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Born in Nigeria, Eniola’s family moved to England when she was just one year old. As well as representing her adopted country at international level, she currently plays for Chelsea Ladies as a centre-forward. Her clever, sparky play is exactly the kind of fresh thinking we like to encourage at Saving Lives.
She played for Birmingham City Ladies’ youth team under manager Marcus Bignot and alongside future England team-mate, Karen Carney. She scored on her Birmingham team debut against Leeds United, aged just 14. In April 2002, 15-year-old Aluko played in the FA Women’s Premier League Cup final, as a young Birmingham team lost 7–1 to professional Fulham. Aluko’s goalscoring during the following 2002–03 Premier League season led Bignot to declare her “the Wayne Rooney of women’s football.”
Aluko was named Young Player of the Year at the Women’s FA Awards in 2003.
She left Birmingham to join Charlton Athletic in January 2004, and since then continued to show great promise. Pace is one of great her attributes and this was at the fore when she sprinted onto a through ball from Emma Coss to score the winning goal in the 2005 FA Women’s Cup Final at Upton Park.
Aluko added to her growing reputation by scoring twice in Charlton’s 2–1 victory over Arsenal in the 2006 FA Women’s Premier League Cup final.
Following the withdrawal of support for the Charlton ladies team by the parent club, Aluko joined Chelsea Ladies in July 2007.
In October 2008 Aluko’s Women’s Professional Soccer playing rights were obtained by St. Louis who named her as a post-draft discovery player. She was the team’s leading goalscorer for their first season with six goals, and also led in assists with four, making her one of the main reasons Athletica was able to climb from a last place in the first two months of the season to a commanding second by the end. She missed the playoffs and the All-Star game due to national team duty.
When Saint Louis Athletica folded part way through the 2010 campaign, Aluko joined Atlanta Beat. She was traded to Sky Blue FC in December 2010.
When WPS went into abeyance for the 2012 season, Aluko had already decided to return to England. She signed for Birmingham City, describing them as “more stable”. After a single season at Birmingham, where Aluko was a substitute in the 2012 FA Women’s Cup Final, she signed for Chelsea in December 2012 , and became the first woman ever to appear as a television pundit on the BBC’s Match of the Day on 28 September 2014. [Source: Wikipedia]