James Chester is a Welsh international who plays for Stoke City. Born on 23rd January 1989, the versatile defender began his career as a schoolboy at Manchester United before going on to make one first-team appearance for the club in a 2009 League Cup semi-final against Derby County – United would lift the trophy that season. After loan spells at Peterborough United, Plymouth Argyle and Carlisle United, he signed for Championship club Hull in January 2011. During four years with the Tigers he gained promotion to the Premier League in 2012/13 and scored the opening goal in the 2014 FA Cup Final – although Hull would ultimately lose 3-2 to Arsenal. West Brom paid £8m for the Welshman in July 2015 before selling him for a £1m profit to Aston Villa a year later. Chester made his international debut in June 2014 and was a member of the Wales squad at UEFA Euro 2016.