| James Bittner|
| (1982-02-02) 2 February 1982 (age 33)|
Plymouth Argyle F.C. (#21 / Goalkeeper)
James Bittner Wikipedia
James Mark Bittner (born 2 February 1982) is an English professional footballer who plays for Newport County as a goalkeeper. He is also the club's goalkeeper coach.
Bittner started as a YTS at Swindon Town in 1998, before signing for Fulham in 2000.
After spending time at Bournemouth and Queens Park Rangers he signed for Exeter City playing 42 times for the club. This was then followed by 2 injury plagued years at Torquay United and Woking.
After recovering from a long term shoulder injury Bittner then joined Salisbury City in 2007. He played eighty-six games and in three seasons at the club. He was loaned out to Chippenham Town in September 2007 for a month after recovering from a broken finger he sustained in September 2007.
Bittner joined Forest Green Rovers in 2010 and was awarded with the Supporters Player of the Season trophy for his performances in his first season at The New Lawn. In May 2011, Bittner signed a new contract until the summer of 2013. He stated after signing the new contract: "I had a couple of offers but there was no chance of me leaving. The club is financially sound now and with the gaffer (Dave Hockaday) and the chairman (Dale Vince) on board – the future is really bright." Manager Hockaday added: "James is as good as there is in the league and I am delighted to have him on board."
Bittner left for Hereford United in 2012, making 42 appearances, before joining Newport County on a short-term contract. After leaving Newport, he returned to Salisbury for a second spell as player coach.
Bittner signed for Plymouth Argyle in July 2014 as second-choice goalkeeper behind Luke McCormick. Bittner, made his Plymouth Argyle and football league debut on the 24 January 2015, aged 32, replacing the injured McCormick at half time. The match ended in a 1–1 draw.
In July 2015 Bittner signed a new player/coach contract with Plymouth Argyle after agreeing to take the role of the club's new goalkeeper coach under new manager Derek Adams. At the age of 33 Bittner finally made his first football league start in the League Two game against York City on 14 November 2015, with Argyle winning 2–1.
On 16 June 2016, Bittner rejoined Newport County as goalkeeper player/coach under manager Warren Feeney. When Feeney and his assistant manager Andy Todd were sacked on 28 September 2016, Bittner and fellow first team coach Sean McCarthy were named joint caretaker managers. Their only matches in charge were the 2–1 home defeat against Swansea City Under 23's in the League Trophy fixture on 4 October 2016 and the League Two 0–0 draw versus Colchester United on 8 October 2016. Graham Westley was appointed team manager effective from 10 October 2016 with Dino Maamria his assistant manager and Mccarthy released by the club. Bittner made his debut for Newport County on 22 October 2016 versus Plymouth Argyle replacing Joe Day in the 36th minute when Day was sent off. Plymouth won the match 3–1 In June 2017 Bittner signed a one year contract extension.