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The 15 most obscure League Two imports

Seeing that the Football League season has recently started, it seems like the perfect opportunity to present League Two’s most obscure imports.

The Premier League, the Championship and League One have already been covered, but you must never forget about League Two.

After all, League Two has often been the starting point for many successful imports in English football.

Jason De Vos, Roberto Martinez, Ivar Ingimarsson, Mamady Sidibe and David Friio were just some of the players, who were give their big break in League Two.

As always, the rules are simple.

As long as the potential contenders are not recognisable by your bog-standard football fan, they’re eligible. You are likely to be astounded by obscurity of the final fifteen, as only the most obsessive football fan will remember them.

Forget about Julian Johnsson, Alex Calvo Garcia, Warren Goodhind, and the deadly Jamaican combo of Theodore Whitmore and Ian Goodison.

The below fifteen players are the real deal.

15. Lucas Cominelli

Statistics:
Club – Oxford United (2005)
Position – Midfielder
League appearances whilst playing in League Two (goals scored) – 16 (1)
Cup appearances whilst playing in League Two (goals scored) – 0 (0)

One of the benefits of doing a list like this, is that I get to re-introduce Ramon Diaz’s foreign legion during his ill-fated spell at Oxford United.

Juan Pablo Raponi, Mateo Corbo, Amine Karam and Diaz’s son Emiliano were just some of the signings; but Lucas Cominelli is the man to talk about.

The Kassam Stadium wasn’t the first English port of call for Cominelli as he previously spent an unhappy period at Newcastle United.

He failed to impress Sir Bobby Robson, despite making appearances for their reserves, and a trial spell at Carlisle United was equally unsuccessful.

Diaz saw Cominelli as Oxford’s missing link, after the winger lead Pahang to the top of the Malaysian Super League.

He may have learnt a lot about tackling, having played alongside ex-Birmingham City defender Jonathan Bass in Malaysia, but Cominelli failed to boost morale at the under-achieving club since his arrival in January 2005.

The only lasting impression the Argentine made, was when he scored Oxford’s opener in their 2-1 defeat to Grimsby Town.

At the end of the 2004-2005 season, Cominelli was optimistic about Oxford’s future and felt that he could play an important role in a promotion push.

However, his new manager Horacio Rodriguez thought differently as Cominelli was released just weeks later.

Cominelli is now building a strong reputation as a football agent, with QPR’s Alejandro Faurlin amongst his clients.

14. Amara Simba

Statistics:
Club – Leyton Orient (1998-2000)
Position – Striker
League appearances whilst playing in League Two (goals scored) – 41 (13)
Cup appearances whilst playing in League Two (goals scored) – 10 (1)

Bicycle-kick specialist Amara Simba is the kind of striker you would expect to sign for a club whilst on holiday.

Simba exactly did that, when he signed a contract with Leyton Orient in October 1998, after training with the Brisbane Road outfit to keep fit during his holiday.

It was seen as a real coup as Simba’s former clubs included Monaco and Lille; and Simba was also called up to the French international squad for Euro 92, only for the striker to withdraw after sustaining a fractured fibula in training.

Simba did not disappoint, as he made an immediate impact by scoring on his début against Exeter and scored 10 goals in 27 league games during the 1998-1999 season.

Although Simba had dry spells during that season (including failing to score in 11 matches), he remains a cult favourite to this day and inspired the East London club to a play-off final appearance against Scunthorpe.

Although Simba suffered play-off heartache on that day, he remained with the club for the 1999-2000 season.

The 37-year old endeared himself to supporters even more by scoring the winning goal against Halifax Town, just one day after hearing the news that his father had passed away.

However, Simba failed to hit top form during this season, as he only scored 3 goals in 17 matches, and he was later farmed out on loan to Kingstonian.

The decision to drop down a division proved to be inspired, as he scored 13 goals in 20 games for Kingstonian which included scored the winning goal in the 2000 FA Trophy Final against Kettering Town.

