Dwight Yorke

Dwight Eversley Yorke CM (born 3 November 1971) is a Tobagonian former football player. Throughout his club career, he played for Aston Villa, Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City, Sydney and Sunderland, mainly as a forward, between 1988 and 2009. He was the assistant manager of the Trinidad and Tobago national team until the completion of the qualifying matches for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Yorke scored 123 goals in the Premier League, a record for a non-European which was not broken until Sergio Agüero in 2017.[1]

At international level, Yorke represented Trinidad and Tobago on 74 occasions between 1989 and 2009, scoring 19 goals. He helped his nation reach the semi-finals of the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and also helped Trinidad and Tobago to qualify for the FIFA World Cup for the first time in its history, later representing his national side in the final tournament in 2006.

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Dwight Yorke in Tehran
Yorke in August 2015
Personal information
Full name Dwight Eversley Yorke
Date of birth 3 November 1971 (age 47)
Place of birth Canaan, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Forward
Midfielder
Youth career
1988–1989 Signal Hill Comprehensive School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1998 Aston Villa 232 (73)
1998–2002 Manchester United 96 (52)
2002–2004 Blackburn Rovers 60 (12)
2004–2005 Birmingham City 13 (2)
2005–2006 Sydney FC 21 (7)
2006–2009 Sunderland 59 (6)
Total 479 (147)
National team
1989–2009 Trinidad and Tobago 74 (19)
Teams managed
2009–2010 Trinidad and Tobago (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career

Aston Villa

Yorke was first discovered by Graham Taylor, at the time the Aston Villa manager, on a tour of the West Indies in 1989. Yorke appeared in a team that played a friendly match against Aston Villa, Taylor was impressed and offered Yorke a trial at Villa. Yorke was subsequently given a permanent contract and he made his First Division debut for Aston Villa against Crystal Palace on 24 March 1990: Crystal Palace won the game 1–0. During his time with Aston Villa, from 1989 to 1998, Yorke played initially as a right winger until the 1995–96 season, he then switched to centre forward and quickly established himself as one of the Premier League's top strikers.

Yorke was an integral member of the Villa team that reached the League Cup Final in 1996. Villa won 3–0 against Leeds United with Yorke getting on the scoresheet. On 30 September 1996 he scored a hat-trick against Newcastle United in a 4–3 defeat. Newcastle were leading 3–1 at half-time and Aston Villa were down to ten men, with Mark Draper being sent off late in the first half. Yorke showed great character in leading his team in a brave fight back by scoring two more goals in the second half to complete his hat-trick, although it was to no avail as Aston Villa still lost the game. Yorke thought he had scored a fourth goal to equalise the game at 4–4, only for it to be ruled offside. It was performances like this that led to interest from Manchester United in August 1998. Yorke appeared for Aston Villa on 284 occasions, scoring 97 times. He also has the distinct honour of being the last ever Villa player to score in front of the old Holte End standing terrace, notching both goals in a 2–1 victory on the final day of the 1993–94 season, 7 May 1994.

The circumstances of his departure from Aston Villa were controversial. John Gregory, Aston Villa manager at that time, made it known that the club did not want to sell Yorke to Manchester United unless they were prepared to exchange striker Andy Cole. Yorke then approached Gregory to state that he wanted to leave the club, to which Gregory was later attributed as saying that he would have shot Yorke if he had had a gun in his office. Yorke played for Villa on the opening day of the season at Everton on 15 August 1998, however it appeared he made no effort during the match as he was unhappy at not being allowed to leave the club. Villa were left with no option but to sell the player and he was transferred to Manchester United for £12.6 million on 20 August 1998.[2] Despite spending 9 years at Villa he is disliked by some of its fans for his behaviour at the time he left the club and also because he later joined Birmingham City.

Manchester United

In his first season Yorke was a key player in guiding his club to a unique treble of the Premier League title, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League, and forming a legendary partnership with Andy Cole.[3] Yorke finished the season as the top league goalscorer with 18 goals and contributed goals against Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Internazionale,[4] and Juventus in the Champions League, and he won the Premier League Player of the Season. Yorke was also a regular member of United's 1999–2000 title winning team, contributing 22 goals in all competitions.

