Nicky Ajose

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Nicky Ajose
Personal information
Full name Nicholas Olushola Ajose[1]
Date of birth (1991-10-07) 7 October 1991 (age 22)
Place of birth Bury, England
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Peterborough United
Number 21
Youth career
1999–2009 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Manchester United 0 (0)
2010–2011 Bury (loan) 28 (13)
2011– Peterborough United 6 (4)
2011 Scunthorpe United (loan) 7 (0)
2012 Chesterfield (loan) 12 (1)
2012 Crawley Town (loan) 19 (2)
2013 Bury (loan) 19 (4)
2013–2014 Swindon Town (loan) 16 (6)
National team
2006–2007 England U16 4 (0)
2007 England U17 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:30, 22 January 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:07, 28 February 2011 (UTC)

Nicholas Olushola "Nicky" Ajose (born 7 October 1991) is a professional footballer who plays as a forward for Peterborough United. He began his career with Manchester United, but never made an appearance in the first-team and spent much of the 2010–11 season on loan to Bury. He joined Peterborough United in July 2011.[2]

Ajose played for England at under-16 and under-17 level. Also eligible to play for Nigeria, he was called up for the 2009 African Youth Championship.[3]

Club career[edit]

Manchester United[edit]

Born in Bury, Ajose made his way through Manchester United's youth squads, having joined the club in 1999.[4] He was awarded with his first professional contract by the club, in the summer of 2009.[5]

Bury (loan)[edit]

On 24 September 2010, Ajose joined his home-town club, Bury, on a one-month loan deal,[6] he made his debut the following day as an 80th-minute substitute in a 2–0 away win over Cheltenham Town.[7] His first goal for Bury came on his fifth appearance, a 3–0 home win over Accrington Stanley on 9 October.[8] Seven days later he netted in a 4–3 away victory over Torquay United.[9] His loan was later extended until 3 January 2011.[10] Ajose then scored goals in a 3–1 away wins over Aldershot Town on 30 October,[11] and Burton Albion on 19 November.[12] Ajose netted twice in a 5–0 away win over Lincoln City on 23 November.[13] On 5 January 2011, Bury announced that they had agreed at a meeting with Sir Alex Ferguson that Ajose would remain at Bury on loan until 30 June 2011.[14] He returned to Manchester United for treatment in February after damaging his knee.[15] Five weeks later he rejoined Bury to commence the rest of his loan spell.[16] Ajose scored his first goal of 2011 in a 4–2 away victory over Macclesfield Town on 1 February.[17] He scored twice in a 3–0 victory over Oxford United on 2 April,[18] before netting another brace in a 4–2 away win over Northampton Town the following week.[19] Ajose was a pivotal part of the Bury side which secured the League Two runners up spot in 2010/2011.

Peterborough United[edit]

After failing to make it into the Manchester United first-team, Ajose joined Peterborough United – managed by Darren Ferguson, son of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson – on 5 July 2011. Peterborough paid an undisclosed fee for the striker, thought to be around £300,000 who signed a four-year contract with the club.[2] After a short loan spell with Scunthorpe United he signed on loan with Chesterfield till the rest of the season, scoring his first goal against his former club, Bury.[20] Next a loan spell with former manager Richie Barker's Crawley Town came with 18 appearances and 9 goals, Ajose scored the goal that knocked Championship side Bolton Wanderers out of the Football League Cup, In January 2013 Nicky returned to Peterborough and on 23 January 2013, Ajose again signed for his home town team Bury on loan for the rest of the season. On 2 February Ajose scored his first goal back at Bury with a headed effort in their 2–0 over Doncaster Rovers at Gigg Lane.[21]

On 30 August 2013, Ajose signed for Swindon Town on loan until the 1 January 2014.[22]

International career[edit]

Ajose has been capped by England U16 four times & once by England U17.[23]

He is also eligible to play for Nigeria and was called up for the 2009 African Youth Championship.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Continental Other[nb 1] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 2010–11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bury (loan) 2010–11 28 13 2 0 0 0 2 0 32 13
Peterborough United 2011–12 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Crawley Town 2012–13 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
Swindon Town 2013–14 12 5 1 0 1 0 2 3 16 8
Career total 46 20 4 0 1 0 0 0 4 3 54 23

Statistics accurate as of match played 7 December 2013[24]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the FA Community Shield, Football League Trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Search 1984 to 2006 – Birth, Marriage and Death indexes". Findmypast.com. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Peterborough land Manchester United's Nicky Ajose". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 5 July 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Country Call up Man UTD Youngster". Kick Off Magazine. 14 December 2008. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Career History". UpThePosh!. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Player profile: Nicky Ajose". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "United youngster on loan". buryfc.co.uk (Bury F.C.). 25 September 2010. Archived from the original on 11 May 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Cheltenham 0–2 Bury". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 25 September 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Bury 3–0 Accrington". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 9 October 2010. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  9. ^ "Torquay 3–4 Bury". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 16 October 2010. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  10. ^ "Bury extend loan of Manchester United's Nicky Ajose". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 22 October 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2010. 
  11. ^ "Aldershot 1–3 Bury". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 30 October 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2010. 
  12. ^ "Burton Albion 1–3 Bury". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 19 November 2010. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  13. ^ "Lincoln City 0–5 Bury". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 23 November 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2010. 
  14. ^ "Nicky STAYS at Gigg Lane". buryfc.co.uk (Bury F.C.). 5 January 2011. Archived from the original on 11 May 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  15. ^ "Ajose returns to Old Trafford for treatment". buryfc.co.uk (Bury FC). 8 February 2011. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  16. ^ "Nicky Ajose returns to Bury from Man Utd after injury". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 18 March 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  17. ^ "Macclesfield 2–4 Bury". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 1 February 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  18. ^ "Bury 3–0 Oxford Utd". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 2 April 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  19. ^ "Northampton 2–4 Bury". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 9 April 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  20. ^ "Spireites issue retained list". Chesterfield F.C. 9 May 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012. [dead link]
  21. ^ "Bury 2–0 Doncaster". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 2 February 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  22. ^ "Nicky Ajose: Swindon agree loan deal for Peterborough striker". BBC Sport. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  23. ^ "Nicky Ajose". TheFA.com. The Football Association. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  24. ^ "Nicky Ajose". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 

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