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reddogkev

Ade Akinbiyi or Fammy Diedhiou?

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The only African strikers I can recall playing for City (or at least the most expensive two anyway) - who would you rather have in the team now?

Both big, powerful, handfuls with the heart of a lion - but also with their own differing qualities.

I loved Ade even though we were relegated in his time, and I also bloody love Fam.

There's a gun to your head - who you going to pick?

I'm going for Akinbiyi - scored a load of goals if I remember rightly - but also missed a fair few, I'll grant you that.

 

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Akinbiyi for me all day long. Nice bloke as well. Used to see him around Nailsea.  Very approachable and happy to chat.

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I like Fammy, but Ade Akinbiyi Is my fave ever striker. Love him. 

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You forgot our Cameroonian.

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and our Ivory Coast man (Kodjia)

and our Nigerian (Odemwingie)

 

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12 minutes ago, MattWSM said:

kodja

adomah

bolassie 

Isn't Kodjia French?  I know we signed him from Angers, possibly just filed him in my mind as a French man due to that reason!

The other two are wingers for sure.

I also believed Garita to be French - where the hell am I getting my info from?

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25 minutes ago, Lew-T said:

Dele Adebola.

Damn it, I just knew I should have thought about the opening question for longer than seven seconds - sorry Dele!

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40 minutes ago, Robbored said:

Akinbiyi for me all day long. Nice bloke as well. Used to see him around Nailsea.  Very approachable and happy to chat.

That makes Fammy sound like he's not a nice bloke mind! From pretty much unanimous posts on here and beyond I was under the impression that Fammy was a top fella!??

That's not a pop btw! 

Back on topic - love this comparison, and I hope none of our more delicate fans think it's a racist thing! Ade was crazy good at times, and I think in this team he would totally thrive. Fams - love him, so glad that even in a season defined by backbiting among fans he has pulled many around. To credit both, you cannot fault their love and appetite for the game, nor their respect for the shirt they play in. 

Hat's off to both! 

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36 minutes ago, Fordy62 said:

I like Fammy, but Ade Akinbiyi Is my fave ever striker. Love him. 

Good to know, Fordy, old boy.  My number one is Goater, even though he spoiled things slightly by ditching us to drop a league and sign for Man City.

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6 minutes ago, reddogkev said:

Isn't Kodjia French?  I know we signed him from Angers, possibly just filed him in my mind as a French man due to that reason!

Born in Paris but represents Ivory Coast, second or third generation immigrant likely.

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As an addition - I loved that season. Mad matches at times, great support away from home, good days - didn't realize at the time, but we were in the final days of football as we knew it! 

West Brom away - what a day!!! 

Nearly survived, that string of games at easter with pompey away, etc. If it weren't for that bloody ref against Birmingham at home, reckon we would have scraped it - and playing very decent football. 

CTID! 

 

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2 minutes ago, ExiledAjax said:

Enoch Showunmi was Nigerian no?

Christ, how could I forget Enoch coming over the hill?  African City strikers are crawling out of the wood work now, turns out we've had bloody hundreds of them!

I like the new direction of this thread though - who's our greatest ever African player?  Has OTiB ever answered this burning question?

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The one and only Henry Mckop.

Ok he wasnt a striker but what a player!

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4 minutes ago, reddogkev said:

Christ, how could I forget Enoch coming over the hill?  African City strikers are crawling out of the wood work now, turns out we've had bloody hundreds of them!

I like the new direction of this thread though - who's our greatest ever African player?  Has OTiB ever answered this burning question?

If we're straying away from strikers then it's Adam El-abd obviously.

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37 minutes ago, Lew-T said:

Dele Adebola.

He gave one of the best performances i have seen in the playoff semi at Palace, absolutely battered the defenders. Sadly along with everyone else he was awful at Wembley.

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39 minutes ago, RedDave said:

No contest surely. Ade all day long. Much better player 

“No contest”?

Bit disrespectful to someone who has scored fairly consistently across 3 seasons

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5 minutes ago, David Brent said:

“No contest”?

Bit disrespectful to someone who has scored fairly consistently across 3 seasons

Not really. Just shows how highly I rated Ade. Doesn’t mean I think Fam is crap does it!

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Akinbiyi was superb in that relegation season. He had a great attitude, too - worked really hard all over the pitch. 

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47 minutes ago, reddogkev said:

Christ, how could I forget Enoch coming over the hill?  African City strikers are crawling out of the wood work now, turns out we've had bloody hundreds of them!

I like the new direction of this thread though - who's our greatest ever African player?  Has OTiB ever answered this burning question?

Let's really throw it open and go with beat ever overseas player......

Basso?