Despite a less successful third season personally, Yorke scored a hat-trick in the top of the table clash with Arsenal as United went on to win a third successive title.[5] Yorke's limited appearances in the 2001–02 season led to rumours that he'd fallen out with United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, following his much publicised relationship with British model Jordan. After a January move to Middlesbrough fell through[6] Yorke signed for Blackburn Rovers for £2 million during the close-season.[7] Altogether he scored 65 goals for Manchester United in 147 appearances.

Blackburn Rovers

Yorke spent two years at Blackburn Rovers, where he rejoined his old United strike partner, Andy Cole, he managed 13 goals in his first year at Blackburn helping them finish 6th and qualify for the UEFA Cup, the following season he was in and out of the team and fell out with manager Graeme Souness. It was rumoured that Souness accused him of not trying hard enough, and during a six-a-side match the pair once exchanged a few tough tackles. Subsequently he joined Birmingham City in 2004 on a free transfer.

Birmingham City

Yorke started his Birmingham career well with a goal on his home debut against Charlton[8] which went a long way in winning over sceptical fans owing to his lengthy association in the past with city rivals Aston Villa. He scored again against Graeme Souness's Newcastle in October.[9] However, Yorke ended up spending most of the remainder of his time at the club on the bench and was eventually released by Steve Bruce just eight months after signing,[10]

Sydney FC

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Yorke during his time with Sydney F.C.

Yorke immediately signed for Sydney FC,[11] with a salary of $1 million a season. He scored the first goal for Sydney FC in its first A-League regular season match, a diving header against the Melbourne Victory. Yorke came to Sydney FC with the biggest pedigree of all players in the A-League, having won the treble with Manchester United. Yorke scored 7 goals in the A-League, with three of them being from penalty kicks. Sydney FC coach Pierre Littbarski moved Yorke into a midfield role and gave him the team captaincy.

He played a major role in leading Sydney FC to victory in the inaugural A-League Grand Final on 5 March against regional rivals Central Coast Mariners. He set up the only goal, scored by Steve Corica, in front of a sell out crowd of over 41,000 at Aussie Stadium, and was awarded the Joe Marston Medal as best player in the grand final. Yorke was the marquee player for Sydney FC – meaning that his salary fell outside the salary cap. He was also a star name for the A-League as a whole. Aside from his footballing talents, the drawing power and credibility he brought both locally and internationally proved to be beneficial for the competition in its inaugural season, leading the FFA to use his image and name for the promotion of the A-League's second season.

In June 2006, Yorke trained with Manchester United in a bid to keep a high level of fitness prior to the 2006 World Cup, although he was at that time contracted to Sydney FC. This was because the Australian season had already ended and pre-season training had not yet commenced. He returned to Sydney FC to take part in a friendly against Everton in 2010. The game was considered his 'farewell game' as he never had the chance to say a proper farewell to the fans at Sydney FC. Everton won the match 1–0, and Yorke was substituted midway through the second half.[12]

Sunderland

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Dwight Yorke playing for Sunderland

On 31 August 2006, Yorke's transfer to Sunderland was announced.[13] The transfer for a fee of £200,000 (A$ $500,000) re-united Yorke with ex-teammate Roy Keane, then manager of Sunderland. Yorke made his debut in the home match against Leicester City and received a rapturous standing ovation from home fans when he came on as a substitute in the first half. Yorke was used as a defensive midfielder rather than his usual striker role.[14] He scored his first goal for Sunderland in the 2–1 loss against Stoke and was accepted by the people of Sunderland, switching on the city's Christmas lights in 2006. He was handed the number 19 shirt at Sunderland, the number which he wore at Manchester United and Sydney.

On 2 January 2008, during Sunderland's 1–0 defeat to Blackburn, Yorke was given a red card by referee Rob Styles. Yorke stated several times he would like to return to the A-League, preferably Sydney FC. However, following Sydney FC's signings at the time it seemed unlikely that Sydney would have been able to fit him under the salary cap. It was reported that Yorke play for rivals Central Coast Mariners, the team bankrolled by the man who brought him to Sydney, Peter Turnbull.[15]

On 11 March 2008, it was announced that the Mariners were in "advanced negotiations" with Yorke to become the marquee for two years.[16] However, on 1 July 2008 Yorke signed a new one-year contract to stay with Sunderland for the 2008–09 season.[17] He was named man of the match for his performance[18] against Arsenal on 4 October 2008, with Sunderland drawing 1–1 at home. Following Roy Keane's departure from the post of Sunderland manager in December 2008, Yorke and Neil Bailey were named as assistants to Ricky Sbragia.[19] Yorke was released at the end of the 2008–09 season.[20]

