DATE OF BIRTH | 28th April 2000

PLACE OF BIRTH | Huddersfield

HEIGHT | 6’1″

James was born in Huddersfield and began his career in his native Yorkshire with the FC Halifax academy but was unable to break into the 1st team. James was released from The Shay at the end of the 2018/19 season.

After a couple of years away from football, James signed for FC Isle of Man on 16th July 2021. He made his Ravens debut against Congleton Town in the North West Counties League Premier Division on 7th August 2021 and scored his 1st Ravens goal during his debut in a 2-2 draw.

Finished the 2021/22 season as FC Isle of Man’s top scorer with 42 goals, pipping his partner Brian Esperance by 1 goal and was voted FC Isle of Man’s Supporters’ Young Player of the Season.

His partnership with Brian Esperance flourished in the 2022/23 season, scoring 30 goals himself and an all important 4 goals against Kidsgrove Athletic on the final day of the season to seal the North West Counties League Premier Division title.

He was voted FC Isle of Man’s Young Player of the season in 2022/23.

Another 24 goals during 2023/24 in an injury disrupted 1st season in the Northern Premier League Division 1 North West saw him voted, again, FC Isle of Man’s Young Player of the Season for the 3rd year in a row. James scored FC Isle of Man’s equaliser to restore hope against Walton Casuals in the 3-1 playoff final defeat at Bescot Stadium.

7th July 2024 | FC Isle of Man beat Cleator Moor Celtic 9-0 at Birks Lane. New signing James Sunderland scored twice in his first appearance #PreSeason