Kayode Odejayi

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Kayode Odejayi
Kayode Odejayi 12-04-2014 1.jpg
Odejayi playing for Accrington Stanley in 2014
Personal information
Full name Olukayode Ishmael Odejayi[1]
Date of birth (1982-02-21) 21 February 1982 (age 32)[2]
Place of birth Ibadan, Nigeria
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Tranmere Rovers
Number 9
Youth career
000?–1999 Bristol City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2002 Bristol City 6 (0)
2001 Forest Green Rovers (loan) 6 (1)
2002–2003 Forest Green Rovers 38 (13)
2003–2007 Cheltenham Town 151 (30)
2007–2010 Barnsley 72 (4)
2009 Scunthorpe United (loan) 6 (1)
2009 Colchester United (loan) 14 (6)
2010–2012 Colchester United 101 (11)
2012–2014 Rotherham United 42 (5)
2013–2014 Accrington Stanley (loan) 32 (8)
2014– Tranmere Rovers 17 (0)
National team
2008 Nigeria 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:51, 27 December 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:08, 25 December 2009 (UTC)

Olukayode Ishmael "Kayode" Odejayi (born 21 February 1982) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Tranmere Rovers as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Born in Ibadan, Oyo State, Odejayi started his career as a trainee at Bristol City. He has also played for Forest Green Rovers, Cheltenham and Barnsley he has also enjoyed loans spells at Forest Green Rovers, Scunthorpe and Colchester.

Early career[edit]

Odejayi, a striker, was at Bristol City, as a trainee before moving on to Football Conference side Forest Green Rovers in 2002. 2002–03 turned out to be Rovers' best ever season since their foundation in 1890, and Odejayi was a key figure, scoring 13 goals as the club finished ninth.

Cheltenham Town[edit]

This brought him to the attention of Cheltenham Town, and then-manager Bobby Gould signed him that summer. His first two seasons were a struggle but in his third season (2005–06) he played almost every game as Cheltenham stormed to the play-off final, winning 1–0 against fancied Grimsby Town. He came to national attention in January 2006 when Cheltenham faced Newcastle United in the FA Cup 4th round. Odejayi was outstanding, giving French international defender Jean-Alain Boumsong no end of problems during the game. Following the game he was linked with a move to Championship team Plymouth Argyle however the move never materialised.

Barnsley[edit]

On 31 May 2007, Odejayi moved to Barnsley for a fee of £200,000, a Cheltenham record for a sale of a player. Forest Green Rovers will receive a windfall from the transfer as part of the terms of Odejayi's Cheltenham deal.[3]

He scored in the Reds' first friendly against Morecambe in a 2–1 defeat. He then bagged a brace against Portuguese side Louletano DC in a 3–2 win. In a 3–1 victory against Buxton he bagged his fourth goal in three .

Odejayi netted his first competitive goal for Barnsley against Scunthorpe United which effectively sealed a 2–0 victory for the Reds.

Odejayi was booed off by his own fans against Southampton, after he missed a string of chances at goal. He himself admitted about his poor performances and promised the fans he would step it up and he did in the FA Cup quarter finals. Bobby Hassell and Barnsley manager Simon Davey have both publicly given the striker their backing. He will now unquestionably go down in folklore of Barnsley Football Club, as the scorer of one of the most important goals in their history when he secured a 1–0 victory at Oakwell, in the quarter finals of the FA Cup 2008 against Chelsea. On 6 April 2008 in the FA Cup semi-final against Cardiff City he missed a glorious chance to score when he was put clean through on goal only to shoot wide, costing Barnsley the chance to equalise and possibly reach the FA Cup Final for the first time since 1912.

In January 2009, there was talk of him being pursued by Barnsley's South Yorkshire neighbours, Rotherham United.[4]

Scunthorpe United (loan)[edit]

On 26 February he was loaned to Scunthorpe. He played in 6 games scoring 1 goal against Walsall.[5]

Colchester United (loan)[edit]

He was loaned to Colchester United on 16 September 2009 on a three-month emergency loan. He made a big impression at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, winning two penalties in his first game against Hartlepool United and then scoring a brace against high flying Charlton Athletic. He also went on to score against Huddersfield Town, Leyton Orient, Wycombe Wanderers, Bromley and Oldham Athletic.

He set up John-Joe O'Toole's first Colchester goal in a 1–1 draw at Tranmere Rovers, whilst Odejayi also assisted Simon Hackney's goal against Bromley in the FA Cup. His loan spell ended on 19 December with him having scored seven goals in sixteen games, six of which came in the Football League. When the January transfer window opened, Odejayi's loan form resulted in him being signed by Aidy Boothroyd on a permanenet deal, thus also becoming Aidy's first permanent signing for Colchester United.

