Scott Oakes

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Scott Oakes
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Personal information
Full name Scott John Oakes
Date of birth (1972-08-05) 5 August 1972 (age 47)
Place of birth Leicester, England
Playing position(s) Winger/Attacking midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1991 Leicester City 2 (0)
1991–1996 Luton Town 173 (27)
1996–2000 Sheffield Wednesday 24 (1)
2000 Burnley 0 (0)
2000–2001 Cambridge United 18 (0)
2001 Leyton Orient 11 (0)
2002 St Albans City
2003 Shelbourne 3 (0)
2003 St Albans City
2008 Barton Rovers
Total 231 (28)
National team
1993 England U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Scott Oakes (born 5 August 1972) is a former professional footballer, best known from his time at Luton Town in the early 1990s. Oakes began his career at Leicester City but was transferred to Luton in 1991 as part of the deal that took Steve Thompson the opposite way.

At Luton, Oakes soon became a regular in the side, and a fan favourite, usually playing on the left wing. During his time at Kenilworth Road, he became regarded as one of the most promising players in English football, and was often rumoured as a target for bigger clubs. He was capped once for England Under-21.

In 1996, Oakes was signed by Sheffield Wednesday for a £425,000 transfer fee. However, the move to the Owls would turn out disastrous. Following a spate of unfortunate injuries, Oakes spent most of his time on the sidelines in the 1996–97 season, and the following seasons he usually was not even on the bench due to a knee injury that cruelly dogged what had been a promising career at the age of just 25. In his four years at Hillsborough, Oakes started only seven games, scoring once against Sunderland,[1] and in 1999–2000, his final season with the Owls, he did not feature for the first team at all.

In 2000, Oakes was released by Sheffield Wednesday and joined Burnley, and then moved to Cambridge United a mere three months later. He finished his Football League career with a spell at Leyton Orient before signing for non-league St Albans City in 2002.

In 2003, he signed for Shelbourne but only lasted three games due to the poor health of one of his children.

His younger brother Stefan Oakes is also a professional footballer.

His father is the musician Trevor Oakes, who performed with Showaddywaddy.

He now works teaching football to children in schools in Leicestershire and Bedfordshire.


  1. ^ Pierson, Mark (23 November 1996). "Wednesday delighted by Carbone's craft". London: The Independent. Retrieved 8 March 2010.

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