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Played for Both: Bolton Wanderers v Oxford United - Joe Riley

Tom Molloy looks at the career of the Wanderers academy graduate

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Joseph Michael Riley was born on 13th October 1991, in the Salford village of Boothstown.

He joined the Bolton Wanderers academy at the tender age of seven and was one of the first players to make it all the way through the academy, from the youngest age group, right through to the first team; paving the way for the likes of Josh Vela, Rob Holding and Zach Clough.

Joe Riley made his first-team debut for Wanderers in the Carling Cup second round against Macclesfield Town, a game which saw fellow academy graduates Adam Blakeman and Michael O'Halloran also make their debuts.

Riley shone brightest of all though, looking very comfortable at right-back and setting up Tuncay for his only Bolton goal, with a great cross.

A couple of months later, Riley was gifted a Premier League start against Stoke City. In what turned out to be a freak mirror performance from the FA Cup shambles 7 months prior, Bolton won 5-0 and Riley got a standing ovation for his energetic, attacking performance down the right hand side, as well as being solid defensively.

That saying, he was only up against Jon Walters, out of position on the left-wing.

He got his first real test against Jerome Thomas (don't laugh) in the following game away to West Bromwich Albion. This time the right-back had a torrid time and this, coupled with the first of many injuries forced him out of the first team picture for some time.

Ahead of the 2013-14 season, his injury luck got even worse as he injured his ACL and was ruled out for the entire season.

It was after this, that he joined tomorrow's opponents on loan.

After impressing for Oxford during the first half of the season, playing 28 games, the U's were keen to keep him for longer.

However it was Neil Lennon who recalled him to have a closer look and see if he could solve the problem right-back position that Josh Vela had been covering.

After watching him in the reserves, Lennon wasn't impressed, suggesting he wasn't developed enough for his age and just like that he was packed off to Bury permanently. What a punishment.

After overcoming initial problems at Bury such as his recurring hamstring injury and serving a three match suspension quite early on in his career there, he actually became a key player, helping Bury get promoted to League One and scoring an absolute worldie in the process.

Once again in League One, he started well again and scored another screamer.

However, Riley soon started to find things tough and was eventually put on the transfer list forced out of the club by David Flitcroft.

So far this season, he seems to be making a decent fist of League One life, so far ever-present in Shrewsbury's team and scoring a goal along the way.

We wish him well for the future.