Andy Marriott, who once appeared as a substitute for Wales against Brazil in Brazil, was part of the squad that helped Exeter City return to the Football League. Having previously appeared for clubs such as Nottingham Forest, Wrexham, Barnsley and Torquay United Andy remained with the Grecians in an administrative capacity and later played a few games for the club in League One.
Andy started his career as a trainee at Arsenal in 1988 before joining Nottingham Forest for a fee of £50,000 a year later. He made 11 league appearances for Forest but also had spells on loan with West Bromwich Albion, Blackburn Rovers, Colchester United and Burnley. A £200,000 fee took Andy to Wrexham in October 1993 where, in the longest and most productive phase of his career, he featured in over 250 league and cup matches. Andy also played for Wales during his time with Wrexham making his debut against Switzerland in April in 1996 before going on to win five caps one of which was as a substitute against Brazil in Brasilia in November 1997. He had also represented England at under-21 level earlier in his career.
Moving to Sunderland in July 1998 in another £200,000 deal Andy played only a handful of games before being loaned to Wigan Athletic and eventually freed to sign for Barnsley in March 2001 for whom he was to make 54 league appearances. Then, after a brief stint with Birmingham City, Andy moved to Beira Mar in Portugal and on to Coventry City, Colchester United and Bury in fairly quick succession. His next move was to Devon, where his family had business interests, with Torquay United in March 2005 immediately establishing himself as first choice and making 57 league appearances up until the end of 2005/06. Thereafter, returning to the East Midlands, Andy spent 2006/07 with Boston United as the Lincolnshire club were relegated from the Football League.
Back in Devon Andy agreed terms with Exeter City in June 2007 soon after the club’s play-off final defeat against Morecambe. Making his debut against Altrincham on 11 August 2007, Andy played regularly until April 2008 until losing his place to Paul Jones who went on to appear in the play-off victory over Cambridge United.
Becoming more involved in the administration of the club, and eventually serving as general manager, Andy spent 2008/09 on the bench as Paul Jones started every competitive fixture. He then reappeared in 2009/10 to make thirteen League One appearances plus another three outings in cup ties. Andy’s final game for the Grecians came against Stockport on 20 February 2010, this also being his final professional appearance.
Leaving Exeter City later that year, Andy spent a period working as assistant sporting and technical director at West Bromwich Albion before working as travel manager for a Formula One team and later going into business in the driver training sector.
League 52; Cups 4 (56)