Since then, Simba failed to reach with heights he achieved with Orient as short spells at St Albans, Kettering Town and Billericay Town proved to be less memorable; before he eventually retiring at the grand age of 41.

Simba, however, has remained in football ever since his retirement.

He is notable for working as a recruiter and African ambassador for former club Paris SG, and he has also had a spell working as a consultant for media giant Canal+.

13. Gilbert Prilasnig

Statistics:
Club – Cambridge United (2004)
Position – Defender
League appearances whilst playing in League Two (goals scored) – 0 (0)
Cup appearances whilst playing in League Two (goals scored) – 0 (0)

You rarely get footballers who have not only played in League Two, but have also faced clubs like Valencia, Rangers and Manchester United in the Champions League. But then, Gilbert Prilasnig is no ordinary footballer.

After spending a distinguished decade at Strum Graz – where he also gained 16 caps for Austria at international level, during this period, and was also called up for their World Cup 1998 squad (although Prilasnig was forced to withdraw due to an injury) – moving to Cambridge United is a transfer that would have raised more than a few eyebrows.

However, in order to rebuild his fitness after suffering a cruciate ligament injury at former club FC Karnten, Prilasnig took the offer to join former Senegal coach Claude le Roy at Abbey Stadium in 2004.

Supporters would’ve been disappointed that Prilasnig failed to make a single appearance for the U’s, but it was an important move for Prilasnig personally – even if he later admitted that he did not benefit from the move, footballing-wise.

For example, the move to England led to trials at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Nottingham Forest; while Prilasnig achieved a Certificate of Proficiency at Anglia Ruskin University.

Prilasnig also admitted that the move to Cambridge helped him to develop himself, so it didn’t surprise people when he went onto manage Austria at the Homeless World Cup.

After spells at Polish club Miedz Legnica and DSV Leoben, Prilasnig is currently playing his trade in the Austrian Regional League East with SV Horn.

12. Naim Uka

Statistics:
Club – Leyton Orient (2000-2002)
Position – Midfielder
League appearances whilst playing in League Two (goals scored) – 0 (0)
Cup appearances whilst playing in League Two (goals scored) – 0 (0)

Naim Uka may not have made a first-team appearance for Leyton Orient, but his tenure in English football provides a unique and memorable story.

Uka was initially tipped to be a major footballing force when he signed for Albanian outfit Partiza as a 15-year-old, but his life was turned upside down in 1998 when his family disappeared and his family home was blown up during a Serb attack.

Uka’s two-month search for his family proved to be fruitless, and he soon escaped from the terror in Kosovo when he moved to South Wales via a Macedonian truck.

He had nothing apart from a small amount of money, a selection of T-shirts and some football boots.

Initially, Uka was banned from working in the UK for six months, but his hostel manager alerted the FA of Uka’s talents and agent Richard Cody quickly signed him up.

Uka was snapped up by Leyton Orient in 2000, to become the first asylum-seeker to play professional football in England.

Orient Assistant manager Paul Clarke soon proclaimed Uka as the best technical footballer of his age in the country, and he sparkled during Orient’s pre-season friendly win over Crawley Town where he bagged an assist.

Whilst Uka did not make a single appearance for Leyton Orient, he seemed like a decent prospect and it was disappointing that he was released from his contract in 2002.

Obscure Music and Football wish Uka all the best, whatever he is doing now.

11. Bjorn Heidenstrom

Statistics:
Club – Leyton Orient (1996-1997)
Position – Midfielder
League appearances whilst playing in League Two (goals scored) – 4 (0)
Cup appearances whilst playing in League Two (goals scored) – 0 (0)

Bjorn Heidenstrom is another former Leyton Orient player with a big heart and a big story. Unlike Uka, however, it is his post-footballing career that he is most famous for.

In a successful bid to raise awareness for the Norwegian Refugee Council and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Heidenstrom and Justin Walley went on a 11-month cycling trip.

The trip started at Oslo and finished at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and they covered 35 countries with the aim of collecting signed football shirts.

In order to symbolise unity and passion for football and refugees, several clubs from Manchester United and Barcelona to Oldham Athletic and Sheffield United chipped in.