Post-retirement

Yorke has completed his Level B coaching badge, and in 2010 was quoted as being interested in pursuing a career in coaching, ideally with Aston Villa.[21] On 17 April 2011 he completed the London Marathon in a time of 3 hours and 32 minutes.[22] On 14 August 2011, Yorke signed a two-year deal to work for Sky Sports as a pundit.[23]

International career

Yorke was capped 72 official times for the Trinidad and Tobago national team, scoring 26 goals, but has played over 100 matches for T&T that were not recognised as international friendlies. Along with his friend Russell Latapy, Yorke was a member of the 1989 'Strike Squad', the national team which narrowly failed to qualify for the 1990 FIFA World Cup. He retired from international football in 2001 after a disagreement with the side's coach; however he returned to the team for the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign, in which the team qualified for the World Cup finals for the first time in their history after a 2–1 aggregate qualifying victory over Bahrain.

Yorke was captain for all of Trinidad and Tobago's games at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and was Man of the Match in the 0–0 draw against Sweden, pipping his close friend Shaka Hislop to the honour despite the then West Ham goalkeeper making several world-class saves. He was one of six players in the Trinidad squad (the others being Brent Sancho, Dennis Lawrence, Chris Birchall, Carlos Edwards and Stern John) to have played every minute of the campaign. Yorke was rated the best defensive midfielder in the opening stages of the World Cup.[24]

Yorke announced his retirement from international football in March 2007, choosing to focus on his club career at Sunderland.[25] He captained the side in Germany, and up until his retirement. However, he made a guest return appearance for a friendly against England in June 2008 after being invited by FIFA vice-president Jack Warner.[26] On 10 July 2008, the TTFF announced Yorke's return to the national team for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign.[27]

On 15 October 2008, he scored his first international goal after returning from retirement against the United States in a 2010 World Cup Qualification match. The game ended 2–1 for Trinidad and Tobago. His goal was a crucial tie-breaker scored in the 79th minute, which put Trinidad and Tobago in a great situation to advance to the next qualifying stage, needing only a tie against Cuba in their final game. On 11 February 2009, Yorke scored a 26th-minute penalty for his country, but was sent off in the dying seconds of Trinidad and Tobago's opening match of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF Fourth Round against El Salvador (2:2) after exchanging heated remarks with Mexican referee Marco Antonio Rodríguez (the Trini star had voiced his disapproval of the disruptions caused by the home crowd) and was consequently banned for 4 games due to his use of abusive language. The suspension was later reduced to 2 matches.[28]

After being released from Sunderland and being unable to find a club before the end of the current transfer window, Yorke retired from football altogether in September 2009, and took up the post of assistant manager with the Trinidad and Tobago national team.[29]

Personal life

Yorke was once in a brief relationship with Page 3 model Katie Price; they had a son, Harvey, who is blind and autistic.[30] Yorke disputed paternity until Price's claims were proven by a DNA test. He also had a child, called Orlando, with a woman named Naomi in 2007.

The Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet, Tobago, constructed for the 2001 U-17 World Cup, was named in Yorke's honour. Yorke is a cricket fan. One of Yorke's closest friends is Brian Lara. During the 1999 Cricket World Cup, Yorke made regular appearances bringing on drinks for the West Indies cricket team. Yorke's older brother, Clint Yorke, is a former first class cricketer who has represented Trinidad and Tobago as an opening batsman.[31]

Yorke featured extensively in an episode of Australia's The Biggest Loser, which aired 28 February 2006. The episode involved Yorke coaching the "red team" of contestants while they competed against the "blue team" in a game of football. Mark Rudan, Yorke's Sydney FC teammate, was the manager of the "blue team".

For his contribution to the national team in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Yorke was made a Sports Ambassador for Trinidad and Tobago.

