Les Afful

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Les Afful
Personal information
Full name Leslie Samuel Afful
Date of birth (1984-02-04) 4 February 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current club Truro City
Number 12
Youth career
2000–2002 Exeter City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2006 Exeter City 78 (3)
2006 Torquay United (loan) 5 (0)
2006–2009 Forest Green Rovers 107 (4)
2009– Truro City 206 (35)
National team
2006– England C 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 December 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13:40, 15 February 2007 (UTC)

Leslie Samuel "Les" Afful (born 4 February 1984 in Liverpool, England) is an English footballer currently with Southern League club Truro City.

Career[edit]

Afful was born in Liverpool, and is of Caribbean descent. He joined Exeter City as a trainee after playing for a Merseyside youth team in Toxteth, after being brought to Exeter for a friendly by former Birmingham City and Liverpool player Howard Gayle.

He made his first team debut on 17 November 2001 in a 3–0 home FA Cup victory against non-league Cambridge City, prior to turning professional in April 2002. His league debut came later that season, on 13 April in a 0–0 draw away to Leyton Orient. He played once more that season, but failed to make any first team appearances the following season as Exeter were relegated out of the Football League and into the Football Conference.

He played fairly regularly in Exeter's first two seasons in the Conference, but was out of favour by the time he joined local rivals Torquay United on loan in January 2006. He played five times for Torquay as they successfully battled against relegation to the Conference, but was not offered a permanent deal by either Exeter or Torquay at the end of the season, joining Forest Green Rovers.[1]

He made a successful start to his career with Forest Green and in November 2006 was called up to the England National Game XI squad for the European Trophy decider against Holland.[2] At the end of his first season at the club, Afful was offered a new contract by manager Jim Harvey.[3]

In February 2009, Afful picked up a serious knee injury which required an operation which ruled him out for the rest of the campaign. He tore his posterior cruciate ligament when he twisted his knee in a 2–2 home draw with Histon.[4]

Afful was not offered a contract at the end of the season and was released after making 107 league appearances for Forest Green. He then signed for Truro City.[5]

Honours[edit]

England C
  • European Challenge Trophy winners: 2006

Truro City

Southern League Premier winner
2010/2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Forest Green sign Exeter's Afful". BBC Sport. 25 May 2006. 
  2. ^ "Afful called up". Retrieved 2007-05-20. 
  3. ^ "Afful pens new Forest Green deal". BBC Sport. 8 May 2007. 
  4. ^ "Forest Green 2-2 Histon". BBC Sport. 3 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "Truro City sign two new players". BBC Sport. 24 July 2009. 

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