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Born: 06 June 1985
Came from: Sheffield Wednesday Went to: Released
First game: 12 January 2008 Last game: 16 January 2010
Appearances: 24 (12/12) Goals: 0
Folly was signed by Paul Sturrock from Sheffield Wednesday in January 2008, linking up with the manager he had also played under at Wednesday and Southampton. Although he was born in Togo, he had accumulated ten under-21 caps for France before becoming a full international for his native country in 2008.
Folly started his career at St Etienne before moving to Southampton in 2003, and then had brief spells on loan at Nottingham Forest and Preston North End. Joining Sheffield Wednesday on loan in January 2006, he did enough to persuade Sturrock to sign him on a permanent basis at the end of the season.
Eighteen months later, finding himself out of the team, Folly requested a transfer and linked up with Sturrock again, this time at Home Park. He endured some lengthy fitness problems after joining Argyle, due to both illness and injury, and was unable to establish himself in the first team on a regular basis. Towards the end of his three-year stay in Plymouth he spent a month on loan at Dagenham & Redbridge, and was released two months later when his contract expired at the end of the 2009-10 season.
After a trial in July 2010 he then signed for Aberdeen in the Scottish Premier League, a club that had also seen his former team-mates Chris Clarke, Rory Fallon, Kári Arnason, Jim Paterson, Steve MacLean and David McNamee on its books. Having scored his first SPL goal on Boxing Day 2010 against Hibernian at Easter Road, he broke a leg just a week later whilst playing against Dundee United, which, after 20 appearances, ended his 2010-11 season. Although he had signed a two-year contract, that proved to be his last first team game for the Dons and he was released when his contract expired in the summer of 2012.
During the 2012 pre-season Folly had a trial with Southend United, once again under Paul Sturrock, and played in a friendly alongside another former Pilgrim, Anton Peterlin. Folly retired from professional football on medical grounds shortly afterwards, aged just 27.
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From Tyler House in Saltash on 15/04/2014 ...
Folly was one of Paul Sturrock's promising signings of January 2008. Folly, a French midfielder, was in and out of the team as he battled various illnesses and injuries, that eventually forced him to retire at just 27. His time at Home Park is a forgettable one but many supporters will hold a soft spot for a talented player who was just very unfortunate.
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