Lloyd James is a Welsh footballer who was born in Bristol on 16th February 1988. James can play as either a central midfielder or right back. He began his career with Southampton, and was part of the academy side in 2005 that won the league championship and reached the final of the FA Youth Cup. The Welshman represented his country at under 17 and under 19 level, before appearing for the under 21 side for the first time on 15th November 2005 against Cyprus.
James made his Southampton debut in The Championship on 9th August 2008, in a 2-1 opening day defeat at Cardiff. James was a regular for the entire 2008/09 campaign, playing in 45 matches, mostly from right back. James had an inconsistent first season at St Marys, and couldn't help the side from being relegated to League 1.
Under new boss Alan Pardew, James started the 2009/10 season playing in his old position of midfield. An injury to Graeme Murty early into the campaign saw James return to right-back, however. James' performances improved under Pardew, with the Welshman providing many assists in a high scoring Saints team. James missed a penalty in a shootout in the JPT Southern semi-final against Norwich, which Saints eventually went on to win. The Bristolian scored his first senior goal on December 26th against Exeter City. That was followed up on January 26th, when he netted his second, a thunderous strike from outside the area at Brentford. After Jon Otsemobor's arrival in January though, James found his opportunities limited. His final appearance for the club came on May 1st in a 2-1 defeat at Gillingham. James was released by Southampton on 15th May 2010.
After a successful two week trial, James joined League 1 side Colchester United on 22nd July 2010, signing a two year deal. James made his competitive debut for The U's in the Carling Cup on August 10th against Hereford. His first league appearance for Colchester came against his former club Southampton on September 18th, coming on for the injured Marc Tierney. James had a decent first season at The Weston Homes Community Stadium, and played 32 times for The U's during 2010/11, mostly from midfield. He was a semi-regular the following season too, netting twice in a 4-1 win over Crewe on 12th November. He also scored in another 4-1 win over Bury on December 10th. James had a short spell on loan at Crawley in March 2012
James joined Leyton Orient just prior to the 2012/13 season. James helped The O's reach Football League Trophy Southern Final in his first campaign, and played at Wembley the following season, as Orient lost the League One play-off final on penalties to Rotherham. As the club's first choice taker, James stepped up to score his team's first in the shootout. His first goal for the club came earlier that season in a 5-2 FA Cup win over Southport.
James missed six months of action after suffering a broken leg on 27th September 2014. His absence was certainly felt as Orient were relegated. James scored in a 3-3 draw with Gillingham in April 2015, not long after his return. The former Saints started 2015/16 well, notching three times from the spot inside the opening month