Akinde playing for Bristol City
|Full name||John Job Ayo Akinde|
|Date of birth||8 July 1989|
|Place of birth||Camberwell, England|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|?–2006||Gravesend & Northfleet|
|2006–2007||Gravesend & Northfleet||5||(2)|
|2007||→ Whitstable Town (loan)|
|2007||→ Margate (loan)||7||(0)|
|2007||→ Whitstable Town (loan)||9||(7)|
|2009||→ Wycombe Wanderers (loan)||11||(7)|
|2009–2010||→ Wycombe Wanderers (loan)||6||(1)|
|2010||→ Brentford (loan)||2||(0)|
|2010–2011||→ Bristol Rovers (loan)||14||(0)|
|2011||→ Dagenham & Redbridge (loan)||9||(2)|
|2012||→ Dagenham & Redbridge (loan)||5||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:35, 9 December 2017 (UTC).
John started his youth career at Tottenham but failed to make the grade. Akinde signed for Bristol City following the first ever transfer decided by a fans poll, in this case by the members of MyFootballClub. Prior to playing for Bristol City, Akinde played for Ebbsfleet United where he was a graduate of the club's academy under their previous name, Gravesend and Northfleet. In 28 league appearances for Gravesend/Ebbsfleet, Akinde scored 10 goals, he also won the FA Trophy with Ebbsfleet in the season before joining Bristol City, laying on the winning goal in the final at Wembley against Torquay United. He had a loan spell at Margate and two loan spells at Whitstable Town.
He scored on his debut for Bristol City in a 2–2 draw against Plymouth Argyle. Later in the season, Akinde signed for an initial month on loan to Wycombe Wanderers, on 11 March 2009. He also scored on his Wycombe debut, netting twice against Brentford in a 3–3 draw. Further goals against Barnet and Darlington led to the loan deal being extended until the end of the season.
On 13 November 2009, he returned to Wycombe Wanderers on a month's loan, this later being extended to two months, but he was recalled early by Bristol City on 7 January 2010. On 1 February 2010, Akinde joined Brentford on a month's loan, making two league appearances, one of which against former loan club Wycombe Wanderers.
He went out on loan for a fourth time in August 2010 when he joined Bristol Rovers in a deal scheduled to last until 5 January. In January 2011 Akinde joined Dagenham & Redbridge on loan until the end of the season.
On 27 May 2011, newly promoted Crawley Town beat off higher league competition to sign Akinde for the 2011–12 season. He scored his first league goal for Crawley Town away to Shrewsbury Town at the New Meadow on 27 February 2012. On 17 March 2012, Akinde joined fellow League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge on loan for the remainder of the season, along with Charlie Wassmer. However, on 12 April 2012, Crawley recalled Akinde and fellow loanee Charlie Wassmer, to their push for promotion from League Two.
Akinde was released by Portsmouth at the end of the season, after failing to score in his 11 appearances for Pompey. He signed for Alfreton Town in August 2013 on a one-year contract. He made his debut against Kidderminster Harriers before scoring a hat-trick in his second game as Alfreton beat Salisbury City 3–2.
After 18 goals in 42 league games in 2013–14, Akinde joined Barnet on a two-year deal on 24 May 2014. In his first season for the club he scored 31 league goals making him the division's top goal scorer, as Barnet won the Conference Premier. In the 2015–16 season, Akinde scored 23 goals, helping the team to a 15th-placed finish and finishing as the 3rd top goal scorer in the League. At the end of the season, Akinde signed a three-year-deal. On 22 April 2017, Akinde scored his 48th English Football League goal for the Bees to become their highest-ever League goalscorer, surpassing Sean Devine's record.
Akinde was born in England and is of Nigerian descent. Akinde's brother Sam (born 1993) has also played at Ebbsfleet, Alfreton and Barnet. The brothers have played together at the latter two clubs.
- Conference Premier
- Champions: 2014–15
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Gravesend & Northfleet||2006–07||Conference National||5||2||0||0||—||—||0||0||5||2|
|Ebbsfleet United[note 1]||2007–08||Conference Premier||18||6||0||0||—||—||4[a]||0||22||6|
|Margate (loan)||2007–08||Isthmian Premier||7||0||0||0||—||—||0||0||7||0|
|Whitstable Town (loan)||2007–08||Isthmian D1S||9||7||0||0||—||—||0||0||9||7|
|Wycombe Wanderers (loan)||2008–09||League Two||11||7||0||0||0||0||0||0||11||7|
|Brentford (loan)||2009–10||League One||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Bristol Rovers (loan)||2010–11||14||0||1||0||0||0||3[b]||0||18||0|
|Dagenham & Redbridge (loan)||2010–11||9||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||9||2|
|Crawley Town||2011–12||League Two||25||1||2||0||1||0||1[b]||0||29||1|
|Dagenham & Redbridge (loan)||2011–12||League Two||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||0|
|Alfreton Town||2013–14||Conference Premier||43||18||1||0||—||—||1[a]||1||45||19|
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