Abdoulaye Faye came to City late in his career to add crash tackles, thunderbolt headers and occasional goals to City’s successful assault on a Premier League return under Steve Bruce. The Senegalese international was the archetypal experienced defender – leaden of foot but quick to anticipate and intercept.
Faye hailed from bustling Senegalese capital Dakar, Faye played for local clubs in his home city until the age of 24 when he signed for French club Lens. In 2005 he signed for Sam Allardyce’s Bolton Wanderers, the start of a lengthy partnership between the two solidly-bonced centre-backs. Faye was a Trotters regular for two seasons, following Allardyce to Newcastle in 2007 then switching again a year later to Stoke City. In 2011 Faye hooked up with Allardyce a third time when he signed for West Ham, a year before he made his move to the Tigers.
After two years at Hull City Faye briefly signed for Sabah FC in Malaysia, but his playing career ended in 2015.
Faye was a regular for Senegal for many years, amassing 36 senior caps and netting two goals.
Date/Place of Birth: 26 February 1978, Dakar (Senegal)
Hull City First Game: 11 August 2012, Rotherham United H (League Cup 1st Round), 34 years, 167 days old
Hull City Final Game: 17 February 2014, Brighton & Hove Albion A (FA Cup Fifth Round), 35 years, 356 days old
ASEC Ndiambour (1999-2001), Jeanne d’Arc (2001-2002), Lens (2002-2005), Istres (2004-2005, loan), Bolton Wanderers (2005-2007), Newcastle United (2007-2008), Stoke City (2008-2011), West Ham United (2011-2012), Hull City (2012-2014), Sabah FC (2014-2015)
Hull City Record
Career: 40 apps, 4 goalsAbdoulaye Faye
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