 2008
by East Stand Martin

At fault big time for the goal when he left Fuller unattended. Otherwise coped well with Delap’s throws.

2-1 v Stoke City (h) 28th December 2008
by Gordon Thrower

At fault big time for the goal when he left Fuller unattended. Otherwise coped well with Delap’s throws.

0-0 v Portsmouth (h) 15th November 2008
by East Stand Martin

Same as Upson. Kept Crouch quiet. Had a battle to keep up with Defoe.

0-0 v Portsmouth (h) 15th November 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Same as Upson. Kept Crouch quiet. Had a battle to keep up with Defoe.

1-3 v Everton (h) 8th November 2008
by East Stand Martin

Was having a decent game until he spoilt it with his lapse of concentration for the first goal.

1-3 v Everton (h) 8th November 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Was having a decent game until he spoilt it with his lapse of concentration for the first goal.

1-1 v Middlesbrough (a) 1st November 2008
by Gordon Thrower

A decent performance – the free-kick that led to the goal was harsh and he was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet from a first half set piece.

 

2007/08 Match Notes & Ratings

0-2 v Everton (h) 15th December 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

Yakubu got the better of him several times and he looked ring rusty and cumbersome after a long time out with injury. He would probably have hoped to return in a less taxing fixture.

0-2 v Everton (h) 15th December 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Good in parts but had a couple of aberrations at either end.

5-0 v Derby County (a) 10th November 2007
by Gordon Thrower

(replaced Bowyer, 72) On for a few minutes at the end. Good to see him a) play and b) not get injured in the few minutes he was on.

5-0 v Derby County (a) 10th November 2007
by East Stand Martin

(replaced Bowyer, 72) On for a few minutes at the end. Good to see him a) play and b) not get injured in the few minutes he was on.

3-0 v Middlesbrough (h) 15th September 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Generally sound although he was another one who was guilty of offside antics from time to time.

2-1 v Bristol Rovers (a) 28th August 2007
by Graeme Howlett

(replaced McCartney, 62) Another decent run-out for the Ginger pele who must be close to a first team call-up.

 

2006/07 Match Notes & Ratings

1-0 v Manchester United (a) 13th May 2007
by East Stand Martin

Continued his awesome form of recent weeks by doing it against the best. Ridiculously booked for winning the cleanest of tackles.

1-0 v Manchester United (a) 13th May 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Continued his awesome form of recent weeks by doing it against the best. Ridiculously booked for winning the cleanest of tackles.

3-1 v Bolton Wanderers (h) 5th May 2007
by East Stand Martin

Another good strong match from our resident Swan Vesta impersonator who looked like he enjoyed every minute.

3-1 v Bolton Wanderers (h) 5th May 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Another good strong match from our resident Swan Vesta impersonator who looked like he enjoyed every minute.

3-0 v Wigan Athletic (a) 28th April 2007
by East Stand Martin

Despite being a tad slow on the ground, his aerial ability is invaluable in this kind of fixture.

3-0 v Wigan Athletic (a) 28th April 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

Despite being a tad slow on the ground, his aerial ability is invaluable in this kind of fixture.

1-0 v Everton (h) 21st April 2007
by East Stand Martin

Excellent match. The last ditch tackle on Beattie was superb.

1-0 v Everton (h) 21st April 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Excellent match. The last ditch tackle on Beattie was superb.

1-0 v Arsenal (a) 7th April 2007
by East Stand Martin

Won lots of headers and made some vital interceptions and blocks. Crucially, he stayed on his feet when one on one with his back to goal.

1-0 v Arsenal (a) 7th April 2007
by Graeme Howlett

Won lots of headers and made some vital interceptions and blocks. Crucially, he stayed on his feet when one on one with his back to goal.

2-0 v Middlesbrough (h) 31st March 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

A no nonsense defensive performance from a man whose full fitness could have made a difference this year.

2-0 v Middlesbrough (h) 31st March 2007
by Graeme Howlett

Kept it simple throughout - any threat was instantly dismissed; text-book defending, you might say. He will retain his place in the side with more performances like it - if he can stay fit.

2-1 v Blackburn Rovers (a) 17th March 2007
by Graeme Howlett

Despite being responsible for losing his marker for the goal, Collins was probably the pick of the defenders on show - despite some poor distribution at times. If only he could stay fit ...

2-1 v Blackburn Rovers (a) 17th March 2007
by East Stand Martin

Despite being responsible for losing his marker for the goal, Collins was probably the pick of the defenders on show - despite some poor distribution at times. If only he could stay fit ...

3-3 v Fulham (h) 13th January 2007
by Nick Bull

A gamble to play him, surely? Did not pay off either.

3-3 v Fulham (h) 13th January 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

Clearly not fit. A centre half appears a must after today.

