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21: Jamie Young 2013/2014

Jamie Young: 2012/2013 Biography & Statistics

Jamie is an Australian-born keeper of Scottish/Sri Lankan descent, who played for Albany Creek Excelsior's youth side and was a member of Eastern Suburbs' first team at the age of 15!

He then attended the Queensland Academy of Sport before coming to the UK for a youth team trial at Reading; he wasn't signed on that occasion but, undaunted, he tried again and was rewarded by being signed as a scholar in the summer of 2001.

His excellent performances in the youth and reserve sides at the Madejski Stadium (coupled with his holding a British passport) saw him make his England under-18 debut against Tunisia in November 2002 and three more caps quickly followed.

The 2003-04 season brought two caps at under-19 level, but the consistent form of Marcus Hahnemann meant that Jamie's main involvement with reading was as an unused substitute; his only appearance came as the result of a second half injury to the aforementioned American against Stoke City in the Championship in early March 2004. In October of that year, Jamie made his England under-20 debut against Holland before making three more appearances in the end-of-season Toulon Tournament.

His next club action came in the form of a six-month loan move to League 2 side Rushden and Diamonds in the 2005-06 campaign. However, whilst Jamie's performances were often commendable (the Diamonds were unbeaten in his first four appearances), that of his defenders became less pleasing as the campaign progressed, which caused the Northamptonshire side to rethink their strategy and allow Jamie to return to Berkshire.

He was selected for the Football League's under-21 side against Italy in January 2006 (but didn't play) before being released by the Royals in the summer. He became one of new Wycombe Wanderers boss Paul Lambert's first signings in the August, with his first four outings for the Chairboys, including a League Cup tie against FA Premier League side Fulham, all ended in victory; he made 24 appearances in the 2006-07 season, helping the club attain a mid-table finish.

Jamie was beset by bad luck in only his third appearance of the following campaign: in the second half of a League 2 encounter against Shrewsbury Town in late September, he tore his hamstring whilst attempting to make a clearance. The injury kept him from making his fourth (and final) appearance of the season until he came on as a substitute for the injured Frank Fielding in the final league game of the 'regular' season against Bradford City; he was then an unused substitute in both legs of the play-off semi-final defeat against Stockport County.

The form of other keepers saw Jamie move down the pecking order at Adams Park, with him making just 20 appearances across the next two seasons. He regained his place in mid-February 2009 and proceeded to keep seven clean sheets in 15 games (including a shut-out against the Shots in mid-April) as Wycombe pipped Bury to the third and final League 2 promotion spot on goal difference .

He made just three appearances for the Buckinghamshire club in 2009-10, with his last game being in mid-November; he was released two months later and joined Aldershot Town on a non-contract basis in March 2010. He made his debut at the end of the month, coming on as a substitute (for Marvin Morgan) in the dying minutes at Bury following the sending off of regular stopper Mikhael-Jaimez-Ruiz; Jamie made his full debut the following week (at Macclesfield Town) as a result of Mikhael's suspension and saved a penalty after just two minutes, which meant he had faced two spot kicks in the first three minutes of his Aldershot career!

His strength and confidence soon established him as the Shots' first choice keeper in their successful run-in to the play-offs. Unfortunately, he suffered a bad leg injury in the first half of the home leg of the semi-final against Rotherham United and then missed the return leg of the aggregate defeat.

Having signed a new one-year contract in June 2010, Jamie performed consistently throughout the 2010-11 season, during which he played in the excellent 2-1 victory over League 1 side Brentford in an FA Cup first round replay and the disappointing 2-0 loss at Conference South outfit Dover Athletic in the next round.

He made his 100th career appearance in the eventful home defeat by Bury in late October (marking the occasion by saving a first half penalty), was the only player to be ever-present in each of the club's 52 games in all competitions and signed a one-year contract extension shortly after the season's end.

Jamie played in the giant-killing defeat of Championship side West Ham United in the League Cup first round at Upton Park in late August 2011 (the Shots' first-ever win in the competition), but spent the early part of the 2011-12 season as deputy to Ross Worner. However, Ross suffered a long-term back injury in early March and the incoming Jamie was soon excellent form, which was topped-off by a man-of-the-match performance at Crewe Alexandra on the final day of the campaign.

Signed a one-year contract extension in the summer of 2012.

Career Stats:

Reading - 0 + 1 appearance;

Rushden and Diamonds (on loan) - 23 + 1 appearances;

Wycombe Wanderers - 45 + 3 appearances

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Jamie Young's Details
Squad No: 21
Position: Goalkeeper
Weight: 12st 9lbs (80Kg)
Height: 5' 11"
Date of Birth: 25/08/1985
Place of Birth: Brisbane, Australia
Former Clubs: Reading, Rushden and Diamonds (on loan), Wycombe Wanderers
Debut Match: As substitute v Bury (A), League 2, 27.3.10
Joined Club: March 2010
Transfer Fee (Bought): Free
Jamie's Club Stats: This Season Club Total
Appearances: 24 114
Sub Appearances: - 2
Goals: - -
Penalties: - -
Own Goals: 2 2
Total Apps/Goals: 24/0 116/0