Michael Onovwigun

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Michael Onovwigun
Michael Onovwigun, Lewes F.C. footballer, September 2019.jpg
Onovwigun playing for Lewes in September 2019
Personal information
Full name Michael Richie Onovwigun[1]
Date of birth (1996-04-09) 9 April 1996 (age 23)[2]
Place of birth Clapham, England
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Staines Town
(dual-registration with Dartford)
Youth career
2011–2014 Brentford
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2016 Chesterfield 6 (0)
2014–2015Sheffield (loan) 5 (1)
2015Stalybridge Celtic (loan) 1 (0)
2016Gateshead (loan) 3 (0)
2016 Dulwich Hamlet 2 (0)
2016 Kingstonian 9 (2)
2016–2017 Farnborough 4 (0)
2017 Southport 1 (0)
2017 Merstham 1 (0)
2017–2019 Dulwich Hamlet 31 (0)
2018Carshalton Athletic (loan) 13 (1)
2019 Carshalton Athletic 2 (0)
2019 Lewes 12 (0)
2020– Dartford 0 (0)
2020–Staines Town (dual-reg) 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:10, 17 February 2020 (UTC)

Michael Richie Onovwigun (born 9 April 1996 in Clapham, England) is an English semi-professional football central midfielder who plays for Staines Town on a dual-registration deal with Dartford. He is a product of the Brentford academy.

Playing career[edit]

Brentford[edit]

Born in Clapham, London,[3] Onovwigun began his career in the academy at Brentford, signing scholarship forms during the 2012 off-season.[4] After featuring regularly for the Development Squad in friendly matches during the 2012–13 pre-season, Onovwigun was called into the first team squad for a friendly versus Wycombe Wanderers on 7 August 2012 and he replaced Jake Reeves after 73 minutes of the 4–1 victory.[5] Onovwigun made over 50 appearances for the youth team and 9 for the Development Squad between 2011 and 2014 and departed the club at the end of the 2013–14 season,[6] after failing to be offered a professional contract.[7][8][9][10]

Chesterfield[edit]

On 31 July 2014, Onovwigun signed a one-year professional Development Squad contract at League One club Chesterfield after a successful trial.[11] He received his maiden call into the first team squad for a league match versus Rochdale on 16 August and made his professional debut when he came on as an 89th-minute substitute for Jimmy Ryan in a 2–1 win.[12] After spending time away on loan, he had a run of three first team calls in March 2015 and made one substitute appearance against Gillingham in the middle of the month.[13] Onovwigun finished the 2014–15 season with three appearances and the option to extend his contract was taken up for another season.[12] Onovwigun made his only appearance of the 2015–16 season as a substitute during a 3–1 League Cup first round extra time defeat to Carlisle United on 11 August 2015 and he was released at the end of the campaign.[14][15]

Sheffield (loan)[edit]

Onovwigun joined Northern Premier League First Division South club Sheffield on a 28-day loan on 7 November 2014 and the deal was later extended until 3 January 2015.[16][17] He made eight appearances and scored two goals for the club.[18]

Stalybridge Celtic (loan)[edit]

On 6 February 2015, Onovwigun and Chesterfield teammate Charlie Dawes signed on a one-month loan for Conference North club Stalybridge Celtic.[19] He made his debut the following day,[20] coming on for Paul Ennis after 69 minutes of a 4–3 defeat to local rivals Stockport County.[21] It proved to be his only appearance and he departed on 27 February.[22]

Gateshead (loan)[edit]

On 24 March 2016, Onovwigun joined National League club Gateshead on loan until the end of the 2015–16 season.[23] He made three appearances before returning to the Spireites at the end of the season.[14]

Non-league football[edit]

On 16 August 2016, Onovwigun was announced as having signed for Isthmian League Premier Division club Dulwich Hamlet.[24] He made just two appearances for the club,[25] before moving within the division to join Kingstonian on 31 August.[26] After 11 appearances and two goals, he joined Southern League First Division Central club Farnborough on 24 November.[27] Onovwigun moved back up to the National League to join Southport on 7 January 2017 and returned to the Isthmian League Premier Division to sign for Merstham on 6 March.[28]

Onovwigun rejoined Dulwich Hamlet at the beginning of the 2017–18 season and was a part of the team which secured promotion to the National League South,[29] though he did not feature in Hamlet's successful Isthmian League Premier Division play-off campaign.[30][31] After signing a new contract,[32] Onovwigun joined Isthmian League Premier Division club Carshalton Athletic on a three-month loan in September 2018 and after returning to Dulwich Hamlet for the second half of the 2018–19 season,[33][34] he rejoined Carshalton on a permanent basis during the 2019 off-season.[35] He made just two further appearances before transferring to division rivals Lewes in late August 2019.[36][37] Until his release in December 2019,[38] Onovwigun was a regular member of the Lewes team and he moved up to the National League South to join Dartford in January 2020.[39][40] After just one appearance for the Darts,[41] he joined Isthmian League South Central Division club Staines Town on a dual-registration deal.[42]

Personal life[edit]

Onovwigun attended a football and education programme at the University of East London.[43]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 15 February 2020
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chesterfield 2014–15[12] League One 2 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 3 0
2015–16[14] 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
Total 6 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 4 0
Sheffield (loan) 2014–15[18] Northern Premier League First Division South 5 1 3[b] 1 8 2
Stalybridge Celtic (loan) 2014–15[33] Conference North 1 0 1 0
Gateshead (loan) 2015–16[14] National League 3 0 3 0
Dulwich Hamlet 2016–17[25] Isthmian League Premier Division 2 0 2 0
Kingstonian 2016–17[44] Isthmian League Premier Division 9 2 1 0 1[c] 0 11 2
Farnborough 2016–17[45] Southern League First Division Central 4 0 4 0
Southport 2016–17[33] National League 1 0 1 0
Merstham 2016–17[46] Isthmian League Premier Division 1 0 1 0
Dulwich Hamlet 2017–18[29] Isthmian League Premier Division 21 0 0 0 3[d] 0 24 0
2018–19[33] National League South 10 0 0 0 2[e] 0 12 0
Dulwich Hamlet total 33 0 0 0 5 0 38 0
Carshalton Athletic (loan) 2018–19[47] Isthmian League Premier Division 13 1 4[f] 0 17 1
Carshalton Athletic 2019–20[36] Isthmian League Premier Division 2 0 2 0
Carshalton Athletic total 15 1 4 0 19 1
Lewes 2019–20[39] Isthmian League Premier Division 12 0 3 0 3[g] 0 18 0
Dartford 2019–20[33] National League South 0 0 1[h] 0 1 0
Staines Town (dual-reg) 2019–20[48] Isthmian League South Central Division 2 1 2 1
Career total 92 5 4 0 1 0 18 1 115 6
  1. ^ Appearance in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ 2 appearances in Northern Premier League Challenge Cup, 1 appearance and 1 goal in Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup
  3. ^ Appearances in Isthmian League Cup
  4. ^ 2 appearances in Isthmian League Cup, 1 appearance in London Senior Cup
  5. ^ Appearance in London Senior Cup
  6. ^ 2 appearances in FA Trophy, 1 appearance in Isthmian League Cup, 1 appearance in Surrey Senior Cup
  7. ^ 2 appearances in Sussex Senior Challenge Cup, 1 appearance in FA Trophy
  8. ^ Appearance in Kent Senior Cup

References[edit]

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