|Full name||Saheed Adebayo Akinfenwa|
|Date of birth||10 May 1982|
|Place of birth||Islington, England|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|2003–2004||Rushden & Diamonds||0||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 December 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Akinfenwa was born in Islington, London. As a teenager, Akinfenwa joined the Lithuanian club FK Atlantas on the advice of his agent, whose Lithuanian wife's brother knew a member of the coaching staff there. He spent two years at the club before returning to the UK early in 2003, where he joined Welsh Premier League champions Barry Town. Akinfenwa helped Barry to Welsh Cup and Welsh Premier League silverware during his time at Jenner Park. However, just a handful of games into his stint, the club suffered a financial crisis and released its professional playing staff. Akinfenwa quickly joined Boston United in October 2003, scoring a last minute winner on his debut against Swindon Town in the Football League Trophy. Unable to settle, he moved to Leyton Orient the following month, but was released after one month. In December 2003 he moved to Rushden and Diamonds and in February 2004 joined Doncaster Rovers, his fifth club of the season.
In July 2004, Akinfenwa changed clubs again, signing for Torquay United, as a replacement for David Graham. He scored 14 league goals during the 2004–05 season but was unable to help the club avoid relegation to League Two. He refused to sign a new contract with Torquay at the end of the season.
In July 2005, Akinfenwa moved to Swansea City, who were ordered to pay an £85,000 fee as compensation. He scored on his debut against Tranmere Rovers, and this was also the first competitive goal scored at Swansea's new Liberty Stadium. He scored the winning goal in the 2006 Football League Trophy final, in which Swansea beat Carlisle United 2–1. He also helped Swansea reach the League One promotion play-off final in his first season. After a 2–2 draw, the match went to a penalty shoot-out but Akinfenwa was one of two Swansea players to miss with their penalties, granting promotion to Barnsley. He was a regular the following season, until a broken right leg in the 2–0 defeat at home to Scunthorpe United ended his season. This followed a fractured left shin the previous October.
On 18 January 2008 Akinfenwa signed a deal with Northampton Town until the end of the 2007–08 season. He made his debut against Swindon Town, where he came off the bench to score a late equaliser in a 1–1 draw. Akinfenwa then had the same impact in his home debut scoring the equaliser in a 1–1 draw against Leeds United. He started the following game, at home to Gillingham, and scored two goals in a 4–0 win. He scored three further goals that season.
On 30 May 2008, Akinfenwa signed a new one-year contract at Northampton despite declared interest from Leyton Orient and Grimsby Town. He started the 2008–09 season well, scoring twice in three games by the end of September.
Adebayo ended his stay at Northampton in May 2010. He had been offered a new deal but Northampton could not agree a deal with Akinfenwa within an agreed timeframe. On 29 July 2010, Akinfenwa signed for Gillingham on a one-year contract, and scored on his debut with a header against Cheltenham Town. Whilst at the Gills, Akinfenwa was able to form a strong partnership with Cody McDonald and the pair were able to score 36 goals between them that season.
Akinfenwa returned to Sixfields on 25 May 2011, after new Cobblers manager Gary Johnson brought him in to "capture the imagination of the supporters". He scored his first goal against Bristol Rovers on 16 August. Northampton Town released Akinfenwa at the end of the 2012–13 season.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
||Welsh Premier League||8||6||8||6|
|2003–04||Welsh Premier League||1||0||1||0|
|Rushden & Diamonds||
|Northampton Town||2007–08||League One||15||7||0||0||0||0||0||0||15||7|
|Northampton Town||2011–12||League Two||39||18||1||0||1||0||1||0||42||18|
- A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Trophy and play-offs.
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