|Full name||James Newton Walker|
|Nationality||Antigua & Barbuda|
|Caps (goals)||1 (0)|
|Rovers apps (goals)a||4 (1)|
|Date of birth||25 November 1987|
in Hackney, London
|Height||5 ft 11 in|
|26 September 2006 from Charlton Athletic (loan)|
|26 October 2006 to join Charlton Athletic|
|a League appearances and goals only|
Last updated by Gasheadsteve on 4/04/2013
James Walker is a striker who had a one month loan spell at Rovers during the 2006-07 season. He joined Rovers from Charlton Athletic and played four League Two games for the Pirates, as well as one in the Johnstone's Paints Trophy. He scored one goal during this spell, the winner in a 1-0 victory over Boston United, which was the first senior goal of his career.
James came through the Charlton Athletic youth system, and although he never made a first team appearance for the Addicks, he made several loan moves during his time at The Valley. These loan moves were to Hartlepool United, Rovers, Leyton Orient, Notts County, Yeovil Town and Southend United. In the summer of 2008 he made his move to Southend permanent, but by the start of the 2009–10 season he had fallen out of favour at Roots Hall and joined Hereford United on a month's loan late in September.
After a month at Hereford the Bulls were keen to extend the deal further, but James returned to Southend to fight for his place in the Shrimpers first team. The fight was unsuccessful however, and on 1 February 2010 he was moved to Gillingham on a free transfer. He was released by Gillingham in the summer of 2010 and picked up by former club Leyton Orient on a three-month deal in September, later extended by a further month, before being released again in January. After an unsuccessful trial with Grimsby Town, he signed a short-term deal with Conference South side Woking in March.
He continued playing Conference South football the following season, when he joined Dover Athletic on a year-long deal. He was released in 2012 having made 33 league appearances, 14 of which were from the bench, and scored six goals for The Whites. He then joined Eastbourne Borough, again in the Conference South. After making 16 league appearances and scoring three goals he left the club in February 2013, citing family & personal reasons for his departure.
|2005–06||→Hartlepool United (loan)||4||0|
|2006–07||→Bristol Rovers (loan)||4||1|
|2006–07||→Leyton Orient (loan)||14||2|
|2006–07||→Notts County (loan)||8||0|
|2007–08||→Yeovil Town (loan)||13||3|
|2007–08||→Southend United (loan)||15||4|
|2009–10||→Hereford United (loan)||6||1|
Record against RoversEdit
James has played three times against Bristol Rovers, all games were at the Memorial Stadium, and twice he ended up on the losing side. The first time he faced the Pirates was when he was with Notts County in 2007, when two goals from Stuart Nicholson sank the Magpies, while the second time he was beaten by Rickie Lambert netting four times against Southend United. He was also an unused substitute in Gillingham's 1–0 victory over Rovers in February 2010.
|17 March 2007||Notts County||Memorial Stadium||2–0 to Rovers||Replaced David Pipe after 74 mins|
|25 October 2008||Southend United||Memorial Stadium||4–2 to Rovers||Subbed off after 63 mins|
|13 November 2010||Leyton Orient||Memorial Stadium||3–0 to Orient||Came on after 74 minutes|
James's international career didn't begin until he had dropped out of the Football League. His first international call up came while playing for Eastbourne Borough in the Conference South in September 2012, when he was invited to join the Antigua & Barbuda squad for a pair of World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala.
The Antiguans had reached the third stage of CONCACAF's World Cup qualifying competition by topping their group in the second round, finishing above Haiti, Curaçao and the US Virgin Islands, after receiving a bye through the first round. They had already played two third-round group matches before James was brought into the squad, and for the first of the two games he was called up for he remained on the bench throughout, watching his side lose 3–1 to the Guatemalans.
He won his first and only cap four days later, when he was brought on as a 75th-minute substitute in a 1–0 defeat to the same opponents. He wasn't included in the squad for the final two group games, and Antigua & Barbuda were eliminated from the competition, finishing bottom of their group behind the United States, Jamaica and Guatemala with just one point from six games.
- N.B. Antigua & Barbuda's score is given first. (Source: fifa.com)
|11 Sept 2012||Guatemala||0–1||Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, St John's||FIFA World Cup qualifier|