Otsemobor warming up for Milton Keynes Dons in 2013
|Full name||Jon Otsemobor|
|Date of birth||23 March 1983|
|Place of birth||Liverpool, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|2003||→ Hull City (loan)||9||(3)|
|2004||→ Bolton Wanderers (loan)||1||(0)|
|2004–2005||→ Crewe Alexandra (loan)||14||(1)|
|2012–2014||Milton Keynes Dons||44||(1)|
|2013–2014||→ Tranmere Rovers (loan)||2||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:52, 22 December 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
He was born in Liverpool, and began his career with hometown club Liverpool F.C. He also played for Hull City, Bolton Wanderers, Crewe Alexandra, Rotherham United, Norwich City, Southampton, Sheffield Wednesday, Milton Keynes Dons and Tranmere Rovers.
Born in Liverpool, Merseyside, Otsemobor progressed through Liverpool's youth system and signed a professional contract with the club on 23 March 2000. He made his debut in Liverpool's 3–1 win over Southampton in the League Cup. He was loaned out to Hull City for the rest of the season to gain some first team experience. Otsemobor scored his first career goal for Hull in their 4–2 defeat to Rushden & Diamonds. Otsemobor also scored a further two goals in Hull's 2–0 win over Shrewsbury Town and the 2–1 defeat at Wrexham.
In the 2003–04 season, Otsemobor played five more games for Liverpool, making appearances in the 1–1 draw with Newcastle United and the 3–1 win over Bolton Wanderers. He also appeared in the newspapers in October 2003, when he was shot in the buttocks during a gun incident in a bar.
He was then loaned out again, this time to Bolton Wanderers where he only played one game, which was their 3–1 defeat to Manchester City. Otsemobor was then loaned out to Crewe Alexandra on a season long deal. He made his debut for Crewe in the 3–0 win over Watford. He scored one goal during his loan at Crewe, which was in the 2–2 draw with Leicester City.
Otsemobor signed for Rotherham United on 5 July 2005, on a free transfer from Liverpool. At Rotherham, Otsemobor made eight appearances and scored one goal for the club against Port Vale in the League Cup before being sold again, this time on a free transfer back to Crewe Alexandra.
Otsemobor signed permanently for Crewe on 19 January 2006. He made his second debut for the club in a 2–1 defeat to Plymouth Argyle. Otsemobor, along with Steve Foster, Madjid Bougherra and Billy Jones were considered the main reason for Crewe's late attempt for safety in the final few months of the 2005–06 season, which eventually failed. Otsemobor also appeared in all of the games during Crewe's five game undefeated run.
During pre-season, in June 2006, Otsemobor failed to return to training on an agreed date. From 9 to 14 June 2006, club manager Dario Gradi failed to make contact with Otsemobor and reasons for his absence were unknown. On 14 June 2006, Otsemobor returned to Crewe citing a long holiday and misunderstanding as the reason he missed training.
Otsemobor signed for Southampton on 14 January 2010, on a free transfer from League One promotion rivals Norwich City. He made his debut on 16 January playing alongside two other recent signings, José Fonte and Danny Seaborne, in a 1–1 draw at Millwall. On 15 May 2010 he was released as well as 12 other players.
On 8 June 2010, it was announced that Otsemobor would be joining Sheffield Wednesday with effect from 1 July. After coming runners-up in the 2011-12 Football League One with Sheffield Wednesday he was released amongst six other players having played twenty-six times for the club in the league since he joined in 2010.
Milton Keynes Dons
On 2 December 2012, he scored the winning goal in the third minute of injury time as the Dons defeated AFC Wimbledon 2–1 in the Second Round of the FA Cup. This has given Otsemobor cult-hero status from Dons fans, dubbing the right-back "The Heel of God".
He returned to his native Merseyside on 28 November 2013, when he agreed to join Tranmere Rovers on a months loan. He became the third player to join Rovers on that day on loan with Blackburn Rovers defender Ryan Edwards and Liverpool winger Kristoffer Peterson.
With a focus on development of youth at MK Dons, Otsemobor found himself as third choice right back and subsequently left MK Dons by mutual consent on 8 January 2014.
- As of 11 January 2013.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Hull City (loan)||
|Bolton Wanderers (loan)||
|Crewe Alexandra (loan)||
|Sheffield Wednesday||2010–11||League One||15||0||1||0||2||0||3||0||21||0|
|Milton Keynes Dons||2012–13||League One||19||1||2||1||1||0||0||0||22||2|
- Football League One runners-up: 2011–12
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. p. 323. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0.
- "Rushden 4–2 Hull". BBC. 15 March 2003. Retrieved 15 September 2009.
- "Hull 2–0 Shrewsbury". BBC. 22 March 2003. Retrieved 15 September 2009.
- "Hull 1–2 Wrexham". BBC. 4 April 2003. Retrieved 15 September 2009.
- Carter, Helen (6 October 2003). "Liverpool football player shot in bar". guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 30 August 2009.
- "Crewe 2–2 Leicester". BBC. 2 November 2004. Retrieved 15 September 2009.
- "Rotherham 3–1 Port Vale". BBC. 23 August 2005. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
- "Dario Puzzled By Semmy's Absence". crewealex.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2006.
- "Semi back in training". crewealex.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2006.
- "Jon Joins". Southampton F.C. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 17 January 2010.
- "Millwall vs Southampton". Southampton F.C. 16 January 2010. Retrieved 17 January 2010.
- "Released And Retained List". Southampton F.C. 15 May 2010. Retrieved 15 May 2010.
- "Southampton reveal retain and released lists of players". Daily Echo. 15 May 2010. Retrieved 15 May 2010.
- "Otsemobor agrees Wednesday deal". Sheffield Wednesday FC. 8 June 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2010.
- "DONS SIGN OTSEMOBOR". Milton Keynes Dons FC. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
- Osborne, Chris (2 December 2012). "MK Dons 2 AFC Wimbledon 1". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
- Otsemobor, Jon (28 November 2013). "Otsemobor Joins On Loan". Tranmere Rovers F.C. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
- "Football: AFC Wimbledon goal hero Jon Otsemobor departs MK Dons". MK Web. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
- "Jon Otsemobor career statistics". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 January 2013.