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Jamie O’Hara

Position: Midfield

Age 31 (25 September, 1986)           Height 5ft 11in (1.80M)

Previous Club:  Gillingham     Born: Dartford

Jamie joined BTFC in March 2017 after leaving League One, Gillingham. An ex-Premier League player and England U-21 international, he broke through, aged 21, into the Spurs first team. Now fully fit, after a succession of injuries, he brings top-level class to the midfield.

Renowned for his passing ability, both long and short, Jamie has the ability to retain possession under pressure and an eye for an incisive pass. A high level of technical quality, he is very effective in taking free-kicks and on set pieces.

Jamie spent 5 years in the Arsenal Youth set-up until, aged 17, he switched to Tottenham in 2003. Football development would come via successful loan spells at League One clubs Chesterfield (Jan-May 2006) and Millwall (Aug-Dec 2007). With the extra motivation of being from a Lions supporting family, he developed rapidly at the Den. This brought him to the attention of then Spurs boss, Juande Ramos. On 22 Dec, 2007 Jamie debuted in the North London derby. Now a regular, his 1st Spurs goal was v Slavia Prague in a UEFA Cup tie in Feb 2008.

A change in manager at Spurs saw Jamie loaned in 2009-10 to Premier league side, Portsmouth. An FA Cup final appearance v Chelsea, and selection as Pompey fans “Player of the Season”, testified to a successful campaign. After back surgery curtailed early 2010-11, Jamie moved to Wolves on loan in January 2011. His spell started well enough to earn him a permanent £3.5m transfer in June 2011. However, persistent injuries, and two successive relegations under five different managers, meant his three and a half year stay ended in frustration.

Next stop in August 2014 for Jamie was Championship side Blackpool where he impressed sufficiently to stay for the 2014-15 season. In July 2015, he joined Championship side, Fulham. After a successful season as an ever-present, he moved in summer 2016 to League One side, Gillingham, where, due to a foot injury, he only briefly featured in the team and subsequently moved on to BTFC.

STAT ATTACK

Appearances

2016-17: League 4 (2) – 1 Goal; Cup 1 start

2017-18: League 13 (3) – 3 Goals; Cup 5 (4)

BTFC Debut

25 March, 2017, 0-3 v Dulwich Hamlet (A)

First Goal

8 April, 2017: 2-4 v Enfield Town (H)

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