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Jo Kuffour
Full name Jonathan Osei-Kuffour
Nationality Eng England
Gha Ghana
Rovers apps (goals)a 130 (32)
Position Forward
Date of birth 17 November 1981
in Edmonton, London
Height 5 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.

Career[]

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 stats[]

Season Club League
Apps Goals
2000–01 Arsenal 0 0
2001–02 Arsenal 0 0
2001–02 Swindon Town (loan) 11 2
2002–03 Torquay United 30 5
2003–04 Torquay United 41 10
2004–05 Torquay United 34 6
2005–06 Torquay United 43 8
2006–07 Brentford 39 12
2007–08 AFC Bournemouth 42 12
2008–09 AFC Bournemouth 2 0
2008–09 Bristol Rovers 41 11
2009–10 Bristol Rovers 42 14
2010–11 Bristol Rovers 42 6
2011–12 Bristol Rovers 5 1
2011–12 Gillingham (loan) 12 7
2011–12 Gillingham 18 2
2012–13 Wycombe Wanderers 32 2

Record against Rovers[]

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.

Date Club Venue Result Notes
14 January 2003 Torquay United Memorial Stadium 1–1 53rd minute substitute
16 September 2003 Torquay United Plainmoor 2–1 to Torquay
16 March 2004 Torquay United Memorial Stadium 2–2 Scored both Torquay goals
20 August 2005 Torquay United Plainmoor 3–2 to Rovers 88th minute substitute
17 December 2005 Torquay United Memorial Stadium 1–0 to Torquay
9 October 2007 AFC Bournemouth Memorial Stadium 1–0 to Bournemouth Scored the goal, subbed off in the 87th minute. JP Trophy 2nd round
3 November 2007 AFC Bournemouth Memorial Stadium 2–0 to Bournemouth Subbed off in the 84th minute
12 April 2008 AFC Bournemouth Fitness First Stadium 2–1 to Bournemouth Scored a goal
16 February 2013 Wycombe Wanderers Memorial Stadium 1–0 to Rovers

Video[]

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