Gozie Ugwu

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Gozie Ugwu
Personal information
Full name Chigozie Eze Ugwu[1]
Date of birth (1993-04-22) 22 April 1993 (age 23)
Place of birth Oxford, England
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)[2]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Woking
Youth career
2006–2011 Reading
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 Reading 0 (0)
2012 Ebbsfleet United (loan) 9 (4)
2012–2013 Yeovil Town (loan) 15 (3)
2013 Plymouth Argyle (loan) 6 (0)
2013–2014 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 7 (1)
2014 Dunfermline Athletic 14 (7)
2015 Yeovil Town 22 (5)
2015–2016 Wycombe Wanderers 29 (2)
2016– Woking 0 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:17, 17 April 2016 (UTC).

† Appearances (goals)

Chigozie Eze "Gozie" Ugwu (born 22 April 1993) is an English footballer who plays as a forward for Woking. He made his debut in the Football League in 2012, and his debut in the Scottish Professional Football League in 2014.

Club career[edit]

Ugwu was born in Oxford, Oxfordshire.[3][4] He began his career with Reading and progressed through the club's academy to sign a first professional contract in June 2011.[2][5][6] He joined Conference National side Ebbsfleet United on a one-month loan in January 2012,[7] and made his debut in a 1–0 FA Trophy defeat at York City.[8] Ugwu his first goal for the club in a 3–2 win at Bath City,[9] and two more in his next three appearances, against Southport and Gateshead, before the loan was extended by a further month.[3][10] He returned to Reading at the start of April to try and earn a new contract after scoring four goals in ten league and cup appearances for Ebbsfleet.[11][12]

He signed a new two-year contract with Reading in July 2012 and joined League One side Yeovil Town on loan for six months.[13][14] Ugwu made his debut in a 3–0 League Cup win against Colchester United in August,[15] and scored his first two goals for Yeovil in a 4–0 win at Scunthorpe United eleven days later.[16][17] He scored one more goal, against Doncaster Rovers,[18] and returned to Reading at the start of January 2013 after making five starts and 13 substitute appearances for Yeovil.[19][20] Soon after his return, Ugwu was included in a Reading match-day squad for the first time ahead of an FA Cup tie with Crawley Town.[21] He was named among the substitutes but did not make an appearance in a 3–1 win for Reading.[22]

Later in January, Ugwu joined League Two club Plymouth Argyle on a one-month youth loan.[6][23][24] In his second week with the club, he injured his ankle and was unavailable for two matches.[25] He resumed training in February and made his debut for Argyle two days later in a 2–1 win at Aldershot Town as a second-half substitute.[26][27] Despite his injury hit start, manager John Sheridan was keen to extend Ugwu's stay and on 19 February his loan was extended for a further month.[28][29] Having started only two games, and with Reading keen for Ugwu to get playing time,[30] he was recalled from loan on 11 March.[31]

On 14 November 2013, Ugwu signed on loan for Shrewsbury Town until January and made his debut two days later in a 3–1 defeat to Port Vale.[32][33] He returned to Reading having scored once in seven appearances after Shrewsbury manager Graham Turner decided against renewing his loan.[34] On his decision not to extend Ugwu's stay, Turner commented that despite a positive start, he felt criticism from the fans had impacted on his performances.[35]

In May 2014 he left Reading following the expiry of his contract,[36][37] going on to have trials with Oxford United and Dagenham & Redbridge.[38][39]

On 2 August 2014, Ugwu joined Scottish League One side Dunfermline Athletic.[40] He made his debut days later, coming on as a substitute in the 88th minute of the Scottish Challenge Cup match against Raith Rovers.[41]

Following his release from Dunfermline, Ugwu rejoined Yeovil Town on 15 January 2015 until the end of the season.[42] Despite finishing the season as Yeovil's joint top goalscorer with five, Ugwu was released by Yeovil at the end of the 2014–15 season following their relegation to League Two.[43]

On 9 September 2015 Ugwu signed a permanent deal with Wycombe Wanderers to the end of the 2015–16 season.[44]

On 15 July 2016, Ugwu joined National League side Woking on a one-year deal.[45]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played on 7 May 2016.[12][34]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ebbsfleet United (loan) 2011–12 Conference Premier 9 4 0 0 1[a] 0 10 4
Yeovil Town (loan) 2012–13 League One 15 3 0 0 2 0 1[b] 0 18 3
Plymouth Argyle (loan) 2012–13 League Two 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Shrewsbury Town (loan) 2013–14 League One 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
Dunfermline Athletic 2014–15 Scottish League One 14 7 1 0 1 0 2[c] 0 18 7
Yeovil Town 2014–15 League One 22 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 5
Wycombe Wanderers 2015–16 League Two 29 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 32 2
Woking 2016–17 National League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 102 22 4 0 3 0 4 0 113 22
  1. ^ Appearance in the FA Trophy
  2. ^ Appearance in the Football League Trophy
  3. ^ Appearances in the Scottish Challenge Cup