Yorke released his autobiography, "Born To Score", in 2009.[32]

On 16 February 2017, Yorke was denied entry to the United States because of an Iranian stamp in his passport.[33]

Career statistics

Club

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Club Season Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Aston Villa 1989–90 First Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1990–91 18 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 21 2
1991–92 32 11 5 5 2 0 0 0 39 16
1992–93 Premier League 27 6 4 1 4 0 0 0 35 7
1993–94 12 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 14 3
1994–95 37 6 2 1 4 1 0 0 43 8
1995–96 35 17 5 2 8 6 0 0 48 25
1996–97 37 17 2 2 2 1 0 0 41 20
1997–98 30 12 2 2 1 0 7 2 40 16
1998–99 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 231 73 24 14 22 8 7 2 284 97
Manchester United 1998–99 Premier League 32 18 8 3 0 0 11 8 51 29
1999–2000 32 20 0 0 15 4 47 24
2000–01 22 9 2 0 2 2 11 1 37 12
2001–02 8 1 1 0 1 0 3 0 12 1
Total 92 48 11 3 3 2 40 13 147 66
Blackburn Rovers 2002–03 Premier League 33 8 3 3 4 2 3 0 43 13
2003–04 23 4 1 0 1 2 2 0 27 6
2004–05 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 60 12 4 3 5 4 5 0 74 19
Birmingham City 2004–05 Premier League 13 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 16 2
Sydney 2005–06 A-League 21 7 3 1 2[a] 1 26 9
2006–07 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 22 7 3 1 2 1 27 9
Sunderland 2006–07 Championship 32 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 33 5
2007–08 Premier League 20 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 1
2008–09 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Total 59 6 3 0 1 0 0 0 63 6
Career total 478 148 41 20 32 14 52 15 581 197

Updated on 26 April 2010.[34]

International goals

Scores and results list Trinidad and Tobago's goal tally first.[35]
Num Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1, 2 9 July 1989 Bridgetown, Barbados  Grenada 2–1 Win 1989 Caribbean Championship
3 21 May 1993 Montego Bay, Jamaica  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 4–1 Win 1993 Caribbean Cup
4 23 June 1996 Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago  Dominican Republic 8–0 Win 1998 World Cup Qualifier
5 15 February 2000 Los Angeles, United States  Guatemala 4–2 Win 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup
6 7 May 2000 Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago  Haiti 3–1 Win 2002 World Cup Qualification
7 19 May 2000 Port-au-Prince, Haiti  Haiti 1–1 Draw 2002 World Cup Qualification
8, 9 8 July 2000 Port of Spain  Jamaica 2–4 Loss Friendly
10 16 July 2000 Edmonton, Canada  Canada 2–0 Win 2002 World Cup Qualification
11, 12 16 August 2000 Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago  Panama 6–0 Win 2002 World Cup Qualification
13 23 June 2001 Hamilton, Bermuda  Bermuda 5–0 Win Friendly
14, 15 28 February 2006 London, England  Iceland 2–0 Win Friendly
16 7 October 2006 Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 5–0 Win Friendly
17 15 October 2008 Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago  United States 2–1 Win 2010 World Cup Qualification
18 19 November 2008 Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago  Cuba 3–0 Win 2010 World Cup Qualification
19 11 February 2009 San Salvador, El Salvador  El Salvador 2–2 Draw 2010 World Cup Qualification

Honours

Aston Villa

Manchester United

Sydney FC

Sunderland

Trinidad and Tobago

Individual

Notes

  1. ^ Includes 2 appearances and 1 goal in FIFA Club World Cup

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External links

1996 Football League Cup Final

The 1996 Football League Cup Final took place on 24 March 1996 at Wembley Stadium and was contested between Aston Villa and Leeds United. This was the 35th final and the 29th to be played at Wembley. Aston Villa had won the trophy two years earlier, while Leeds' last victory was in their only final appearance in 1968.

In the first half the teams were separated by a goal from Savo Milošević. After half-time, Leeds United tired and Aston Villa took advantage to eventually win 3–0. Goals from Ian Taylor and Dwight Yorke completed the scoring. This was the beginning of the end for Leeds United manager Howard Wilkinson, as he was heckled by the clubs fans for his and the team's failure. However it was Villa's fifth success in the competition, at the time equalling the record set by Liverpool.

1998–99 FA Premier League

The 1998–99 FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons) was the seventh season of the Premier League, the top division of English football, since its establishment in 1992. Manchester United won a unique treble of the league title, the FA Cup and the European Cup. They secured their fifth league championship in seven seasons after losing just three league games all season.

The season was also the 100th season of top flight football in England, not counting years lost to the two World Wars. Of the original clubs in the first Football League season, only Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Derby County and Everton were present for this season.

