Monday, April 30, 2007


Samuel Tayo

This is one well travelled player.

From what I can make out, I have a blank covering his career from 2004 till now, he has played in 11 countries!!

91-93 NEPA, Nigeria
93-94 Tunisen Stadt, Tunisia
94-95 Strum Graz, Austria
95-97 Orient, England
96-97 Rushden & Diamonds, Altrincham
97 - Jaro, Finland
97-98 Dover
1998 Colorado Springs, USA
98-99 Bangor City, Stadt Tunisien
1999 Lira Lulea, Sweden
99-00 Beer Sheeva, Israel
00-01 Assyrinka, Sweden
01-02 Stalybridge Celtic
02-03 AIK, Sweden
2004 Shenyang, China
2007 Persija Jakarta

Played for Honeybabes between 1986-89.
1995-96: Was on trials with Stockport County, but then moved on to sign for Leyton Orient.
1996-97: Went on loan to Altrincham.
1997-98: Joined Dover in England on a free transfer.
1998: Spent the 1998-season in Colorado Springs Stampede in the United States, serving both as a player and coach. Spent more time coaching than playing.
1998-99: Signed an unusual contract with Welsh club Bangor City in 1998, living in London and travelling to Wales for the games, and being paid £300 per match (unusual contract, but very good by Welsh standards). Left the club in March 1999, as the semi-professional club really couldn't afford to keep him.
2001-02: Joined Stalybridge Celtic in the English Nationwide Conference League, on a free transfer in November 2001. Scored a hat-trick against Nuneaton Borough in February.
2002: Was back in Sweden when he signed a 2,5-year contract with AIK in September. Got injured in his first game, and was never able to make much of an impact in his first season with the club. Scored his only goal of the season against Sundsvall in October, on a header from a corner.
2003: Sustained a knee injury during the pre-season, and missed the beginning of the Swedish 2003 season. Scored the important 3-3 goal in the classical Stockholm derby between AIK and Djurgården in June. He came off the bench when his side was 1-3 down with only ten minutes to go, and scored in the dying seconds of the game. After that most went wrong, and during the autumn he was told to find a new club, and he was not even able to make AIK's bench,
2004: A few Swedish clubs were interested in him ahead of the 2004 seasn, but he opted to sign a one-year deal with Chinese premier division side Shenyang Ginde. He called it the best contract he had ever had, with a free apartment, a car and a driver. Scored in his debut, and finished the season with 3 league goals.

International Stuff

1998: Showed up at the Super Eagles camp without invitation, ahead of the first African Nations Cup 2000 qualifier, against Burkina Faso in October 1998. Impressed the handlers during training, and was given the number 10 shirt for the game, pairing Patrick Pascal up front in a game which ended goalless. 2002: Was called up to the Super Eagles for the friendly against Kenya, in May. Was part of the Nigeria 55-player list ahead of the World Cup, but did not make the squad. 2003: Came on as a substitute in the friendly away to Japan, which Nigeria lost 3-0, in August.

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