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Match fixing: The men involved

Match fixing: The men involved

Seven men, including five footballers, a business man and an ex player turned agent, have been arrested in relation to a recent spot fixing scandal which broke last week. Footyblog.net takes a look at these five players and their careers to date.

DJ Campbell

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Campbell in his Yeading days

The most famous of the six is former Premier League striker DJ Campbell. Having spent the early part of his career in non league football, Campbell got a move  to Brentford on the back of a couple of quality performances in the FA Cup for Yeading, including against Newcastle United. He spent a year at Brentford, scoring nine league goals, before moving to Premier League Birmingham City for an initial half a million, his first real chance in football.

Birmingham were later relegated that season and DJ found himself back in the Championship, where he scored another nine league goals before Birmingham sold him to Leicester. He found goals hard to come by at Leicester and was soon shipped out on loan to Blackpool (twice) and Derby. His second spell at Blackpool helped to fire them into the Premier League and Ian Holloway took the decision to sign him to give Campbell his second shot at the Premier League.

He had a very successful season, despite Blackpool’s relegation, scoring 13 Premier League goals. This prolific record was enough for QPR to sign him on their return to the Premier League. However, again he found it tough, scoring just one Premier League goal in 2011/12 season. For the first half of the following season he moved on loan to Ipswich, scoring 10 goals in 17 games, before moving initially on loan the Blackburn for the second half of the season and then permanently this summer. He has only played two league games so far this season.

Sam Sodje

Nigerian international Sodje

Nigerian international Sodje

Sodje is a Nigerian international, who is currently without a club having left Portsmouth in the summer. Sodje started his career at Stevenage before moving down a league to join Margate. An impressive two year spell led to a move to League One Brentford (where he played alongside DJ Campbell) and continued to impress in a two year spell at the Bees. He gained a bit of a reputation as a goal scoring defender, netting 12 goals in two seasons.

In 2006, he joined Reading on a free transfer but never really got an opportunity at the club only playing three league games across a three year spell. He went out on loan numerous times, including spells at West Brom, Charlton, Watford and Leeds and it would be one of those former clubs, Charlton, he would join on a permanent deal in 2009. He spent a year at Charlton in League One, playing 27 league games before signing for Greek side Skoda Xanthi.

He returned to England in 2010 with Notts County where he played 27 league games in a spell until 2012, before joining Portsmouth towards the back end of the 2012/13 season.

Cristian Montano

Montano, currently at Oldham, is only 21 years of age and spent his youth career at West Ham, despite never making a Premier League appearance for the club. He has had loan spells at Notts County, Swindon, Dagenham and Redbridge, Notts County(again) and Oldham.

The Columbian left the Hammers in the summer of 2012 and joined Oldham on a two-year deal, with a option of a third, and for a club for whom he scored three goals in a loan spell. Montano has played 40 games for Oldham in a year and a half at the club.

Akpo Sodje

Brother of Sam Sodje, Akpo has had a long career in the English league. He started at QPR before a loan spell at Stevenage and then, like his brother, signing for Margate. He had to endure more time in the lower leagues before 18 goals in 21 games for Erith & Belvedere led Huddersfield to take a gamble on him. He struggled to make an impact here and moved to Darlington on loan, a move which before long became permanent. 

Eight goals in 36 appearances led to a move to Port Vale, where he scored 14 league goals in a season, earning himself a move to Sheffield Wednesday. After a decent first season for the Yorkshire club, Sodje fell out of favour and moved on loan to Charlton, where he had two spells in 2009/10 before joining the London club on a permanent deal. He failed to replicate the same kind of form he managed whilst on loan and left the club a year later.

He joined Scottish side Hibs, before moving abroad, like his brother, to go and play for Tianjin Teda, a chinese Super League club. However, he failed to settle, moving back to England to hook up with Preston North End. In January 2013, he signed for Scunthorpe but left the club after relegation to League Two in May and signed for Tranmere, where he is yet to register a league goal.

Ian Goodison

41-year-old Tranmere defender Goodison has been at Tranmere for nine years, having joined the club in 2004. Goodison is vastly experienced, having played 120 games for Jamaican national team from 1996 to 2009. He started his career in his homeland with Olympic Gardens but moved to England to join international team-mate Theodore Whitemore at Hull City. He spent three years at the club playing 70 league matches before leaving the club in 2002.

He returned to Jamaica to play for Seba United, where he remained for two years before joining Tranmere United, a club where he remains to date. He has played just under 400 league games for the club and would just have to be at the club for another year to qualify for a testimonial. The 6 ft 4 defender featured in the 1998 World Cup.

Delroy Facey

faceyFacey is another player to have played in the Premier League. He started his career at Huddersfield Town and after breaking into the first team and having a successful six years at the club, he moved to Bolton, where he got his first taste of Premier League action. He failed to establish himself as a regular and had loan spells at Bradford and Burnley. In 2004, he joined West Brom and again struggled to make an impact before being moved onto Hull.

He only spent a year at Hull, scoring just four goals, and returning to his first club Huddersfield on loan. He joined Oldham in 2005 but again didn’t last long and soon signed for Tranmere where he scored eight league goals. He joined Rotherham for the 2006/07 season had a relatively prolific season netting 10 times for the Yorkshire club. He then moved onto Gillingham, had a loan spell at Wycombe before joining Notts County, scoring 11 goals in a two year spell.

After a loan spell at Lincoln City, he returned to County but was released and joined conference Hereford, where he ended his career in 2012. Facey, who has 15 caps for Grenada from 2009, became a football agent since his retirement.

The last man to be arrested is Steve Sodje, brother of both Sam and Akpo and a business man.

About Edward Seaman

My name is Edward Seaman and I am a trainee Journalist and an undergraduate student at the University of Lincoln. Massive Norwich City fan and season ticket holder in the River End. I am a keen writer in a number of fields, including sports, current affairs and travelling. Dreaming of making it as a hack in the real world.