John Fashanu

Where is John Fashanu now?

Often criticised for being over physical and aggressive in his style of play, John Fashanu retired from the game at the age of 33 after snapping knee ligaments whilst playing for Aston Villa in 1995.

A member of Wimbledon’s infamous Crazy Gang with players such as Vinnie Jones and Dennis Wise, Fashanu won his only silverware in 1988 when against all the odds, his Dons side beat Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup Final.

In a 2015 documentary about Wimbledon in the 1980’s, Fashanu was criticised by his former team-mates when he claimed that their dressing room was a violent, cruel place which was dominated by a few individuals.

Due to his goal-scoring exploits at club-level, Fashanu was called up to play for England on two occasions in 1989 even though he was elligible to play for Nigeria through his father.

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From 1992 to 1996 Fashanu started working on ITV show ‘Gladiators’ as a co-host with main anchor Ulrika Jonssen despite still being a registered player with Wimbledon.

The show went onto become a huge ratings hit and Fashanu has since admitted that during one Wimbledon game he demanded to be taken off at half-time so that he could get to the studio in time.

He has since appeared in a number of celebrity shows including the 2003 series of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here where he finished in second place.

In November 2017 Fashanu took part in an ITV documentary called Gone to Pot which saw a group of five celebrities go on a road trip round America looking at marijuana use.

He was also the host of the Nigerian version of the hit UK television programme Deal or No Deal.

In July 2017 the Sun reported that Fashanu had spent two days in a Nigerian jail after he was accused of allegedly working as a broker in a scam to sell plots of land that weren’t for sale.

 

He still lives in Nigeria where he is a successful businessman and philanthropist having previously worked as Nigeria’s Ambassador for Sport and Tourism and as a board member of the Nigeria Football Association.

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John Fashanu: Premier League Statistics

NationalityEnglish
PositionForward
Appearances78
Goals20
Yellow Cards10
Red Cards1
Premier League Teams Played forAston Villa, Wimbledon

Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com