Ismail Yakubu

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Ismail Yakubu
Ismail Yakubu 14-04-2012 1.jpg
Yakubu playing for Newport County in 2012
Personal information
Full name Ismail Salami Yakubu[1]
Date of birth (1985-04-08) 8 April 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Kano, Nigeria
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Woking
Number 6
Youth career
1996–2001 Barnet
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2010 Barnet 260 (14)
2010–2011 AFC Wimbledon 27 (2)
2011–2015 Newport County 120 (15)
2011 Cambridge United (loan) 0 (0)
2015– Woking 29 (2)
National team
2004–2005 England C 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 March 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:54, 11 August 2016 UTC)

Ismail Salami Yakubu (born 8 April 1985) is a professional footballer who plays for Woking in The National League as a defender. He has been capped for the England semi-professional team.[2]

Club career[edit]

Barnet[edit]

Yakubu was born in Kano, Kano State,[3] and raised in England. He joined Barnet at the age of 11, turned professional at 16, and made his first-team debut at the age of 17 while still studying for his A-levels – a 3–2 defeat against rivals Stevenage, with Yakubu coming on as a 67th-minute substitute.[4][5] He started the following match in a 1–1 draw with Boston United. He became a regular in the first-team squad, and was team captain from August 2007 to November 2008.[6][7] In June 2009 he signed a new two-year contract with the club.[8] He was released in May 2010 after making a total of 297 appearances for the club.[9]

AFC Wimbledon[edit]

In July 2010, Yakubu signed for Conference Premier side AFC Wimbledon.[10] On 14 August 2010, Yakubu made his AFC Wimbledon debut in a 1–0 victory over Southport, featuring for the full 90 minutes.[11] On 11 September 2010, Yakubu scored his first goal for the club, doubling AFC Wimbledon's lead in their 4–0 victory over Bath City.[12] He played in the 2011 Conference Premier play-off Final, coming off the bench and scoring a penalty in the penalty shoot-out.

After appearing in twenty-seven league games, Yakubu was released at the end of the season.[13]

Newport County[edit]

On 24 May 2011, he was released by AFC Wimbledon and on 22 June joined Newport County.[14] On 13 August 2011, Yakubu made his Newport County debut in their 3–2 defeat against Kettering Town, featuring for the entire 90 minutes.[15]

On 26 September 2011, Yakubu joined fellow Conference Premier side Cambridge United on a one-month emergency loan deal.[16] However, Yakubu returned to Newport without making a single appearance at Cambridge.

On 12 May 2012, Yakubu played for Newport County in the FA Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium which Newport lost 2–0 to York City. In the 2012–13 season he was part of the Newport team that finished 3rd in the league, reaching the Conference Premier play-offs. Newport County won the playoff final versus Wrexham at Wembley Stadium 2–0 to return to the Football League after a 25-year absence with promotion to Football League Two.[17]

On 12 May 2015, it was announced that Yakubu would leave the club upon the expiry of his contract on 30 June.[18]

Woking[edit]

Shortly after his release from Newport, Yakubu went on to sign a one-year contract with Woking for the 2015–2016 season.[19]

Unfortunately his season only lasted six games after rupturing his anterior cruciate knee ligaments in a game against Boreham Wood[20] On 18 May 2016, Yakubu signed a new one-year deal with Woking.[21] Preceding the departure of Mark Ricketts, Yakubu was named captain for the 2016–17 campaign. Yakubu scored his first goal of the season, in Woking's 3–1 home defeat against Lincoln City, netting the Cards' equaliser just after the half-time break.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 25 March 2017.[23][24]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barnet 2001–02 Football Conference 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2002–03 Football Conference 36 1 1 0 1[a] 0 38 1
2003–04 Conference National 39 2 4 0 2[b] 0 45 2
2004–05 Conference National 35 2 2 1 0 0 37 3
2005–06 League Two 26 1 1 0 1 0 2[c] 0 30 1
2006–07 League Two 29 1 4 1 1 0 2[c] 0 36 2
2007–08 League Two 28 2 6 1 0 0 0 0 34 3
2008–09 League Two 38 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 41 4
2009–10 League Two 25 2 3 1 1 0 2[c] 1 31 4
Total 260 14 23 5 4 0 9 1 296 20
AFC Wimbledon 2010–11 Conference Premier 27 2 4 0 4[d] 0 35 2
Newport County 2011–12 Conference Premier 26 5 2 0 6[a] 0 34 5
2012–13 Conference Premier 36 5 0 0 4[e] 0 40 5
2013–14 League Two 25 3 2 0 1 0 2[c] 0 30 3
2014–15 League Two 33 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 35 2
Total 120 15 5 0 2 0 12 0 139 15
Cambridge United (loan) 2011–12 Conference Premier 0 0 0 0
Woking 2015–16 National League 6 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
2016–17 National League 23 1 4 0 2[a] 0 29 1
Total 29 2 4 0 2 0 35 2
Career total 436 33 36 5 6 0 27 1 505 39
  1. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in FA Trophy
  2. ^ Appearance(s) in Conference National play-offs
  3. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  4. ^ One appearance in FA Trophy, three in Conference Premier play-offs
  5. ^ One appearance in FA Trophy, three in Conference Premier play-offs

Honours[edit]

Barnet

AFC Wimbledon

Newport County

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Football League Retained List". The Football League. 12 June 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Williams, Tony (8 July 2008). "Paul's Heroes Battle The Odds". The Non-League Paper. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Player Profile: Ismail Yakubu". AFC Wimbledon. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Stevenage 3–2 Barnet". BBC Sport. 25 March 2002. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Profiles Ismail Yakubu". Barnet F.C. Archived from the original on 6 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Ismail Captains The Bees". Barnet F.C. 14 August 2007. Archived from the original on 23 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Bishop Is The New Skipper". Barnet F.C. 20 November 2008. Archived from the original on 23 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Yakubu signs new Barnet contract". BBC Sport. 19 June 2009. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  9. ^ Signy, Dennis (25 May 2010). "Yakubu Leaves Barnet". Barnet F.C. Archived from the original on 23 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "Archived news: July 2010: Terry gets his centre back". AFC Wimbledon. 2 July 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Southport vs. AFC Wimbledon". Soccerway. 14 August 2010. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  12. ^ "AFC Wimbledon vs. Bath City". Soccerway. 11 September 2010. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  13. ^ "Ismail Yakubu released in AFC Wimbledon clear-out". BBC Sport. 26 May 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  14. ^ "Newport County snap up defender Ismail Yakubu". BBC Sport. 22 June 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  15. ^ "Kettering Town vs. Newport County". Soccerway. 13 August 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  16. ^ "Newport County defender Ismail Yakubu joins Cambridge". BBC Sport. 26 September 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  17. ^ Hughes, Dewi (5 May 2013). "Wrexham 0–2 Newport". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "Newport County: Aaron O'Connor one of 11 senior players to leave". BBC Sport. 12 May 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  19. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/33212299
  20. ^ "Yakubu suffers knee ligament damage". BBC Sport. 2 September 2015. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  21. ^ "Ismail Yakubu signs for 2016/17". Woking F.C. 18 May 2016. 
  22. ^ "Woking 1-3 Lincoln City". BBC Sport. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  23. ^ "I. Yakubu". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  24. ^ "Ismail Yakubu". Aylesbury United FC. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 

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