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Jo Kuffour
Full nameJonathan Osei-Kuffour
NationalityEng England
Gha Ghana
Rovers apps (goals)a130 (32)
PositionForward
Date of birth17 November 1981
in Edmonton, London
Height5 ft 7 in
Joined
29 August 2008 from AFC Bournemouth
Left
12 January 2012 to join Gillingham
Senior clubs
Arsenal
Swindon Town
Torquay United
Brentford
AFC Bournemouth
Bristol Rovers
Gillingham
a League appearances and goals only
Last updated by Gasheadsteve on 4/07/2013

Jo Kuffour, full name Jonathan Osei-Kuffour, is a striker who joined Rovers from AFC Bournemouth on 29 August 2008. Kuffour is of Ghanaian decent, and was called up to the Ghana squad in February 2007 for an international friendly against Nigeria played at Brentford's Griffin Park. As he was a Brentford player at the time, this may have been an effort to drum up interest in the game amongst Bees fans, as he was not even included on the bench when the game was played.

On joining Rovers illness prevented him from making his debut for the first two games after his arrival. He finally made his first appearance in a Rovers shirt on 6 September 2008, when he came on as a substitute for Darryl Duffy in a remarkable 5-4 defeat against Peterborough United, which was televised live on Sky Sports. His first start for the Pirates came in his third game, a 2-1 defeat at Cheltenham Town. He scored his first goal for the club just four days later in a 2-2 draw against Yeovil Town.

He was a regular fixture in the first team, and although his goalscoring record never set the world alight, he kept his place in the team for his first three seasons in Bristol. In the summer of 2011 he expressed a desire to leave Rovers so that he could return home to London, and although a number of offers came in for his services, none were from clubs in the capital and so he rejected them all. After playing a part in the first five games of the 2011–12 he was then dropped from the squad, resulting in him training with the youth team, until joining Gillingham on loan on 30 September in a deal that became permanent during the January 2012 transfer window.

CareerEdit

After starting out with Arsenal, where he was an FA Youth Cup winner in 2000, his first taste of senior football came at Swindon Town, where he was loaned during the 2001–02 season.

He joined Torquay United in 2002, having failed to make an impact on the Arsenal first team, and he immediately established himself as a first team regular, playing almost 150 league games during his four-year stay. He joined Brentford in 2006 and moved to AFC Bournemouth a year later, before signing for Rovers in late August 2008.

He joined Gillingham on a free transfer in January after having had a spell on loan with them, but was released at the end of the season. He found himself without a club at the start of the 2012–13 campaign, eventually managing to get himself a short-term deal with Wycombe Wanderers at the end of August 2012. He impressed during this spell, and he was rewarded with a two-year contract just a week after joining them.

Career statsEdit

SeasonClubLeague
AppsGoals
2000–01Arsenal 00
2001–02Arsenal 00
2001–02Swindon Town (loan)112
2002–03Torquay United 305
2003–04Torquay United 4110
2004–05Torquay United 346
2005–06Torquay United 438
2006–07Brentford 3912
2007–08AFC Bournemouth 4212
2008–09AFC Bournemouth 20
2008–09Bristol Rovers 4111
2009–10Bristol Rovers 4214
2010–11Bristol Rovers 426
2011–12Bristol Rovers 51
2011–12Gillingham (loan)127
2011–12Gillingham 182
2012–13Wycombe Wanderers 322

Record against RoversEdit

Jo has got a very good record when playing against Rovers. In nine games against the Pirates he has scored four goals and won five of those games, losing only twice.

DateClubVenueResultNotes
14 January 2003Torquay UnitedMemorial Stadium1–153rd minute substitute
16 September 2003Torquay UnitedPlainmoor2–1 to Torquay
16 March 2004Torquay UnitedMemorial Stadium2–2Scored both Torquay goals
20 August 2005Torquay UnitedPlainmoor3–2 to Rovers88th minute substitute
17 December 2005Torquay UnitedMemorial Stadium1–0 to Torquay
9 October 2007AFC BournemouthMemorial Stadium1–0 to BournemouthScored the goal, subbed off in the 87th minute. JP Trophy 2nd round
3 November 2007AFC BournemouthMemorial Stadium2–0 to BournemouthSubbed off in the 84th minute
12 April 2008AFC BournemouthFitness First Stadium2–1 to BournemouthScored a goal
16 February 2013Wycombe WanderersMemorial Stadium1–0 to Rovers

VideoEdit

  • Video of Jo Kuffour scoring for Brentford (no audio)
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Jo kuffour goal

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