Adebayo Akinfenwa

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Adebayo Akinfenwa
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Akinfenwa warming up for Gillingham in 2014
Personal information
Full name Saheed Adebayo Akinfenwa[1]
Date of birth (1982-05-10) 10 May 1982 (age 32)[1]
Place of birth Islington, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
AFC Wimbledon
Number 10
Youth career
1998–2001 Watford
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 FK Atlantas
2003 Barry Town 9 (6)
2003 Boston United 3 (0)
2003 Leyton Orient 1 (0)
2003–2004 Rushden & Diamonds 0 (0)
2004 Doncaster Rovers 9 (4)
2004–2005 Torquay United 37 (14)
2005–2007 Swansea City 59 (14)
2007–2008 Millwall 7 (0)
2008–2010 Northampton Town 88 (37)
2010–2011 Gillingham 44 (11)
2011–2013 Northampton Town 80 (34)
2013–2014 Gillingham 34 (10)
2014– AFC Wimbledon 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 June 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Saheed Adebayo Akinfenwa (born 10 May 1982), known as Adebayo Akinfenwa, is an English professional footballer who plays for AFC Wimbledon as a striker.

Career[edit]

Akinfenwa was born in Islington, London.[1] 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.[2] He spent two years at the club before returning to the UK early in 2003, where he joined Welsh Premier League champions Barry Town.[3] 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,[4] scoring a last minute winner on his debut against Swindon Town in the Football League Trophy.[5] Unable to settle, he moved to Leyton Orient the following month, but was released after one month.[6] In December 2003 he moved to Rushden and Diamonds and in February 2004 joined Doncaster Rovers, his fifth club of the season.[7]

In July 2004, Akinfenwa changed clubs again, signing for Torquay United, as a replacement for David Graham.[8] 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.[9]

In July 2005, Akinfenwa moved to Swansea City, who were ordered to pay an £85,000 fee as compensation.[10] He scored on his debut against Tranmere Rovers, and this was also the first competitive goal scored at Swansea's new Liberty Stadium.[11] 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.[12] This followed a fractured left shin the previous October.[13]

At the end of the 2006–07 season, he rejected a new contract with Swansea,[14] and agreed to sign for Swindon Town on 29 June 2007.[15] However he failed a medical.

Following this, in November 2007 he joined League One team Millwall on a month-to-month contract,[16] however he failed to score any goals in seven appearances.[17]

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.[18] 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,[19] 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".[20] He scored his first goal against Bristol Rovers on 16 August. Northampton Town released Akinfenwa at the end of the 2012–13 season.[21]

Akinfenwa signed for his former club Gillingham on a free transfer on 2 July 2013.[22] After reigniting his successful partnership with Cody McDonald, scoring 10 goals over the course of the 2013/2014 season and coming third in their Supporters Player of the Year awards, Gillingham announced on their official website that Akinfenwa would be leaving the club.[23] On 20 June 2014, he signed for League Two side AFC Wimbledon, who had pursued his signature for 14 months.[24]

Style of play[edit]

Akinfenwa weighs around 16 stone and is noted for his above average strength. [25]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 3 May 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barry Town 2002–03[26] Welsh Premier League 8 6 8 6
2003–04[26] Welsh Premier League 1 0 1 0
Total 9 6 9 6
Boston United 2003–04[27] Third Division 3 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 1 4 1
Leyton Orient 2003–04[27] Third Division 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Rushden & Diamonds 2003–04[28] Second Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Doncaster Rovers 2003–04[27] Third Division 9 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 4
Torquay United 2004–05[29] League One 37 14 1 0 1 0 2[a] 2 41 16
Swansea City 2005–06[30] League One 34 9 1 0 1 1 8[b] 5 44 15
2006–07[31] League One 25 5 4 1 1 0 1[a] 0 31 6
Total 59 14 5 1 2 1 9 5 75 21
Millwall 2007–08[32] League One 7 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Northampton Town 2007–08[32] League One 15 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 7
2008–09[33] League One 33 13 0 0 3 2 0 0 36 15
2009–10[34] League Two 40 17 2 0 1 0 1[a] 0 44 17
Total 88 37 2 0 4 2 1 0 95 39
Gillingham 2010–11[35] League Two 44 11 1 0 1 0 0 0 46 11
Northampton Town 2011–12[36] League Two 39 18 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 42 18
2012–13[37] League Two 41 16 2 0 2 0 6[c] 1 51 17
Total 80 34 3 0 3 0 7 1 93 35
Gillingham 2013–14[38] League One 34 10 2 0 1 0 0 0 37 10
Career total 371 130 17 1 12 3 20 9 420 143
  1. ^ a b c d e Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Six appearances and five goals in Football League Trophy, two appearances in League One play-offs
  3. ^ Three appearances and one goal in Football League Trophy, three appearances in League Two play-offs

