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UPDATED 12:00 28th November 2016

Hulking striker John Akinde joined Barnet from Alfreton Town in the summer of 2014 and top-scored for the Bees, while winning the club's Player of the Year award, en-route to the Vanarama Conference title.

An incredible 31 goals – enough to break Gary Bull's Conference record for the club – were followed by another 24 as the Bees returned to the Football League.

John's career began at Gravesend and Northfleet where he played against current Barnet assistant manager James Russell and won the FA Trophy in 2008.

His form for what became Ebbsfleet United earned a move to Championship side Bristol City, decided by MyFootballClub members – the first transfer of its kind. 

John scored on his debut for the Robins against West Country rivals Plymouth Argyle in a 2-2 draw before the first of a flurry of loan moves took him to Wycombe Wanderers.

He enjoyed a productive time with the Chairboys, netting seven times in 11 outings, but failed to build on that when he returned, or in subsequent stints at Brentford, Bristol Rovers and Dagenham & Redbridge.

In 2011 he left Ashton Gate for good, joining Sussex side Crawley Town. However, a return of one goal in 31 league outings – 24 of them from the bench – was not indicative of what was to come.

After a brief stop at Portsmouth John signed for Alfreton in August 2013 and bagged 18 goals in 41 league starts. A switch to Barnet followed and John has been the Bees' talisman ever since.


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