Dickson Etuhu

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Dickson Etuhu
Dickson Etuhu Fulham.jpg
Etuhu at Fulham in 2009
Personal information
Full name Dickson Paul Etuhu
Date of birth (1982-06-08) 8 June 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Kano, Nigeria
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Free agent
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Manchester City 12 (0)
2002–2006 Preston North End 134 (17)
2005–2006 Norwich City (loan) 8 (0)
2006–2007 Norwich City 54 (6)
2007–2008 Sunderland 20 (1)
2008–2012 Fulham 91 (3)
2012–2014 Blackburn Rovers 23 (1)
National team
2007–2011 Nigeria 17 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 05:31, 9 April 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Dickson Paul Etuhu (born 8 June 1982 in Kano) is a Nigerian professional footballer who is a Free agent. His younger brother Kelvin is also a footballer.[2] He grew up in Peckham, south London, but plays international football for the Nigerian national football team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Etuhu signed for Preston North End from Manchester City in 2002 for £300,000. He had started just 11 league games for City. He was very much a bit-part player during Preston's successful season of 2004–2005, when the Whites reached the play-off final. Despite his side losing to West Ham United, he attracted the attention of Premiership clubs Everton and West Brom.

Norwich City[edit]

Norwich City signed him during the January transfer window for £450,000 after a loan deal initially brought him to the club. His form began to improve towards the end of the season and in the early stages of the 2006–07 campaign.

Etuhu scored his first goal for Norwich in a 2–0 win against Torquay United in a League Cup match on 23 August 2006, and got his first league goal for the club in a 3–3 draw at Southend United on 12 September 2006. On 21 October 2006 he scored the only goal in a 1–0 win against Cardiff at Carrow Road to help his new manager Peter Grant win his first home game after replacing Nigel Worthington.

It was incorrectly reported during September 2006 that following the 3–1 defeat at Plymouth Argyle, Etuhu and team-mate Youssef Safri traded punches on the team bus on their return journey to East Anglia.[3]

Sunderland[edit]

Etuhu signed for newly promoted Sunderland in a deal worth £1.5 million in the summer of 2007.[4] On 9 February 2008, Etuhu scored his first goal for Sunderland in their home match against Wigan. It came from a free kick floated in by Dean Whitehead, opening the scoring in the 2–0 defeat of the Latics.[5]

Fulham[edit]

On 29 August 2008, Etuhu announced that he was having a medical with Premier League side Fulham, before joining for a fee of around £1.5 million on a three-year contract at Craven Cottage.[6] Etuhu scored his first goal for Fulham on Easter Sunday 2009 in a game against his former club Manchester City in the 59th minute to put Fulham up 2–1 after a goal from American Clint Dempsey in the 50th minute.[7]

He scored his first goal in European Competition, and his first goal at Craven Cottage, the week after his first son was born with a header to put Fulham 1–0 up against Lithuanian team FK Vetra. On 28 August 2010, Etuhu rescued his team in a match vs. Blackpool, by scoring in the 87th minute and playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–2 draw, at Bloomfield Road. On 18 September 2010, Etuhu played the full 90 minutes against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in a 1–1 draw. In September 2010, Etuhu, signed a three-year contract extension, which will see him contracted to Craven Cottage until summer 2014. He made his 50th Premier League appearance for them against Newcastle United, in a 0–0 draw on 13 November, when he replaced Zoltan Gera, in the 69th minute in the game at St James' Park. Etuhu scored his fifth goal in Fulham colours when he netted the second in a 6–2 victory over Peterborough United on 8 January 2011, playing the full 90 minutes in the FA Cup 3rd round. On 5 March he started and completed the full ninety minutes in a 3–2 win over Blackburn. On 3 April, he scored on 72 minutes thanks to an assist from defender Brede Hangeland in the game against Blackpool at Craven Cottage, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3–0 victory. On 9 April, he started the 2–0 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford but was replaced on 67 minutes by Zoltán Gera.[8]

On 3 August 2012, Fulham announced that Etuhu had left the club to join Danny Murphy at Blackburn Rovers.[9]

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

On 3 August 2012, Etuhu joined Blackburn Rovers on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.[10] He scored his first goal for Blackburn on 29 September 2012 against Charlton Athletic.[11]

On July 01 2014, Etuhu had his contract with Rovers terminated by mutual consent having had his time with Rovers plagued with injuries and only managing 23 games for the club in his 2 year spell.