3-3 v Fulham (h) 13th January 2007
by East Stand Martin

Clearly not fit. A centre half appears a must after today.

1-0 v Manchester United (h) 17th December 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Won just about everything. Got blocks in. Got Tackles in. Rooney? Who?

0-2 v Everton (a) 3rd December 2006
by Nick Bull

Did what he was asked to do. Promising considering lack of opportunities this season.

0-2 v Everton (a) 3rd December 2006
by Jacob Steinberg

Strong in the air, but backed off too much.

1-1 v Watford (a) 22nd August 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Seemed to relish the aerial battle and won more than his fair share of headers.

1-1 v Watford (a) 22nd August 2006
by East Stand Martin

Just about the pick of the three centre-halfs on show tonight, Collins - in for his first game of the season - increased his reputation further with a decent display. Earned the biggest (non goal-related) cheer of the night for a diving (and somewhat dramatic) headed clearance in the first-half.

1-1 v Watford (a) 22nd August 2006
by Graeme Howlett

Just about the pick of the three centre-halfs on show tonight, Collins - in for his first game of the season - increased his reputation further with a decent display. Earned the biggest (non goal-related) cheer of the night for a diving (and somewhat dramatic) headed clearance in the first-half.

1-1 v Olympiakos (h) 12th August 2006
by Graeme Howlett

Had a year to settle, now looking the business. Anton and Gabbs will have a much harder run for their money this season.

 

2005/06 Match Notes & Ratings

1-2 v Liverpool (h) 26th April 2006
by East Stand Martin

Stood off the Liverpool players too much

1-0 v Middlesbrough (n) 23rd April 2006
by East Stand Martin

Most improved Hammer anyone? Hasselbaink & co got little change out of Ginge.

1-0 v Middlesbrough (n) 23rd April 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Most improved Hammer anyone? Hasselbaink & co got little change out of Ginge.

1-0 v Manchester City (h) 15th April 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Continues to improve though I would question the wisdom of allowing him to take free-kicks from the edge of the box!

1-0 v Manchester City (h) 15th April 2006
by East Stand Martin

Did well, won a lot of headers.

1-0 v Manchester City (h) 15th April 2006
by Graeme Howlett

Did well, won a lot of headers.

1-4 v Chelsea (a) 9th April 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Strong performance capped by a good header for the goal.

1-4 v Chelsea (a) 9th April 2006
by Graeme Howlett

A lovely goal but he struggled to cope with the threat of Crespo and Drogba.

0-0 v Charlton Athletic (h) 2nd April 2006
by Gordon Thrower

The recent run in the centre alongside his fellow Welshman is paying dividends as he finds his feet at this level.

0-1 v Manchester United (a) 29th March 2006
by Graeme Howlett

Comments to follow.

2-1 v Wigan Athletic (a) 25th March 2006
by Graeme Howlett

Comments to follow.

2-1 v Manchester City (a) 20th March 2006
by Graeme Howlett

Brought in as a last minute replacement for the injured Anton Ferdinand the rarely used centre-half was outstanding, making several important challenges when it mattered.

2-4 v Portsmouth (h) 18th March 2006
by Graeme Howlett

Comments to follow.

2-1 v Norwich City (a) 7th January 2006
by East Stand Martin

Comments to follow.

1-3 v Chelsea (h) 2nd January 2006
by Graeme Howlett

Comments to follow.

0-2 v Charlton Athletic (a) 31st December 2005
by East Stand Martin

Comments to follow.

0-2 v Wigan Athletic (h) 31st December 2005
by Graeme Howlett

Comments to follow.

1-1 v Portsmouth (a) 26th December 2005
by Richard Osborne

Wins every ball and is lethal in front of goal. No surprise he scored.

2-4 v Newcastle United (h) 17th December 2005
by Gordon Thrower

A fair home league debut – unlucky not to score. Needs to concentrate for the full 90 though.

2-1 v Everton (a) 14th December 2005
by Graeme Howlett

Comments to follow.

0-2 v Liverpool (a) 31st October 2005
by East Stand Martin

(Replaced Repka, 82) Shades of Ian Pearce as JC was thrown up front in search of an equaliser. Two minutes after he came on Liverpool notched their second!

0-2 v Liverpool (a) 31st October 2005
by Graeme Howlett

(Replaced Repka, 82) Shades of Ian Pearce as JC was thrown up front in search of an equaliser. Two minutes after he came on Liverpool notched their second!

0-1 v Bolton Wanderers (a) 26th October 2005
by Paul Eastwood

Inexperience showed at times but will improve.

4-2 v Sheffield Wednesday (a) 20th September 2005
by Graeme Howlett

Comments to follow.

 

2004/05 Match Notes & Ratings

James Collins has no entries for this season.