Bakare, Michael

Michael Bakare played just once for Forest in the 2006-7 season. From then, he moved onto have fairly sporadic spells at Leyton, Welling United and Thurrock. He made his first real impact at Bishop’s Stortford in 2010, converting from a full back and midfielder to a forward player and making 35 appearances for the Blues.

Following an impressive nine goals in 14 games early in the 2011/12 season, Bakare joined Conference South club Chelmsford City. He continued to impress at his new club, scoring five goals in 10 games, which earnt Bakare a move to Football League side, Macclesfield Town in January 2012.

Michael made his first appearance for Macclesfield as a substitute against Swindon Town on 21 January 2012. He was however limited to substitute appearances, not starting a single game, and was released by the club, following their relegation at the end of the 2011/2012 season, making only 9 appearances.

Conference National club Southport took Bakare on trial in July 2012. After a single appearance in a friendly against Skelmersdale United it was announced manager Liam Watson had signed the player to a contract for the 2012–13 season.

But Michael struggled to settle up north, only making 11 appearances before being loaned out to Droylsden where he scored on his only start, against Colwyn Bay.

From then on he has been somewhat of a journeyman, going on to play for Chelmsford City, Dover Athletic, Tonbridge Angels, Braintree Town, Bury Town, VCD Athletic and Witham Town before rejoinging his former club Welling United for the 2015/16 season.

In June 2016, he joined Wrexham, along with his Welling teammate Nortei Nortey, on a 1-year deal. He made his debut for the club on the opening day of the 2016–17 season, in a 0–0 draw with Dover Athletic.

On 24 November 2016, he joined Billericay Town on loan from Wrexham until January 2017. He made his debut in a league match against Metropolitan Police where he won his side a penalty before converting it himself, in a game that finished 1–1. Following the end of his loan spell, Bakare returned to Wrexham where his contract was cancelled by mutual consent on 23 January 2017.

He tried his luck up north again in March 2017, signing for Warrington, scoring two goals in four games, but it wasn’t to last as he signed for welsh side Connah’s Quay Nomads, one of the few full-time clubs in the Welsh Premier Division.

He joined with his younger brother Mathias, but it was Michael who settled best, making 17 appearances in the 2017-18 season, helping Nomads to a league title.

He remained at the club for the 2018-19 season, and has represented the club in Europe, playing in Europa League Qualifiers.

Season Club League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2006-7 Waltham Forest 1 1
2008-9 Leyton
2009-10 Welling 19 1 19 1
2009-10 Thurrock 5 5
2010-11 Bishops Stortford 35 13 35 13
2011-12 Chelmsford City 10 10 5
2012-13 Aveley 1 1
2012-13 Southport 11 5 11
2012-13 Droylsden (Loan) 1 1 1 1
2012-13 Chelmsford City 14 5 14 5
2013-14 Dover Athletic 12 1 12 1
2013-14 Tonbridge Angels 17 5 17 5
2014-15 Braintree Town 11 1 11 1
2014-15 Bury Town (Loan) 2 1 2 1
2015-16 VCD Athletic 2 2
2015-16 Witham Town 1 1
2015-16 Welling United 21 3 2 1 23 4
2016-17 Wrexham 8 8
2016-17 Billericay Town (Loan)
2016-17 Stalybridge Celtic
2016-17 Warrington Town 4 2 4 2
2017-18 Connah’s Quay Nomads 17 2 1 18 2
2018-19 Connah’s Quay Nomads 21 11 6 1 27 12
Overall 204 47 9 2 203 56

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