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Name: Alan Oakes  
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Date of Birth: 7th September 1942
Place of Birth: Winsford
Profession: Footballer
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Alan Oakes (born September 7, 1942 in Winsford), is an English footballer who holds Manchester City's all-time record for appearances.

Oakes signed for Manchester City on amateur terms in 1958 at the age of fifteen, signing as a professional a year later. His first-team debut came on November 14 1958 in a 1-1 draw against Chelsea. During the early 1960s Oakes proved to be one of the few consistent performers in a struggling Manchester City side. However, it was under the tutelage of management team Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison that Oakes blossomed. He played in all but one of the matches in Manchester City's League Championship winning season in 1967/68, and by the time he had added a League Cup medal in 1976, he had become part of more trophy winning sides than any other Manchester City player in history.

Amongst footballing figures of his era Oakes was renowned for his professionalism; the great Liverpool manager Bill Shankly described him as "exactly the kind of player youngsters should use as a model".

After 17 years, and a record 669 first-team appearances, Oakes moved to Chester, where he became player-manager. His last appearance for Manchester City came on May 4, 1976, coming on as substitute for Mike Doyle against Manchester United.

Oakes' cousin Glyn Pardoe was also a member of the Manchester City side in the 1960s and 70s, and his son Michael is a professional footballer who has played for Aston Villa amongst others as a goalkeeper.

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