Roy Essandoh

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Roy Essandoh
Personal information
Full name Roy Kabina Essandoh[1]
Date of birth (1976-02-17) 17 February 1976 (age 41)
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1993–1994 Cumbernauld United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1997 Motherwell 5 (0)
1998 East Fife 5 (0)
1998 St. Pölten 3 (0)
1998–1999 JJK Jyväskylä 16 (5)
1999–2000 Vaasan Palloseura 50 (7)
2001 Rushden & Diamonds 2 (0)
2001 Wycombe Wanderers 13 (0)
2001 Barnet 6 (1)
2001–2002 Cambridge City 15 (3)
2002 Bishop's Stortford 5 (3)
2002 Billericay Town 15 (8)
2002–2003 Grays Athletic 19 (4)
2003–2004 Bishop's Stortford 17 (5)
2004 Gravesend & Northfleet (loan) 5 (3)
2004–2005 Gravesend & Northfleet 45 (16)
2005 Kettering Town 3 (0)
2005–2008 Bishop's Stortford 149 (62)
2008–2010 Glenavon ? (?)
2010–2011 St Neots Town ? (?)
2011 Braintree Town ? (?)
2011–2012 Bury Town ? (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Roy Kabina Essandoh (born 17 February 1976) is a former professional football player.

He is best remembered for his last gasp FA Cup quarter final winner while with Wycombe Wanderers.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Belfast, Essandoh moved with his family to Ghana (his father Richard's birthplace) when he was seven months old. When he was eight, the family moved back to Northern Ireland, where he attended school.

Career[edit]

Essandoh began his career at Motherwell when he was 18 years of age. Following a short spell at East Fife, he moved to Finland to play for VPS Vaasa until the turn of the new millennium when he returned to the United Kingdom.

Upon his return followed the highlight of his career when, somewhat extraordinarily, Essandoh's agent responded to an appeal on Ceefax by Wycombe Wanderers manager Lawrie Sanchez looking for a fit, non-cup-tied striker and later went on to secure an FA Cup semi-final appearance at the expense of Leicester City by scoring a last-minute winning header after coming on as a late substitute at Leicester's Filbert Street ground.[3] Essandoh's goal in the FA Cup Quarter-final against Leicester City was voted the 76th best FA Cup moment ever in Andy Gray's FA Cup Madness. It was the only goal he scored for Wycombe.

However, he was released at the end of his first season in English football, and after short stays at Barnet (where he scored twice against Yeovil in the league[4] and Bournemouth in the LDV Vans Trophy),[5] Cambridge City, Grays Athletic, Bishop's Stortford, Billericay Town, Gravesend & Northfleet and Kettering Town, Essandoh returned to Bishop's Stortford in 2005. In August 2010, Essandoh signed for St Neots Town, before signing for Braintree Town on 31 March 2011.

He played on 6 July 2014 for Hemingford Veterans FC v Cambridge and Impington Veterans FC in a 5-2 win.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Roy Essandoh". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 9 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Cyberman Essandoh hits the net". BBC News. 11 March 2001. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "10 things you didn't know about Ceefax". BBC News. 23 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Barnet 2–3 Yeovil". BBC. 2 October 2001. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Barnet 2–1 Bournemouth". BBC. 16 October 2001. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 

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