Joe Riley (footballer)

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Joe Riley
Personal information
Full name Joseph Michael Riley[1]
Date of birth (1991-10-13) 13 October 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Salford England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Number 2
Youth career
2001–2011 Bolton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2015 Bolton Wanderers 3 (0)
2014–2015 Oxford United (loan) 22 (0)
2015– Bury 21 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:30, 26 April 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

Joseph Michael Riley (born 13 October 1991) is an English footballer who plays for Bury as a right back.


Bolton Wanderers[edit]

Born in Salford, Greater Manchester, Riley started his professional career at Bolton Wanderers since he was seven and attended Walkden High School.[2] A product of the youth system, Riley started regularly playing in the reserve side led Riley signing his first professional contract at the club.[3]

Riley made his competitive debut in the League Cup tie at home to Macclesfield Town on 24 August 2011.[4] Riley went on to make his Premier League debut at right-back in a 5–0 victory over Stoke City at the Reebok Stadium on 6 November 2011. He received a standing ovation by the Bolton fans when substituted late in the game.[5] After starting the next game against West Brom, Riley suffered a hamstring injury,[6] disrupting the start to his debut season. He returned in the FA Cup match against Macclesfield Town on 7 January 2012.[7]

On 23 February, both Riley and Michael O'Halloran signed new three-and-a-half-year contracts, committing them to the club until the summer of 2015.[8] Despite his determination to make a return to the first team,[9] Manager Dougie Freedman quoted on Riley: "Joe Riley needed to go out and play some games as well but we couldn’t quite find the right development team for him."[10] However, Riley spent most of the 2012–13 season because of the succession of injuries limited him to just two starts.[11][12]

Ahead of the 2013–14 season, Riley returned to the first team in the pre-season friendly and things got worse for him when he damaged his anterior cruciate ligament in a friendly against Skelmersdale, which kept him out for ten months, implied that he may miss the 2013–14 season.[13][14]

Oxford United (loan)[edit]

After ridding himself of the injuries that had stopped his progress over the last two years, Riley joined Oxford United on loan on 28 July 2014.[15]

Riley made his Oxford United debut, making his first start in a year, in the opening game of the season, as Oxford United lose 1–0 against Burton Albion.[16] After making 28 appearances in total (22 league) for Oxford, Riley returned to Bolton on 3 January 2015.[17] Upon his return to Bolton, Oxford United were keen to sign Riley on loan for the second time.[18]


With less than six months remaining on his Bolton contract, Wanderers manager Neil Lennon decided against offering Riley a new deal and accepted an offer from Bury.[19] On 14 January 2015, Riley completed a free transfer to Bury,[20] in a deal that included a sell-on clause in Bolton's favour.[21] Shortly after the move, Riley earned a sponsorship as a result of his move to Bury.[22]

However, Riley's debut was delayed over hamstring injury he sustained in training until he made his debut for the club, where he came on as a substitute for Kelvin Etuhu in second half, in a 1–0 loss against Accrington Stanley on 27 January 2015.[23] Riley, however, was sent-off in the 49th minutes after making a challenge on Tom Newey, in a 2-1 win over Northampton Town on 21 March 2015.[24] After serving three match ban,[25] Riley made his return, playing as right-back against Shrewsbury Town on 14 April 2015 and scored in a 1-0 win to confirm the club's qualification to the play-offs.[26] Eventually, Riley helped the club finished third place, therefore promoted to League One automatically. In his first half of the season at Bury, Riley made seventeen appearance and scoring once.


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  2. ^ "Riley still an ordinary Joe". The Bolton News. 29 January 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Quartet Agree Professional Deals". Bolton Wanderers F.C. 14 March 2011. Archived from the original on 27 December 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Coyle thrilled by youngsters". Yahoo!. 25 August 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Whittell, Ian. "Bolton 5 Stoke 0". The Sun (London). 
  6. ^ Iles, Marc (23 November 2011). "Boyata back as Riley hit by Wanderers' defensive curse". The Bolton News. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Macclesfield Town 2–2 Bolton Wanderers". BBC Sport. 7 January 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Bolton duo agree new deals". Sky Sports. 23 February 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Riley Stakes His Claim". Bolton Wanderers F.C. 19 July 2012. Archived from the original on 27 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Something To Build On". Bolton Wanderers F.C. 23 November 2012. Archived from the original on 27 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Joe Riley: Bolton full-back 'out for months' with knee injury". BBC Sport. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "Joe Riley out to make fresh start with Bury". Manchester Evening News. 19 January 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "Bolton Wanderers defender Joe Riley out for up to 10 months". The Bolton News. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "Injury forces former Bolton Wanderers defender Joe Riley to put Bury debut on hold". The Bolton News. 19 January 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  15. ^ "Joe Riley loaned to Oxford United". Bolton Wanderers F.C. 28 July 2014. Archived from the original on 27 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  16. ^ "Oxford United 0 – 1 Burton Albion". BBC Sport. 9 August 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  17. ^ "Bolton Wanderers boss Neil Lennon hails 'intelligent' starlet Josh Vela". The Bolton News. 3 January 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  18. ^ "Bolton Wanderers defender Joe Riley in talks over return to Oxford United". 6 January 2015. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  19. ^ "Lennon Reveals Reason Behind Riley Exit". Burden Aces. 16 January 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  20. ^ "Riley Joins the Shakers". Bury F.C. 14 January 2015. Archived from the original on 27 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  21. ^ "Joe Riley Joins Bury on Permanent Deal". Burnden Aces. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  22. ^ "Joe Riley Sponsorship". Bury F.C. 14 January 2015. Archived from the original on 27 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  23. ^ "Accrington Stanley 0–1 Bury". BBC Sport. 27 January 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  24. ^ "Bury 2-1 Northampton Town". BBC Sport. 21 March 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  25. ^ "Preview: Shrewsbury Town (H)". Bury F.C. 14 April 2015. Archived from the original on 9 July 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  26. ^ "Bury 1-0 Shrewsbury Town". BBC Sport. 14 April 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 

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