Oliver Lancashire

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Oliver Lancashire is an English central defender who was born in Basingstoke on 13th December 1988. Lancashire began his career with Southampton, but had a disastrous debut on 14th September 2008 when he was deservedly sent off for a cynical challenge after just half an hour at QPR. On his return from suspension Lancashire helped Saints keep two clean sheets in a row in wins against Doncaster and Norwich. That was about as good as it got for the defender during 2008/09. He looked out of his depth for the most part, and was clearly not ready for regular first team action at Championship level. He was sent off for a second time on 21st October in a 0-0 draw at Sheffield United. After starting in the FA Cup defeat to Manchester United in January, Lancashire didn't make another appearance for the club until the last day of the season against Nottingham Forest.

Lancashire found first team appearances at St Mary's hard to come by once again during 2009/10, but did start in the 1-0 defeat at Swindon in August. He joined Grimsby on loan in October 2009, and was sent off for the third time in his short career in just his second match with The Mariners. Lancashire returned to Southampton in early 2010, and made two cameo appearances in FA Cup wins against Luton and Ipswich, before being sent back to Grimsby on February 1st for the remainder of the 2009/10 season. He scored his first ever goal on 24th April in a 2-0 win at Darlington, but couldn't stop the club from being relegated from the Football League. The defender was released by Southampton on May 15th 2010.

Lancashire joined League 1 side Walsall on 14th July 2010. He made his Saddlers debut on 7th August against MK Dons, and went on to make another 33 appearances for the club during 2010/11. Lancashire kept out former club Southampton on 1st March 2011, helping the Bescot side to a clean sheet and 1-0 win. The tall stopper looked more impressive than he ever had done during his time at St Mary's.

Lancashire was in and out of the Walsall starting line-up during the first few months of the 2011/12 season. He went down with a hamstring injury in December, and was subsequently ruled out for two months. Lancashire scored a last minute equaliser at Leyton Orient on 3rd March. The player was released from his contract in the summer of 2012

On 14th June 2012 Lancashire signed for Aldershot. He struggled to maintain a starting spot and was also hampered by injury as The Shots were relegated to the Conference

Lancashire signed for Rochdale for 1 year in June 2013. He enjoyed a good campaign at Spotland, despite picking up two red cards against Scunthorpe and Torquay. Lancashire signed a contract extension at Rochdale prior to 2014/15, having helped the club win promotion to League One. He also became captain. Lancashire helped Dale to their highest ever league position of 8th in League One. He scored a last minute winner in a 2-1 victory over Northampton on 18th November 2014. Lancashire continued to perform well during 2015/16. He netted in consecutive games against Swindon and Colchester in December.