Colchester United[edit]

On 24 December 2009 it was announced that Odejayi had signed for an undisclosed fee on a deal that would end in June 2012.[6] Odejayi scored his first goal as a full-time Colchester player in a 2 – 1 win against Carlisle where he came off the bench to score the winner in stoppage time to keep the U's in their promotion hunt. He added two further goals against Bristol Rovers and Yeovil before getting an injury after coming on as a sub against Walsall. Odejayi was named as Colchester United's official player-of-the-season for the 2011–12 season, having led the front-line with power and strength all campaign.[7]

Rotherham United[edit]

On 15 May, Rotherham United completed the much-rumoured signing of Odejayi after talks with Steve Evans. He joined the Millers officially on 1 July. His first goal for the club came in the 3–0 win against Burton Albion on 18 August 2012, this was also the opening day of the New York Stadium, and, on his league debut for the club. His second came soon after to gain a point against Chesterfield, on 25 August 2012. However only 5 goals all season grew to fans frustration as Alex Revell and Daniel Nardiello became the preferred striking partnership

On 10 September 2013, Odejayi joined League Two side Accrington Stanley on a three-month loan.[8] On 1 January 2014, the loan was extended till the end of the 2013/2014 League Two season.

Tranmere Rovers[edit]

On 26 June 2014, following Odejayi's departure from Rotherham United, he signed a one year deal with Tranmere Rovers.[9]

International career[edit]

In May 2008, Odejayi made his first appearance for the Nigerian national team, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 1–1 friendly draw against Austria.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 17 June 2014[11]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other[12] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bristol City 1999–2000 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2000–01 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
2001–02 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Forest Green Rovers (loan) 2001–02 6 1 2 0 - - 0 0 8 1
Total 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 7 0
Forest Green Rovers 2002–03 38 13 2 0 - - 0 0 40 13
Total 38 13 2 0 - - 0 0 40 13
Cheltenham Town 2003–04 30 5 2 0 1 0 1 0 34 5
2004–05 32 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 33 1
2005–06 44 11 6 2 2 0 4 0 56 13
2006–07 45 13 2 0 2 1 2 1 51 15
Total 151 30 10 2 6 1 7 1 174 34
Barnsley 2007–08 39 3 4 1 1 0 0 0 44 4
2008–09 28 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 30 1
Scunthorpe United (loan) 2008–09 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Barnsley 2009–10 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 7 0
Colchester United (loan) 2009–10 14 6 3 1 0 0 0 0 17 7
Total 72 4 5 1 4 0 0 0 81 5
Colchester United 2009–10 14 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 15 3
2010–11 44 4 3 0 2 0 1 0 50 4
2011–12 43 4 2 0 1 1 1 0 47 5
Total 115 17 9 1 3 1 2 0 126 19
Rotherham United 2012–13 42 5 2 0 1 0 0 0 45 5
2013–14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 42 5 2 0 1 0 0 0 45 5
Accrington Stanley (loan) 2013–2014 32 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 33 8
Career total 468 79 31 4 14 2 10 1 523 86

International[edit]

Nigeria national team
Year Apps Goals
2008 1 0
Total 1 0

[13]

Honours[edit]

Cheltenham Town

Rotherham United

Individual

  • Colchester United Player of the Year: 2011–12[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 316. ISBN 9781845966010. 
  2. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0. 
  3. ^ "Tykes sign Cheltenham's Odejayi". BBC Sport. 31 May 2007. Retrieved 31 May 2007. 
  4. ^ http://www.rotherham.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=143556
  5. ^ "Scunthorpe 1–1 Walsall". BBC. 3 March 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Odejayi makes permanent move". Colchester United F.C. 24 December 2007. Retrieved 24 December 2007. 
  7. ^ "Kayode Odejayi scoops main award". EADT. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Accrington Stanley: Rotherham's Kayode Odejayi joins on loan". BBC Sport. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Kayode Odejayi: Tranmere Rovers sign ex-Rotherham United striker". BBC Sport. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Kayode Odejayi". 11v11.com. AFS Enterprises. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Kayode Odejayi Career Stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  12. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Football League Trophy and Football League play-offs
  13. ^ Kayode Odejayi at National-Football-Teams.com
  14. ^ "Colchester United Player of the Season". Coludaybyday.co.uk. 

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