Oakley, Matt

Birth Date

17th August 1977





Biographical Text

Midfielder Matt Oakley was brought to St James Park at the start of the 2011/12 season, on a loan spell from Leicester.

A thigh injury cut his initial Grecians stint to just seven games, but he was back in the South West following his release from the Foxes at the end of the season and signed permanent terms.

It was just as the City fans were beginning to see Oakley at his very best that he was added to the Grecians’ ever-growing injury list in 2013 – landing heavily after a challenge against Gillingham, he ripped the tendons in his shoulder and required specialist treatment that kept him out for the remainder of the year. He returned in 2013/14, and would feature 24 times.

The Peterborough-born man is better known to many outside the West Country as a veteran of over 300 Southampton games, as well as having had lengthy spells in the East Midlands with Derby and Leicester. He was an FA Cup runner-up with the Saints in 2003 and represented England four times as an under-21.

Oakley was appointed assistant manager at Exeter for the start of the 2017-18 season.

He joined Paul Tisdale at Milton Keynes, another League 2 club, after a 2nd Wembley defeat at the end of 2017/18 season.



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