24 Facts About John Fashanu


John Fashanu is an English television presenter and former professional footballer.


John Fashanu played in the earlier years of the Premier League for both the Dons and Aston Villa.


John Fashanu was capped twice at senior level by England.


John Fashanu has previously presented Deal or No Deal Nigeria and has notably appeared as a contestant on I'm a Celebrity.


John Fashanu was never a regular player at Carrow Road.


John Fashanu had a brief loan spell with Crystal Palace from Norwich.


John Fashanu was Wimbledon's top scorer with 11 league goals, and would be a regular goalscorer in the top flight for the Dons for a further seven seasons.


In 1988, John Fashanu helped Wimbledon win the FA Cup, beating Liverpool in a final that was billed as a "rags versus riches" affair, although the two clubs were separated by just six places in the First Division - as Liverpool had been the dominant side in English football for some 15 years whereas Wimbledon had played just two seasons in the First Division and only 11 as a Football League club.


John Fashanu performed well in the league again, scoring 14 goals.


John Fashanu had already established a reputation by that point of being a very aggressive and physical striker, and this was seen as another example of that behaviour.


John Fashanu was eligible to play for Nigeria and since retiring he has expressed regret in not being able to do so.


John Fashanu presented the UK edition of Gladiators alongside Ulrika Jonsson in the 1990s.


Later that year he presented Fash's Football Challenge, a reality television show that followed John Fashanu managing an amateur football team.


John Fashanu released a video "Focus on Fitness with Fash".


John Fashanu is host of Deal or No Deal Nigeria, airing on M-Net Africa.


Since retirement John Fashanu has maintained his sporting connections, becoming involved with the Nigeria Football Association, and as chairman of Welsh football team Barry Town for one year, vacating this post in 2003.


John Fashanu is involved in the Wimbledon Old Players' Association, an organisation set up by the Wimbledon Independent Supporters Association.


In January 2023, John Fashanu was a contestant on the fifteenth series of Dancing on Ice.


John Fashanu was paired with Alexandra Schauman and was first to be eliminated.


John Fashanu, who was the younger brother of Justin John Fashanu, disowned his brother after the latter came out as gay, telling The Voice that Justin was "an outcast".


However, in an interview with TalkSPORT in 2012, John Fashanu claimed his brother was not gay and was merely an attention seeker.


John Fashanu has two sons, Amir and Akio, and two daughters, Alana and Amal.


John Fashanu has been married three times, according to a documentary on football culture made by his daughter Amal.


John Fashanu met his first wife, a Spaniard, when they were both 18.