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Strictly’s David James declared bankrupt after costly divorce from ex-wife

Strictly’s David James declared bankrupt after costly divorce from ex-wife

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Former England footballer David James has swapped the pitch for the Strictly dance floor as he takes partt in the latest series.

The 49-year-old has won a new army of fans with his performances on the show.

David clocked up 53 caps for England before going on to work as player manager in India at Kerala Blasters FC.

He also worked as a BT Sport pundit and appeared on The Great Sport Relief Bake Off in 2016.

But his time in the limelight hasn’t always been so rosy.

David hit a low point in 2014 when he was declared bankrupt – despite earning around £20million from football.

David James with his Strictly partner Nadiya Bychkova


His debts spiralled after a costly divorce from wife Tanya in 2005, with whom he shares four children.

David’s money woes following the split led him to selling off some priceless memorabilia from his long and glittering career.

David James, comedian Chris Ramsay and actress Emma Barton were all confirmed as stars of Strictly 2019


Treasured football shirts, shorts and footballs were picked over at an online auction.

An England shirt that James wore as a substitute in the Three Lions’ 1-0 World Cup win over Argentina in 2002 fetched £672.

While a Liverpool FC goalkeeper’s jersey worn during the Reds’ 1995/96 season sold for more than £160 and a Portsmouth No 1 top James wore in 2008 went for £480.

Other goods included a boxed and unused retro Raleigh Chopper bicycle which went for more than £1,000 after drawing the attention of 26 bidders.

David James' Auctioned Football items

David James’ Auctioned Football items

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As well as sporting memorabilia, vinyl records, music equipment and even a petrol-driven chainsaw were auctioned through Kent-based Hilco.

The site had promised the sale would feature “unique football memorabilia and personal effects from one of England’s most iconic goalkeepers”.

At the time it was understood David’s ex demanded a share of his future earnings. His assets at the time were thought to be around £6m and the couple owned seven properties.

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