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Reading

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Player Details: Gozie Ugwu". The English National Football Archive. SoccerData. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Gozie Ugwu". Reading F.C. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Munford, Colin (8 March 2012). "Ebbsfleet United striker Gozie Ugwu hails team-mates and fans after extending loan". The Reporter (Ilford). Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Terry Skiverton: Reading striker Gozie Ugwu a great addition to Yeovil Town squad". Western Morning News (Plymouth). 20 July 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Icelandic defender Ivar Ingimarsson to leave Reading". BBC Sport. BBC. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Striker Ugwu gets second shot at becoming a Pilgrim". The Herald (Plymouth). 18 January 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ebbsfleet United sign Gozie Ugwu from Reading". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Flett, Dave (15 February 2012). "Match report: York City 1, Ebbsfleet United 0 – FA Trophy third round". The Press (York). Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  9. ^ Rose, Neil (18 February 2012). "Sorry City are given the Shakes by ten-man Ebbsfleet". Bath Chronicle (Bath). Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Munford, Colin (5 March 2012). "Reading loanee Gozie Ugwu extends loan with Ebbsfleet United". The Reporter (Ilford). Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  11. ^ Munford, Colin (4 April 2012). "Ugwu loan not extended at Ebbsfleet". The Reporter (Ilford). Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Gozie Ugwu". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  13. ^ "Ugwu pens new deal". Reading F.C. 17 July 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Yeovil Town sign Reading striker Gozie Ugwu on loan". BBC Sport. BBC. 19 July 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Yeovil Town 3, Colchester United 0: Richard Hinds double sees Glovers through". Western Daily Press (Bristol). 15 August 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Scunthorpe 0–4 Yeovil". BBC Sport. BBC. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Gozie Ugwu: Yeovil Town's League One climb is no surprise to me". Western Gazette (Yeovil). 31 August 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "Yeovil 2–1 Doncaster". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 September 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  19. ^ Sweet, Chris (1 January 2013). "Yeovil Town close in on permanent deal for striker Paddy Madden". Western Gazette (Yeovil). Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  20. ^ "Plymouth Argyle sign new striker". The Herald (Plymouth). 18 January 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  21. ^ "Team News: Seven changes". Reading F.C. 5 January 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  22. ^ "Crawley 1–3 Reading". BBC Sport. BBC. 5 January 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  23. ^ "Ugwu joins Argyle on loan". Reading F.C. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  24. ^ "Good Gozie". Plymouth Argyle F.C. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  25. ^ "Gozie Ugwu is in frame for first call to action for Plymouth Argyle". The Herald (Plymouth). 8 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  26. ^ Errington, Chris (9 February 2013). "Jason Banton scores twice to secure a crucial win for Plymouth Argyle". The Herald (Plymouth). Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  27. ^ Parsons, Chris (14 February 2013). "More Gozie". Plymouth Argyle F.C. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  28. ^ Cowdery, Rick (19 February 2013). "Gozie Extends Stay". Plymouth Argyle F.C. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  29. ^ "Plymouth: Gozie Ugwu extends loan from Reading". BBC Sport. BBC. 19 February 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  30. ^ "Reading recall striker Gozie Ugwu from Plymouth Argyle". The Herald (Plymouth). 11 March 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  31. ^ Media, Argyle (11 March 2013). "Gozie Ugwu Returns to Reading". Plymouth Argyle F.C. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  32. ^ "Reading striker joins on loan". Shrewsbury Town F.C. 14 November 2013. 
  33. ^ "Port Vale 3–1 Shrewsbury Town". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  34. ^ a b "Gozie Ugwu". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  35. ^ "Graham Turner Post Oldham Athletic". Shrewsbury Town F.C. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  36. ^ "18 contracts offered". Reading F.C. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  37. ^ Watts, Charles (13 May 2014). "Departures continue at Reading FC as Gozie Ugwu is released". Reading Post. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  38. ^ "Strike duo to join Daggers on Spain pre-season trip". http://www.barkinganddagenhampost.co.uk. barkinganddagenhampost. Retrieved 14 July 2014.  External link in |website= (help)
  39. ^ "Watch: Farnborough 1 Oxford United 2 + extended highlights". http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk. Oxford Mail. Retrieved 14 July 2014.  External link in |website= (help)
  40. ^ "Ugwu for Dunfermline". Dunfermline Athletic F.C. 2 August 2014. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  41. ^ Hart, Ross (5 August 2014). "Dunfermline Athletic send Raith Rovers out of Petrofac Training Cup". Dunfermline Press. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  42. ^ "Gozie Ugwu: Yeovil Town hand short-term deal to forward". BBC Sport. 15 January 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  43. ^ "Yeovil Town: Paul Sturrock releases 11 players". BBC Sport. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  44. ^ http://www.wycombewanderers.co.uk/news/article/ainsworth-lands-exciting-striker-on-permanent-deal-2678597.aspx
  45. ^ "Cards make third signing of the day". Woking F.C. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 

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