David Adekola

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David Adekola
Personal information
Full name David Adeolu Adekola
Date of birth (1968-05-18) 18 May 1968 (age 49)
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1990 Julius Berger
1993–1994 Bury 35 (12)
1994 Exeter City (loan) 3 (1)
1994 A.F.C. Bournemouth 1 (0)
1994–1995 Wigan Athletic 4 (0)
1995 Halifax Town 2 (0)
1995 Hereford United 0 (0)
1995 Bath City 7 (2)
1995 Cambridge United 5 (1)
1995 Bishop's Stortford (loan)
1995–1996 BFC Preussen
1996 Viktoria Köln
1996 Brighton & Hove Albion 1 (0)
1998–1999 Billericay Town
1999–2000 Slough Town 24 (5)
2000 Walton & Hersham
2000–2001 Hendon[1] 30 (7)
National team
1987 Nigeria U20 3 (1)
1989–1991 Nigeria 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

David Adeolu Adekola (born 18 May 1968 in Lagos)[2] is a Nigerian former professional footballer who played for various English clubs in the 1990s and 2000s.

Club career[edit]

Adekola joined Bury in January 1993, amid claims that he had played top-flight football in France and Belgium, although it later transpired that his entire international background was untrue. Adekola certainly had a reputation for being unfamiliar with the truth and conned his way through his career. [3] He joined Exeter City on loan in February 1994 and left Bury to join A.F.C. Bournemouth on a free transfer in September 1994. A month later he joined Wigan Athletic, but played only four times before being released in February 1995. He joined Halifax Town, playing twice in the Conference.[4] He had a brief spell with Hereford United before joining Bath City in March 1995,[3] where he scored 3 goals from 9 games in all competitions.[5]

He joined Cambridge United in July 1995, but once more struggled to establish himself and was loaned to Bishop's Stortford. Released by Cambridge in December 1995, Adekola moved to Germany to play for BFC Preussen and Viktoria Köln.

He returned to English football in October 1996 when he signed for Brighton & Hove Albion. He played just once for Brighton, in a 2–1 defeat at home to Cambridge United on 12 October, before being released the following month.

In July 1998 he joined Billericay Town, moving to Slough Town in August 1999.[6] He joined Hendon during the 2000–01 season.[1]

In May 2005, Adekola finished runner-up (to Craig Madden) in a vote for Bury's Cult Hero organised by the BBC show Football Focus.[7]

International career[edit]

Adekola played for Nigeria's youth side at the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship in Chile. He also played for the senior Nigeria national football team, scoring on goal on his debut in a 1990 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Guinea in 1989.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Profile: David Adekola". Greensnet. Retrieved 1 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "David Adekola". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Past Players – A". I Love Bath City. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "David Adekola". Shaymen Online. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "1995–96". I Love Bath City. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Plan changes as Adekola leaves". The Echo. 25 August 1999. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "Bury's cult heroes". BBC Sport. 14 May 2005. Retrieved 4 February 2009. 
  8. ^ Solaja, Kunle (10 February 2011). "Ehiosun is 58th scoring debutant". Supersport.com. 

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