The worlds strongest footballer, could he have
been a Premier League star
DATE: 29.03.2016 - SOCCERVOICE - NEWS - SEASON 2016-17
Akinfenwa is described by many as the strongest footballer in the
world. but his life in football has been in the lower tires of the
He first got noticed in
football, playing in Lithuania for FK Atlantas. After a year out in
Eastern Europe, he moved back to Britain. Welsh club Barry Town
signed him, and that was the start of a climb towards a life in
english professional football.
During his short spell at Barry Town he was noticed scoring 6 goals
in 9 league games. He helped the Welsh club to silverware both in
the league and the cup. The club got financial difficulties and had
to release their players including Akinfenwa.
After leaving Barry Town, he moved around a lot during the next
year. Short spells with Boston, Leyton Orient, Rushden & Diamonds
and Doncaster Rovers was the menu, before getting a proper spell
with Torquay United.
Akinfenwa settled in at Torquay and scored 14 goals in 37 league
games. Swansea were eager to sign him and he moved to Wales again,
playing for Swansea from 2005 to 2007.
Swansea had to pay £ 85 000 for his services, but
he refused to sign a new contract when the one he had expired. A
move to Swindon fell through for medical reasons, and a month to
montch contract at Millwall was what came up next.
Northampton Town was next, and his time at Sixfields was a proper
one. He scored 37 goals in 88 league games, and after a two year
period, it was time for a new move, this one to Gillingham.
His Gillingham days might have been some of his best, partnering
Cody McDonald up front, and they scored 36 goals in total as a
forward duo. But the stay was shortlived when Northampton came back
for him, under the management of Gary Johnson.
Akinfenwa again decided to move, and again back to Gillingham. He
and McDonald started to click right away, but at the end of the
season, a new move happened, this time to AFC Wimbledon.
We all remember Akinfenwa from his Wembley performance being part of
the great promotion push by AFC Wimbledon, winning against Plymouth
Argyle. He also played and scored in the EFL cup against Liverpool,
his favourite team.
He has played for some managers that later has climbed the league
ladder, but none of them has made it an option for Akinfenwa to get
a spell at a higher level.
People like Roberto Martinez and Kenny Jackett was in charge of
clubs at higher level but never took a chance to bring in the "strong
man". At the age of 34 he is still playing and scoring goals, this
season with Wycombe Wanderers in League 2, who are mid table at the
Players such as Charlie Austin, Jamie Vardy, Danny Ings, Grant Holt
and Ricki Lambert have all been climbing to the top during the years
and at some point playing at the level of Akinfenwa, and as we know,
done great at the highest level.
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