James Kirby

Personal Information

  • DOB: May 9, 1996
  • Position: Centre-Forward
  • HCitizenship: England

I am a strong and dependable Centre Forward with a proven track record of scoring goals. I like to play with my back to goal and then look to get into the box as fast as possible, and I am also capable of making runs in behind. I score different kinds of goals, as I have a strong weaker foot and good aerial ability. I have a reputation for being a no-nonsense striker, and a very hardworking player who defends from the front. I am 6 foot 1, which makes me an asset for defending set pieces as well as being a threat going forward. I weigh 85kg.

Key Skills

  • First Touch
  • Finishing
  • Hold-up Play
  • Pressing
  • Work Ethic


Played professionally in the National League aged 17.

Represented Salford City under the stewardship of the Class of 92.

Scored 55 goals in 57 games for Sandbach United in the North West Counties League.

This season I have scored 21 goals in 20 leaguegames for Colwyn Bay FC, earning the Players’ Player of the Year, Manager’s Player of the Year, and the Golden Boot.

I have won the North West Counties League Cup, Northern Premier West League, Northern Premier North League, and individually the North West Counties Golden Boot. I was also at Leek Town where we were top of the Northern Premier League South twice, before the leagues were curtailed due to Covid.

Football History

Hyde FC

I made my professional debut for Hyde FC in the National League as a 17 year old. I went on to make 12 appearances in the National League, starting games against Grimsby Town and Forest Green Rovers. My performances earned me a trial at Preston North End FC.

Salford City FC

After a successful loan period with Salford City in 2013, where I scored 3 in 3, I was signed by Salford City for their first season under the ownership of the Class of 92. The team went on to win the Evo-StikNorth League title at the first attempt.

Sandbach United

I played 57 games for Sandbach and scored 55 goals, becoming the clubs record goalscorer at a semi-professional level. I won the North West Counties Player of the Month twice with Sandbach.

Atherton Collieries FC

I signed for Atherton Collieries in the Evo-Stik West where I was in a team that won the title and the North West Cup. I was nominated for a place in Atherton’s Team of the Decade between 2010-20.

Leek Town FC

I signed for Leek Town where I played under experienced Head Coach, Neil Baker who was previously the Assistant Manager of professional sideCrewe Alexandra. Leek were top of the table in the Evo-Stik South in the 19/20 and 20/21 seasons beforethe leagues were frustratingly curtailed due to Covid 19.

Colwyn Bay FC

I spent the 21/22 season with Colwyn Bay FC where I scored 21 goals in 20 league games. Individually I won the Players’ Player of the Year, Manager’s Player of the Year, and the Golden Boot. I won the JD Cymru North Player of the Month twice in a row in January and February 2022.