The highlights of Heidenstrom’s heart-warming tale included sharing a 12-course Christmas lunch with an Italian family, receiving help from Glossop North End FC when his tyre was punctured and the unveiling of the world’s largest football shirt in South Africa.

It’s fair to say that this has overshadowed Heidenstrom’s footballing career.

After spells with Odd Greenland and Lillestrom, the Norwegian midfielder joined Leyton Orient on a non-contract basis in December 1996. He made four appearances for them, but it was not enough to gain a permanent contract and he left the O’s in January 1997.

After spells at Tollnes, Uraedd and Heroya; Heidenstrom retired to become an administrator for Norwegian side Valerenga.

10. Martin Hollund

Statistics:
Club – Hartlepool United (1997-2002)
Position – Goalkeeper
League appearances whilst playing in League Two (goals conceded) – 118 (146)
Cup appearances whilst playing in League Two (goals conceded) – 15 (27)

It is rare that you find an obscure player that was actually good, but Norwegian ‘keeper Martin Hollund was one of those few players.

Hollund became a regular fixture at Hartlepool United during his five-year spell at the club, after he replaced loanee Steve Harper in November 1997.

Hollund made some impressive saves, during his time at Victoria Park, which included an outstanding performance against Bolton Wanderers in the League Cup.

He was consistent between the posts, but he was always eccentric. His fumbling of crosses frustrated fans at times, and he also displayed some impressive Cruyff-turns as he was comfortable in challenging opposing strikers in the penalty area (at one time, he took three attackers on at the same time!).

This occasionally led to some comical errors, where he was sometimes caught completely wrong-footed or made a badly judged pass.

However, due to an inflamed pelvis, Hollund soon lost his place to Tony Williams and Jim Provett.

After spending his final two years with the ‘Pools on the bench, Hollund decided to leave Victoria Park after the 2001-2002 season.

However, there was little interest in Hollund from English sides and the capable ‘stopper returned to Norway to play for Lov-Ham.

He still works for the club as a goalkeeping coach, and he also made a comeback as a goalkeeper-cum-striker for the club after retiring.

9. Hugo Rodrigues

Statistics:
Club – Yeovil Town (2003-2004)
Position – Defender
League appearances whilst playing in League Two (goals scored) – 34 (1)
Cup appearances whilst playing in League Two (goals scored) – 4 (0)

Portuguese defender Hugo Rodrigues is famous for two things: bringing down Harry Kewell in the penalty area during an FA Cup tie against Liverpool and being one of the tallest footballers ever in British football.

Rodrigues was one of the many foreigners whose head was turned by the prospect of playing professional football in England – as he left his life in Portugal behind (which included a job with his family’s cork production business, studying for an Economics degree and a girlfriend) for a week-long trial at Yeovil Town.

Manager Gary Johnson offered the defender -who is 6 foot and 8 inches -, although it took him time to settle into England and to break into the side.

When he finally did play, he again struggled with the physicality of League Two football; but he did develop a promising partnership with captain Terry Skiverton in the heart of Yeovil’s defence.

He also managed to play against Liverpool in FA Cup, the club that he supported as a boy, but his good performance was tainted when he was judged to have brought down Kewell and a penalty was given.

Danny Murphy converted the penalty to give Liverpool a 2-0 victory, but a bitter row emerged when Rodrigues accused Kewell of diving.

It has to be said, that there was some expectation that Rodrigues would be a strong offensive presence due to his height; but he only scored in his second-to-last game against Hull City.

But in the end, while Rodrigues’ legacy was that he helped Yeovil to achieve a second successive promotion, the man-mountain soon retired and returned to Portugal.

8. Marcus Stergiopoulos

Statistics:
Club – Lincoln City (2000)
Position – Midfielder
League appearances whilst playing in League Two (goals scored) – 7 (0)
Cup appearances whilst playing in League Two (goals scored) – 2 (1)

Winger Marcus Stergiopoulos could happily be described as the Australian Steve Claridge, Trevor Benjamin or Benito Carbone when you look at the number of clubs he’s been at.

