Tope Obadeyi

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Tope Obadeyi
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Obadeyi in September 2018.
Personal information
Full nameTemitope Ayoluwa Obadeyi [1]
Date of birth (1989-10-29) 29 October 1989 (age 31) [1]
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) [1]
Position(s) Winger
Youth career
  Coventry City
2006–2008 Bolton Wanderers
Senior career*
2008–2012 Bolton Wanderers 3 (0)
2009Swindon Town (loan) 12 (2)
2010Rochdale (loan) 11 (1)
2010–2011Shrewsbury Town (loan) 9 (0)
2011–2012Chesterfield (loan) 5 (0)
2012Rochdale (loan) 6 (1)
2012–2013 Rio Ave 12 (0)
2013–2014 Bury 7 (0)
2013–2014Plymouth Argyle (loan) 7 (1)
2014Plymouth Argyle (loan) 7 (0)
2014–2016 Kilmarnock 59 (12)
2016–2017 Dundee United 18 (2)
2017–2018 Oldham Athletic 37 (3)
2018–2020 Sochaux 11 (0)
2019     Sochaux II             2 (2)
National team
2007 England U19 4 (5)
2009 England U20 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 10:43, 9 July 2019 (UTC)

Temitope Ayoluwa "Tope" Obadeyi (born 29 October 1989) is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger and last played for Ligue 2 club Sochaux. Obadeyi has previously played for Bolton Wanderers, Swindon Town, Rochdale, Shrewsbury Town, Chesterfield, Rio Ave, Bury, Plymouth Argyle, Kilmarnock, Dundee United and Oldham Athletic.


Early life

Obadeyi was born in Birmingham, West Midlands [1] and is of Nigerian descent. [2] During his time at Four Dwellings High School in Birmingham, Obadeyi's strike partner was Daniel Sturridge and the two were reunited in February 2011 when the latter moved to Bolton on loan from Chelsea for the remainder of the season. [3]


Obadeyi made his first team debut for Bolton as a substitute in the club's 0–1 home Premier League defeat by Wigan on 28 December 2008. In August 2009, Obadeyi signed for Swindon Town on a one-month loan and scored his first goal in a 2–1 victory over Southend United on 29 August. On 11 September his loan was extended by another month, [4] and again on 15 October for a final month under the 93-day emergency loan limit. [5] In January 2010, Obadeyi went on loan again, this time to Rochdale for the rest of the season. [6] He scored his first goal for Rochdale against Dagenham & Redbridge on 20 February 2010. [7] The third loan of his career was made on 22 October 2010 when he joined Shrewsbury Town on an initial one-month loan. [8] On 24 November, the loan was extended until 8 January 2011, [9] but following the end of that period, the club decided not to extend it any further. [10]

On 7 July 2011, Obadeyi signed a one-year extension to his contract at Bolton, [11] and on 8 November joined League One team Chesterfield on loan until 26 December, [12] making his debut the following day in a 4–3 win over Tranmere Rovers in the Football League Trophy. [13] Obadeyi made his league debut for Chesterfield on 19 November in the 5–2 loss away to Oldham Athletic and made six appearances overall before returning to Bolton. On 14 March 2012 he began a second loan spell at Rochdale. The loan lasted a month and he scored once. [14] However, at the end of the 2011–12 season, following Bolton's relegation from the Premier League, Obadeyi was released and subsequently joined Rio Ave at the start of June 2012. [15]

Obadeyi made 12 appearances in the Primeira Liga during the 2012–13 season without scoring as Rio Ave finished sixth in the league table. [16] His one goal for the club came in December 2012 against Sporting CP in the Taça da Liga. [17] Obadeyi left Rio Ave at the end of the campaign.

He signed a one-year contract with Bury in August 2013. [18] [19] He played in two league games and one cup tie before joining Plymouth Argyle on loan in November until January 2014. [20] [21] Obadeyi made ten appearances for the club in all competitions during the loan, which was interrupted by a hamstring injury, [22] and scored one goal against York City. [23] On 20 February 2014, Obadeyi joined Plymouth Argyle for a second loan spell with the Devon club. [24] Obadeyi established himself as Argyle's preferred choice on the left side of midfield, before his loan expired. He was released by Bury at the end of the season,

Obadeyi signed a three-year contract with Scottish Premiership club Kilmarnock in July 2014. [25] After two seasons with the club he signed for Scottish Championship club Dundee United in July 2016, joining on a one-year contract. [26]

On 31 January 2017, Obadeyi joined League One club Oldham Athletic on a contract until the end of the 2016–17 season.

He was released by Oldham at the end of the 2017–18 season, following their relegation. [27]

On 25 July 2018, Obadeyi signed with Ligue 2 club Sochaux on a two-year contract. [28] He left Sochaux in June 2020. [29]

Career statistics

As of match played 1 July 2017 [30] [31]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueCup League Cup OtherTotal
Bolton Wanderers 2008–09 Premier League 3000000030
2009–10 0000000000
2010–11 0000000000
2011–12 0000000000
Swindon Town (loan) 2009–10 League One 122101000142
Rochdale (loan) 2009–10 League Two 111000000111
Shrewsbury Town (loan) 2010–11 League Two90100000100
Chesterfield (loan) 2011–12 League One5000001 [lower-alpha 1] 060
Rochdale (loan) 2011–12 League One6100000061
Rio Ave 2012–13 Primeira Liga 120103100161
Bury 2013–14 League Two7000001 [lower-alpha 1] 080
Plymouth Argyle (loan) 2013–14 League Two71300000101
Plymouth Argyle (loan) 2013–14 League Two7000000070
Kilmarnock 2014–15 Scottish Premiership 299102000329
2015–16 30320202 [lower-alpha 2] 0363
Dundee United 2016–17 Scottish Championship 182106000252
Oldham Athletic 2016–17 League One152000000152
2017–18 22100104 [lower-alpha 1] 2273
Career total193221001418222525
  1. 1 2 3 Appearances in the Football League Trophy
  2. Appearances in the Scottish Premiership play-offs

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