Akinfenwa warming up for Gillingham in 2014
|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 19:01, 26 October 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. Akinfenwa's first professional breakthrough came at Doncaster Rovers, having spent time up until then in the lower leagues of English football. Following a short but successful time at Doncaster, Akinfenwa moved to his sixth club, Torquay United. He proved to be a goal threat, however he left the struggling club the following season to join Swansea City. After spending two seasons with the Welsh club, he joined League One side Millwall and later moved to Northampton Town. It was at Northampton where his goal-scoring talent was recognized by higher league clubs such as Leyton Orient and Grimsby Town. Akinfenwa spent six years switching from Northampton to Gillingham, where his goal-scoring ability was still apparent. In June 2014, Akinfenwa signed for League Two side AFC Wimbledon on a 14 month contract.
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.
Akinfenwa signed for his former club Gillingham on a free transfer on 2 July 2013. 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. On 20 June 2014, he signed for League Two side AFC Wimbledon, who had pursued his signature for 14 months.
Akinfenwa has become well known for being ranked as the strongest footballer in the world in various editions of the FIFA videogame series, In September 2014 Akinfenwa was invited to attend the launch party for FIFA 15 alongside various celebrities and Premier League footballers such as Rio Ferdinand, George Groves and Lethal Bizzle.
Akinfenwa reportedly weighs around 16 stone and can bench press 180 kg, almost double his own body weight. He runs a clothing label called Beast Mode On which plays on his strong man reputation.
- As of match played 25 October 2014.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Barry Town||2002–03||Welsh Premier League||8||6||8||6|
|2003–04||Welsh Premier League||1||0||1||0|
|Boston United||2003–04||Third Division||3||0||0||0||0||0||1[a]||1||4||1|
|Leyton Orient||2003–04||Third Division||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Rushden & Diamonds||2003–04||Second Division||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Doncaster Rovers||2003–04||Third Division||9||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||9||4|
|Torquay United||2004–05||League One||37||14||1||0||1||0||2[a]||2||41||16|
|Swansea City||2005–06||League One||34||9||1||0||1||1||8[b]||5||44||15|
|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[a]||0||42||18|
|AFC Wimbledon||2014–15||League Two||15||7||0||0||1||0||1[a]||1||17||8|
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