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Faye playing for Stoke City in 2009
Personal information
Full name Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye
Date of birth (1978-02-26) 26 February 1978 (age 46)
Place of birth Dakar, Senegal
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 ASEC Ndiambour 59 (8)
2001–2002 Jeanne d'Arc 32 (4)
2002–2005 Lens 35 (0)
2004–2005 → Istres (loan) 28 (0)
2005–2007 Bolton Wanderers 60 (3)
2007–2008 Newcastle United 22 (1)
2008–2011 Stoke City 81 (6)
2011–2012 West Ham United 29 (0)
2012–2014 Hull City 34 (4)
2014–2015 Sabah FA 21 (1)
Total 401 (27)
National team
2002–2010 Senegal 36 (2)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye (born 26 February 1978), known as Abdoulaye Faye, is a Senegalese former footballer who played as a defender.

Faye began his career playing for ASEC Ndiambour and Jeanne d'Arc in his native Senegal before moving to French side Lens in 2002. After spending time out on loan at Istres he attracted the attentions of Sam Allardyce who signed him for Bolton Wanderers in July 2005. After two seasons at Bolton he followed Allardyce to Newcastle United where he spent one season before joining Stoke City in August 2008 for £2.25 million. Faye became a popular player at the Britannia Stadium in 2008–2009 as he won the player of the year and was named captain by Tony Pulis for the 2009–2010 season. He lost the capacity to Ryan Shawcross for 2010–2011 and then had a third spell working with Allardyce at West Ham United. Faye helped the Hammers gain promotion to the Premier League in 2011–12 before joining Hull City where he was again involved in a promotion winning season in 2012–13 before being released at the end of the 2013–14 season.


Early career

Faye was born in Dakar, Senegal and began his career at ASEC Ndiambour, before leaving the then top-three team to go to Jeanne d'Arc. He then went on to join Lens in July 2002, integrating into a squad which at that time included fellow Senegalese Papa Bouba Diop.

Bolton Wanderers

Faye signed for English side Bolton Wanderers in July 2005 on loan. Faye made his debut for Bolton against Newcastle United where he enjoyed a memorable debut in a 2–0 home win in which, he aerially out-muscled Alan Shearer. He came on as a substitute for the injured Radhi Jaïdi and never looked back after a dominant display. Wanderers manager Sam Allardyce praised the form of Faye early into his Bolton career. In December 2005 Faye signed a permanent contract with Bolton. Following this Faye expressed his delight at staying in England.

"I like the English better than the French, they are more pleasant and nicer people. I am having a great time. In France you are almost treated too strictly. Here you work hard, you do your job but are given a little bit more freedom to enjoy life."

In the 2006–07 season Faye operated almost exclusively as a central defender following the departures of Bruno Ngotty and Jaïdi to Birmingham City. Over the course of the season he developed a formidable partnership with Ivorian Abdoulaye Méïté, ensuring that Bolton had a strong home defensive record before the new year. Soon after they fell away in the second half of the season only just qualifying for the UEFA Cup with sides finding a way through Faye and Meite's dominance. Faye managed to score two goals against Arsenal in successive seasons helping Bolton to 2–0 and 3–1 victories due to his definite aerial prowess which the Arsenal defenders had no answer to. He was known for his dominant displays at central defence throughout the season and became a favourite amongst Bolton fans.

Newcastle United

On 15 August 2007, there were stories in several newspapers stating that Faye would be moving to Newcastle United for around £2m to join up with former Manager Sam Allardyce. On 31 August 2007, Faye signed a three-year contract at Newcastle United. Faye was presented to the Newcastle fans at half-time during the home game against Wigan Athletic on 1 September. On 24 February 2008, Faye scored his only goal for Newcastle United during the 5–1 defeat at home to Manchester United.

Stoke City

Faye celebrating Stoke's survival in 2009

On 15 August 2008, Faye joined newly promoted Premier League side Stoke City from Newcastle United for £2.25 million on a three-year contract. He made his debut for Stoke in a 3–2 win over Aston Villa in August 2008. He scored his first goal for the club against his old club Newcastle, which came in the 90th minute of the match to earn Stoke a point in a 2–2 draw. He scored against Newcastle again later in the season in another draw between the two sides. Faye's impressive first season did not go unnoticed with fellow Stoke players and fans as he won both Players and Fans Player of the Season Award for Stoke City. He was also voted player of the year by all of the club's supporters groups.

