John CHIEDOZIE

Tottenham Hotspur

John Chiedozie - Tottenham Hotspur - Short Biography & career stats for Spurs.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 01 January 1984

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    • POSITION
      Winger
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Monday, 18 April 1960
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Owerri, Nigeria
  • CLUBS
  • Tottenham Hotspur
    • Club Career Dates
      1984-1988
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 25th August 1984 scoring in a 4-1 win at Everton (Aged: 24)
    • Club Career
      45 League apps (+8 as sub), 12 goals
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John CHIEDOZIE - Tottenham Hotspur - Short Biography & career stats for Spurs.

 

Far from being pleased to see the back of him, top division clubs were clamouring for John Chiedozie's signature after Notts County's relegation in 1983-84. The Nigerian international had terrorized defences during three successful years at Meadow Lane and it was Tottenham Hotspur who captured the flying winger for £375, 000 in August 1984.

Chiedozie quickly skipped into his stride, scoring one and making another for Clive Allen, another new signing, in a 4-1 opening day win over Everton. Despite an erratic final ball, Chiedozie always posed a threat with his pace and trickery and was once described by Kenny Dalglish as being 'as quick as a hare'. He also had a fearsome shot, the most eye-catching example being a superb winner in a 1-0 success at Aston Villa in September.

 

 

Though the goals dried up in the second half of the season, John started the next campaign in a similarly positive vein. He scored five in seven games from September through to mid-October, three of them coming in the consecutive hammerings of Newcastle United and Chelsea at White Hart Lane. Although his opportunities were restricted by injuries and the arrivals of Paul Allen and Chris Waddle, Chiedozie continued to contribute valuable goals in the new year, including a crucial late equaliser at Oxford United in the FA Cup 3rd round and the opener in a 5-0 replay win over former club County in the 4th round.

 

 

John had been unlucky with injuries throughout his career - a broken leg ruling him out of Leyton Orient's run to the 1978 FA Cup semi-final when he was a youngster - but the worst was still to come. His goal in a 2-0 win over Birmingham City on 16 April 1986 would prove to be his last not only as a Spurs player, but as a professional. A persistent back problem kept him out of contention for 18 months and after a solitary appearance in 1986-87, John missed the entire 1987-88 campaign. Not considered to be the same player, he was released on a free transfer to Derby County in August. Chiedozie managed only two appearances and following further brief stints back at Notts County and then Chesterfield, John ended his career at non-League Bashley. In a career that was as bright as it was brief, injuries had caught up with a man who very few defenders could catch. (Alex Voskou).

 

Before moving to Spurs John played three seasons for Notts County.

He is pictured below during that time.

 

John Chiedozie is pictured in the 2-1 win against Birmingham City on 30th. August 1983.**

Photo & © G.Herringshaw.

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Leyton Orient:   1976-1977     Played   15     Scored   0   goals   (Division 2)
     1977-1978     Played   21     Scored   2   goals   (Division 2)
     1978-1979     Played   36     Scored   6   goals   (Division 2)
     1979-1980     Played   37     Scored   3   goals   (Division 2)
     1980-1981     Played   36     Scored   9   goals   (Division 2)
 
Transferred in August 1981
 
Notts. Co:   1981-1982     Played   32     Scored   1   goal   (Division 1)
     1982-1983     Played   39     Scored   5   goals   (Division 1)
     1983-1984 **
    Played   40     Scored   9   goals   (Division 1)
 
Transferred in August 1984
 
Spurs:   1984-1985     Played   34     Scored   5   goals   (Division 1)
     1985-1986     Played   18     Scored   7   goals   (Division 1)
     1986-1987     Played   1     Scored   0   goals   (Division 1)
     1987-1988     Played   0     Scored   0   goals   (Division 1)
 
Transferred in August 1988
 
Derby Co:   1988-1989     Played   2     Scored   0   goals   (Division 1)
     1989-1990     Played   0     Scored   0   goals   (Division 1)
 
Transferred in January 1990
 
Notts. Co:   1989-1990     Played   1     Scored   0   goals   (Division 3)
 
Transferred to Chesterfield in March 1990