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Name: Neal Eardley
Nationality: Welsh
Date of Birth: 06/11/1988
Height:5' 11" (180cm)
Weight:11st 8lbs (73.54kg)
Position: Defender

Youngster Neal Eardley is widely regarded as one of Latics' brightest prospects and is building some useful experience after captaining the side in 2007/08.

A product of the club's successful youth system, Eardley became the latest graduate to see first-team action when he made his debut against Scunthorpe United in May 2005.

Eardley joined the senior squad for pre-season training ahead of the 2006/07 season and forced himself into the team under new boss John Sheridan.

The right-back spot became his own, and Eardley made 40 appearances, scoring two goals.

Further progress was made in 2007/08 when the Llandudno-born defender was handed the skipper's armband for long periods in the absence of Sean Gregan.

Eardley is also making good progress on the international scene.

Eardley won his first senior cap for Wales when he appeared as a half-time substitute during their 1-0 international friendly win over Bulgaria in Burgas on August 22, 2007.

He has since won further international caps, and participated in Wales' ultimately unsuccessful Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.

The defender has also represented his country at U17, U19 and U21 level.

Season 2008 - 09

Competition Apps
(as sub)
Goals Yellow
League 31  (3) 2 6 0
League Cup 2  (0) 0 0 0

Career History:
Club Season Comp. Apps
(as sub)
Oldham 2007 - 08League 40  (2) 6
  FA Cup 5  (0) 0
  League Cup 2  (0) 0
Oldham 2006 - 07League 37  (0) 2
  FA Cup 3  (0) 0
  League Cup 1  (0) 0
Oldham 2005 - 06League 1  (0) 0
 Player Profiles
2 Neal Eardley Defender  
4 Jonathan Worthington Midfielder  
7 Danny Whitaker Midfielder  
11 Chris O'Grady Striker  
12 Kelvin Lomax Defender  
13 Greg Fleming Goalkeeper  
14 Reuben Hazell Defender  
17 Matthew Wolfenden Striker  
18 Chris Taylor Midfielder  
19 Kieran Lee Midfielder  
20 Dale Stephens Midfielder  
24 Deane Smalley Striker  
25 Lewis Alessandra Striker  
27 Paul Black Defender  
32 Ryan Brooke Striker  
40 The Spirit of Oldham  
Robert Purdie Midfielder  

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