Ryan Amoo

Imps of a certain age will remember the chant ‘Amoo, Amoo, Amoo is on fire’. For one game he certainly was on fire scoring twice two days before Christmas in 2006 to cancel out a Peter Gain strike for Posh. Amoo was a cult hero, loved by Imps fans for his superb display.

I’ll say ‘display’ rather than the plural because in all the time I saw Ryan Amoo play I thought he was awful. He came to City from the non league scene having served his apprenticeship with Villa and then having a short spell with Northampton. It was there he managed to indulge himself in an 11 month relationship with kebab showing reality TV ‘star’ Jade Goody. By the time he arrived at Sincil Bank he was better known for his choice of female partner than he was for his footballing prowess. He was a slightly built wide player who came billed as having a nice touch and turn of pace, but in most games was harder to find than Wally. 56 appearance and just the 3 goals later he sloped off not to be seen in league football again. Mind you he does have the Lincolnshire Senior Cup listed amongst his honours so it wasn’t all bad.

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Amoo was once on fire. Then he went out.

 

For the record his other Lincoln goal came in a 1-1 draw with Macclesfield in October 2007 to earn the last point John Schofield registered as manager. When Schofield left Amoo found his chances more than limited and he was on his way.

He has done the rounds in the midlands non league scene since turning out for Solihull Moors amongst others but despite those two goals at Peterborough he never really showed anything else to warrant a third crack at league football. He may have drifted off into obscurity, but every so often an Imps fan is reminded of that two goal showing against Peterborough Utd, where for 90 minutes Amoo really was on fire.

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