386. Richard OXBY
appearances 53+8 (league 27+3)
goals 5 (league 1)
debut Halstead Town, Essex Senior Cup Second Round 19.10.04
Wide midfielder, younger brother of Andrew who had made his debut the season before. Had been an occasional occupant of the subs' bench for over a year before making his debut, and would have broken the Club record for youngest ever player had he appeared at any time the previous season. Had to wait another two years before making another first team appearance and scored a spectacular winner against Haringey soon afterwards, as Boro fulfilled an overdue cup-tie using mainly reserve players. Got another start a few weeks later, and made the most of it to hold down a regular place in the starting line-up. Notched his first league goal in similarly spectacular style, with a deflected volley which gave Boro a short-lived lead at home to Barking. Was sent off against Redbridge in the 2007 pre-season but notched two goals in successive games in October, on each occasion helping Boro recover from 2-0 down to win 3-2.
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