Sunday 11 August 2013

On this day in 2006: James signs for Portsmouth

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the England goalkeeper moving to the South Coast

  • James kept clean sheets in his first five appearances for the club

  • In total James made 134 top-flight appearances in his four seasons at Portsmouth

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day 11 August 2006: David James joins Portsmouth

Portsmouth signed England goalkeeper David James from Manchester City.

The 34-year-old, who had been at City since January 2004, became Harry Redknapp’s fourth summer signing after the arrival at Fratton Park of Glen Johnson, David Thompson and Sol Campbell, as Portsmouth looked to add experience to a side that had flirted with relegation in their previous two seasons.

James, who had been capped 35 times, made an immediate impact to Pompey’s bright start to the new season, keeping clean sheets in his first five appearances for the club.

As an ever-present in the side in his first season James's displays earned him the club’s Player of the Year award as Portsmouth finished ninth and he broke David Seaman’s Barclays Premier League record of 141 clean sheets.

James went on to captain Pompey to FA Cup final success in 2008 after, in January that year, becoming only the third player, after Gary Speed and Ryan Giggs, to reach 500 Barclays Premier League appearances. In total James made 134 top-flight appearances in his four seasons at Portsmouth.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember David James joining Portsmouth from Man City