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Yoann Folly
Personal information
Full name Yoann Folly
Date of birth 6 June 1985 (1985-06-06) (age 24)
Place of birth Paris, France
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current club Dagenham & Redbridge
(on loan from Plymouth Argyle)
Number 5
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Saint-Étienne 0 (0)
2003–2006 Southampton 14 (0)
2005 Nottingham Forest (loan) 1 (0)
2005 Preston North End (loan) 2 (0)
2006 Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 14 (0)
2006–2008 Sheffield Wednesday 39 (0)
2008– Plymouth Argyle 22 (0)
2010 Dagenham & Redbridge (loan) 4 (0)
National team
2003–2006 France U21 10 (0)
2008– Togo 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:58, 14 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 September 2008

Yoann Folly (born 6 June 1985, in Paris) is a French-born Togolese international footballer, contracted to Plymouth Argyle of the Football League Championship. He is on loan to Dagenham & Redbridge as of February 2010. A central midfielder by trade, Folly can also be utilised as a winger. His previous clubs include Saint-Étienne, Southampton, and Sheffield Wednesday. He represented France at youth level before making his senior debut for Togo in 2008.


Club career

Folly was brought to England in 2003 by then Southampton manager Gordon Strachan who paid St. Étienne £250,000 to secure his signature. After numerous managerial changes at Southampton, Folly struggled to get in the team and loan spells at Nottingham Forest (where he scored his first goal in English Football against QPR in the FA Cup)[1] and Preston North End followed. Folly was signed on loan by Sheffield Wednesday in January 2006 to ease injury problems as the then manager Paul Sturrock had been impressed by him after taking over as Saints manager from Strachan in 2004. He made his debut on 31 January at Hillsborough, suffering a 2–0 defeat against Luton Town.

Folly's promising displays meant that he joined Wednesday on a permanent basis at the end of the 2005–06 season, rejecting the offer of a new contract at St. Mary's. However, Southampton did receive an undisclosed compensation fee, under FA rules due to him being under the age of 24. He climbed off the substitutes' bench at Hillsborough to score an extra-time winner for Wednesday in the League Cup 2nd round versus Hartlepool United in August 2007.[2]

He handed in a transfer request to the club in January 2008, citing concerns about his lack of first team football, and he joined Championship rivals Plymouth Argyle that month for a fee believed to be around £200,000, joining manager Paul Sturrock for the third time in his career. [3] Despite this, Folly failed to make a serious impact in the clubs first-team, being out for a sustained period of time due to a number of injuries and illnesses.[4]

He made a surprise return to the starting line-up in October 2009 against Middlesbrough, having only appeared once before that in 2009, producing a composed performance in a 1–0 victory for the Pilgrims.[5] Folly retained his place in the team for three of the clubs next four games,[6] but soon fell out of favour under new manager Paul Mariner. He joined League Two club Dagenham & Redbridge on an initial one-month loan at the end of February 2010.[7]

International career

Folly represented France at youth level, but later switched his allegiance to Togo.[8] He was included in Togo's provisional squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but pulled out to pursue his International Career in France.[9] However, Folly did make his senior international debut for Togo in August 2008 against DR Congo.[10]


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