Sonny Pike

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Sonny Pike
Personal information
Full name Luke Pike
Date of birth 1983/1984
Place of birth England
Youth career
Leyton Orient
Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Stevenage Borough ? (?)
Barnet ? (?)
Enfield ? (?)
2004 Waltham Forest ? (?)
2006 Dryburgh Saints ? (?)
Total ? (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Luke "Sonny" Pike (born 1983/1984)[1] is an English former footballer who became famous at a young age for his tremendous talent which saw him being compared to other famous stars such as Diego Maradona and George Best.[2]

Football career[edit]

Pike's talent was present from an early age and led to his signature for Dutch side Ajax at the age of only seven.[3] Pike was playing for the Leyton Orient youth team at the time.[4] He was described by football magazine WSC as a player who, "had a lot of skill, could pass it and was a nice player, but he lacked pace."[4]

However, the pressure on Pike led to both his personal mental breakdown in 2000 and the collapse of his parents' marriage.[2][3] Pike's collapse has been used as a warning to other young athletes, such as Cherno Samba and Rhain Davis.[5]

After leaving Ajax, Pike returned to England and played non-league football with teams including Stevenage Borough, Barnet, Enfield, Waltham Forest and Dryburgh Saints, all under his birth name of Luke Pike.[4]

After football[edit]

Some sources state that after retiring from football, Pike attended the University of Dundee,[3] however Pike himself stated in a 2016 interview that this was not true. At the time of the interview he was working as a taxi driver in London, having previously trained as a carpenter.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Pike is related to former Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers striker Mark Falco.[3][7] He has two children, Freya and Beau.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "First Person Plural". radiolistings.co.uk. 14 January 1996. Retrieved 5 February 2009. Twelve year old Sonny Pike is a footballing genius
  2. ^ a b "Too much too young?". BBC News. 23 June 1999. Retrieved 11 September 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d James Dart (15 February 2006). "Whatever happened to Sonny Pike?". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 September 2009.
  4. ^ a b c "Sonny Pike". When Saturday Comes. August 2004. Retrieved 11 September 2009.
  5. ^ Caroline Cheese (2 August 2007). "Man Utd video star faces tough task". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 September 2009.
  6. ^ a b Ames, Nick (25 February 2016). "Sonny Pike on life as a football prodigy: 'At 17 my head was finished. I was suicidal'". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  7. ^ https://twitter.com/sfalco1/status/702098309872230405