Dickson Etuhu

Dickson Paul Etuhu (born 8 June 1982) is a Nigerian professional footballer. His younger brother Kelvin is also a footballer.[3] He grew up in Peckham, south London, but then, the family moved to Manchester for Etuhu to pursue his professional ambitions with City.[4] Etuhu played international football for the Nigerian national football team.

Dickson Etuhu
Personal information
Full name Dickson Paul Etuhu[1]
Date of birth (1982-06-08) 8 June 1982[1]
Place of birth Kano, Nigeria
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Manchester City 12 (0)
2002–2006 Preston North End 134 (17)
2005–2006Norwich City (loan) 8 (0)
2006–2007 Norwich City 54 (6)
2007–2008 Sunderland 20 (1)
2008–2012 Fulham 91 (3)
2012–2014 Blackburn Rovers 23 (1)
2015–2016 AIK 23 (2)
2017 IFK Rössjöholm 2 (0)
National team
2007–2011 Nigeria 33 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 November 2018

Club career

Early career

Etuhu was born in Kano.[1] He signed for Preston North End from Manchester City in 2002 for £300,000. He had started just 11 league games for City. He was very much a bit-part player during Preston's successful season of 2004–2005, when the Whites reached the play-off final. Despite his side losing to West Ham United, he attracted the attention of Premiership clubs Everton and West Brom.

Norwich City

Norwich City signed him during the January transfer window for £450,000 after a loan deal initially brought him to the club. His form began to improve towards the end of the season and in the early stages of the 2006–07 campaign.

Etuhu scored his first goal for Norwich in a 2–0 win against Torquay United in a League Cup match on 23 August 2006, and got his first league goal for the club in a 3–3 draw at Southend United on 12 September 2006. On 21 October 2006 he scored the only goal in a 1–0 win against Cardiff at Carrow Road to help his new manager Peter Grant win his first home game after replacing Nigel Worthington.

It was incorrectly reported during September 2006 that following the 3–1 defeat at Plymouth Argyle, Etuhu and teammate Youssef Safri traded punches on the team bus on their return journey to East Anglia.[5]


Etuhu signed for newly promoted Sunderland in a deal worth £1.5 million in the summer of 2007.[6] On 9 February 2008, Etuhu scored his first goal for Sunderland in their home match against Wigan. It came from a free kick floated in by Dean Whitehead, opening the scoring in the 2–0 defeat of the Latics.[7]


On 29 August 2008, Etuhu announced that he was having a medical with Premier League side Fulham, before joining for a fee of around £1.5 million on a three-year contract at Craven Cottage.[8] Etuhu scored his first goal for Fulham on Easter Sunday 2009 in a game against his former club Manchester City in the 59th minute to put Fulham up 2–1 after a goal from American Clint Dempsey in the 50th minute.[9]

He scored his first goal in European Competition, and his first goal at Craven Cottage, the week after his first son was born with a header to put Fulham 1–0 up against Lithuanian team FK Vetra. On 28 August 2010, Etuhu rescued his team in a match vs. Blackpool, by scoring in the 87th minute in a 2–2 draw at Bloomfield Road. On 18 September 2010, Etuhu played against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in a 1–1 draw. In September 2010, Etuhu, signed a three-year contract extension, which will see him contracted to Craven Cottage until summer 2014. He made his 50th Premier League appearance for them against Newcastle United, in a 0–0 draw on 13 November, when he replaced Zoltan Gera, in the 69th minute in the game at St James' Park. Etuhu scored his fifth goal in Fulham colours when he netted the second in a 6–2 victory over Peterborough United on 8 January 2011 in the FA Cup 3rd round. On 5 March he started and completed the full 90 minutes in a 3–2 win over Blackburn. On 3 April, he scored on 72 minutes thanks to an assist from defender Brede Hangeland in the defeat 3–0 of Blackpool at Craven Cottage. On 9 April, he started in the 2–0 loss against Manchester United at Old Trafford before being replaced on 67 minutes by Zoltán Gera.[10]

On 3 August 2012, Fulham announced that Etuhu had left the club to join Danny Murphy at Blackburn Rovers.[11]

