Shola Ameobi: A Career In Numbers

Foluwashola Ameobi was born on the 12th October 1981 in Zaria, Nigeria. He was raised in Newcastle upon Tyne from the tender age of 5. “Shola” as he became known would go on to become somewhat of a cult hero at Newcastle United, largely for being brilliantly inconsistent, yet a consistent figure in our post-millennium squad. A world beater on his day, Sunday league the next – as frustrating as he has been, you can’t bring yourself to hate Shearer’s friend. Here’s a look at his career in numbers:

Pictured during his 14th and final season (13/14) at Newcastle United.

Our #23 pictured during his 14th and final season (13/14) at Newcastle United.

19 – Years spent at Newcastle United. 1995-2014. 2000-2014 in the first team.

9th September 2000 – First team debut, a home Premier League tie against Chelsea. He’d go on to make 22 appearances in his first season.

396 – Appearances in a black & white shirt (all competitions). 311 League apps, 19 FA Cup, 15 League Cup, 51 European.

138 – Premier League appearances (178 all competitions) as a substitute, more than any other player. #RecordBreaker

79 – NUFC goals. That’s 0.199494 goals per game.

47/16/16 – 14 right-footed goals, 16 left-footed & 16 headers.

10/10 – 100% penalty conversion rate, scoring 10/10.

7 – Goals scored in the Tyne-Wear derby, second only to the great Jackie Milburn (11). #MackemSlayer

51 – European outings, scoring 15 times. SAFC by contrast have managed only 4 in their 135+ year history, scoring 5.

15 – European goals, 2nd most of any NUFC player historically. Bested only by Alan Shearer (30).

20 – England U21 appearances (2000-2003), scoring 7.

7 – Nigeria appearances (2012 to date), scoring twice – correct as of 13/06/2014.

1 – Loan spell at Stoke City (06/07), making 6 appearances, scoring 0. Stoke chose not to exercise their option of a permanent transfer.

1 – Failed medical at Jim Magilton’s Ipswich Town, 17th August 2007. Ipswich pulled out of the deal due to Shola’s hamstring problems.

3 – Remarkable assists. Shearer’s volley vs Everton, Robert’s wonderstrike vs Tottenham, Cisse’s physics-defying strike vs Chelsea; remember these? Who assisted these spectacular – timeless – goals? In our final tribute to our number 23, take a look back at these three magical (Ameobi-inspired) NUFC moments:

Alan Shearer vs Everton (home – 01/12/2002)

Papiss Cisse vs Chelsea (away – 02/05/2012)

Laurent Robert vs Tottenham (home – 13/12/2003)

Laurent Robert


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