Biography Intro: Ade Coker is a retired Nigerian-American football player who played as a striker
NAME: Adewunmi Olarewaju Coker
DATE OF BIRTH:19 May 1954
PLACE OF BIRTH: Lagos, Nigeria
CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:He was playing schoolboy football when he was spotted by West Ham scout Wally St Pier.
In 1971, he signed with English First Division club West Ham United when he was 17. His first start with the Hammers came on 30 October 1971, against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park following a late injury to Geoff Hurst. He scored on his debut, a 3-0 victory, but despite this auspicious first game, he made only eleven first team appearances over three seasons.
He spent the 1974 off-season with the Boston Minutemen of the North American Soccer League (NASL), earning Second Team All Star honors.
Returning to England, in December 1974 he joined Lincoln City on loan, making his debut in the 2-0 home victory over Stockport County on 20 December 1974. He remained with the Imps for a month before returning to West Ham.