Ugo Ehiogu

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Ugo Ehiogu
Personal information
Full name Ugochuku Ehiogu[1]
Date of birth (1972-11-03) 3 November 1972 (age 42)[1]
Place of birth Homerton, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Youth career
000?–1989 West Bromwich Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1991 West Bromwich Albion 2 (0)
1991–2000 Aston Villa 237 (12)
2000–2007 Middlesbrough 126 (7)
2006–2007 Leeds United (loan) 6 (1)
2007–2008 Rangers 9 (1)
2008–2009 Sheffield United 26 (1)
2012 Wembley 0 (0)
Total 406 (22)
National team
1992–1993 England U21 15 (1)
1994 England B 1 (0)
1996–2002 England 4 (1)
Teams managed
2014– Tottenham Hotspur (Under 21s)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:58, 29 May 2009 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:31, 2 November 2008 (UTC)

Ugochuku "Ugo" Ehiogu (/ˈɛhiɒɡ/; born 3 November 1972 in Homerton, London) is an English former professional footballer who played as a centre back from 1989 to 2009. He is currently the coach of the Tottenham Hotspur U-21 Team.

He played in the Premier League with lengthy spells at Aston Villa and Middlesbrough. He also played in the Football League for West Bromwich Albion, Leeds United and Sheffield United, as well as a spell in the Scottish Premier League with Rangers. Ehiogu was an England international, with a record of 4 caps and 1 goal. In 2012, he came out of brief retirement by signing for non-league side Wembley to participate in the club's FA Cup games alongside other retired veteran players.

Club career[edit]

Aston Villa[edit]

Ehiogu began his career at West Bromwich Albion as a trainee, turning professional in 1989. After just a few games for Albion in the Second Division, Ron Atkinson brought him to First Division Aston Villa for £40,000 in August 1991. By 1994, he had replaced Shaun Teale as the main central defensive partner to Paul McGrath.

He remained at the club for nine years, making over 300 appearances in all competitions. He was part of the Villa team that won the 1996 League Cup as Villa beat Leeds 3–0. Ehiogu also won a runners-up medal when Villa lost 1–0 to Chelsea in the 2000 FA Cup Final. He joined Middlesbrough from Villa in November 2000 for, at the time, a club record fee of £8 million. The deal went ahead after negotiations between Villa and West Bromwich Albion, whose 50% sell-on clause on the player had been seen as a stumbling block to the move.[2]

Middlesbrough[edit]

His career at Boro got off on the wrong foot when he was forced to limp off four minutes into his debut at Charlton Athletic with a hamstring injury which kept him out for months. Whilst at Middlesbrough, Ehiogu quickly became a mainstay in the central defence since joining the club and rejoining his former team mate Gareth Southgate in central defence. He missed the start of the 2003–04 season with a knee injury but returned to play his part in Boro's League Cup success against Bolton Wanderers. This knee injury returned in the 2004–05 season and again he was forced to miss many important games, although Boro still managed to scrape into the UEFA Cup for a second successive season.

He agreed a move to West Bromwich Albion, the club where he had started as a 16-year-old, during the January transfer window of 2006,[3] but this move was cancelled when a number of Middlesbrough players became injured. On 23 November 2006 he moved to Leeds United on loan for two months until January. Ehiogu was a regular in Leeds' starting line-up during his loan move, usually alongside Matt Heath in central defence. He scored one goal against Barnsley[4] and also an own goal during his spell at Leeds which expired on 1 January 2007 after he admitted to manager, Dennis Wise that he could not play two matches in three days.

Rangers[edit]

Ehiogu was released from his contract at Middlesbrough and started talks with Rangers over a proposed transfer to the Scottish Premier League club. On 22 January 2007, he signed an 18-month contract with Rangers after completing a medical. Once the technicalities of the transfer were concluded, Ehiogu officially joined Rangers three days later.[5] His first goal for Rangers came with a spectacular overhead kick in his first Old Firm game, giving Rangers a 1–0 win.[6] On 16 April 2007 Ehiogu's goal against Celtic was voted Rangers' Goal of the Season at an award ceremony as voted for by the club's fans.[7]

Ehiogu found his first team opportunities limited at the start of the 2007–08 season, with Carlos Cuéllar and David Weir being preferred by manager Walter Smith. He was released by Rangers that January.