Arsenal failed to retain their title, despite having the same points tally as last season 78 points, but had at one point looked as though they were on the brink of winning the title, after beating fellow rivals Tottenham Hotspur, while Manchester United had drawn against Liverpool, 2–2. However, Manchester United pushed on and took advantage of Arsenal's 1–0 defeat at Leeds United in the penultimate match of the season and despite going 1–0 down against Tottenham on the final day, came back to win 2–1 and clinch the title. Should they have failed to win, Arsenal would have been crowned champions once more.

To achieve their success, the Manchester United playing squad had been altered substantially during the close season. A total of more than £28 million had been spent on Dwight Yorke, Jaap Stam and Jesper Blomqvist, while several older players left the club; Gary Pallister returned to Middlesbrough after nine years for £2.5 million, while Brian McClair returned to Motherwell on a free transfer. In December, however, McClair was back in the Premier League as Brian Kidd's assistant at Blackburn Rovers.

1999 FA Charity Shield

The 1999 Football Association Charity Shield (also known as The One 2 One FA Charity Shield for sponsorship reasons) was the 77th FA Charity Shield, an annual English football match played between the winners of the previous season's Premier League and FA Cup competitions. The teams involved were Manchester United, who had won both the Premier League and FA Cup as part of the Treble the previous season, and Arsenal, who finished runners-up in the league. Watched by a crowd of 70,185 at Wembley Stadium, Arsenal won the match 2–1.

This was Arsenal's 15th Charity Shield appearance and Manchester United's 19th. Leading up to the match, both clubs were embroiled in controversy: United withdrew from English football's primary cup competition, the FA Cup, in order to take part in the 2000 FIFA Club World Championship; Arsenal were entangled in a transfer saga involving their own player, striker Nicolas Anelka, who vowed to never play for the club again. United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich, signed as a replacement for Peter Schmeichel, made the first appearance of his second spell with the club. Sylvinho started his first game for Arsenal, whereas other signing Oleh Luzhny was named on the substitutes' bench. United went ahead seven minutes before the end of the first half, when David Beckham's free-kick hit the underside of the crossbar and narrowly crossed the line before Dwight Yorke made sure. Arsenal were awarded a penalty in the second half which Nwankwo Kanu converted and the striker assisted his teammate Ray Parlour to score the winner.

This result marked Manchester United's first defeat of 1999. It was the second consecutive year that Arsenal beat United to win the Charity Shield. Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger described it as psychological boost to beat his opponents and felt the win showed that his team were ready for the upcoming season. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, on the other hand, believed the defeat highlighted his players needed more game time.

2001 FIFA U-17 World Championship

The FIFA U-17 World Championship 2001, the ninth edition of the tournament, was held in the cities of Port of Spain, Malabar in Arima, Marabella in San Fernando, Couva, and Bacolet in Scarborough at Trinidad and Tobago between 13 and 30 September 2001. Players born after 1 January 1984 could participate in this tournament. Although France had only appeared once before at the FIFA U-17 World Championship, in Canada back in 1987 when they finished sixth, the current crop of French youngsters arrived in the Caribbean determined to emulate their illustrious elders' winning ways at France '98 and Euro 2000. And so it was, Jean-François Jodar's side showing maturity beyond their years. Aggressive in the tackle and tactically very organised, they oscillated between a 3-5-2 and 3-6-1 and were able to rely on two extremely gifted individuals from Le Havre: Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle, who won both the top scorer, with 9 goals scored, and Player of the Tournament awards. The young "Blues" won five of their six games, losing to Nigeria in the first round but getting their revenge in the Final. They hit five in a game on two occasions, against the USA (5–3) and Japan (5–1) in group matches, before brushing past two footballing giants, Brazil and Argentina (2–1 in both games) at the knockout stage and overcoming Nigeria 3–0 in the final to win their first ever FIFA U-17 World title.

2002–03 Blackburn Rovers F.C. season

During the 2002–03 English football season, Blackburn Rovers competed in the FA Premier League.

2005 CARIFTA Games

The 34th CARIFTA Games was held in the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet, Tobago on March 26–28, 2005. The event was relocated from the National Stadium, St. George’s, Grenada, because of the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan destroying 90 percent of the island’s houses. An appraisal of the results has been given.

