Olly Lancashire: a famous footballing face in Basingstoke

Looking back at the career of defender Olly Lancashire.

 

With the 2024 European Championships around the corner, we thought it would be fitting to look back at the career of the Robert May’s school-educated Basingstoke-born footballer Olly Lancashire.

Born on 13th December, 1988, Robert attended Hook Junior School and Robert May’s School. As a youth player, Olly joined the academy at Crystal Palace in 1998 and was there for 7 years until he joined Southampton in 2005. Olly would turn professional with The Saints and make his first team debut against QPR in September 2008, a debut to forget as Olly was sent off after 29 minutes for a harsh tackle on Damien Delaney.

Upon serving his suspension, the defender returned to the team and helped Southampton keep two clean sheets, however, the following month after his first dismissal, Olly was in hot water again as he received a red card for a second bookable offence against Sheffield United.

Olly would experience three loan spells at Grimsby Town whilst at Southampton and it was at The Mariners where he scored his first professional goal in a 2-0 win over Darlington in April 2010.

Lancashire was sold to Walsall in July 2010 and in his first full season at the club helped them avoid relegation and even being quoted as describing the relegation survival as “the biggest day of my career”.

The following season, Walsall avoided relegation again, however, Olly suffered a hamstring injury leaving him on the sidelines for over a month. In May 2012, the club announced that Lancashire had been released.

Injury unfortunately followed Olly to his next club Aldershot before he joined Rochdale and played over 80 times for the club across three seasons. One season at Shrewsbury was next followed by two campaigns at Swindon Town and Olly would end his professional playing career with Crewe Alexandra with whom he spent two seasons before being released in May 2021.

A few months later in August 2021, Olly re-signed for Southampton in a support player role that saw him play and train with the club’s under-21 team to progress the players mentally and set a standard of good behaviour.

This January, Olly’s role at the club changed as he is now the Head of Player Strategy where he structures a new Player Pathway department with the overall aim to help build a world-leading development programme for players and staff.

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