john chiedozie - fact file

1984 - 1987            winger

 

FULL NAME : -  John OKECHUKWA CHIEDOZIE

 

Born on 18th April 1960 in Owerri, Nigeria.

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Started his career at Leyton Orient, John Chiedozie was snapped up by newly promoted Notts County, for a fee of 600,000 - a record fee received by the O's at the time.  At the end of the third season at Meadow Lane, Notts County lost their fight against relegation from the First Division, so they needed to raise money and with the speedy winger being one of the club's biggest assets, he was a target for a number of clubs.  Spurs attracted the interest of the player and he signed in August 1984 for 375,000.

Chiedozie left Owerri in Nigeria at the age of 13 to come to London in 1973 and he attended St. Bonaventure's School in Forest Gate (the same school as Chris Hughton and Jermain Defoe).  The school team reached a cup final and a watching Orient scout asked John to sign for the club on schoolboy forms.  Made his debut in March 19777 and then had to wait a month for his next game, before the arrival of manager Jimmy Bloomfield the following season, when he got an extended run and scored his first goal in a match against Mansfield Town in December 1977 ... just 52 seconds into the game !!

However, later in the campaign he broke his leg in a game against Sunderland and missed out on Orient's FA Cup run

Showed great pace in his runs up the wing, but sometimes disappointed with his final delivery, but was also a good finisher and scored some vital goals.  However, he was unlucky with injuries and broke his leg playing for Spurs in 1985.

Had a serious back problem that ruled him out of the picture at Tottenham for 18 months and then found it difficult to get back into the first team.  Moved on to Derby County on a free transfer where he made only two appearances before a knee injury, Notts County again and Chesterfield, before dropping into non-league football with Hampshire side Bashley.

Retired from playing in 1992 and started running a children's soft play equipment business in the New Forest, Hampshire.

His son Jordan, also a winger, was with the AFC Bournemouth Academy, played a few friendlies and went on to play for Poole Town, Concord Rangers and have an unsuccessful trial with Southend United.

Chiedozie was honoured with the award of the title of Officer of the Order of Niger by Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo in late 2002, for his contribution to Nigerian football.

Used to play golf at Barton-on-Sea off a handicap of four.

 

NICKNAME :  Chid; Chidders;

Career Record
 
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Leyton Orient ?? ?? v  Millwall   March 1977 ?? ??
Notts. County 1981 ?? ??  ?? ??
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1984 ?? ??  ?? ??
Derby County 1987 ?? ??  ?? ??
Notts. County ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Chesterfield ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Bashley ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
- ?? ?? ??  ?? ??

Career Record
Orient
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
Other appearances; goals
Notts. County
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
Other appearances; goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Derby County
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
Other appearances; goals
Notts. County
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
Other appearances; goals
Chesterfield
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
Other appearances; goals
Bashley

- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals

Honours
Nigerian international
9 full caps;  2 goals
Under-21 caps; goals

 

 

What they said about John Chiedozie
Kenny Dalglish ...  on the winger's speed .. ()

"as quick as a hare."
 

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What John Chiedozie said about ...
... the group of young black players at Orient when he was there ...  1978 (Marshall Cavendish Football Handbook)

"If you see black players doing well, then it kind of urges you on, makes you think you have something to live up to."

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            Appearances

Season League FA Cup League Cup UEFA Cup
1976-1977  (Orient) 15 (0 goals) - - -
1977-1978  (Orient) 21 (2 goals) 2 (0 goals) 1 (0 goals) -
1978-1979  (-) - (- goals) - (- goals) - (- goals) -
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