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A Trip Down Sheepfoot Lane - James Tarkowski

17 July 2020

On this week's episode of 'A Trip Down Sheepfoot Lane', Roy Butterworth will be joined by 'one of our own' and current Premier League star James Tarkowski.

The Manchester-born centre-half joined Latics in 2009 and progressed through the club’s academy system with a two-year scholarship.

'Tarky' then made his first start in a 1-0 defeat to Leyton Orient in March 2009 under Paul Dickov before establishing himself as a first-choice centre back alongside Frenchman Jean-Yves Mvoto in the 2012/13 season.

In that season, Tarkowski played a part in Oldham's famous run to the fifth round of the FA Cup, playing in the first-round win over Conference Premier team Kidderminster Harriers and starting in the home draw and away replay defeat to Premier League side, Everton, in the fifth round.

During his time with the club, he made 89 appearances and scored six goals before signing for then League One club Brentford on a three-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee in January 2014.

The centre-back spent three seasons with the Bees, featuring 74 times and netting four goals for the club as well as achieving promotion to the Championship as runners-up.

Tarkowski's big break arrived soon after as he signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Burnley for an undisclosed fee and in his first season with the Clarets won the Championship title.

So far, the 27-year-old has played over 100 times for Sean Dyche’s side, establishing Burnley as a Premier League side and fighting to play in Europe once again.

In March 2018, he also made a name for himself on the international stage with his England debut starting in the 1-1 draw with Italy at Wembley Stadium, and was one of five players named on standby for Gareth Southgate's 23-man England national team squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The videocast has already been recorded earlier in the week so questions do not need to be sent in again.

We'd like to thank James for taking the time out of his busy schedule as the current Clarets captain to share his Latics memories.

This will be available to watch on the club's YouTube channel (OfficialOAFC) tomorrow at 3pm.

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