John Chiedozie

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John Chiedozie
Personal information
Full name John Okechukwu Chiedozie
Date of birth (1960-04-18) 18 April 1960 (age 54)
Place of birth Owerri, Nigeria
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1981 Leyton Orient 145 (20)
1981–1984 Notts County 111 (15)
1984–1988 Tottenham Hotspur 53 (12)
1988–1990 Derby County 2 (0)
1990–1990 Notts County 1 (0)
1990–1990 Chesterfield 7 (0)
1992 Bashley
National team
1981–? Nigeria 9 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

John Chiedozie (born 18 April 1960 in Owerri, Nigeria) is a former professional player who played for Leyton Orient, Notts County, Tottenham Hotspur, Derby County, Chesterfield and represented Nigeria at international level on nine occasions.[1]

Football career[edit]

Chiedozie joined Orient as an apprentice in April 1977 where he went on to make 145 appearances including 14 as sub and scoring 20 goals. In August 1981 he joined Notts County for the first time in a £600,000 transfer deal.[2] Chiedozie featured in 111 matches including one as substitute and finding the net on 15 occasions.

Tottenham paid £375,000 for his services in August 1984.[3] The winger showed great pace but was often the victim of over zealous defenders.[citation needed] In his career at the club, much of it disrupted through injury, he played in 75 matches, including 11 as sub, scoring 14 goals in all competitions.[4]

Derby County was his next club, which he joined on a free transfer in August 1988, where he completed only two games in his time at the Baseball Ground. A second spell at Notts County began in January 1990, which resulted in just one substitute appearance, before joining Chesterfield in March 1990 where he featured in seven matches, including five as sub. Chiedozie ended his career at the Hampshire non-league side Bashley, and retired from competitive football in 1992.

Honours[edit]

In 2002, he was honoured with the title of Officer of the Order of Niger by President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo for his contribution to Nigerian football.[2]

After football[edit]

Today, Chiedozie runs a children's soft play equipment business in the New Forest area of Hampshire.[2]

His son Jordan, also a winger, was with the A.F.C. Bournemouth academy.[2] As of, 2014, he plays for Cambridge United.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, B, J, (Ed) The PFA Professional & Football League Players' Records 1946-2005 (2005) p118 ISBN 1-85291-665-6 Retrieved 13 October 2008
  2. ^ a b c d John Chiedozie Retrieved 14 October 2008
  3. ^ Chiedozie's transfer to Tottenham Hotspur Retrieved 17 November 2010
  4. ^ Topspurs A-Z of players Retrieved 8 October 2012
  5. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/29999525

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