Blackburn Rovers

On 3 August 2012, Etuhu joined Blackburn Rovers on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.[12] He scored his first goal for Blackburn on 29 September 2012 against Charlton Athletic.[13]


On 23 December 2014 it was announced that he was acquired by the Swedish AIK of Allsvenskan as a free agent on a two-year deal.[14] His first three starts came in the domestic cup 2014–15 Svenska Cupen, where he managed to get a yellow card in every game. He missed the start of the regular season with an injury.[15]

IFK Rössjöholm

On 6 August 2017, Etuhu signed a contract with Swedish 5 division club IFK Rössjöholm.[16]

Match fixing

In November 2019 he was found guilty of match fixing by a Swedish court, and said he would appeal.[17] Both Defence and Prosecution said they would appeal the sentence.[18]

International career

It was announced in late September 2007 that Etuhu had been called up to play for his country on 14 October.[19] He first played in two friendlies for his country and he then made his competitive international debut in the African Cup of Nations in January 2008. Etuhu was part of the Nigeria squad for the 2010 World Cup held in South Africa. He turned down a callup in August 2011 as a replacement player and stated he would not play for Nigeria coach Samson Siasia, temporarily ending his international career.[20] He was however recalled in November 2011 for a pair of friendlies under new coach Stephen Keshi.




Career statistics


As of 17 May 2016[21][22]
Season Club Division League Cup League Cup Play-Offs Europe Total
2001–02Manchester CityDivision One12010130
2001–02Preston North End16300163
Preston North End total 1341841803014919
2005–06Norwich City (loan)Championship8080
Norwich City11010120
Norwich City total 6265031707
2007–08SunderlandPremier League2010010211
Sunderland total 2010010211
2008–09FulhamPremier League2114000251
Fulham total 91381202521266
2012–13Blackburn RoversChampionship2010010211
Blackburn Rovers total 2310010241
2016 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
AIK total 2323060322
Career total 330302021613031240235

2011–12 appearances includes match in Uefa Cup, away to Dnipro on 25 August 2011, which is currently not included on Soccerbase website. 2015 appearances includes three matches in 2014–15 Svenska Cupen, also not included on Soccerbase.


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  2. "Premier League Player Profile". Premier League. Archived from the original on 12 January 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  3. "Big brother spurs Kelvin on". Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  4. "Big brother spurs Kelvin on". Manchester Evening News. 15 February 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  5. "FOOTBALL: CANARIES' PUNCH-UP". Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  6. "Sunderland complete Etuhu signing". BBC Sport. 17 July 2007.
  7. "Sunderland 2–0 Wigan". BBC. 9 February 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2009.
  8. "Fulham sign Etuhu from Sunderland". BBC Sport. 29 August 2008.
  9. "Man City 1–3 Fulham". BBC. 12 April 2009. Retrieved 14 September 2009.
  10. "Fulham 3–0 FK Vetra (agg 6–0)". BBC. 6 August 2009. Retrieved 14 September 2009.
  11. "Player Departures". Fulham FC. Archived from the original on 5 August 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  12. "Rovers seal Etuhu deal". Blackburn Rovers FC. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  13. "Charlton 1–1 Blackburn". BBC. 29 September 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  14. "AIK Fotboll värvar Dickson Etuhu" (in Swedish). AIK Fotboll. Archived from the original on 23 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  15. "Tunga AIK-beskedet: Ny skada stoppar Etuhu i premiären" (in Swedish). Fotbolldirekt.se. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  16. "Skrällen: Dickson Etuhu klar för division 5-klubb" (in Swedish). expressen.se. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  17. "Dickson Etuhu: Ex-Nigeria player guilty of match-fixing in Sweden". 13 November 2019 via www.bbc.co.uk.
  18. "Dickson Etuhu: Ex-Nigeria player's sentence appealed". 14 November 2019 via www.bbc.co.uk.
  19. "Etuhu gets Nigeria call". Sunderland F.C. 28 September 2007. Archived from the original on 20 November 2007. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  20. "Dickson Etuhu turns down Nigeria's last minute call up against Ghana". Kick Off. 8 August 2011.
  21. "Dickson Etuhu Career Stats". Soccerbase. 17 September 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  22. "D. ETUHU". Soccerway. 17 May 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
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