Following his first season at Stoke he was awarded the captain's armband on a permanent basis for the 2009–10 season. Faye had another good season for City but was also hampered by injuries and had to leave the field before 30 minutes on a number of occasions. Manager Tony Pulis gave the captaincy to Ryan Shawcross for the 2010–11 season. He struggled to make much of an impact during the season and was released at the end of it after he was not offered a new contract. Stoke manager Tony Pulis and The Sentinel paid tribute to Faye following his released in May 2011.

"Abdy's contribution to getting the Club where it is today should never be under-estimated, He loved playing for this Football Club and the supporters loved him, so in many respects it is sad to see him move on. But we are moving forward as a Club and unfortunately there are times when you have to make tough decisions that allow you to bring in the new faces which can improve the squad, and this is obviously one of them. We would like to thank Abdy for his contribution over the past three years and wish him well in the future."

West Ham United

In June 2011, following his release from Stoke City, Faye signed for Championship side West Ham United on a free transfer linking up with manager Sam Allardyce for a third time and he said: "I am very happy to be here at West Ham – this is a great club, a big club and I cannot wait to get started here," Faye told the club website. Faye made his debut for West Ham on 16 August 2011 in a 4–0 away win against Watford. At the end of the season Faye left West Ham after helping them to gain an instant return to the Premier League.

Hull City

Faye joined Football League Championship side Hull City on 20 July 2012 on a one-year deal. He made his debut for the club on 11 August 2012 in the League Cup match at the KC Stadium against Rotherham United. On 1 September 2012, against former club Bolton at the KC Stadium, Quinn delivered a high, hanging corner into the middle of Bolton's six-yard box where Faye out-jumped the away defence and goalkeeper Ádám Bogdán to head into the net for his first goal for the club.

On 15 September 2012 against Millwall at the KC Stadium, James Chester and Faye stayed up following a corner and when the ball was worked to Chester on the edge of the Millwall box, he went past Scott Malone down the outside and crossed for Faye to head home past Maik Taylor Two days later, Faye scored his third goal in as many games with a header against Leeds United at Elland Road to make it 2–1 to Hull in a 3–2 win. He played 33 times for Hull in 2012–13 helping the Tigers gain promotion to the Premier League on the final day of the season. He signed a new one-year contract with Hull on 16 May 2013. Faye made limited appearances during the 2013–14 season, making only 3 Premier League appearances after falling behind Curtis Davies, James Chester, Alex Bruce and Paul McShane in the pecking order for the centre-back positions. Faye did make 3 appearances in the FA cup as Hull City reached the FA cup final for the first time in their history, however Faye was an unused substitute for the Wembley semi-final, and did not make the bench for the FA cup final. Thirty-six-year-old Faye was released by Hull City at the end of the 2013–14 season.

Later career

In December 2014 Faye joined Malaysia Premier League side Sabah FA.

Career statistics



Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
ASEC Ndiambour 1999–2000 Senegal Premier League
2000–01 Senegal Premier League
Total 59 8 59 8
Jeanne d'Arc 2001–02 Senegal Premier League 32 4 32 4
RC Lens 2002–03 Ligue 1 17 0 1 0 0 0 6 0 24 0
2003–04 Ligue 1 18 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
Total 35 0 2 0 0 0 6 0 43 0
Istres (loan) 2004–05 Ligue 1 28 0 0 0 0 0 28 0
Bolton Wanderers 2005–06 Premier League 27 1 1 0 2 0 7 0 37 1
2006–07 Premier League 32 2 2 0 0 0 34 2
2007–08 Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 60 3 3 0 2 0 7 0 72 3
Newcastle United 2007–08 Premier League 22 1 1 0 1 0 24 1
Stoke City 2008–09 Premier League 36 3 0 0 0 0 36 3
2009–10 Premier League 31 2 1 0 0 0 32 2
2010–11 Premier League 14 1 2 0 0 0 16 1
Total 81 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 84 6
West Ham United 2011–12 Championship 29 0 0 0 0 0 29 0
Hull City 2012–13 Championship 31 4 0 0 2 0 33 4
2013–14 Premier League 3 0 3 0 1 0 7 0
Total 34 4 3 0 3 0 0 0 40 4
Career total 380 26 12 0 6 0 13 0 411 26



National team Year Apps Goals
Senegal 2002 2 0
2003 1 0
2004 7 0
2005 5 1
2006 7 0
2007 3 0
2008 9 1
2009 1 0
2010 1 0
Total 36 2



Stoke City

West Ham United

  • Football League Championship play-offs: 2011–12

Hull City




  • Stoke City Player of the Year: 2008–09

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