Sheffield United[edit]

On 16 January 2008 it was reported that Sheffield United were interested in signing Ehiogu.[8] The next day he was released by Rangers and travelled down to Sheffield for talks with club manager Bryan Robson.[9] He completed the move on 18 January 2008.[10] Ehiogu made his first team debut for the Blades in a 1–1 home draw with Watford at the end of January,[11][12] and was used a defensive cover for the remainder of the season.

With injuries and suspensions to his fellow defenders in the early stages of the following season he forced his way into the first team and was rewarded with what turned out to be his only goal in Blades colours, scoring the winner against Preston North End in October 2008.[13] Having embarked on his most successful spell for United he suffered an injury in the Boxing Day game against Wolves which sidelined him for the rest of the season. After the Blades failed to gain promotion, Ehiogu was released at the end of the season when his contract expired as the club tried to cut costs.[14]

On 3 August 2009, Ehiogu retired from football after a trial with Milton Keynes Dons.[15]

Wembley[edit]

On 24 August 2012 Ehiogu came out of retirement to sign for Wembley F.C., agreeing to play in the club's FA Cup games alongside fellow former professionals Ray Parlour, Martin Keown, Claudio Caniggia, Brian McBride and Graeme Le Saux.[16]

International career[edit]

He made his senior England debut as a substitute against China in 1996. He went on to win another three caps and scored once for his country, in a 3–0 victory over Spain.[17]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Scored
1 28 February 2001 Villa Park, Birmingham  Spain 3–0 Friendly match 1

Coaching career[edit]

Ehiogu has also worked with the England under-20 team in recent times and was part of Peter Taylor's coaching team at the U20 World Cup.[18] Following a period working part time with the Tottenham Hotspur Academy[19] Ethiogu was appointed Under-21 Team Coach as part of Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Academy in July 2014.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Since retiring Ehiogu has founded his own record label, Dirty Hit.[21]

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2003). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2003/2004. Queen Anne Press. p. 134. ISBN 1-85291-651-6. 
  2. ^ "Villa agree Ehiogu sell-on fee". BBC Sport. 13 August 2000. Retrieved 16 August 2007. 
  3. ^ "Ehiogu poised for Baggies return". BBC Sport. 9 January 2006. Retrieved 16 August 2007. 
  4. ^ "Leeds 2–2 Barnsley". BBC. 2 December 2006. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "Ehiogu completes move to Rangers". BBC Sport. 25 January 2007. 
  6. ^ "Celtic 0–1 Rangers". BBC Sport. 11 March 2007. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "Hemdani Named Player of the Year". Rangers.co.uk. 16 April 2007. 
  8. ^ "Blades interested in Ehiogu move". BBC Sport. 16 January 2008. 
  9. ^ "Ehiogu in Blades talks". Sky Sports website. 17 January 2008. 
  10. ^ "Ehiogu completes move to Blades". BBC Sport. 18 January 2008. 
  11. ^ "Sheffield Utd vs Watford". Sheffield United F.C. 29 January 2008. Retrieved 4 February 2008. 
  12. ^ "Blades 1–1 Watford". BBC Sport. 29 January 2008. Retrieved 4 February 2008. 
  13. ^ "Sheff Utd 1–0 Preston". BBC Sport. 25 October 2008. Retrieved 25 October 2008. 
  14. ^ "Blackwell begins reshaping Blades". BBC Sport. 28 May 2009. Retrieved 29 May 2009. 
  15. ^ "Dons delighted as Puncheon returns". MK Citizen. 3 August 2009. Retrieved 4 August 2009. 
  16. ^ http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/wembleyfc/81463/News/view/694546
  17. ^ "Sven's England off to winning start". BBC Sport. 28 February 2001. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  18. ^ The Daily Mail, The Footballers Football Column Retrieved 18 October 2013
  19. ^ "Ugo Ehiogu hopes that Rooney rule will come into English football". SKy Sports. 18 April 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  20. ^ Under 21s Appointment THFC website, Accessed 25 July 2014
  21. ^ In The Stands, Whatever happened to Ugu Ehiogu Retrieved 18 October 2013

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