In total Stergiopoulos has been with 13 different clubs, and this does not include his three spells with Morwell Falcons or the number of clubs he’s been on trial with.

Stergiopoulos’ first major venture into English football was when the skilful Aussie was offered a trial with Wimbledon, who were fresh from their relegation to the First Division in the summer of 2000.

He impressed many, including Robbie Earle, but manager Terry Burton decided against offering Stergiopoulos a contract. Later trials at Walsall and Notts County were less successful, as the former Columbus Crew midfielder admitted that he was not mentally prepared enough to succeed there.

Despite interest from Belgian sides, Stergiopoulos decided to sign for Lincoln City on a three-month contract. He had ambitions to play at a higher-level, and he showed signs that he could do this when he scored a fantastic right-footed finished against Sheffield United in the League Cup.

It may have been the winner in the second-leg, but it couldn’t stop the Imps from losing 6-1 on aggregate.

Stergiopoulos gained many admirers at Sincil Bank with his exciting displays, but his contract was not extended and he soon returned to Australia.

The talented winger is still playing for Dandenong Thunder SC and is also working as a National Advertising Executive for a sports publishing company.

7. Gustavo Di Lella

Statistics:
Club – Darlington (1997-1998); Hartlepool United (1998-2000)
Position – Midfielder
League appearances whilst playing in League Two (goals scored) – 36 (4)
Cup appearances whilst playing in League Two (goals scored) – 6 (1)

Gustavo Di Lella: the forgotten footballer of the North East. Di Lella originally made a name for himself during Blyth Spartans’ battling 4-3 defeat to Blackpool, where he had scored an outstanding goal for Blyth.

Di Lella soon made the short trip to Darlington and, although he failed to impress for the Quakers, a transfer to Hartlepool United beckoned just a few months later.

Di Lella made an immediate impact as he scored two second-half goals in his home début against Cambridge United, which ended in a 3-3 draw.

He also scored a scorching free-kick against Hull City in his full season at Victoria Park.

However, like many other obscure players, Di Lella’s tenure with the ‘Pools was marred by poor discipline.

In a 15-match spell during the 1998-1999 season, for example, Di Lella somehow managed to obtain eight yellow cards and two red cards.

This does not even include the infamous incident in the Fulham’s players lounge after their FA Cup clash, where Di Lella punched Simon Morgan.

This was after the Fulham defender had allegedly stamped on Di Lella’s head during the match.

Despite this, and being fined two weeks wages for the incident, Di Lella remained at the club and the temperamental Argentine winger was destined to spend the rest of his days at Victoria Park on the bench.

Di Lella may have scored in a League Cup tie with Crewe Alexandra in August 1999, but he was released after the 1999-2000 season.

Di Lella is still a regular fixture in Northern non-league football and has since had unsuccessful spells with Durham City, Bishop Auckland, Scarborough, Waterford United and Horden Colliery Welfare.

6. Jesper Christiansen

Statistics:
Club – Kidderminster Harriers (2003-2004)
Position – Striker
League appearances whilst playing in League Two (goals scored) – 38 (1)
Cup appearances whilst playing in League Two (goals scored) – 5 (0)

Kidderminster Harriers fans must have thought that manager Jan Molby had unearthed a gem in Jesper Christiansen, after he made an excellent début in the shock 1-1 draw against Wolves in the FA Cup.

Both Christiansen and fellow striker Bo Henrisken didn’t score in the match, but they gave defenders Mark Clyde and Jody Craddock a torrid time in defence.

After this performance, it was expected that Christiansen would prove to be a real bargain.

However, the Danish striker was finding goals to be an impossible task as finding confidence and form was proving to be an endless struggle.

As a striker, Christiansen had only scored once in 36 matches, and he flapped at every opportunity he had in utter panic. His miss in the 0-0 draw with Cambridge United, was an example of this.

In fact, the only other impact he had as a striker was when he scored a hat-trick in a pre-season friendly with Worcester.

