Luke Oliver

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Luke Oliver
Personal information
Full name Luke John Oliver[1]
Date of birth (1984-05-01) 1 May 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Acton, England[2]
Height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Playing position Centre Back
Club information
Current team
Forest Green Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Wycombe Wanderers 4 (0)
2004–2005 Woking 41 (5)
2005–2006 Yeovil Town 3 (0)
2005 Woking (loan) 13 (0)
2006–2009 Stevenage Borough 76 (4)
2007 Salisbury City (loan) 10 (2)
2009–2010 Wycombe Wanderers 31 (0)
2010 Bradford City (loan) 7 (2)
2010–2014 Bradford City 100 (2)
2014- Forest Green Rovers 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:35, 26 April 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Luke John Oliver (born 1 May 1984) is an English footballer who currently plays as a defender for Forest Green Rovers.

Career[edit]

He signed for Wycombe in January 2009 from Stevenage Borough.[3] Either a centre back or centre forward, Oliver is an imposing player in the air and makes good use of his size in both positions,he also shows good skill on the ball and a decent turn of pace. At the beginning of the 2009–10 season Oliver started as first choice centre back alongside captain Michael Duberry after an impressive pre-season, replacing Leon Johnson. Oliver joined Bradford City on a month's loan in March 2010, joining up with manager Peter Taylor once more – who had managed Oliver at both Stevenage Borough and Wycombe.[4][5] He signed permanently for Bradford on a free transfer at the end of the season.[6] Oliver was one of five players to be sent off after the post match brawl against Crawley Town on 27 March 2012.[7] He was named Player of the Year on 24 April, receiving 6 awards at the club's annual awards night, including Player's Player of the Year.[8] On 22 June 2012, Oliver signed a new two-year contract with the club, which was promoted to League One at the end of the season.[9]

In January 2014 he left the club by mutual consent. On 3 February 2014, he joined Forest Green Rovers on a deal until the end of the season with an option for a further year.[10] He made his debut for the club on 18 February 2014 in a 2-2 draw with Aldershot Town.[11] Only two days later, on 20 February 2014, he took up the option of extending his contract with the club that would see him commit to Forest Green until the summer of 2015.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 26 April 2014.[13]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Wycombe Wanderers 2002–03 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2003–04 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Woking 2003–04 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2004–05 39 5 1 0 0 0 3 0 43 5
Yeovil Town 2005–06 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Woking (loan) 2005–06 13 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 16 0
Stevenage 2006–07 26 2 1 0 0 0 2 1 29 3
2007–08 16 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 17 4
2008–09 22 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 23 0
Salisbury City (loan) 2007–08 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 2
Wycombe Wanderers 2008–09 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2009–10 23 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 25 0
Bradford City (loan) 2009–10 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2
Bradford City 2010–11 42 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 45 1
2011–12 39 1 3 0 0 0 4 1 46 2
2012–13 15 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 17 0
2013–14 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Forest Green Rovers 2013-14 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Career total 291 15 11 0 4 0 11 2 310 17

Honours[edit]

Stevenage Borough

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional retain lists & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. May 2013. p. 55. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 437. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  3. ^ "Defender Oliver rejoins Wycombe". BBC Sport. 30 January 2009. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Bantams bring in Oliver". Sky Sports. 3 March 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Bradford City sign Wycombe defender Luke Oliver on loan". BBC Sport. 3 March 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "Bradford City sign Oliver, Threlfall and Saxton". BBC Sport. 27 May 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Bradford 1–2 Crawley" BBC Sport. 27 March 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  8. ^ "Oliver crowned Player of the Year" Bradford City F.C. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  9. ^ "Oliver signs up" Bradford City F.C. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  10. ^ "Forest Green sign former Bradford City defender". BBC Sport. 3 February 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Aldershot Town 2-2 Forest Green". BBC Sport. 18 February 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Forest Green Rovers take up contract extension option". BBC Sport. 20 February 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  13. ^ Luke Oliver career stats at Soccerbase

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