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Tomi Ameobi
Tomi Ameobi with fans after a FC Edmonton game 2014-05-08 15-16 (cropped).jpg
Ameobi with FC Edmonton after a game in 2014
Personal information
Full nameOluwatomiwo Ameobi [1]
Date of birth (1988-08-16) 16 August 1988 (age 32) [2]
Place of birth Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) [3]
Position(s) Forward [4]
Club information
Current team
FC Edmonton
Number 18
Youth career
2003–2005 Newcastle United
2005–2007 Leeds United
Senior career*
2007–2008 Leeds United 0 (0)
2007–2008Scunthorpe United (loan) 9 (0)
2008–2009 Doncaster Rovers 1 (0)
2008Grimsby Town (loan) 2 (0)
2009Mansfield Town (loan) 4 (0)
2009–2010 Forest Green Rovers 27 (4)
2010–2011 Whitley Bay 4 (3)
2011 BÍ/Bolungarvík 22 (11)
2012 Grindavík 17 (3)
2013 VPS 30 (9)
2013–2014 Whitley Bay 4 (2)
2014–2017 FC Edmonton 94 (21)
2018 FC Cincinnati 4 (0)
2019– FC Edmonton 30 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 6 September 2020

Oluwatomiwo "Tomi" Ameobi (born 16 August 1988) is an English footballer who plays as a forward for Canadian club FC Edmonton.



Leeds United

The 2007–08 season was Ameobi's first campaign in the Leeds United first team. He previously played for the club's reserve side, which finished sixth in Division One Central of the Central League in 2006–07. [5] Ameobi signed his first professional contract with Leeds United on 8 August 2007. [6] He had been offered the contract on 8 May, [7] but had to wait three months to sign the deal as the club had been placed under a transfer embargo.[ citation needed ]

He made his first appearance of the pre-season in Leeds United's 2–0 defeat against Northern Premier League side Guiseley on 6 August. He started the match, which was the club's final pre-season fixture, and was replaced after 75 minutes. Ameobi made his debut for Leeds on 28 August, against Portsmouth in the Football League Cup. He was loaned out to the Championship side Scunthorpe United in November 2007. [ citation needed ]

Doncaster Rovers

Ameobi returned to Leeds before joining Doncaster on 22 July. On 24 September 2008, he was loaned to Football League Two side Grimsby Town. [8] He later returned to Doncaster after just two appearances. Ameobi signed for Conference National outfit Mansfield Town on loan in January 2009. [9] He returned to Doncaster the following month, having played five games for Mansfield, but was released from his contract on 7 May. [10]

Forest Green Rovers

In September 2009, Ameobi signed for Forest Green Rovers. [11] He scored his first goal for the club in a 3–2 away win over Hayes & Yeading in January 2010 [12] and also in that month represented Forest Green in the 3rd round of the FA Cup against Notts County. [13] At the end of the season he was released by the club having made 28 league appearances and having scored 5 times.

Whitley Bay

In July 2010, it was announced that Ameobi was on trial with Whitley Bay. He subsequently signed a contract for the club having impressed in their pre-season friendlies. On 4 September 2010, he featured in the 2–2 draw away at Billingham Synthonia coming on as a half-time substitute. Later in the season Ameobi returned to the side, making appearances during Bay's title challenge against Jarrow Roofing and Newcastle Benfield.


On 14 May 2011, Ameobi played his first game in an Icelandic league, and there in the second division. Ameobi's opponents were ÍR, but BÍ/Bvk. lost the game on Torfnesvöllur, 1–2. He scored BÍ/Bvk.'s goal in the game. Ameobi scored again in the second match of the season, winning Haukar away at Ásvellir, 2–1.

Vaasan Palloseura

On 12 April 2013, Ameobi signed a 1+1 year contract with Finnish League team Vaasan Palloseura. [14]

Return to Whitley Bay

After his contract with Finnish team Vaasan Palloseura expired, [15] he returned to Whitley Bay. [16] Ameobi played his debut, after his return to Whitley Bay, on 28 December 2013 against Guisborough Town. [17]

FC Edmonton

Ameobi signed with NASL club FC Edmonton on 31 March 2014. [18] He scored on his debut in a 1–1 draw with the Tampa Bay Rowdies.[ citation needed ] Ameobi would spend four seasons in Edmonton. After the 2017 season, with the future of FC Edmonton and the NASL in doubt, Ameobi was released from FC Edmonton. [19] [20] Ameobi would leave Edmonton as the club's second all-time leading scorer.

FC Cincinnati

On 21 February 2018, Ameobi signed with USL side FC Cincinnati for the 2018 season. [21]

Return to FC Edmonton

On 31 January 2019, Ameobi returned for a second spell with FC Edmonton after the club joined the Canadian Premier League. [22]

Personal life

Ameobi was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear. [23] Ameobi is the younger brother of striker Shola Ameobi and the older brother of current Nottingham Forest winger Sammy Ameobi.

Ameobi is married to Andrea Willson. [24]

Career statistics

As of 19 October 2019 [25] [26]
Club statistics
ClubSeasonLeagueNational Cup [lower-alpha 1] League Cup [lower-alpha 2] ContinentalOther [lower-alpha 3] Total
Leeds United 2007–08 League One 0000101020
Scunthorpe United (loan) 2007–08 Championship 90100000100
Doncaster Rovers 2008–09 Championship1000000010
Grimsby Town (loan) 2008–09 League Two 2000001030
Mansfield Town (loan)2008–09 Conference Premier 4000000040
Forest Green Rovers 2009–10 Conference Premier274300000304
BÍ/Bolungarvík 2011 1. deild karla 22113200002513
Grindavík 2012 Úrvalsdeild karla 173310000204
VPS 2013 Veikkausliiga 3092000329
FC Edmonton 2014 NASL 2363100267
2015 NASL18744002211
2016 NASL3022010332
2017 NASL2462000266
FC Cincinnati 2018 United Soccer League 40200060
FC Edmonton 2019 Canadian Premier League 2342000254
2020 Canadian Premier League 10000000
Career total2345227810003026560

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