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Payne in May 2008
Personal information
Full name Joshua James Payne
Date of birth 25 November 1990 (1990-11-25) (age 30)
Place of birth Basingstoke, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Barnet
Youth career
Portsmouth
Southampton
2007–2008 West Ham United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 West Ham United 2 (0)
2008 → Cheltenham Town (loan) 11 (1)
2009 Colchester United (loan) 3 (0)
2010 Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 3 (1)
2010 Doncaster Rovers 0 (0)
2010–2012 Oxford United 34 (1)
2012 → Aldershot Town (loan) 6 (1)
2012 Aldershot Town 26 (2)
2013–2015 Woking 82 (11)
2015–2016 Eastleigh 38 (4)
2016–2020 Crawley Town 96 (8)
2019–2020 → Ebbsfleet United (loan) 22 (1)
2020–2021 Ebbsfleet United 9 (0)
2021– Barnet 0 (0)
National team
2013–2014 England C 5 (0)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:53, 1 July 2021 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Joshua James Payne (born 25 November 1990) is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Barnet. He has previously played for West Ham United, Cheltenham Town, Colchester United, Wycombe Wanderers, Doncaster Rovers, Oxford United, Aldershot Town, Woking, Eastleigh, Crawley Town and Ebbsfleet United.

Early life

Payne was born and grew up in Basingstoke, where he attended Brighton Hill Community College.

Club career

Payne began his career with Portsmouth and Southampton before moving to West Ham United. He was named as 2008–09 captain of the West Ham Under-18 team, but joined Cheltenham Town on an initial one-month loan on 24 September 2008. He made his debut for Cheltenham against Stockport County on 27 September 2008, scoring a goal in the 66th minute. Payne's loan with Cheltenham Town lasted three months before he returned to West Ham on 22 December 2008. Payne made his West Ham and Premier League debut on 21 March 2009 in a 1–1 away draw against Blackburn Rovers coming on as a 90th-minute substitute for Diego Tristán.

On 22 October 2009 Payne signed for Colchester United on a one-month loan. Payne made his debut for Colchester on 24 October 2009 in a 2–1 home victory against Walsall and was fouled for a penalty, which resulted in Colchester's second and winning goal. Payne returned to West Ham on 20 November, having played only three games for Colchester, as manager Aidy Boothroyd decided not to extend his loan.

On 22 January 2010 Wycombe Wanderers confirmed they had signed Payne on an initial one-month loan. Payne made his debut for Wycombe on 23 January, scoring in a 1–1 away draw against Southend United.

He returned to West Ham on 25 February 2010. In March 2010 it was announced that Payne's contract with West Ham would not be renewed beyond the end of the 2009–10 season.

On 28 July 2010 Payne signed for Doncaster Rovers on an initial six-months contract after a successful trial period at the club. He made his Rovers debut in the League Cup tie against Accrington Stanley on 10 August 2010, scoring his first and Doncaster's only goal in a 2–1 defeat.

On 31 August 2010 Payne joined Oxford United on a one-month loan deal, which was then extended for another three months. Payne subsequently signed a pre-contract agreement with Oxford, making the move permanent. He scored his first goal for Oxford from a free kick in a 3–1 home victory against Northampton on 23 October 2010.

In January 2012 it was confirmed that Payne would be joining Aldershot Town on loan, initially for a month but later extended to the end of the season. On 5 March, the move was made permanent on a free transfer.

On 24 June 2013, shortly after his release from prison, Payne signed for Woking. Payne played 95 league and cup games for Woking. He left the Conference Premier side at the end of the 2014–15 season to join Eastleigh. After a successful debut season with Eastleigh, Payne decided to reject a new one-year deal to venture into The Football League.

On 26 May 2016, Payne joined Crawley Town on a two-year deal. On 6 August 2016, Payne made his Crawley debut in a 1–0 victory against Wycombe Wanderers, playing the full 90 minutes. On 3 October 2019, Payne joined National League club Ebbsfleet United on loan until January 2020. In January 2020, his loan was extended until the end of the season. His contract with Crawley Town was not extended at the end of the 2019–20 season.

Following his release from Crawley, Payne signed a two-year contract with former club Ebbsfleet United in July 2020. He signed for Barnet in July 2021.

Personal life

In December 2012 Payne was sent to prison for twelve months following a conviction for actual bodily harm and common assault following an incident in Guildford town centre in May 2012; upon conviction Aldershot terminated Payne's contract.

Career statistics

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
West Ham United 2008–09 Premier League 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2009–10 Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
Cheltenham Town (loan) 2008–09 League One 11 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 13 1
Colchester United (loan) 2009–10 League One 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 2009–10 League One 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Doncaster Rovers 2010–11 Championship 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1
Oxford United 2010–11 League Two 28 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 30 1
2011–12 League Two 6 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 9 0
Total 34 1 2 0 0 0 3 0 39 1
Aldershot Town (loan) 2011–12 League Two 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Aldershot Town 2011–12 League Two 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1
2012–13 League Two 15 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 18 1
Total 32 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 36 3
Woking 2013–14 Conference Premier 40 3 1 0 2 0 43 3
2014–15 Conference Premier 42 8 2 0 5 2 49 10
Total 82 11 3 0 7 2 92 13
Eastleigh 2015–16 National League 38 4 5 1 2 0 45 5
Crawley Town 2016–17 League Two 32 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 33 1
2017–18 League Two 35 5 0 0 1 0 3 0 39 5
2018–19 League Two 27 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 29 1
2019–20 League Two 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 5 1
Total 96 8 2 0 3 0 5 0 106 8
Ebbsfleet United (loan) 2019–20 National League 22 1 2 1 2 0 26 2
Ebbsfleet United 2020–21 National League South 9 0 1 0 1 0 11 0
Barnet 2021–22 National League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 332 30 19 2 6 1 20 2 377 35
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