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Graham Oates (footballer born 1943)

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Date of birth4 December 1943(age 73)
Place of birthScunthorpe, England
Playing positionMidfielder

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Graham Oates (born 4 December 1943 in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire) is an English former professional footballer. He played as a midfielder.

Oates began his career with Ron Suart's Blackpool in 1961. He made his debut for the Division One club on 16 September 1961, in a 3 1 defeat at home to Nottingham Forest. He made just three more league appearances during the 1961 62 campaign, but scored Blackpool's goal in their 1 1 draw with Leyton Orient in their League Cup second round, first leg tie on 4 October 1961.

In 1962 63, Oates made only one appearance in the entire season goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday on 27 October 1962.

The following season, 1963 64, he made 25 league appearances and scored eight goals. On four occasions, a single strike by Oates was enough to give Blackpool a victory: against Fulham at Bloomfield Road on 30 September 1963; against West Bromwich Albion at home on 16 November, against Stoke City, again at Bloomfield Road, on 8 February 1964; and at Nottingham Forest in the very next game seven days later. He also scored one goal in the League Cup, in Blackpool's 7 1 second-round victory over Charlton Athletic at Bloomfield Road on 25 September 1963.

In 1964 65, Oates made 30 appearances and scored twelve goals in the league, finishing second-top scorer behind Ray Charnley.

Oates' strike-rate dried up in 1965 66, with only one goal in 21 league appearances, and in the first two-thirds of the 1966 67 campaign, Ron Suart gave Oates only three starts. Stan Mortensen replaced Suart in the Blackpool hot seat in the New Year, and the former Blackpool striker provided more opportunities in the team. Oates scored in the final league game of the season, a 3 1 victory against Liverpool at Anfield on 13 May 1967. Blackpool, however, had already been relegated to Division Two at that point.

In Stan Mortensen's first full season in charge, 1967 68, Oates made 23 league appearances and scored three goals (all of which came in victories).

Oates' final appearance for Blackpool occurred seven games into the 1968 69 season, in a single-goal victory over Bolton Wanderers at Bloomfield Road on 7 September 1968.

He joined Grimsby Town, with whom he went on to make 81 league appearances and score nine goals in three years.

Oates also played for Wigan Athletic in the early 1970s.




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