762 Andy Oakes

Biography

Imposing and agile goalkeeper Andrew Mark “Andy” Oakes was born in the Northwich, in the heart of the Cheshire salt industry, and spent his teenage years in the youth systems at Burnley and Bury where he was well known by experienced player Warren Joyce and his football coach father Walter Joyce. By the age of 18 Oakes was playing in local village football for Barnton when he came to the attention of Conference side Macclesfield Town. He managed only one first team game for the Silkmen before moving to Winsford United in the 1998 close season. He found a regular first team game at Winsford and by December 1998 Hull City manager Warren Joyce recognised that the teenager he knew from Burnley and the young man showing good form in the Northern Premier League were one and the same. City paid a modest five figure sum for Oakes and quickly put him into the first team ahead of the willing but error-prone local-born keeper Steve Wilson.

During the next six months Joyce engineered the remarkable Great Escape season that transformed a broken City side six points adrift at the foot of the table at Christmas, and staring at a future in the lower leagues, into a cohesive squad that won numerous games and pulled clear of the trap door with a couple of games to spare. Oakes played a key role in that recovery, although so did Wilson – Andy started 20 games folloiwng his debut in mid-December 1998 and Willo started eight. Oakes was a fine shotstopper who commanded his box and demonstrated strong ball distribution skills. By the end of the season it became apparent that clubs from further up the Football League were circling and Oakes left City in June 1999 after only seven months at the club.

Derby County paid a £465,000 fee for Andy Oakes and he was quickly loaned the Port Vale to gain experience, thanks to another Hull City connection – the Valiants were managed by ex-Tiger Brian Horton. This move was not a success as he made no first team starts so he returned to Derby. After two seasons as Derby’s second choice keeper and occasional first team deputy, he was finally handed the first team shirt on a regular basis in January 2002. Alas this was a relegation season for the Rams and for the next two and half years Andy returned to life of second choice keeper, warming up with the giant Estonian netminder Mart Poom most weeks and occasionally starting when injury required it. Oakes left Derby in March 2005 for Walsall and for a season and a bit under Sadlers’ manager Paul Merson he was a first team regular again, but left in the 2006 close season when Walsall were relegated to League Two. He spent 2006/07 at Swansea, where he started only a handful of games, then had two seasons at Darlington where he was again first team reserve. His 11 year league career came to an end when he retired in 2009 having made only 131 senior starts in all competitions.

In 2010 Oakes started working in the pensions and investments industry as an advisor.

Details

Nationality: England
Date/Place of Birth: 11 January 1977, Northwich
Hull City First Game: 19 December 1998, Swansea City H (League Division 3), 21 years, 342 days old
Hull City Final Game: 8 May 1999, Swansea City A (League Division 3), 22 years, 117 days old

Clubs

Macclesfield Town (1995-1998), Winsford United (1998), Hull City (1998-1999), Derby County (1999-2005), Port Vale (1999, loan), Bolton Wanderers (2004-2005, loan), Walsall (2005-2006), Swansea City (2006-2007), Darlington (2007-2009)

Hull City Record

Career: 20 apps, 0 goals

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1998/9919 (0)0------1 (0)0

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