Ollie Watkins

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Ollie Watkins
Personal information
Full name Oliver George Arthur Watkins[1]
Date of birth (1995-12-30) 30 December 1995 (age 21)
Place of birth Torbay, England
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Exeter City
Number 14
Youth career
2004–2014 Exeter City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014– Exeter City 45 (16)
2014–2015 Weston-super-Mare (loan) 24 (13)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:54, 31 December 2016 (UTC).


Oliver "Ollie" George Arthur Watkins (born 30 December 1995) is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Exeter City in League Two.

Early life and education[edit]

Watkins was born in Torbay in Devon and he attended South Dartmoor Community College.

Playing career[edit]

Watkins joined Exeter City's Academy at U11 level having previously failed a trial with the club at the age of 9.[2] After making his way through the ranks, Watkins signed a two-year professional contract with the club in April 2014.[3] He made his debut in the Football League on 3 May, in a 2–0 League Two victory over Hartlepool at Victoria Park.[4]

He scored his first senior goal at the Ricoh Arena on 7 October 2014, in a 3–1 defeat to Coventry City in the Football League Trophy.[5] He joined Conference South side Weston-super-Mare on loan during the 2014–15 season, alongside Exeter teammate Matt Jay.[6]

During the Devon Derby against Plymouth, after finding themselves 1–0 down, Watkins scored both the goals late on to make the game 2–1. The latter of the goals was nominated for Sky Sports goal of the day.

On 19 April 2016, Watkins was awarded the Football League Young Player of the Month award for the month of March, during which he scored seven goals in eight games.[7]

On 31 December 2016, Watkins scored his first professional hat-trick in a 4-1 victory over Newport County at Rodney Parade.[8]

Style of play[edit]

Watkins is a forward, and according to the Western Morning News is "renowned for his pace, dribbling skills and strength".[3]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 31 December 2016
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[a] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Exeter City 2013–14[9] League Two 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2014–15[10] League Two 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 1
2015–16[11] League Two 20 8 2 1 0 0 0 0 22 9
2016–17[12] League Two 22 8 0 0 2 0 2 1 26 9
Total 45 16 2 1 2 0 3 2 52 19
Weston-super-Mare (loan) 2014–15[13] Conference South 24 10 0 0 0 0 1 0 25 10
Career total 69 26 2 1 2 0 4 2 77 29
  1. ^ Includes Football League Trophy matches.

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional retain lists & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. May 2013. p. 55. Retrieved 31 May 2004. 
  2. ^ "Exeter youngster Ollie Watkins can't wait for new season after signing City deal". Exeter Express and Echo. 25 April 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Exeter City hand professional deals to three young starlets". Western Morning News. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Exeter ended their season on a high with a convincing win at Hartlepool.". 3 May 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Coventry City 3–1 Exeter City". BBC Sport. 7 October 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Exeter City: Ollie Watkins and Matt Jay loaned to Weston-super-Mare". BBC Sport. 8 December 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Exeter City's Ollie Watkins: Scoring goals for the club that once turned him away". BBC Sport. 
  8. ^ "Newport County 1-4 Exeter City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 
  9. ^ "Games played by Ollie Watkins in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Games played by Ollie Watkins in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "Games played by Ollie Watkins in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "Games played by Ollie Watkins in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 
  13. ^ Ollie Watkins profile at Soccerway

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