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Showunmi: Enoch Olusesan (Enoch)

2008-2010 (Leeds Player Details)(Player Details)


Born: Kilburn, London: 21-04-1982

Debut v Scunthorpe United: 09-08-2008

6'5" 14st 10lbs (2008)

A late-starter in the game, he was twenty-one when he signed for Luton Town from Non-League Willesden Constantine, having first completed a Business degree at London South Bank University, in early September 2003. This followed a successful trial spell with the Hatters that saw him feature regularly during the 2003-04 pre-season against such teams as AFC Wimbledon. A tall and bustling striker who also possesses pace, was able to sign for Luton who had a very small squad due to the administrative receivership that they were under, which prevented them signing new players. Regular midfielder and captain Kevin Nicholls, who was later to play for Leeds, received an injury that was to prevent him playing for three months, and Luton were able to use this injury to seek dispensation from the Football League to sign Showunmi. His debut came against Plymouth Argyle at Home Park on 13th September 2003, when he started but was substituted after forty minutes in a 1-2 defeat. His first goal arrived in the seventh minute of a 2-1 win in a LDV Vans Trophy at Rushden & Diamonds on 4th November. After some enthusiastic displays, he became increasingly popular with the Luton fans who came to expect both moments of incredible skill and mistakes of a Non-League player in a professional game. He improved with each game he played. Later in the season, on 21st February scored a hat-trick in a 4-1 home win against Brentford. In total he scored seven goals in twenty-eight appearances during the 2003-04 season, which culminated with his international debut for the Nigerian national team as a seventy-first minute substitute in a 3-0 victory against the Republic of Ireland at The Valley on 30th May 2004 in a Unity Cup game. He also made a substitute appearance in Nigeria's next game, a 2-0 victory over Jamaica, in the same competition. Luton's promotion season in 2004-05 saw Showunmi regularly used as a "super-sub" to score six goals in thirty-eight matches, only seven of which he started. Luton won the Football League One Championship in 200405. In 2005-06 Showunmi often played in midfield, with moderate success, due to injuries to many midfield players at the club. On 3rd October 2006, the football agent Charles Collymore was charged with "touting" Showumni to Millwall, without the consent of Luton Town. While at Kenilworth Road he scored fourteen goals in one hundred and two league games, of which sixty-two were from the bench. In the Cup competitions he netted once in three starts and five substitute appearances and scored once from three starts and one game off the bench in the Football League Trophy. Before the 2006-07 season, Showunmi moved to Bristol City on a Bosman transfer. He had a good start to the season scoring in three consecutive games making him an instant fans' favourite. However, he featured sporadically for the rest of the season due to injuries and good form from other City strikers. Despite not being a first team regular he finished the season as Bristol City's second top scorer, behind Phil Jevons, with thirteen goals in all competitions as City finished Football League One Runners up at the end of the 2006-07 season. He faced strong competition for his first-team place at the start of the 2007-08 season, especially after fellow strikers Lee Trundle and Darren Byfield signed for the club with Steve Brooker also being in contention after returning to fitness. On 23rd January 2008 he started discussing personal terms with League One high-fliers Leeds United, after Leeds and Bristol City agreed terms for a permanent deal to take him to Elland Road. But there was to be a final twist when he snubbed a move to the Yorkshire side and stayed at Ashton Gate to fight for his place in the team. However, on 31 January 2008, he completed a move to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday on an emergency loan until 1st March 2008. This was later extended for another month, but at the start of April Showunmi decided to return to Ashton Gate in order to aid with the club's promotion push. At Hillsborough he failed to score in ten games in the League of which four were as a substitute. On 9th April 2008, Showunmi was charged by the FA with "engaging the services of an individual, who was not a licensed agent or entitled to act in such a capacity, to represent him in contract negotiations with Luton Town in or around February 2004 and between November 2005 and January 2006", an allegation which included both Bristol City and Charles Collymore. He was released by City at the end of the 2007-08 season. His record with Bristol showed that he scored thirteen goals in fifty League appearances, of which twelve were from the bench, in the Cups he netted three times from seven starts and one game as a substitute and he scored twice in three starts in Football League Trophy games. Showunmi signed a two