John Oster

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John Oster
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Oster playing for Crystal Palace in 2008.
Personal information
Full name John Morgan Oster
Date of birth (1978-12-08) 8 December 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Boston, England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger, deep-lying playmaker
Club information
Current team
Number 7
Youth career
1992–1994 Grimsby Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1997 Grimsby Town 24 (3)
1997–1999 Everton 40 (1)
1999–2005 Sunderland 68 (5)
2001 Barnsley (loan) 2 (0)
2002 Grimsby Town (loan) 10 (5)
2003 Grimsby Town (loan) 7 (1)
2004–2005 Leeds United (loan) 8 (1)
2005 Burnley 15 (1)
2005–2008 Reading 76 (3)
2008–2009 Crystal Palace 31 (3)
2009–2012 Doncaster Rovers 111 (2)
2012–2013 Barnet 28 (2)
2013– Gateshead 58 (3)
National team
1997–2004 Wales 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:15, 26 December 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:44, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

John Morgan Oster (born 8 December 1978) is a professional footballer, who plays as a midfielder for Conference Premier side Gateshead.

Oster began his career with Grimsby Town, and he later played for Everton, Sunderland, Barnsley, Leeds United, Burnley, Reading, Crystal Palace, Doncaster Rovers, Barnet. He signed for current club Gateshead in September 2013.

Born in England, Oster represented Wales at international level, where he earned 13 caps between 1997 and 2004.

Club career[edit]

Grimsby Town[edit]

Oster started his career at Grimsby Town.


The Mariners sold Oster to Everton for £1.5 million in 1997.[1]


Oster moved to Sunderland for a fee in excess of £1 million.[1] While with the club he was involved in an incident that ended the career of reserve player Mark Maley by accidentally shooting him in the eye with an air rifle.[2] While at Sunderland, during the 2002–2003 season, he spent five months back on loan with his former club Grimsby Town. Oster was released by Sunderland in January 2005,[3] shortly after returning to the Black Cats in disgrace from a loan at Leeds United,[4] where he scored once against Millwall.[5]


Following a short spell at Burnley,[1] Oster joined Reading on 2 August 2005.[6]


Oster made his debut for Reading against Brighton & Hove Albion on 9 August 2005 as a substitute.[7] In January 2007, he extended his contract at the Madejski Stadium until the summer of 2008.[8] He notched his first Premier League goal in nearly 10 years against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium where the Royals were defeated for the first time in 2007, 2–1.[9] After a couple of years as a squad player with the Royals, including a number of Premier League sub appearances, he was released by Reading following their relegation from the Premier League, on 16 May 2008.[10]

Crystal Palace[edit]

Before signing for Crystal Palace, Oster had a trial spell at Championship rivals Derby County. Oster signed an initial six-month contract for Crystal Palace on 11 August 2008, which was extended by a further 18 months.[11] He scored on his debut against Hereford United in the League Cup.[12]

Doncaster Rovers[edit]

Oster left Crystal Palace in the summer and joined Doncaster Rovers on a six-month contract. In May 2012, Oster was released by the club after the expiry of his contract.[13]


On 7 September 2012, Oster signed for Football League Two club Barnet. Oster was released by manager Edgar Davids at the end of the 2012–13 season following Barnet's relegation from League Two.[14]


On 20 September 2013, Oster signed for Conference Premier club Gateshead on non-contract terms, the move being his first into Non-league.[15] He made his debut the following day as a second half substitute against Tamworth.[16] He scored his first goal for Gateshead on 21 December 2013 in a 2–4 defeat at Luton Town.[17]

International career[edit]

Oster did not play in any games under John Toshack, his last cap for Wales being the 2–2 draw with Northern Ireland in 2004 under previous boss Mark Hughes.[18]

Personal life[edit]

In April 2002 whilst at Sunderland, Oster accidentally shot reserve team player Mark Maley with an air-gun. Neither of the pair believed the gun was loaded and Maley had to undergo an eye operation.[19] Whilst on loan at Leeds United in December 2004 Oster and Jamie McMaster were suspended by the club for misbehaving at the club's Christmas party. The incident spelled the end of his Leeds career and his loan was terminated.[20]


  1. ^ a b c "Oster signs contract at Burnley". BBC Sport. 30 January 2005. Retrieved 2007-02-27. 
  2. ^ Fifield, Dominic (26 April 2002). "Sunderland player accidentally shot in the face by team-mate". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2007-02-27. 
  3. ^ "Sunderland end Oster's contract". BBC Sport. 27 January 2005. Retrieved 2007-02-27. 
  4. ^ "Leeds sack Oster after incident". BBC Sport. 31 December 2004. Retrieved 2007-02-27. 
  5. ^ "Leeds 1–1 Millwall". BBC. 19 December 2004. Retrieved 9 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "Makin and Oster pen Reading deals". BBC Sport. 2 August 2005. Retrieved 2007-02-27. 
  7. ^ "Little and Kitson strike as Royals earn first win of the season". 9 August 2005. Retrieved 2007-02-27. 
  8. ^ "Oster commits his future to Royals as he signs new contract until summer of 2008". 31 January 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-27. 
  9. ^ "Oster is ready for United challenge after his first Premiership goal in ten years". 26 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-27. 
  10. ^ "Four offered deals, six released". 16 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-16. 
  11. ^ "Eagles snap up Oster and Griffit". 11 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  12. ^ "Crystal Palace 2–1 Hereford". BBC. 12 August 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2009. 
  13. ^ "Dozen depart from Rovers". Sky Sports. 18 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "RETAINED LIST - PHASE ONE". Barnet FC. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Gateshead sign midfielder John Oster on non-contract terms". BBC Sport. 20 September 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  16. ^ "Tamworth v Gateshead". BBC Sport. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  17. ^ "Luton v Gateshead". BBC Sport. 21 December 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  18. ^ "Wales 2–2 N Ireland". BBC Sport. 8 September 2004. Retrieved 2007-02-27. 
  19. ^ Fifield, Dominic (26 April 2002). "Sunderland player accidentally shot in the face by team-mate". The Guardian (London). 
  20. ^ Johnson, William (28 December 2004). "Leeds suspend party pair for bad behaviour". The Daily Telegraph (London). 

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