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Biography

Date of birth

10/05/1982

Height

185 cm

Signed

10/07/2016

Country

England

A man who needs no introduction, Adebayo “The Beast” Akinfenwa joined the Chairboys, after somewhat of a journeyman career, in 2016.

Wycombe’s resident “beast” came through the youth system at Watford, shortly going onto spend time in Lithuania for FK Atlantas in 2001/02 where he would score five in 22. Bayo’s first real taste of English football came at Torquay United in the 2004/05 season where he managed 14 goals in the league in 37 games. The target man striker earned himself a transfer to League One Swansea City, where he formed a lethal strike partnership with Lee Trundle, managing 14 league goals over 59 games in a two-year period.

Bayo embarked on an initial two season spell at Northampton in 2008, seeing him score an impressive 37 in 88 league games. A further double figure season at Gillingham followed as Bayo scored 11 before returning to Northampton for another two years, scoring an additional 34 league goals in 80 games, just missing out on his previous two year tally.

By this point in his career, Adebayo Akinfenwa had become an internet sensation due to his stature, having been deemed “too big to play football” yet continuing to score double figures in 2013/14 back with Gillingham and then making his move to AFC Wimbledon. Bayo’s arguably most iconic moment thus far came for the Dons, where he secured their League One status by scoring a penalty at Wembley in the 2016 League Two Play-off final, afterwards stating his famous line to “hit me up on the WhatsApp” as his contract wasn’t to be renewed.

Gareth Ainsworth did just that, bringing Adebayo Akinfenwa to Adams Park where he would help the Chairboys to two promotions so far, seeing them reach their first ever Championship season, all whilst Bayo broke the record for becoming Wycombe’s all time EFL top scorer. Bayo enters his “last dance” in the EFL and aims to lead the Wycombe line in his final year to his third promotion with the club and will go down in club history as one of the greatest characters, and players, Wycombe Wanderers has ever seen. 

By Toby Large 

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