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Odejayi playing for Accrington Stanley in 2014
|Full name||Olukayode Ishmael Odejayi|
|Date of birth||21 February 1982|
|Place of birth||Ibadan, Nigeria|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|2001||→ Forest Green Rovers (loan)||6||(1)|
|2002–2003||Forest Green Rovers||38||(13)|
|2009||→ Scunthorpe United (loan)||6||(1)|
|2009||→ Colchester United (loan)||14||(6)|
|2013–2014||→ Accrington Stanley (loan)||32||(8)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:54, 5 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scunthorpe United (loan)
Colchester United (loan)
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.
On 24 December 2009 it was announced that Odejayi had signed for an undisclosed fee on a deal that would end in June 2012. 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.
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. His goals and work ethic have made him a fan favourite at the New York Stadium.
- As of match played 17 June 2014
|Forest Green Rovers (loan)||2001–02||6||1||2||0||-||-||0||0||8||1|
|Forest Green Rovers||2002–03||38||13||2||0||-||-||0||0||40||13|
|Scunthorpe United (loan)||2008–09||6||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||1|
|Colchester United (loan)||2009–10||14||6||3||1||0||0||0||0||17||7|
|Accrington Stanley (loan)||2013–2014||32||8||1||0||0||0||0||0||33||8|
|Nigeria national team|
- Football League Two play-offs: 2005–06
- Football League Two runners-up: 2012–13
- Colchester United Player of the Year: 2011–12
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- "Kayode Odejayi: Tranmere Rovers sign ex-Rotherham United striker". BBC Sport. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
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- "Kayode Odejayi Career Stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
- Includes other competitive competitions, including the Football League Trophy and Football League play-offs
- Kayode Odejayi at National-Football-Teams.com
- "Colchester United Player of the Season". Coludaybyday.co.uk.
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