Who are ya? Eugene Dadi

Last updated : 20 January 2006 By Richard Brown

Name: Eugene Dadi
D.o.B: 20 August, 1973

Position: Striker

Previous clubs: Toulouse, Aberdeen, Livingston, Tranmere and Nottingham Forest.

After twenty long days of desperate searching, pleading phone calls and the tricky process of negotiating with high-earning, fancy Dan, Championship standard strikers, Gudjon Thordarson has finally made the swoop that we have all longed for – a proper, trigger-happy front-man.

Ellison - A really tasty pairing
Sure, he’s not a footballing super-power by any stretch of the imagination, but nevertheless, Gudjon promised an experienced, sharp-shooting front man during the transfer window – and so he has delivered with just that.. His name – Eugene Dadi.

Okay, so his signing comes after having to go cap-in-hand to the old enemy; but the quality of the player is in no doubt.

Failing that, he could always fall back on his fashion-for-fashion, with his fashion label Huge-N boasting the likes of Jennifer Ellison, Rio Ferdinand and Thomas Gravesen amongst its clients.

Making Eugene Dadi the first ever Notts County player to have his own fashion label. Knowledge is the bomb.

Dadi hails, originally, from the West Coast of Africa, although – at the tender age of nine – Dadi would head north of the equator to Paris in search of an education. Indeed, it was in the French capital that Dadi would develop his hunger for the game, joining the French side FC Sochaux as a trainee.

By the age of seventeen, Dadi was already on the move, with another French outfit – Stade Lavallois, which started a flurry of moves for young Eugene, including a move to Austrian side Linz before returning to France for a spell with French Ligue One side, Toulouse.

His spell with Les Violets never truly blossomed, however, as Dadi made the short trip across the channel (and up some more) to join Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen.

Dadi in anunfamiliar playing role
Eleven months, twenty league starts and four goals later, Dadi was transferred to fellow SPL side Livingston, where he stayed for another year – netting just three times as he, again, struggled to hold down a first team slot before being allowed to leave the club without so much as a whimper.

It was, however, Eugene’s fee-less move to Mersey-side that brought him the most joy. As far as proof goes, Magpies fans need only to look back to the last time they faced Dadi – a miserable day back in March 2004.

It was his sublime volley in a game that would later see him net again from the spot to help thrust the Mersey-siders to a comprehensive 4-0 victory that day, pushing Notts further to the brink of relegation.

His brace that day was just a small snippet of the twenty-five league goals, as well as three further cup strikes, that would earn him a regular spot in the Tranmere line-up, as well as quite a reputation amongst the lower reaches of the Football League.

Again, things turned sour for the African-born striker and, again, he was moved on, joining our local rivals Nottingham Forest on a free-transfer.

Dadi’s remarkable slide down the footballing hierarchy continued, as again he struggled to meet the expectations of his new manager. So much so that, in his five months with the club, he has been named only once in the Reds’ starting XI.

This, of course, brings us bang up-to-date with the career of the much-travelled striker.

The 32-year old striker will be looking to fashion the Dadi of all debuts, as he looks to adhere himself to the club he as-good-as relegated just two years ago.

For more news on Dadi’s debut, be sure to check back to NCM over the course of the weekend for an comprehensive match report.