Fola Onibuje

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Fola Onibuje
Personal information
Full name Folawiyo Onibuje[1]
Date of birth (1984-09-25) 25 September 1984 (age 32)[1]
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Youth career
000?–2002 Charlton Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Preston North End 0 (0)
2003 Huddersfield Town (loan) 2 (0)
2004–2005 Barnsley 3 (0)
2005 Peterborough United 2 (0)
2005–2006 Cambridge United 34 (9)
2006–2007 Swindon Town 14 (2)
2006 Brentford (loan) 2 (0)
2007 Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 1 (0)
2007 Wycombe Wanderers 4 (0)
2007 Shrewsbury Town 0 (0)
2007 St Albans City 1 (0)
2008 Macclesfield Town 1 (0)
2008 Accrington Stanley 4 (0)
2009 Weymouth 5 (0)
2009 Woking 2 (0)
2009–2010 Grays Athletic 10 (3)
2010 Southport 0 (0)
2010 Boreham Wood 0 (0)
2011–2012 Tooting & Mitcham United 0 (0)
2013– Cheshunt 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:32, 12 March 2010 (UTC).

Folawiyo "Fola" Onibuje (born 25 September 1984 in Lagos, Nigeria) is a Nigerian footballer who plays for Isthmian League Division One North club Cheshunt.

Early life[edit]

Although born in Nigeria, he was educated at Chiswick Community School in West London.


He earned a contract with Cambridge United for the 2005–06 season after impressing with three goals in as many games in pre-season friendlies. This followed unsuccessful spells at Huddersfield Town, Barnsley and Peterborough United F.C., however having established himself as a first-team player and regular goal scorer at Cambridge he was released at the end of 2005–06.

Onibuje became Swindon manager's Dennis Wise second signing of the 2006 pre-season – signing a three-month contract, which was later extended to a year in late August of the same year. He signed for Brentford on a two-month loan on 10 November 2006 to cover for injured target man Lloyd Owusu, after he was considered surplus to requirements by newly appointed Swindon boss Paul Sturrock. He was recalled by Swindon on 30 December 2006 but on 1 January 2007 he moved clubs again, this time to Wycombe Wanderers. He then signed for St Albans City.

He was released by Wycombe Wanderers on 27 July 2007 with a year still remaining on his contract after failing to impress manager Paul Lambert. He was announced as a non-contract player for Shrewsbury Town on 10 August 2007 however, whilst he impressed, scoring in a reserve game, manager Gary Peters opted not to offer a full-time contract and released him to find a new club.[2]

After training with Conference North side Southport he joined Macclesfield Town in February 2008 on non-contract forms to become Keith Alexander's first signing for the club. However, he was released after making only 1 substitute appearance for the Silkmen.

Onibuje joined Accrington Stanley at the beginning of the 2008–09 season, but made just four substitute league appearances before manager John Coleman released him the following month. He has since had an unsuccessful trial at Bournemouth. Joined Weymouth in March 2009 until the end of the season. He then moved on to Woking, before signing for Grays Athletic on 15 October.[3] He scored three goals in 10 Conference National appearances for Grays, before his release in January 2010.[4]

He signed for Conference North club Southport in 2010, having previously been training with Bradford City.[5]

Onibuje signed for Boreham Wood in October 2010.[6] Before joining Isthmian League Premier Division club Tooting & Mitcham United in August 2011.

Fola signed for the Cunning Stunts Malta FC in Jan 2016 for a fee believed to be in the region of a 5litre bottle of grey goose (source: sky sports news). In his first appearance he scored 2 goals starting his Maltese career in a positive manner. So far Fola has impressed on the small island located in the med, even though his choice of footwear might not be apt his skills look like a welcomed addition.


  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J. (ed) (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8. 
  2. ^ "Fola Decision". ShrewsWeb. Archived from the original on 2008-04-10. Retrieved 30 August 2007. 
  3. ^ "Grays bring in duo". Non-League Daily. 15 October 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Zola jnr signs for Grays". Thurrock Gazette. 22 January 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  5. ^ Kirkbride, Philip (12 March 2010). "Striker Fola Onibuje set to sign for Southport FC". Southport Visiter. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]

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