Efe Sodje

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Efe Sodje
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Personal information
Full name Efetobore Peter Sodje[1]
Date of birth (1972-10-05) 5 October 1972 (age 41)
Place of birth Greenwich, London, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Macclesfield Town
(Player/Assistant Manager)
Number 16
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1997 Stevenage Borough 116 (9)
1997–1999 Macclesfield Town 83 (6)
1999–2000 Luton Town 9 (0)
2000 Colchester United (loan) 3 (0)
2000–2003 Crewe Alexandra 97 (3)
2003–2005 Huddersfield Town 67 (5)
2005–2006 Yeovil Town 25 (3)
2006 Southend United (loan) 1 (0)
2006–2007 Southend United 36 (2)
2007–2008 Gillingham 13 (0)
2008 Bury (loan) 16 (1)
2008–2013 Bury 182 (15)
2013 Barrow (loan) 9 (0)
2013– Macclesfield Town 6 (0)
National team
2000–2004 Nigeria 12 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:36, 22 May 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Efetobore Peter "Efe" Sodje (born 5 October 1972) is a professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Conference National side Macclesfield Town where he is also the club's assistant manager.

Sodje has notably represented Nigeria in the 2000 African Cup of Nations and the 2002 World Cup. He has previously played for Stevenage Borough, Luton Town, Colchester United, Crewe Alexandra, Huddersfield Town, Yeovil Town, Southend United, Gillingham, Bury and Barrow.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Sodje began his career playing for Stevenage Borough in the Conference National, who he had signed for ahead of the 1994–95 season.[2] Prior to signing for Stevenage, Sodje had unsuccessful trials at both Wimbledon and Luton Town.[2] He featured in Stevenage's reserve side throughout August 1994, waiting for his international clearance to come through before making a first-team appearance.[2] He eventually made his debut on 27 September 1994, starting in Stevenage's 1–0 defeat at Welling United.[3] Sodje made a total of 33 appearances during the 1994–95 campaign,[4] scoring once in a 5–0 win over Yeovil Town, a game in which he came off the substitutes' bench to score.[5] Sodje remained at Stevenage the following season, helping the club win the Conference National title, however they would be denied promotion to the Football League due to insufficient ground facilities. During the season, he made a total of 49 appearances, scoring five goals, four of which came in the league.[6] Sodje's third season at Stevenage was his best in goalscoring terms; he scored 7 times in 55 games in all competitions[7] as Stevenage finished the season in third place, beaten to the title by Macclesfield Town.[7] Sodje left Stevenage at the end of the season to join newly promoted Football League side Macclesfield Town.[2] He had made 138 appearances for Stevenage during his three-year spell with the side, scoring 13 goals.[2]

Sodje scored on his Football League debut, which was also Macclesfield Town's first game in the League. He played 83 times and scored 6 goals for Macclesfield Town before he left to join Luton Town in 1999; there, he made only 9 appearances and was loaned out to Colchester United for part of the 1999–2000 season. Sodje made three appearances for Colchester before returning to Luton.

Sodje moved to Crewe Alexandra in 2000, where he made 97 league appearances over three seasons. His first goal for Crewe came in their 4–2 win over Portsmouth on 8 December 2001. During his time at Crewe Sodje was called up to the Nigeria squad for the first time in his career, and played at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan.

Huddersfield Town[edit]

Sodje joined then Division 3 side Huddersfield Town, where he was made captain. His Town debut came in their 2–1 win over Derby County in the first round of the League Cup on 12 August 2003. His league debut came in their 2–2 draw with Boston United on 16 August. He scored his first goal for the Terriers came in their 2–0 home win over Boston United in January 2004. In his first season with the Terriers he helped them to the Division Three Play-off title.

Sodje was also voted into the PFA PFA Players' Division Three team of the season for the 2003/04 season[8]

Southend United[edit]

Sodje left Southend following their relegation from the Championship in the 2006–07 season.[9]

On 10 July 2007, he joined League One side Gillingham on a two-year deal,[10] and made his debut in the 1–0 away defeat to Cheltenham Town on 11 August. In February 2008 he joined Bury on loan until the end of the season,[11] and was transfer listed on 5 June 2008.[12]

Bury[edit]

It was announced on 1 July 2008, that his contract had been terminated by Gillingham.[13] Sodje was signed by Bury on a two-year contract as a player-coach, on 3 July 2008. At the beginning of the 2010–11 season, he was named 2nd vice-captain by Alan Knill after Ryan Lowe. In May 2011 he signed a new two-year contract extension.[14]

He made his 500th league appearance in January 2012 playing for Bury in a 1–1 draw against Charlton Athletic.[15]

Return to Macclesfield Town[edit]

On 4 June 2013 it was announced that Sodje would return to Macclesfield Town as assistant manager to John Askey. Sodje would also register himself as a player for The Silkmen.[16]

International career[edit]

Although born in England Sodje like his brother Sam represented Nigeria at international level. He was part of the squad that finished second to Cameroon in the 2000 African Cup of Nations.

