Youth Team Sub
Aug 22, 2019, 1:54 PM
MANUEL JUNIOR AGOGO
Junior Agogo (Sheffield W., Bristol R., Nottingham F., Ghana)
b 1.8.1979 Accra, Ghana d 22.8.19 London
5’ 10”; 11 st 7 lbs F
Début: 9.8.03 v Scunthorpe United
Career: Chelsea (schoolboy); 1995 Willesden Constantine; 8.10.96 Sheffield Wednesday [0+2,0]; 18.7.99 Oldham Athletic (loan) [2,0]; 3.9.99 Chester City (loan) [10,6]; 11.11.99 Chesterfield (loan) [3+1,0]; 17.12.99 Lincoln City (loan) [3,1]; 24.2.00 Chicago Fire; 10.4.11 Colorado Rapids [32,11]; 13.6.01 San Jose Earthquakes (exchange for Chris Carrieri); 1.8.01 Queen’s Park Rangers [0+2,0]; 15.6.02 Barnet; 30.6.03 Bristol Rovers (trial); 1.7.03 Bristol Rovers (£110,000) [109+17,41]; 30.8.06 Nottingham Forest (£150,000) [47+17,20]; 7.7.08 El Zamalek Sporting Club (£565,000) [15,6]; 5.8.09 Apollon Limassol [24,6]; 27.2.11 Odense Boldklub (trial); 26.7.11 Hibernian [9+3,1] (released, 13.1.12).
Yeovil Town were proving difficult to defeat and, when nine-man Rovers found themselves 2-0 down in October 2004, all appeared lost. Having pulled a goal back, Rovers persevered and, as Junior Agogo calmly slotted home a final-minute equaliser, the crowd erupted, sensing that they had witnessed one of Rovers’ most memorable games. Teaming up alongside his former Lincoln colleague, Lee Thorpe, and most effectively with Richard Walker, with whom he shared penalty taking duties, Agogo proved he could score goals regularly – speedy, incisive and determined, he was “a dangerous, young attacking player” (Chris Chamides, San Jose Earthquakes’ Senior Director of Soccer). He was sent off at Lincoln in January 2005 and at Peterborough in February 2006 and contributed nineteen League goals in 2004-05 and seventeen the following campaign. More controversially, Agogo was taken to court, charged with the attempted rape in May 2004 of a sixteen year old girl; after a four day trial in February 2005 he was found not guilty at Sheffield Crown Court. The Agogo family had left Ghana in 1989 and moved to the United Kingdom. Named Manuel after his father and fluent in two dialects, Ga and Fant, Junior Agogo scored 37 goals for Wednesday’s youth side between 1995 and 1997 and twenty goals for the reserves in 1997-98, before making his League début as a substitute for Guy Whittingham in the 2-1 defeat at Newcastle on the opening day of the 1997-98 season. He appeared in Chester’s final League campaign and hit the post in the dying moments of his final Chesterfield game, against Brentford. Thereafter, he headed to the States to model through his mother’s agency, but made his name with Chicago Fire, until he was released as surplus to requirements when Hristo Stoichkov joined the club, and later played alongside Anders Limpar and Lothar Matthäus at Rapids. Unable to make the grade at QPR, he scored nineteen goals in 36(+3) Conference games with Barnet and became a popular player in third tier English football, living in St David’s Mews in Bristol and later appearing twice in the League for Forest against Rovers, scoring a hat-trick in the 4-0 victory over Gillingham in September 2007. This club form earned a belated international call up for the 1-0 victory over Japan in the Kirin Challenge Cup in October 2006. This proved to be the first of 27 full caps for Ghana, during which time he registered twelve goals, including a goal in the third place play off against Ivory Coast at the 2008 African Cup of Nations. Following a stint in Egypt, he was in the Limassol squad for the Cypriot Cup Final before brief stints in Denmark and Scotland, his only goal north of the border coming in a 3-3 draw with Dundee United in September 2011. In December 2016 he was paid $50,000 by Zamalek, as they attempted to prevent a points deduction by honouring previously unpaid wages. He had been hospitalised in January 2015 after an apparent stroke and died at the tragically early age of forty.
(This post was edited by John Treleven on Aug 22, 2019, 3:05 PM)