International career[edit]

It was announced in late September 2007 that Etuhu had been called up to play for his country on 14 October.[12] He first played in two friendlies for his country and he then made his competitive international debut in the African Cup of Nations in January 2008. Etuhu was part of the Nigeria squad for the 2010 World Cup held in South Africa. He turned down a callup in August 2011 as a replacement player and stated he would not play for Nigeria coach Samson Siasia, temporarily ending his international career.[13] He was however recalled in November 2011 for a pair of friendlies under new coach Stephen Keshi.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Fulham

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 8 April 2014[14]
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Play-Offs Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2001–02 Manchester City Division One 12 0 - - 1 0 - - - - 13 0
2001–02 Preston North End 16 3 0 0 - - - - - - 16 3
2002–03 39 6 1 0 4 0 - - - - 44 6
2003–04 31 4 2 1 1 0 - - - - 34 4
2004–05 Championship 35 3 1 0 3 0 3 0 - - 42 3
2005–06 13 2 - - 0 0 - - - - 13 2
Preston North End total 134 18 4 1 8 0 3 0 - - 149 19
2005–06 Norwich City (loan) Championship 8 0 - - - - - - - - 8 0
Norwich City 11 0 1 0 - - - - - - 12 0
2006–07 43 6 4 0 3 1 - - - - 50 7
Norwich City total 62 6 5 0 3 1 - - - - 70 7
2007–08 Sunderland Premier League 20 1 0 0 1 0 - - - - 21 1
Sunderland total 20 1 0 0 1 0 - - - - 21 1
2008–09 Fulham Premier League 21 1 4 0 0 0 - - - - 25 1
2009–10 20 0 3 0 0 0 - - 14 2 37 2
2010–11 28 2 1 1 2 0 - - - - 31 3
2011–12 22 0 0 0 0 0 - - 11 0 33 0
Fulham total 91 3 8 1 2 0 - - 25 2 126 6
2012–13 Blackburn Rovers Championship 20 1 0 0 1 0 - - - - 21 1
2013–14 3 0 0 0 0 0 - - - - 3 0
Blackburn Rovers total 23 1 0 0 1 0 - - - - 24 1
Career total 323 29 17 2 16 1 3 0 22 2 386 34

2011–12 appearances includes match in Uefa Cup, away to Dnipro on 25 August 2011, which is currently not included on Soccerbase website.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League Player Profile". Premier League. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Big brother spurs Kelvin on". Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  3. ^ "FOOTBALL: CANARIES' PUNCH-UP". Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  4. ^ "Sunderland complete Etuhu signing". BBC Sport. 17 July 2007. 
  5. ^ "Sunderland 2–0 Wigan". BBC. 9 February 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "Fulham sign Etuhu from Sunderland". BBC Sport. 29 August 2008. 
  7. ^ "Man City 1–3 Fulham". BBC. 12 April 2009. Retrieved 14 September 2009. 
  8. ^ "Fulham 3–0 FK Vetra (agg 6–0)". BBC. 6 August 2009. Retrieved 14 September 2009. 
  9. ^ "Player Departures". Fulham FC. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Rovers seal Etuhu deal". Blackburn Rovers FC. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Charlton 1–1 Blackburn". BBC. 29 September 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Etuhu gets Nigeria call". Sunderland F.C. 28 September 2007. Archived from the original on 20 November 2007. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  13. ^ Etuhu turns down last minute call-up
  14. ^ "Dickson Etuhu Career Stats". Soccerbase. 17 September 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 

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