A undeterred Molby then made the tactical decision to shunt the Dane on the wings, and he was rewarded with a man of the match display, in the 3-2 win over Scunthorpe United.

Molby predicted that more was to come from Christiansen, but he was wrong. Molby soon left the club and Christiansen only played six more matches, before his contract was terminated.

Like all obscure footballers, Christiansen soon made the obligatory move to Dunfermline Athletic and achieved a life-long ambition to play against Rangers.

Christiansen’s time in Scotland was short as he again struggled for goals, but he finally found his goalscoring mojo with Danish side Kolding FC. He is currently in his third prolific spell with them.

5. Brian Wilsterman

Statistics:
Club – Rotherham United (1999-2001)
Position – Defender
League appearances whilst playing in League Two (goals scored) – 42 (3)
Cup appearances whilst playing in League Two (goals scored) – 6 (0)

Brian Wilsterman is an odd one.

He’s one of the few players on the list to have played at a higher level (for Oxford United, who bizarrely bought the central defender for £200,000 in February 1997 to partner Darren Purse) but his place on this list is deserved for his inexcusably poor distribution and his clumsy ways.

A sign of Wilsterman’s troubled genesis was when he made his debut for Oxford – he helped Oxford to concede four goals in a defeat to Crystal Palace in March 1997.

Nonetheless, Wilsterman became a staple in Oxford’s troubled defence and the embarrassing 7-1 defeat at the hands of Birmingham City was just one of many heavy defeats. Huddersfield Town’s 5-1 hammering and 4-1 thrashings by Middlesbrough and Swindon Town (where he also scored an own-goal) were other low-points in the Dutchman’s consistently poor career.

Therefore, it became logical for Wilsterman to make the journey to South Yorkshire when he joined Rotherham United in the summer of 1999.

Although he was a member of Ronnie Moore’s promotion winning squad in the 1999-2000 season, he quickly became the laughing-stock at Millmoor.

Fans of the Millers often called Wilsterman ‘the fireman’ for putting every clearance out of play and, to add insult to injury, Wilsterman’s red card helped Swansea City to pip the Millers to the Third Division title in May 2000.

It was, therefore, no surprise that Wilsterman was error prone.

A fine example of this was when the Millers were in Division Two and the Dutch defender (along with goalkeeper Ian Gray) completely missed the ball, that was crossed, in a match with Reading.

This enabled Reading striker Jamie Cureton to score from an open net.

Another highly amusing gaffe was when Wilsterman broke team-mate Mark Robins’ nose, after heading the ball so hard to him.

After a 6-1 defeat to Cambridge United and 4-3 loss at the hands of former club Oxford, Moore finally had enough.

Wilsterman was released at the end of the 2000-2001 season and he would play no further role in Rotherham’s miraculous rise up the divisions.

4. Stephane Gillet

Statistics:
Club – Chester City (2006)
Position – Goalkeeper
League appearances whilst playing in League Two (goals conceded) – 8 (15)
Cup appearances whilst playing in League Two (goals conceded) – 2 (3)

Stephane Gillet is a goalkeeper who is used to conceding goals. After all, his 20 international caps for Luxembourg have included defeats by Russia (5-1), Hungary (5-1), Israel Yugoslavia (6-2) and (5-0).

Gillet is a man who is also used to losing, as he has been defeated by Estonia and the Faroe Islands in international matches. Therefore, the ideal place for Gillet to play his trade and to display his talents was at the Deva Stadium.

Chester City was not Gillet’s first time in England.

He had a trial with Paul Sturrock’s Plymouth Argyle in 2003, but contractual issues put an end to this after just two days.

Gillet was always destined for Chester, especially after regular goalkeepers Chris MacKenzie and Ryan Brookfield were both injured.

Gillet’s arrival at Chester City coincided with a dreadful run of form for the Seals; and eight defeats, one draw and one solidarity victory over Mansfield Town was no coincidence.

Despite this, manager Keith Curle praised Gillet for his early displays in goal and he produced a fine performance in the 1-0 FA Cup defeat to Cheltenham Town.

