Moses Ashikodi

Moses Ashikodi
Personal information
Full name Moses Ashikodi
Date of birth 27 June 1987 (1987-06-27) (age 24)
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Kettering Town
Number 7
Youth career
2002–2003 Millwall
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Millwall 5 (0)
2004–2006 West Ham United 0 (0)
2005 Gillingham (loan) 4 (0)
2006–2007 Rangers 1 (0)
2007–2009 Watford 2 (0)
2007 → Bradford City (loan) 8 (2)
2008 Swindon Town (loan) 10 (0)
2008–2009 Hereford United (loan) 6 (0)
2009 Shrewsbury Town 7 (1)
2009–2010 Kettering Town 14 (6)
2010 Ebbsfleet United 16 (11)
2010– Kettering Town 23 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:46, 18 November 2011 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Moses Ashikodi (born 27 June 1987) is a Nigerian-English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Kettering Town. It is his second spell with the club.

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Club career

Millwall

Ashikodi started his career at Millwall. Aged fifteen years and 240 days, he became their youngest ever player when he made his debut at Brighton & Hove Albion in March 2003.[1] He was also the youngest player to make his Football League debut between 1988 and 2008.[2] Ashikodi went on to record five substitute appearances for the Bermondsey club.[3]

Ashikodi's career at Millwall effectively ended in February 2004 after a training ground incident that reportedly saw Ashikodi threaten a team-mate with a plastic knife.[4] The club launched an investigation into the events,[4] and the following month, he left the club by mutual consent.[5] A club statement read that "The disciplinary process has been concluded. We wish him the best of luck in his future career."[5]

West Ham United

Ashikodi joined West Ham United in August 2004 on a two year contract after impressing during a trial.[6] Manager Alan Pardew said, "We’ve given him a chance. He had a fall-out with his former club so this is a last chance for him. He is a major talent and hopefully he will have learned his lesson with what happened at his last club. Everybody deserves a second chance and to be fair he seems a lot calmer than Tomas Repka!"[6][7] He did not make a first-team appearance for West Ham and joined Gillingham in August 2005 on loan until December 2005.[8][9] He made four substitute appearances for Gillingham.[10]

Rangers

Released by West Ham, Ashikodi moved to Scottish Premier League club Rangers during the January 2006 transfer window after a successful trial period, signing a six month contract.[11][12] He made his only appearance for the first team as a late substitute away to Celtic on 23 April 2006.[13]

Watford

In January 2007, Ashikodi moved to Premier League side Watford for a nominal fee, signing a two and a half year contract.[14][15] He made his debut for Watford in January 2007, scoring the final goal in a 4–1 FA Cup win over Stockport County, his first goal at senior level.[16] He played his first Premier League game against Aston Villa on 20 January 2007.[17]

Loan moves

Ashikodi was loaned to League One side Bradford City in March 2007. He played eight times for the Bantams, scoring twice. His loan spell was cut short after he sustained a broken leg in a fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion, which ruled him out for the remainder of the season.[18]

After recovering from his broken leg, he was quickly loaned out in January 2008 to another League One side, Swindon Town, for the remainder of the 2007–08 season.[19] He played ten times for Swindon, and scored a hat-trick for their reserves. He returned to Watford in April 2008 after a loose screw on a plate in his leg required surgery, ruling him out of the remainder of the season.[20][21]

On 5 August 2008 he was loaned to League One side Hereford United until 3 January 2009. He followed in the footsteps of Theo Robinson and Toumani Diagouraga, both of whom were loaned from Watford to Hereford the previous season.[22] He scored in his second game for the club, a 2–1 loss to Championship side Crystal Palace in the League Cup.[23] In mid-September he had to return to Watford for treatment on an injury,[24] but subsequently returned to Hereford. Ashikodi had made only eight first team appearances for the Bulls, with one goal scored, by the expiration of his loan deal in January 2009.

Trials

Ashikodi's contract was terminated by Watford on 2 February 2009.[25]

Later the same month, Ashikodi played on trial for both Luton Town, scoring in the side's reserve team game against Peterborough United,[26] and Shrewsbury Town, where he scored twice in a reserve fixture.[27]

Shrewsbury

After a successful trial for Shrewsbury, Ashikodi signed until the end of the 2008–09 season.[28] He made his debut for Shrewsbury in a 3–0 defeat away at Macclesfield Town when he was substituted in the second half by Richard Walker.[29] Ashikodi scored his first goal for the club a week later in his third game to help Shrewsbury to a 3–2 win against Notts County.[30] He was released by Shrewsbury in May 2009.[31]

Kettering Town

On 31 August 2009 Ashikodi joined Conference side Kettering Town.[32][33] He made his debut as a second half substitute against Altrincham, scoring once and setting up a second goal in a 2-0 victory.[34] Ashikodi's good start to the season continued with a goal against Ebbsfleet United on 26 September 2009.[35] Ashikodi played his last game for Kettering in the FA Cup game against Leeds United.

Ebbsfleet United

Following his release from Kettering, Ashikodi signed for Ebbsfleet on 19 January 2010.[36] On the same day he made his debut and scored a penalty against his former club Kettering.[37]

Return to Kettering

In September 2011, Ashikodi attracted negative attention following a red card in a 3-5 loss to Hayes & Yeading, after he was shown the red card along with team mate Jean-Paul Marna for fighting following a dispute over who should take a penalty.[38]

International career

Ashikodi has played for England at youth levels; he played in the 2002 under-16 Victory Shield, scoring in a 1–0 victory against Wales.[39] He also made appearances at the 2003 under-17 Pepsi Tournament,[40] and made a substitute appearance at under-18 level against Norway. At Under 19 level, he scored the only two goals in the game against Switzerland on 16 November 2005.[41]

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