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John Fashanu

Wimbledon FC

2 appearances, 0 goals

P 2 W 1 D 1 L 0 F 2: A 0
*(actual F 1: A 0)

75% successful


disciplined: none
minutes played:


Full name John Fashanu (*Actual for and against are the goals scored
while the player was on the field.)
Born 18 September 1962 in Kensington, London [registered in Kensington, September 1962].
childhood notes Son of a Nigerian barrister and a Guyanese mother, Fashanu was born in London. His parents split in 1967. He and his elder brother was sent to a Barnardo's home, wher ethey were soon to be fostered by Alfred and Elizabeth Jackson in Shropham, Norfolk.
Married to Melissa I. Kassa-Mapsi [registered in Westminster, London, June 1995]. Divorced 2004.  Remarried to Abigail Igwe, April 2011.
Height/Weight 6' 1", 11st. 12lbs [1988].


Soccer's Who's Who [1988] & FindMyPast.com

Club Career

Club(s) Fashanu spent his early career as a Cambridge United FC associate schoolboy, before finding himself at Norwich City FC in October 1979, he then turned professional in 1981. He only played seven league games with City, scoring just once.  In 1982, he spent a period of time on loan to New Zealand side, Mirimar Rangers FC.  In 1983, he spent another period on loan to Crystal Palace FC, playing just once. On 23 September 1983, Fashanu joined Lincoln City FC on a free transfer, going on to appear 36 times in the League, scoring eleven times. It was enough to get him noticed by Millwall FC, who spent £55,000 on him on 30 November 1984. Twelve league goals in fifty appearances later he was transferred across London to Wimbledon FC. The £125,000 move in March 1986 was followed by 107 league goals in 276 league appearances. On 4 August 1994, Fashanu signed for Aston Villa FC for £1.35 million, but thirteen Premier League matches and three goals later, Fashanu retired due to an injury, picked up in his final match against Manchester United, February 1995, in a tackle with Ryan Giggs.
Club honours FA Cup winner 1987-88, FA Charity Shield runner-up 1988;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None


Barry Hugman's PFA Yearbook [1993]

England Career

Player number 1014th player to appear for England.
BME number The fifteenth BME player at Senior Level. The fourth forward.
Position(s) Centre-forward
First match No. 645, 23 May 1989, England 0 Chile 0, a Rous Cup match at Wembley Stadium, Wembley, substituted (71), aged 26 years 247 days.
Last match No. 646, 27 May 1989, England 2 Scotland 0, a Rous Cup match at Wembley Stadium, Wembley, substituted (31), aged 26 years 251 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours Rous Cup winner 1989
Individual honours None
Distinctions most appearanced Englishman at Wimbledon FC

England Disgrace

Fashanu attained a reputation of aggression and physicalness. A reputation he rarely shyed away from.
In August 1988, Norwich City's John O'Niell's career was ended after a Fashanu tackle tore three knee ligaments and damaged nerves. 
In November 1988, a scuffle with Manchester United's Viv Anderson saw Fashanu charged by the FA for bringing the game into disrepute.
In August 1991, in a clash with West Ham's Colin Foster, Foster comes off the worse with a broken nose, it what was said, to be a deliberate incident.
On 24 November 1993, in the match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Wimbledon FC at White Hart Lane, a seventh minute aeriel challange with Tottenham Hotspur FC defender Gary Mabbutt, his elbow broke Mabbutts eye socket and skull.

 Beyond England

In early 1995, the Sun newspaper made match-fixing allegations against him, Han Segers and Bruce Grobelaar which led to police involvement and arrests. He has since retired from football due to injuries. These allegations have not seriously damaged his likeable off-field reputation that has been developed via his role as presenter of TV show The Gladiators and his charity work for Africa. In August 1997, the three players were found not guilty of these charges although they had to pay their own legal expenses. For John, this was £650,000.  After which, he became a business advisor to boxer Herbie Hide. In 2001-02, John Fashanu's company had apparently made a bid to buy Northampton Town FC, but it not materialise. In fact, on 17 December 2002, Fashanu was installed as chairman of Barry Town FC, a role that lasted until July 2003 - Various Media/ex-canaries.co.uk


John Fashanu - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Starts Sub on Sub off Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
2 2 2 2 0 2 101 0 0 min 0 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.


John Fashanu - Match Record - All Matches - By Colour of Shirt - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Home - White 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 1 2 1.00 0.00 75.0 +1
All - RC 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 1 2 1.00 0.00 75.0 +1


John Fashanu - Match Record - Tournament Matches
Rous Cup Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
RC 1989 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 1 2 1.00 0.00 75.0 +1
RC All 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 1 2 1.00 0.00 75.0 +1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
RC 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 1 2 1.00 0.00 75.0 +1
All 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 1 2 1.00 0.00 75.0 +1


John Fashanu - Match History
 Club: Wimbledon F.C. - 2 full appearances

manager: Bobby Robson - 2 full capsx

Age 26
1 645 23 May 1989 - England 0 Chile 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley RC HD Start off 70 10
0-0 when substituted
2 646 27 May 1989 - England 2 Scotland 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley HW Start off 31 9
1-0 when substituted