Alarm bells were soon ringing, however, after the Luxembourg international was sent off during a match with Bristol Rovers for fouling Junior Agogo.

This meant that defender David Artell had to put on the gloves for the rest of the match and, although the red card was eventually overturned, it was the beginning of the end for Gillet.

For example, in a defeat against Notts County, Gillet managed to control a simple defensive back-pass dangerously close to his net and had to rely on a late goal-line clearance from one of his defenders to save his blushes.

The goalkeeper’s poor form continued as, in his next match, he conceded five goals against Carlisle United.

This did not go unnoticed and he was soon made allowed to go out loan, after Chester’s new manager Mark Wright took charge.

However, the expected interest from Conference clubs did not materialise and Wright decided to cancel the former Paris SG stopper’s contract after just two months with the Seals.

After this embarrassing charade, the unfortunate ‘keeper returned to former club Racing FC, and he has enjoyed several career highlights since then.

This have included being the Luxembourgian ambassador for the Special Olympics and his inclusion in the video game ‘Pro Evolution Soccer 3’.

3. Cyrille L’Helgoualch

Statistics:
Club – Mansfield Town (1998-1999)
Position – Defender
League appearances whilst playing in League Two (goals scored) – 4 (0)
Cup appearances whilst playing in League Two (goals scored) – 0 (0)

Mansfield Town’s Cyrille L’Helgoualch is a player who, on the other hand, could be considered as more fortunate.

Described by the Stags’ official spokesman as their ‘lucky mascot’, as well as being ‘talented and technically gifted’, the French defender made a big impact during his month-long spell at Field Mill.

L’Helgoualch initially had a trial at Walsall but failed to gain a contract, despite scoring for their reserves, and the former Rennes and Angers defender soon arrived at Field Mill with an eye for goal.

After helping the Stags keep clean sheets against Shrewsbury Town and L’Helgoualch scored a wonder 30-yarder against Hull City, Rochdale.

This made L’Helgoualch an instant, albeit temporary, fans’ favourite and one Mansfield supporter was so impressed that he thought it was their fourth best goal of the 1998-1999 season.

He still showed his offensive capabilities in the next match with Cambridge United, as his defence splitting pass allowed Tony Lormer to score.

However, his inept defending caused Mansfield to lose the match 7-2 and he was substituted after just 60 minutes.

After this abject display, and tarnishing the Stags’ otherwise excellent defensive record during the 1998-1999 season, it was no surprise that L’Helgoualch did not have his initial contract extended.

His next stop was at obscure German outfit SSV Ulm 1846, and what happened next still remains a mystery. For such an obscure player, this seems fitting.

2. Anders Koogi

Statistics:
Club – Peterborough United (1997-2000)
Position – Midfielder
League appearances whilst playing in League Two (goals scored) – 2 (0)
Cup appearances whilst playing in League Two (goals scored) – 0 (0)

There are many players who excelled in Championship Manager, but failed to make the tiniest of splashes in the real footballing world.

Anders Koogi was one of those unlucky men. Koogi joined Peterborough United from Canary Rangers in his early teens and, alongside Matthew Etherington and Simon Davies, became a staple in the Posh youth sides.

Koogi became the midfield anchorman in these sides and led the London Road side to an impressive run to FA Youth Cup semi-finals in 1998.

The young Dane also gave a very good account of himself, as he scored four goals in three consecutive matches.

Koogi was also seen as an impressive youth prospect by others, as he made ten international appearances for the Denmark Under 17s.

Due to Koogi’s progression, he was rewarded with a two-minute substitute appearance in Peterborough’s 3-0 win over Leyton Orient in May 1999 and was on the bench during Scarborough’s final ever league match in the same month.

However, apart from one substitute appearance against Plymouth Argyle (due to an injury sustained by Davies), Koogi never played for Peterborough’s first team again as he watched his youth team colleagues move onto bigger and better things.

Koogi left for a loan spell at non-league outfit Cambridge City and, despite trials at Cambridge United (where he scored in a pre-season friendly) and Southend United, English football was not meant to be.

