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🔢 City players by numbers: Aaron Martin

A look at the numbers behind the central defender.

18 February 2019

Aaron first began to turn heads as a youngster with non-league side Eastleigh.

Having attracted the attention of a number of big clubs, he opted to join Southampton in 2009, helping the Saints to back-to-back promotions between 2010 and 2012. Shorter spells with Birmingham City and Yeovil Town followed, before he signed for Coventry City in 2015. Having clocked up 50 appearances for the Sky Blues, Aaron moved on to Oxford United, spending two years at the Kassam Stadium. He arrived at Exeter City in June 2018.

1 – Having been released by Oxford United at the end of last season, Aaron agreed terms with the Grecians on June 25, 2018, thus making him the first signing of the Matt Taylor era at St James Park.

90 – Not content just to be Matt Taylor’s first signing, the experienced centre half also started the first league game of the season, putting in an accomplished 90-minute display as the Grecians dispatched Carlisle United 3-1.

7 – His solid start to life at St James Park continued seven days later away at Morecambe, when he helped City to their first clean sheet of the season. This defensive solidity helped to lay the groundwork for a City win, with goals from Pierce Sweeney and Jayden Stockley helping to secure an important three points on the road.

6”3 – Although he is more famous for his marshalling presence at the heart of defence, standing at 6ft3, Aaron can also provide a goal threat. Notts County found this out to their cost in early September, when an unmarked Martin was able to nod home a Pierce Sweeney cross, putting the final touches to a comprehensive 5-1 Exeter victory.

60 – Aaron’s next goal for City was, however, an altogether different affair. With Exeter trailing Forest Green Rovers in late October, he picked the ball up at the halfway line, over 60 metres out. He then decided to test Rovers’ keeper, Robert Sanchez, with a searching long ball – or shot – (depending on who you speak to). Inexplicably, the gloveman fluffed his attempt at controlling the ball, allowing it to trickle over the line. Although the Grecians lost the game, it is a goal that will live long in Aaron’s memories, and Sanchez’s nightmares.


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