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James Bransgrove

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Place of birth  Harlow, England
0000–2012  Waltham Abbey
Height  1.95 m
Position  Goalkeeper
Playing position  Goalkeeper
2012–2013  Brentford
Weight  78 kg
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Full name  James Arthur Bransgrove
Date of birth  (1995-05-12) 12 May 1995 (age 21)
Number  29 (Colchester United F.C. / Goalkeeper)

James Arthur Bransgrove (born 12 May 1995) is a retired professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper.


Bransgrove was signed by Brentford from Waltham Abbey in 2012, and a year later he was signed to Colchester United's Academy. After helping Colchester's under-18s to league and cup success, he progressed into the under-21 development squad while experiencing loans away from Colchester with Bishop's Stortford, Maldon & Tiptree and Wealdstone. He made his professional debut for Colchester in May 2016. He announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 21 in December 2016 to pursue a career in business.

Club career

Born in Harlow, Bransgrove was signed by Brentford from Waltham Abbey at the age of 17. He joined Colchester United's Academy from Brentford in the summer of 2013 and impressed in the under-18 side at Colchester. He received a call-up to the Scotland under-18 side following an unbeaten start to the 2013–14 season. The season ended in glory for the under-18 side as Bransgrove helped them to a league title and cup winning double. He made several important saves in the Youth Alliance Cup final on 29 April 2014 during Colchester's 4–2 win against Bradford City at Valley Parade.

Bransgrove made the step-up to the under-21 development squad in the 2014–15 season, where early on he made a crucial penalty save during Colchester's 3–2 win against his old club Brentford at Florence Park. He also provided an assist for Drey Wright after he latched on to Bransgrove's long goal kick. He was named on the first-team bench for the first time on 9 November 2014 for Colchester's FA Cup first round clash against Gosport Borough, although he was unused during the 6–3 win. He joined Conference South side Bishop's Stortford on 12 March 2015 and impressed on his debut during a 0–0 draw with Sutton United. After making seven league appearances for the club, he was recalled early by Colchester during the midst of a goalkeeper injury crisis. As a result, Bransgrove was again named on the first-team bench for Colchester when they were beaten 6–0 by Chesterfield on 14 April.

Bransgrove signed a new one-year deal with Colchester in the summer of 2015, but was then ruled out for several months following knee surgery. He made a return to action in December 2015 in the Essex Senior Cup as Colchester saw off Canvey Island on penalties. He was named on the bench again for Colchester's 3–2 FA Cup win against Altrincham on 6 December, before he was sent out on loan to Maldon & Tiptree for one month on 22 January 2016. He made six league appearances and one cup appearance for the Jammers. He was then loaned out again on 4 March to Wealdstone for one month, where he made five appearances. He signed a new three-year contract with Colchester on 27 April 2016.

Despite dislocating his finger in training earlier in the week, Bransgrove was handed his professional debut by Colchester caretaker manager Steve Ball on 8 May 2016. Fellow Colchester goalkeeper Dillon Barnes missed his own opportunity to make his professional debut after getting caught in traffic, meaning Bransgrove was selected for the game ahead of the absent Barnes. He conceded two goals as the U's lost their final game of the season 2–1.

Bransgrove made his first appearance of the 2016–17 season on 4 October in Colchester's 2–1 defeat to Southampton U23 in the EFL Trophy.

In December 2016, Bransgrove announced that he was to retire from professional football in order to pursue a career in business, having undertaken a Business Management degree with the Open University.

International career

Bransgrove was called up to a Scotland under-18 training camp in November 2013 after helping his Colchester United under-18 side to twelve wins out of twelve during the 2013–14 season. He was called up to the under-21 side for the first time in August 2016 for Scotland's games against Macedonia and Ukraine.


Colchester United U18
  • 2013–14 Football League Youth Alliance South East winner
  • 2013–14 Football League Youth Alliance Cup winner
  • References

    James Bransgrove Wikipedia

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