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John Salako

Personal information
Full nameJohn Akin Salako 
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing positionMidfielder

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John Salako (born 11 February 1969 in Ibadan, Oyo State Nigeria) is an English former professional football player who played for a variety of clubs and has also represented England at senior level. He was a part of the Crystal Palace team which reached the 1990 FA Cup Final. A severe knee injury sustained against Leeds United in 1991 put him out for nearly a year. He continued playing for another 14 years, but appearances were hampered by recurring injuries. Salako left Palace in August 1995, signing for Coventry City. He spent three seasons at Coventry, spending a brief period on loan at Bolton Wanderers, before joining Kevin Keegan's Fulham. At Fulham he scored twice, once in the league against Macclesfield and again in the League Cup against Cardiff City. After Fulham he played for Charlton and Reading, before ending his career at Brentford F.C.

As a teenager, he lived in Westerham, Kent and was a student at The Wildernesse School in Sevenoaks, where he excelled at football. He now lives in Woldingham, Surrey and works as a matchday correspondent on Sky Sports, and also coaches former club Palace's under 16 team, working with former teammate Mark Bright.

In 2005, John was voted into Palace's Centenary XI.

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