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Sam Sodje




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Born in London, Sodje’s career began with Hertfordshire club Stevenage, whom he joined in 1998, aged 19. He played 24(+3) times for the Conference side and scored his first professional goal in September 2001 against Farnborough.

At the beginning of the 2002/03 season, Sodje joined fellow Conference side Margate and scored on his debut against opponents Morecambe.

42 starts for the Gate that campaign positioned the stepping stones for a Supporters’ Player of the Year award come May.

In the summer of 2004, Sodje climbed the ladder of English football to sign for League One side Brentford on a free transfer.

A popular figure amongst the Bees fans, he helped his side out with eight goals in his first season and six in the next where between the two, the defender notched up exactly 100 starts in all competitions alongside his impressive goal tally.

When the Royals were promoted to the Premiership in record-breaking style, management employed the Nigerian’s services for a fee of £350,000 in July 2006.

He made his debut for the club away to Wigan and went on to face Man Utd away and Liverpool at Anfield twice before being able to make his Madejski Stadium bow in our Carling Cup fixture against Burnley that January.

What turned out to be a tight affair, Sodje’s 55th minute header was not only his first Reading goal but the difference between the two sides that earned the Royals a place in the hat for the next round.

Due to such strength in depth that the squad had during that period, with the likes of Sonko, Ingimarsson, Bikey and Duberry, Sodje found first team opportunities hard to come by so in March 2007, he signed on an end-of-season loan deal with Championship outfit West Brom.

Whilst a Baggy, he aided them in securing their place in the play-off race, and after beating Wolves 4-2 over two legs in the semi’s, Sodje stepped out for West Brom in the final at Wembley but was unfortunate not to be on the receiving end of a winner’s medal as an early goal from Derby made all the difference.

Sodje spent the remainder of his Reading days out on loan to Leeds, Watford, and then Charlton, who he signed for on a free transfer in September 2009.

After a season at The Valley he went on to join Notts County and then lastly Portsmouth in 2013, where he ended his career at the age of 34.