He was also part of the Nigeria squad that went to the 2002 FIFA World Cup making two appearances against Argentina and England. So far Sodje has played 12 times,[17] scoring once in a 2–1 friendly win against Republic of Ireland.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Greenwich, London, his family originate from Warri, in Delta State, Nigeria.[18] Sodje is the eldest of four brothers who all play football; three of them professionally and one semi-professionally. Sam, Akpo (the youngest of the four) have both played alongside Efe. He played alongside Akpo at Huddersfield Town and he has represented Nigeria at international level with Sam. Steve, who plays semi-professionally has never played a Football League game.[citation needed]

Bright, used to play rugby league and rugby union. His nephew Onome Sodje has also played professionally in England.

Sodje is famous for wearing a do-rag, something he started doing in 1994 at the request of his mother.[19] The headband often has the words "Against All Odds".

Career statistics[edit]

(Correct as of 25 May 2013)[20]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Macclesfield Town 1997–98 41 3 2 0 2 0 1 0 46 3
Macclesfield Town 1998–99 42 3 4 1 4 0 0 0 50 4
Luton Town 1999–2000 9 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 14 0
Colchester (loan) 1999–2000 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Crewe Alexandra 2000–01 31 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 36 0
Crewe Alexandra 2001–02 36 2 4 0 3 0 0 0 43 2
Crewe Alexandra 2002–03 29 1 3 1 2 0 2 0 36 2
Huddersfield Town 2003–04 43 4 1 0 2 0 1 0 47 4
Huddersfield Town 2004–05 28 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 30 1
Yeovil Town 2004–05 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 2
Yeovil Town 2005–06 19 1 2 0 2 0 1 0 24 1
Southend United (loan) 2005–06 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Southend United 2005–06 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 1
Southend United 2006–07 24 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 28 1
Gillingham 2007–08 13 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 16 0
Bury (loan) 2007–08 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 1
Bury 2008–09 43 7 1 0 1 0 0 0 45 7
Bury 2009–10 39 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 42 2
Bury 2010–11 40 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 43 4
Bury 2011–12 41 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 43 2
Bury 2012–13 19 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 23 2
Barrow (loan) 2012–13 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Career total 544 35 28 4 31 0 10 0 613 39


Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Stevenage Borough[21]
Macclesfield Town[22]
Crewe Alexandra
Huddersfield Town[23]
Southend United[24]
Bury

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional retain list & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 18 May 2013. p. 81. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Player Guide – Efetobore Sodje". Boroguide. Retrieved 31 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Welling United 1–0 Stevenage Borough". Boroguide. Retrieved 31 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Efetobore Sodje – 1994/95 rollcall". Boroguide. Retrieved 31 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Stevenage Borough 5–0 Yeovil Town". Boroguide. Retrieved 31 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Efetobore Sodje – 1995/96 rollcall". Boroguide. Retrieved 31 May 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Efetobore Sodje – 1996/97 rollcall". Boroguide. Retrieved 31 May 2011. 
  8. ^ Sodje Makes PFA Team of Year 
  9. ^ "Hooper offered new Southend deal". BBC Sport. 16 May 2007. Retrieved 16 May 2007. 
  10. ^ "Gills bring Sodje to Priestfield". BBC Sport. 10 July 2007. Retrieved 10 July 2007. 
  11. ^ Official Gillingham website
  12. ^ "Gillingham trio on available list". BBC Sport. 5 June 2008. Retrieved 5 June 2008. 
  13. ^ Official Gillingham website
  14. ^ "Efe Sodje signs two-year contract extension at Bury". BBC Sport. 26 May 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  15. ^ http://www.buryfc.co.uk/page/LatestNews/0,,10422~2595591,00.html
  16. ^ http://www.nonleaguedaily.com/news/index.php?&newsmode=FULL&nid=94212
  17. ^ "Sodje, Efe". National Football Teams. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  18. ^ "Sodje family". 
  19. ^ "Sodje staying to Knill's delight". Prestwich Advertiser. 20 March 2008. Retrieved 21 April 2008. [dead link]
  20. ^ http://www.soccerbase.com/players/player.sd?player_id=10835&season_id=127
  21. ^ "Conference Honours". Coludaybyday.co.uk. 
  22. ^ "Tier Four (League Two) Honours". Coludaybyday.co.uk. 
  23. ^ "Division Three (League Two) Play-off Finalists". Coludaybyday.co.uk. 
  24. ^ "Tier Three (League One) Honours". Coludaybyday.co.uk. 
  25. ^ "Individual Awards". Coludaybyday.co.uk. 

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