2006 A-League Grand Final

The 2006 A-League Grand Final took place at Aussie Stadium in Sydney on 5 March 2006. Sydney FC had the home ground advantage after beating Adelaide United over 2 semifinal legs. Sydney FC would eventually go on to take the honours of being crowned the first ever A-League Champions, defeating the Central Coast Mariners. Steve Corica scored the only and winning goal in the 62nd minute after a pass from Sydney captain Dwight Yorke.

2009 CONCACAF U-20 Championship

The 2009 CONCACAF U-20 Championship was the biannual CONCACAF youth championship tournament for under-20 national teams. The 2009 edition was held in Trinidad and Tobago. All matches were played at Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet, Tobago and Marvin Lee Stadium in Macoya, Trinidad. The CONCACAF U-20 Championship traditionally serves as the CONCACAF qualifier for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, and under the 2009 tournament format the four semifinalists qualified for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which was hosted by Egypt from 25 September to 16 October 2009.

2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup

The 2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup women's football tournament is the second such tournament, and was held in Trinidad and Tobago from 5 to 25 September 2010. Sixteen teams, comprising representatives from all six confederations, took part in the final competition, in which Trinidad and Tobago had a guaranteed place as the host nation.

2012 Caribbean Cup qualification

A total of 25 teams entered the qualification process for the 2012 Caribbean Cup, competing for a total of 8 spots in the final tournament. Jamaica, as the holders, and Antigua and Barbuda, as hosts, qualified automatically, leaving 6 spots open for competition.

Although the qualifying tournament is also part of 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifying process, the tournament has not been included by FIFA on the FIFA International Match Calendar meaning that the participating nations' first choice players may not be available to play due to club commitments. FIFA allocated 7–11 September and 12–16 October on the FIFA event calendar.

Dwight Yorke Stadium

The Dwight Yorke Stadium, located in Bacolet, Scarborough, Tobago, (Trinidad and Tobago), is named after former Aston Villa, Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City, Sydney, Sunderland and Trinidad and Tobago footballer Dwight Yorke. The stadium was constructed for the 2001 FIFA U-17 World Championship which was hosted by Trinidad and Tobago. The Dwight Yorke Stadium has a capacity of 7,500, it is located on the Island of Tobago, only one minute from the capital Scarborough and 25 minutes from the airport. The stadium is used by the local football team and the playing surface dimension is 105 metres x 68 metres.

The stadium hosted the 2005 Carifta Track and Field Championships and is also used for minor Tobagonian athletics events.It also hosted games from the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.

List of Premier League seasons

The Premier League is an English professional league for association football clubs. At the top of the English football league system, it is the country's primary football competition and is contested by 20 clubs. Seasons run from August to May, with teams playing 38 matches each, totalling 380 matches in the season. Most games are played on Saturdays and Sundays, with games also played on certain weekday evenings.

The competition was formed in February 1992 following the decision of clubs in the Football League First Division to break away from The Football League, in order to take advantage of a lucrative television rights deal. Teams competing in the Premier League may qualify for the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League on virtue of league positions. The competition adopts a promotion and relegation system with the Football League which comes into place at the end of each season. Since the inaugural season in 1992–93, 45 teams have competed in the Premier League. At the end of the 1994–95 season, the league was reduced from 22 teams to 20.

Six clubs have won the title: Manchester United (13 times), Chelsea (5), Arsenal (3), Manchester City (3), Blackburn Rovers and Leicester City; Manchester United was the first club to win the league three consecutive seasons in a row twice (1998–99 to 2000–01 & 2006–07 to 2008–09) and Arsenal was the only team to go an entire season without a single defeat in 2003–04. The record number of points accumulated by a team is 100 by Manchester City, who won the Premier League in 2017–18. Crystal Palace, Norwich and Sunderland have been relegated the most times (4) while Derby County accumulated the lowest ever points total with 11 in the 2007–08 season. 16 top goalscorers from 11 different clubs have been awarded the Premier League Golden Boot. Andy Cole and Alan Shearer have both scored 34 goals in a 42-game season – the most in a Premier League season, Mohamed Salah holds the record in a 38-game season with 32. Dutchman Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was the first foreigner to win the award outright in 2000–01 having shared the accolade with Dwight Yorke of Trinidad and Tobago in 1998–99.

