Mudge, Jamie

Birth Date

25th March 1983

Birthplace

Exeter, Devon

Occupation

Forward

Biographical Text

Jamie Mudge was a youth trainee at Exeter City who, after a promising start, was destined to only make three substitute appearances for the first team. He became best-known for his time at Tiverton Town for whom he scored 136 times in 335 games.

Jamie joined Exeter City as a trainee in 1999 and became a professional the following year as he enjoyed a successful goal-a-game season for City’s under-19 team in the Football League Youth Alliance in 2000/01. He made his first-team debut as a substitute in a goalless draw against Macclesfield Town in February 2001 and came on twice more the following month against Cheltenham and Shrewsbury.

There was then an alleged ‘falling out’ and, although Exeter retained his Football League registration in case other clubs showed interest, Jamie signed for Tiverton Town scoring four times on his debut against Exmouth Town in the Devon St Luke’s Bowl in November 2001. This was the start of things to come and, over the next six seasons Jamie was to score more than 110 goals as Tiverton became an established Southern League side.

Inevitably, with Exeter City striving to return to the Football League,  there was periodic speculation that Jamie might return to St James’ Park. In July 2004 this appeared possible when, according to the BBC, Jamie appeared in a pre-season friendly prompting manager Eamonn Dolan to say as Jamie trained with the club and mulled over a new deal at Tiverton:

"It's amicable. I've not set a deadline for him to commit. We've got the potential to improve Jamie and he's got the potential to improve us - that's why we are after him. He's got two very good options - one with us and one with Tiverton. But Jamie is his own man and it has got to be right for him."

In the event Jamie remained at Ladysmead and had his most successful season of all in 2004/05 when he netted 33 league and cup goals. However, by the summer of 2007, Jamie was suffering from injury and dropped down a couple of levels to play for Dawlish where he was to score thirty times leading to another offer to train with Exeter City and play for the reserves in midweek games. Again nothing came of the renewed association and, now fully-fit, Jamie agreed terms with Dorchester in June 2008. 

It was to be a brief stay in Dorset with Jamie rejoining Tiverton in January 2009 although, after scoring six times in twelve games, he was to suffer a knee injury which put his football on hold. Re-emerging at Bideford in July 2010, Jamie was back at Dorchester a few months later before, after a brief loan at Willand Rovers, switching to Weymouth to join ex-Tivvy manager Martyn Rogers. But, when his old boss left the Terras in summer 2011, so did Jamie in the direction of Bideford where he played a few games in the club’s 2011/12  promotion-winning campaign. Thereafter, with Jamie playing on a non-contract basis and sometimes registered with more than one club at a time, the moves came thick and fast and even included a spell in the Devon & Exeter League during 2013/14. Then, between July 2014 and February 2017, Jamie had a period of appearing fairly regularly once again for Tiverton managing to add another 17 goals to his Ladysmead tally before turning out for Alphington followed by Exwick Villa where he was manager in 2021/22. More latterly, as his 40th birthday approached, Jamie was playing for a successful Crediton United side in the SW Peninsula League during 2022/23.

Appearances

Exeter City

League 3 (all as substitute)

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