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 16. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ "Akinfenwa out to play 'large' role for Swans". icWales.co.uk. Retrieved 2 July 2006. 
  3. ^ "Barry sign second Nigerian". BBC News. 21 March 2003. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Akinfenwa catches the eye". BBC News. 2 December 2003. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Boston United 2–1 Swindon". BBC. 14 October 2003. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Orient release Akinfenwa". BBC News. 2 December 2003. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Doncaster get Akinfenwa". BBC News. 18 February 2004. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "Gulls seal Akinfenwa deal". BBC News. 3 July 2004. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Gulls and Akinfenwa in deadlock". BBC News. 21 June 2005. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Tribunal rules on Akinfenwa fee". BBC News. 28 July 2005. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "Swansea 1–0 Tranmere". BBC. 6 August 2005. Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  12. ^ "Leg break ends Akinfenwa's season". BBC News. 21 February 2007. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  13. ^ "Akinfenwa hit by stress fracture". BBC News. 11 October 2006. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  14. ^ "Akinfenwa resigned to Swans exit". BBC News. 18 June 2007. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  15. ^ "Akinfenwa set to sign for Swindon". BBC News. 16 July 2007. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  16. ^ "Jackett signs Akinfenwa". BBC Sport. 15 November 2007. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  17. ^ "Adebayo Akinfenwa- Soccerbase". Soccerbase. 2007–2008. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  18. ^ "Akinfenwa Commits To Cobblers". Sportinglife.com. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  19. ^ "Prolific Striker Akinfenwa Signs". Archived from the original on 30 July 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  20. ^ "Gillingham's Adebayo Akinfenwa joins Northampton Town". BBC News. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  21. ^ "Adebayo Akinfenwa released by Northampton Town". BBC News. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  22. ^ "Adebayo Akinfenwa: Gillingham re-sign ex-Northampton striker". BBC Sport. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  23. ^ "Bayo Akinfenwa leaves Gillingham FC following second spell at Priestfield". Gillingham Football Club. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  24. ^ Slavin, Chris (20 June 2014). "Akinfenwa signs". AFC Wimbledon. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  25. ^ "How Port Vale will tackle the world's strongest footballer". The Sentinel . 31 January 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  26. ^ a b "Welsh Premier career details for Adebayo Akinfenwa". Welsh Premier League. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  27. ^ a b c "Games played by Adebayo Akinfenwa in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  28. ^ "Squad stats: 2003/04". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Adebayo Akinfenwa in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  30. ^ "Games played by Adebayo Akinfenwa in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  31. ^ "Games played by Adebayo Akinfenwa in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  32. ^ a b "Games played by Adebayo Akinfenwa in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  33. ^ "Games played by Adebayo Akinfenwa in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  34. ^ "Games played by Adebayo Akinfenwa in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  35. ^ "Games played by Adebayo Akinfenwa in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  36. ^ "Games played by Adebayo Akinfenwa in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  37. ^ "Games played by Adebayo Akinfenwa in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  38. ^ "Games played by Adebayo Akinfenwa in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 

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