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Benik Afobe - our DR Congo international (from Leyton)

Wasn’t Leroy Lita Congolese too?

 

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1 hour ago, reddogkev said:

Good to know, Fordy, old boy.  My number one is Goater, even though he spoiled things slightly by ditching us to drop a league and sign for Man City.

Goater was born in Bermuda, a long way from Africa the last time I looked at an atlas.

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2 hours ago, pillred said:

Goater was born in Bermuda, a long way from Africa the last time I looked at an atlas.

He was talking favourite striker ever on the post you have quoted. 

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Loved akinbiyi. Big shoes to fill as he was ultimately Goater's replacement from the season before. Worked very hard and scored plenty in a team that fought relegation from day one. 

Always thought he was unfairly criticised when he left us and played in the prem. Work ethic never changed, always chased down, always made runs. 

Would have liked to have seen him up front with Thorpe more that season. Think they'd have worked well together if given more game time. Not that it would have improved the defence what with Taylor being injured for as long as he was. 

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Ade was fantastic player for us, was it Gillingham he came to us from?  However after he left us never really happened for him. 
At Leicester did he not acquire a rather unfortunate nick name of ‘Ade F*****g bad buy’ when he couldn’t score. 
for us top player, a fans writing comments on rocks at the Portway pleading with him to stay....., remember that ?

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Looking at how history appears to be judging Akinbiyi, It looks like I’ll be in the minority, but Fam for me.

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9 hours ago, ExiledAjax said:

Enoch Showunmi was Nigerian no?

Never mind the goals, it's got be Enoch as we had the best ever song for him 🙂

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9 hours ago, reddogkev said:

The only African strikers I can recall playing for City (or at least the most expensive two anyway) - who would you rather have in the team now?

Both big, powerful, handfuls with the heart of a lion - but also with their own differing qualities.

I loved Ade even though we were relegated in his time, and I also bloody love Fam.

There's a gun to your head - who you going to pick?

I'm going for Akinbiyi - scored a load of goals if I remember rightly - but also missed a fair few, I'll grant you that.

 

Ade. 

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57 minutes ago, 054123 said:

Looking at how history appears to be judging Akinbiyi, It looks like I’ll be in the minority, but Fam for me.

Always a huge dose of nostalgia when looking at things like this. I suppose it depends on what age we were at the time. I was in my early teens so probably saw it differently that that of someone who was in their mid twenties or older. 

When he went to wolves the following season, he was their top goalscorer that year, plus he was Gillingham's top scorer the season before he came to us. 

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1 hour ago, DT The Optimist said:

Ade was fantastic player for us, was it Gillingham he came to us from?  However after he left us never really happened for him. 
At Leicester did he not acquire a rather unfortunate nick name of ‘Ade F*****g bad buy’ when he couldn’t score. 
for us top player, a fans writing comments on rocks at the Portway pleading with him to stay....., remember that ?

Don’t forget he went to Wolves where he was their top scorer... if I remember correctly...

Gills > City 1.2m

City > Wolves 3.5m

Wolves > Leicester 5m

 

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7 hours ago, RedDave said:

He was talking favourite striker ever on the post you have quoted. 

 After reading the post again can see I missed the subtle switch to favourite sorry.

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5 hours ago, RUSSEL85 said:

I really liked Adebola, didn’t score bags of goals but excellent hold up play.

To right Russell85. Imagine what a younger version of him would be worth in today’s market. We saw him in twilight of his career.  Yep. A guy when the ball came stuck to him.

going back in time we have been blessed with some amazing strikers. John Galley. My era when I started. Mick Hartford.  I recall saying at the time he will play for England he was that good for us in a poor struggling team.  And he did, albeit one cap 

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Ade. Without a shadow of a doubt.

We were at Crewe when relegation was confirmed. Ran all night long. Ok he probably wanted away but he put effort in.

And Scott D was in the crowd. Amongst fans......

Wonder if Mr L would be doing the same if we were ever in the same position again......

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Ade was without doubt a better player at this level - even if my Leicester friends called him 'Akin-bad-buyi' when they had him for £5m.

Do seem to remember him missing a lot of chances as well as scoring 20+ though.

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13 hours ago, DT The Optimist said:

Ade was fantastic player for us, was it Gillingham he came to us from?  However after he left us never really happened for him. 
At Leicester did he not acquire a rather unfortunate nick name of ‘Ade F*****g bad buy’ when he couldn’t score. 
for us top player, a fans writing comments on rocks at the Portway pleading with him to stay....., remember that ?

Panic-buyi I believe it was

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22 hours ago, Alessandro said:

Akinbiyi - he was an icon for me that year.

Famara not quite found that status.

 

Agree, but if only Akinbiyi could head as good as Famara?

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