Max Crocombe

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Max Crocombe
Personal information
Full name Maxime Teremoana Crocombe[1]
Date of birth (1993-08-12) 12 August 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth Auckland, New Zealand
Height 6 ft 4.5 in (1.94 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Oxford United
Number 21
Youth career
2004–2007 Milton Keynes Dons
2008–2009 Milton Keynes Dons
2010–2012 Oxford United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Buckingham Town 33 (1)
2012– Oxford United 4 (0)
National team
2013– New Zealand U20 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:00, 27 April 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Maxime Teremoana "Max" Crocombe (born 12 August 1993) is a New Zealand-born footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Oxford United.[2]

Early life[edit]

Crocombe was born in Auckland, New Zealand, before moving to England at a young age. He had spells with Milton Keynes Dons and Luton Town[2] before joining Buckingham Town.[3] Crocombe attended Oakgrove School in Milton Keynes along with Leicester City player Jeff Schlupp.[4]

Club career[edit]

Buckingham Town[edit]

In the summer of 2009, Crocombe signed for Buckingham Town at the age of 16. He made 33 first team appearances before being spotted by scouts of Oxford United.[3] Despite being a goalkeeper he scored one goal in his time at Buckingham Town after coming on as an outfield substitute in a 3–1 league defeat.[5]

Oxford United[edit]

Crocombe joined Oxford United as a scholar under youth-team coach Chris Allen and signed his first professional contract in April 2012.[6] Whilst at the club, he has been coached by Alan Hodgkinson and player-coach Wayne Brown.[7]

Crocombe's Football League debut came in a 1–1 draw with Burton Albion on 29 January 2013.[8] He kept his first clean sheet for the club in his second league appearance, a 1–0 away win over Dagenham & Redbridge in April 2013, which ended Oxford United's five match winless run.[9] He remained in goal for the rest of the league season, keeping three consecutive clean sheets with 3–0 wins against both Rochdale and Accrington Stanley.[10] In total, Crocombe made six appearances for club and country in his debut professional season, conceding just one goal.

In June 2013, he signed a long-term contract with the club.[11]

International career[edit]

New Zealand Under 20s[edit]

On 22 January 2013, Crocombe was called up to the provisional New Zealand under 20s squad for the 2013 OFC U-20 Championship in Fiji, the regional qualifying tournament for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[12] He was confirmed in the final squad of 20 on 20 February 2013 and made his debut in the 1–0 win over Vanuatu.[13][14] Crocombe kept clean sheets in both his appearances and was voted the best goalkeeper of the tournament, earning him the Golden Glove Award.[15]

He was confirmed in the New Zealand under-20 squad for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey[16] and has been described as a key player for the team.[17] Crocombe played in two of New Zealand's games as the team exited the competition at the group stage.

Personal life[edit]

Max Crocombe is the grandson of the late writer and academic Ron Crocombe.


  1. ^ "Professional retain list & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 18 May 2013. p. 66. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "PLAYER PROFILE". 
  3. ^ a b "Former Town star turns pro". Buckingham Advertiser. 
  4. ^ "Oakgrove Alumni Football Success". Oakgrove School. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Buckingham Town 1 Northampton ON Chenecks 3". United Counties Football League. 
  6. ^ BBC Sport. "Oxford United Youngsters Earn Professional Contracts". 
  7. ^ "Oxford United goalkeeper Wayne Brown signs new contract". 
  8. ^ BBC Sport. "Oxford United: Max Crocombe relaxed over debut against Burton". 
  9. ^ OUFC Official Site. "Dagenham 0 United 1". 
  10. ^ "Accrington 0 – 3 United". 
  11. ^ "United Look to the Future". Retrieved 11/06/2013. 
  12. ^ "Crocombe Called Up". 
  13. ^ "ASB Premiership players bolster Junior All Whites". Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  14. ^ Oceania Football Confederation. "Vanuatu 0–1 New Zealand". 
  15. ^ Oceania Football Confederation. "Kiwi duo add to accolades". 
  16. ^ "Crocombe makes Under-20 World Cup Squad". Oxford Mail. 
  17. ^ "FIFA U-20 World Cup: New Zealand". 

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