Charlie Oatway : biography
Anthony Philip David Terry Frank Donald Stanley Gerry Gordon Stephen James Oatway (born 28 November 1973), more commonly known as Charlie Oatway, is an English former footballer. Oatway retired from the professional game in August 2007. He was assistant manager and a player at Havant & Waterlooville but departed the club in June 2009. He is currently first team coach at Brighton & Hove Albion.
Born in Hammersmith, London, Oatway spent eight years at Brighton & Hove Albion and eventually became club captain. He has also played for Cardiff City, Torquay United and Brentford, (at all three clubs he played under manager Eddie May) as well as a brief loan spell at Lincoln City.
Following yet another serious injury, Oatway retired from playing with immediate effect on 2 August 2007. Oatway's career at Brighton was successful. He won the Third Division championship in 2001, the Second Division championship in 2002 and was a Second Division play-off champion in 2004. Oatway currently acts as a sporting liaison for "Albion in the Community" offering coaching sessions at Brighton Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College.
Following his professional retirement, Oatway joined Conference South team Havant & Waterlooville as a player and assistant manager. He departed the Hawks in June 2009 following disagreements about his financial agreement with the club: the club ceased payments for his playing contract at the end of the 2008–09 season though a new contract solely as assistant manager was offered. Oatway was appointed first team coach at Brighton & Hove Albion by manager Gus Poyet on 1 December 2009.
Oatway's full name is Anthony Philip David Terry Frank Donald Stanley Gerry Gordon Stephen James Oatway. The reason behind this rather unusual name is the fact that both his parents were Queens Park Rangers fans, and decided to give their son the names of QPR's entire 1973 first team squad. When his parents told his aunt the proposed name, she said "he'd look a right Charlie", and the name stuck. His 17-year old son, also called Charlie, currently plays for Brighton's development squad joining prior to the 2012/13 season. His autobiography "Tackling Life" was published in February 2011. Oatway has 4 children.
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