Junior Agogo only played 10 Football League games for
Chester the big Ghanaian left a lasting impression at
the Deva Stadium not least for scoring arguably one
of the best individual goals seen at the ground, against
Cheltenham in October 1999. Picking up the ball on the
halfway line he powered his way through the Robins'
defence on a mazy run, beating four defenders before
a clinical finish into the bottom right hand corner.
It was a stunning goal, which those present will never
forget, and Agogo proved to be a shining light in what
was a miserable season.
Born in Accra in Ghana, Agogo joined
Chester on a two month loan deal from Sheffield Wednesday
at the start of September 1999. Along with Michael Blackwood,
he was American owner Terry Smith's first signing after
replacing Kevin Ratcliffe as manager. Agogo's arrival
sparked City's best run under Smith and had he been
able to remain at the club there may have been a different
ending to a season that saw the Blues lose their place
in the Football League.
In his 10 appearances he amassed a
total of six goals including a 94th minute winner at
the Withdean Stadium which give Chester a first ever
win at Brighton and his goals were enough to make him
2nd highest scorer in 1999/2000 behind Luke Beckett.
After leaving Sheffield Wednesday,
Agogo spent two years in America including a successful
spell with Colorado Rapids where he scored 11 goals
in 32 games. On returning to England he played for a
number of clubs including Barnet, Bristol Rovers and
Nottingham Forest. In 2004/05 he was leading scorer
for Bristol Rovers with one of his strikes coming in
a 2-2 draw at the Deva Stadium.
In 2008 Agogo was again his travels
playing for Zamalek in Egypt and Limassol in Cyprus
before ending his career in the Scottish Premier League
with Hibernian in 2012. His impressive goalscoring record
also led to international appearances for his native
Ghana for whom he scored 12 goals in 27 games between
2006 and 2009.
In 2015 he suffered a serious
stroke which badly affected his speech and general health.
and died in hospital in London at the age of 40.
The club send out their condolences to his family and
friends at this difficult time.
CHESTER FOOTBALL LEAGUE RECORD
Football League – 10 appearances
First Chester game - v Hull City (A) September 3rd 1999
Last Chester game - v Shrewsbury Town (A) November 2nd