Gozie Ugwu

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Gozie Ugwu
Personal information
Full name Chigozie Eze Ugwu[1]
Date of birth (1993-04-22) 22 April 1993 (age 20)
Place of birth Oxford, England
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)[2]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Reading
Number 36
Youth career
2006–2011 Reading
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011– Reading 0 (0)
2012 Ebbsfleet United (loan) 9 (4)
2012–2013 Yeovil Town (loan) 15 (3)
2013 Plymouth Argyle (loan) 6 (0)
2013–2014 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:34, 26 December 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Chigozie Eze "Gozie" Ugwu (born 22 April 1993) is an English footballer who plays as a forward for Reading. He made his debut in the Football League in 2012.

Playing career[edit]

Ugwu was born in Oxford, Oxfordshire.[3][4] He began his career with Reading and progressed through the club's academy to sign a first professional contract in June 2011.[2][5][6] He joined Conference National side Ebbsfleet United on a one-month loan in January 2012,[7] and made his debut in a 1–0 FA Trophy defeat at York City.[8] Ugwu his first goal for the club in a 3–2 win at Bath City,[9] and two more in his next three appearances, against Southport and Gateshead, before the loan was extended by a further month.[3][10] He returned to Reading at the start of April to try and earn a new contract after scoring four goals in ten league and cup appearances for Ebbsfleet.[11][12]

He signed a new two-year contract with Reading in July 2012 and joined League One side Yeovil Town on loan for six months.[13][14] Ugwu made his debut in a 3–0 League Cup win against Colchester United in August,[15] and scored his first two goals for Yeovil in a 4–0 win at Scunthorpe United eleven days later.[16][17] He scored one more goal, against Doncaster Rovers,[18] and returned to Reading at the start of January 2013 after making five starts and 13 substitute appearances for Yeovil.[19][20] Soon after his return, Ugwu was included in a Reading match-day squad for the first time ahead of an FA Cup tie with Crawley Town.[21] He was named among the substitutes but did not make an appearance in a 3–1 win for Reading.[22]

Later in January, Ugwu joined League Two club Plymouth Argyle on a one-month youth loan.[6][23][24] In his second week with the club, he injured his ankle and was unavailable for two matches.[25] He resumed training in February and made his debut for Argyle two days later in a 2–1 win at Aldershot Town as a second-half substitute.[26][27] Despite his injury hit start, manager John Sheridan was keen to extend Ugwu's stay and on 19 February his loan was extended for a further month.[28][29] Having started only two games, and with Reading keen for Ugwu to get playing time,[30] he was recalled from loan on 11 March.[31]

On 14 November 2013, Uwgu signed on loan for Shrewsbury Town until January and made his debut two days later in a 3–1 defeat to Port Vale.[32][33] He returned to Reading having scored once in seven appearances after Shrewsbury manager Graham Turner decided against renewing his loan. On his decision not to extend Ugwu's stay, Turner commented that he felt "He could have worked harder for the team".[34]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played on 26 December 2013.[12][35]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Reading 2011–12 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ebbsfleet United (loan) 2011–12 Conference Premier 9 4 0 0 1[a] 0 10 4
Yeovil Town (loan) 2012–13 League One 15 3 0 0 2 0 1[b] 0 18 3
Plymouth Argyle (loan) 2012–13 League Two 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Shrewsbury Town (loan) 2013–14 League One 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
Career total 37 8 0 0 2 0 2 0 41 8
  1. ^ Appearance in the FA Trophy
  2. ^ Appearance in the Football League Trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Player Details: Gozie Ugwu". The English National Football Archive. SoccerData. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Gozie Ugwu". Reading F.C. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Munford, Colin (8 March 2012). "Ebbsfleet United striker Gozie Ugwu hails team-mates and fans after extending loan". The Reporter (Ilford). Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Terry Skiverton: Reading striker Gozie Ugwu a great addition to Yeovil Town squad". Western Morning News (Plymouth). 20 July 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Icelandic defender Ivar Ingimarsson to leave Reading". BBC Sport. BBC. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Striker Ugwu gets second shot at becoming a Pilgrim". The Herald (Plymouth). 18 January 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ebbsfleet United sign Gozie Ugwu from Reading". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Flett, Dave (15 February 2012). "Match report: York City 1, Ebbsfleet United 0 – FA Trophy third round". The Press (York). Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  9. ^ Rose, Neil (18 February 2012). "Sorry City are given the Shakes by ten-man Ebbsfleet". Bath Chronicle (Bath). Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Munford, Colin (5 March 2012). "Reading loanee Gozie Ugwu extends loan with Ebbsfleet United". The Reporter (Ilford). Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  11. ^ Munford, Colin (4 April 2012). "Ugwu loan not extended at Ebbsfleet". The Reporter (Ilford). Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Gozie Ugwu". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Ugwu pens new deal". Reading F.C. 17 July 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Yeovil Town sign Reading striker Gozie Ugwu on loan". BBC Sport. BBC. 19 July 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Yeovil Town 3, Colchester United 0: Richard Hinds double sees Glovers through". Western Daily Press (Bristol). 15 August 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Scunthorpe 0–4 Yeovil". BBC Sport. BBC. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Gozie Ugwu: Yeovil Town's League One climb is no surprise to me". Western Gazette (Yeovil). 31 August 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "Yeovil 2–1 Doncaster". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 September 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  19. ^ Sweet, Chris (1 January 2013). "Yeovil Town close in on permanent deal for striker Paddy Madden". Western Gazette (Yeovil). Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  20. ^ "Plymouth Argyle sign new striker". The Herald (Plymouth). 18 January 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  21. ^ "Team News: Seven changes". Reading F.C. 5 January 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  22. ^ "Crawley 1–3 Reading". BBC Sport. BBC. 5 January 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  23. ^ "Ugwu joins Argyle on loan". Reading F.C. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  24. ^ "Good Gozie". Plymouth Argyle F.C. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  25. ^ "Gozie Ugwu is in frame for first call to action for Plymouth Argyle". The Herald (Plymouth). 8 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  26. ^ Errington, Chris (9 February 2013). "Jason Banton scores twice to secure a crucial win for Plymouth Argyle". The Herald (Plymouth). Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  27. ^ Parsons, Chris (14 February 2013). "More Gozie". Plymouth Argyle F.C. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  28. ^ Cowdery, Rick (19 February 2013). "Gozie Extends Stay". Plymouth Argyle F.C. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  29. ^ "Plymouth: Gozie Ugwu extends loan from Reading". BBC Sport. BBC. 19 February 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  30. ^ "Reading recall striker Gozie Ugwu from Plymouth Argyle". The Herald (Plymouth). 11 March 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  31. ^ Media, Argyle (11 March 2013). "Gozie Ugwu Returns to Reading". Plymouth Argyle F.C. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  32. ^ "Reading striker joins on loan". Shrewsbury Town F.C. 14 November 2013. 
  33. ^ "Port Vale 3–1 Shrewsbury Town". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  34. ^ "Graham Turner Post Oldham Athletic". Shrewsbury Town F.C. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  35. ^ "Gozie Ugwu". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 

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