year contract for the Elland Road club, on a free transfer on 7th July 2008, following his release from Bristol City. Showunmi made his debut on 11th July in a friendly against York City in a 1-1 draw where he was given the nickname "Big Enoch" by the fans. He scored his first Leeds United goal on his League debut in the opening game of the 2008-09 season against Scunthorpe United in a 2-1 victory at Glanford Park on 9th August 2008. He scored his second goal against Crystal Palace in the Second Round of the Carling Cup to make it 4-0 to Leeds. In the Third Round of the Carling Cup, he scored his third goal against Hartlepool United to guide Leeds to a 3-2 win. He scored again in a 4-2 win over Rotherham United in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on 8th October 2008 and in the League, as United went down 2-1 at Tranmere Rovers, on 13th December 2008. On the 14th January 2009 the club revealed Showunmi had suffered a blood clot in his lung but had since returned to training. On 18th July 2009, he scored his first goal since his injury in a pre-season friendly against Irish champions Glentoran. On Monday 10th August Showunmi scored in the 1st Round of the League Cup for Leeds against Darlington. However, it was his final goal for Leeds, although he did play several games subsequently, mostly as an impact player in the later stages of games. His contract was terminated by mutual consent in early January 2010. He joined Falkirk on 14th January 2010, where he scored once in twenty-one League games, six of which were as a substitute. After Falkirk had suffered relegation he was released by the club. On 27th July 2010 he signed a two year contract with League One side Tranmere Rovers on a free transfer, making his debut for them in the opening game of the 2010-11 season in a 1-2 home defeat by Oldham Athletic on 7th August. His first goal came when he opened the scoring in the twenty-second minute of the home League Cup game with Swansea City on 24th August, which they went on to lose 1-3. His first League goal followed in the next game on 28th August when he scored in the seventy-seventh minute to help lay the foundations for a 2-2 away draw at Dagenham & Redbridge. He had a successful first season with Tranmere scoring eleven goals in forty-three games, making him the club's leading goalscorer and he was also the club's player of the year. Notts County put in three separate bids to tey and entice him from Tranmere in the 2011 close season, but Tranmere refused to let him leave even for 100,000. However at the end of the 2011-12 season he was out of contract with Tranmere and on 12th June 2012 he signed a two year contract with the Meadow Lane team. While at Prenton Park he scored fourteen League goals in seventy games, six of which were off the bench. He also started one, and came on as a substitute in one, F.A. Cup tie without scoring but scored once in two starts and one game from the bench in the League Cup and scored twice in three starts and one game from the bench in the Football League Trophy. He made his debut for the Magpies as a fifty-eighth minute substitute in a 0-1 home defeat by Walsall on 25th August 2012. He scored his first goal for them in the forty-first minute of his starting debut for them, on 4th September 2012 in a 2-1 Johnstone's Paint Trophy away win at Scunthorpe United. He was never going to be a regular, as County sought to use him as an impact player and he was twice loaned out towards the end of his contract. He first joined Torquay United on 28th February for a month in which he started seven games without scoring and then he joined Plymouth Argyle for the resy of the season, where he also made seven appearances without scoring, but that included five games as a substitute. His Notts County record for the two years he was with them reflected his inactivity. He scored four League goals from eighteen starts and eighteen games from the bench, and failed to score in two games from the bench in the F.A. Cup, but did find the net once in his only League Cup appearance and once in two starts and one game from the bench in the Football League Trophy. His contract was not renewed by Shaun Derry when it ran out at the end of the 2013-14 season. Showunmi joined Conference South side, Wealdstone, on 14th September 2014, and made his debut as a late substitute in a 1-1 home draw with Concord Rangers on 28th September, but after a couple of minutes on the pitch as a late substitute on a few occasions he was given dual registration and also could play with Ryman Premier League side Canvey Island from 1st December 2014. He made his debut on 2nd December 2014 in a 1-2 home defeat by East Thurrock United. He scored his first goal in the eleventh minute of a 1-3 home defeat by Kingstonian on 20th December 2014. His second goal came in the sixteenth minute of a 2-3 loss at Enfield Town on 20th January 2015 In late January 2015 he had started six League games and scored the two goals and also started one Essex Senior Cup-tie.

League 3/122
F.A. Cup 0/30
League Cup 2/43
Johnstone's Paint Trophy 2/21