Saturday, 27 November 2010
203 Darren Oliver
Position : Left back (also played in midfield)
Played : 1993-94 to 1994-95
Appearances : 28
Goals : 0
Darren arrived in October 1993 as a £30,000 signing from Bolton. He had made 3 appearances for them after coming through the YTS scheme.
Darren must be in the running for the biggest waste of money in our history. He made his debut away at Torquay in midfield and, after doing very little, was on the bench for the next game. His third game saw him dropping back to cover for Jimmy Graham at left back and all his subsequent games were in that position. He was just about adequate though teams exploited his lack of height. He never got ahead of Jimmy in the pecking order and then converted winger Kevin Formby was preferred. So £30,000 for an understudy ? When challenged on this point at a fans' forum prior to 1994-95 Sutton muttered that he had personal problems and we hadn't seen the best of him. The following season didn't see any improvement and Docherty discarded him at the first opportunity.
He moved to Altrincham and never returned to League fotball.