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Place of birth  Lagos, Nigeria
Role  Football player
Name  Ade Coker

1971-1975  West Ham United
Years  Team
Playing position  Forward
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Full name  Adewunmi Olarewaju Coker
Date of birth  (1954-05-19) 19 May 1954 (age 61)
1974  → Boston Minutemen (loan)

Clyde Best, Ade Coker, and Bobby Barnes Goals

Ade Coker (born 19 May 1954) is a retired Nigerian-American football player who played as a striker. Coker began with English club West Ham United then moved to the North American Soccer League and the Major Indoor Soccer League. He also earned five caps with the U.S. national team.


Professional career

Coker was born in Nigeria, but moved to England at the age of 11. He was playing schoolboy football when he was spotted by West Ham scout Wally St Pier. In 1971, he signed with English First Division club West Ham United when he was 17. His first start with the Hammers came on 30 October 1971, against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park following a late injury to Geoff Hurst. He scored on his debut, a 3-0 victory, but despite this auspicious first game, he made only eleven first team appearances over three seasons. He spent the 1974 off-season with the Boston Minutemen of the North American Soccer League (NASL), earning Second Team All Star honors. Returning to England, in December 1974 he joined Lincoln City on loan, making his debut in the 2-0 home victory over Stockport County on 20 December 1974. He remained with the Imps for a month before returning to West Ham.

Coker then moved permanently to America, rejoining the Boston Minutemen. Halfway through the 1976 season, Minutemen owner John Sterge began selling his players in order to forestall bankruptcy. Coker was sent to the Minnesota Kicks. Three games into the 1978 season, Minnesota traded Coker to the San Diego Sockers. At the end of the 1979 season, the Sockers sent Coker to the Rochester Lancers for the 1980 season. Coker spent the 1980–1981 Major Indoor Soccer League club Baltimore Blast. In 1982 Coker was back with San Diego as the Sockers began to transition towards indoor soccer. When the NASL collapsed following the 1984 season, the Sockers moved to MISL and became the league's dominant team. Coker remained with the Sockers until 1987. He spent one more season (1987–1988) in MISL with the St. Louis Steamers.

U.S. national team

Coker earned 5 caps with the U.S. national team . He earned his first cap in a September 9, 1984, scoreless tie with Netherlands Antilles. A month later, he scored twice as in a 4-0 victory over the Netherlands Antilles after coming on for Chance Fry. He scored again two matches later, a 1-0 victory over Colombia. He played his fifth and last match for the U.S. in a 2-1 loss to Mexico on October 17, 1984.


In 2008, Coker alongside his West Ham teammates, Clive Charles and Clyde Best, were the subjects of the book 'East End Heroes, Stateside Kings'.


Ade Coker Wikipedia

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