There was no doubting his skill, but he perhaps lacked the physical presence that was required to succeed in English professional football.

Koogi later moved back to his native Denmark, where he had spells at Koge and Roskide BK, and is now working as a postman.

At least he’s done better than Bart Griemink, who is now working as a taxi driver in Boston.

1. Kingsley Mbome

Statistics:
Club – Cambridge United (2004-2005)
Position – Midfielder
League appearances whilst playing in League Two (goals scored) – 13 (0)
Cup appearances whilst playing in League Two (goals scored) – 2 (0)

Kingsley Mbome is a name that will forever be remembered by Cambridge United fans, but is forgotten by everyone else.

United fans will still be scratching their heads at how a player who was a youth player for Saint-Etienne, spent seven months on the books of Celtic and played for Sheffield United’s reserves for two years was so poor for them.

However, for a player who admired Darren Quinton, this was always going to happen.

After falling out of love with the game, Mbome combined playing for French amateur side Gap with studying science at college.

The versatile Cameroon midfielder soon found a way back into professional football, and signed for the U’s after rejecting offers from second division French sides.

An indicator that Mbome was going to be complete tosh, was when he admitted in an interview that he was not yet sharp or fast enough to compete in the division and that he was struggling to get the ball down.

Although he described himself as tough, tall and with good technical ability, adapting to League Two was always going to be tough.

Therefore, it came as no surprise that under Mbome, the U’s only won two of the 15 games he played in. No wonder Cambridge finished rock bottom in League Two during the 2004-2005 season.

The only thing Mbome offered was a last-minute equaliser against Kidderminster (who were also relegated) and nothing else.

He couldn’t even persuade Grimsby Town to give him a contract after being on trial.

Mbome soon returned to France with his tails between his legs and, to this day, is ironically name-checked alongside modern Cambridge United legends like Dion Dublin, Dave Kitson and Martin Butler on the club’s official website.

It could be considered as a tad harsh, but he was one hell of a bad player. The Number 1 spot is thoroughly deserved.

If you’re still wanting more from the vaults of obscurity in League Two, then I can provide you with embedded YouTube videos.

The one below provides all of the action in League Two, from Saturday October 12th 1998.

There’s plenty of obscure highlights, and includes several lower-league legends from Lee Glover and Jason Fowler to Lee Martin and Jon Sheffield.

Martin Hollund even makes an appearance within the first ten seconds! What more could you want?


3 Responses to “The 15 most obscure League Two imports”


  1. October 12, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Great article – as a Macclesfield Town fan I remember a lot of obscure imports, including some of those here. We’ve had a few ourselves, such as Iraqi international Jassim Swadi Fayadh, brought in by the club’s Middle Eastern owners in 2004-2005. He made one appearence off the bench, looked very quick and skillfull, and then had to return to Baghdad after only a few months because his family was still there and, erm, there was a bit of a war happening…

    Another obscurity of ours was Andrejus Tereskinas, Lithuanian international of 56 caps who’d played in Euro Championship qualifiers and had been sent off in a Champions League match against Chelsea for kicking Frank Leboeuf. He looked awesome in a preseason trial game, and signed on loan from Skonto Riga. Then he vanished for months, unable to play due to work permit troubles and an injury. When he finally made his debut, he was absolutely shocking, hopeless. Fans thought he was a wind-up, like the infamous Ali Dia. In retrospect, alarm bells should have been ringing when he said that Marian Pahars was his best mate. Many obscure imports seem to have their country’s best-known player as a BFF. We’ve also had Joseph Yobo’s best, and more improbably, Leo Messi’s apparent best friend.

    • October 13, 2010 at 10:02 am

      Thanks for the comment Matthew, it comes much appreciated. It’s always good to see fellow fans of obscure imports – their stories always seem to be a lot more interesting!

      I’ve too noticed that quite a few of the obscure imports namecheck a famous player from their homeland as their best friend or they’re a brother of one. Andrejus Tereskinas is a great shout, as is Jassim Swadi Fayadh.


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