List of TT Pro League stadiums

The following is a list of TT Pro League stadiums that have hosted a TT Pro League match since its inception in 1999. The Pro League serves as Trinidad and Tobago's highest level of association football and the annual league tournament has hosted matches in sixteen football stadiums. The inaugural round of Pro League matches took place on 31 March 1999 with four clubs hosting the opening fixtures.

After Trinidad and Tobago was awarded the 2001 FIFA U-17 World Championship, the country constructed four football-specific stadiums named after the country's all-time leading sportsmen: Ato Boldon, Dwight Yorke, Larry Gomes, and Manny Ramjohn. The four stadiums again played host to an international football competition with the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. The National Stadium, built in 1980, is the oldest and longest serving stadium in the TT Pro League. The stadium was renamed in honour of Hasely Crawford after the stadium underwent major renovation to host the semi-final, third-place, and final matches of the 2001 FIFA U–17 World Championship. Moreover, with the seating expansion the stadium is now the largest in the country with a capacity of 27,000 and serves as the current home to Morvant Caledonia United, Defence Force, Police, and St. Ann's Rangers.

In addition, TT Pro League matches have also been hosted by Marvin Lee Stadium. The Macoya-based stadium was built and opened in 1996 with a 6,000 spectator capacity and is housed together with the Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence. In 2007, Marvin Lee Stadium became the first Caribbean stadium to install an artificial playing surface, reportedly costing in excess of TT$8 million and was supported through a developmental grant from FIFA.

Nguyễn Hồng Sơn

Nguyễn Hồng Sơn (born October 9, 1970) is a former Vietnamese football player, who played for the Thể Công football club and the Vietnam national football team (one of the best players in the national team). He is now a coach for U-15 Thể Công. He and the Vietnam national team participated in 18th - 20th Southeast Asian Games. He also participated the first Tiger Cup along with the Vietnam team and won the MVP award in 1998 Tiger Cup that was hosted in Vietnam. He won the Vietnamese Golden Ball for the first time later in 1998 after the Tiger Cup and won the second Golden Ball in 2001. In Pepsi World Challenge 1999, he won the second place, above Dwight Yorke, David Beckham, Roberto Carlos (footballer).

Outside of football career, Hong Son is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Vietnam People's Army.

After his retirement as a professional footballer, Nguyen Hong Son became a coach for Thành Nghĩa Dung Quất Quảng Ngãi. He's now coaching U-15 Thể Công. He was an assistant manager for the Vietnam national team in the 2007 SEA Games.

Premier League Golden Boot

The Premier League Golden Boot is an annual association football award presented to the leading goalscorer in the Premier League. For sponsorship purposes, it was called the Carling Golden Boot from 1994 to 2001, from 2001 to 2004 as the Barclaycard Golden Boot, and the Barclays Golden Boot (2005–2016). Since 2017, it is known as the Cadbury Golden Boot. In addition to the trophy, winners of the Golden Boot are usually given £1,000 for every goal they scored throughout the season to donate to a charity of their choice, although Robin van Persie was given £30,000 after scoring 26 goals in the 2012–13 season.The Premier League was founded in 1992, when the clubs of the First Division left the Football League and established a new commercially independent league that negotiated its own broadcast and sponsorship agreements. The newly formed league had no sponsor for its inaugural season until Carling agreed to a four-year £12 million deal that started the following season, and it was simply known as the Premier League in its first year. As a result, the award was called the "Premier League Golden Boot" when Teddy Sheringham received the inaugural award in 1993. Originally consisting of 22 teams, the league contracted to 20 teams after the 1994–95 season; this reduced the number of games played from 42 to 38.Thierry Henry has won the Golden Boot on four occasions, more than any other player. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Dwight Yorke were the first non-English and non-European winners, respectively, when they shared the award with Michael Owen in 1999. Alan Shearer is the only player other than Henry to win the award in three consecutive seasons. Phillips, Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suárez won the European Golden Shoe in the same season as the Premier League Golden Boot, with Henry achieving this on two occasions (2004 and 2005). Shearer, Hasselbaink and Van Persie are the only players to win the Golden Boot with two clubs.Andy Cole and Shearer – with 34 goals in 1993–94 and 1994–95, respectively – scored the most goals to win the Golden Boot when the Premier League was a 42-game season, Mohamed Salah with 32 goals in 2017–18 holds the record for the current 38-game season, while Nicolas Anelka scored the fewest to clinch the award outright, with 19 goals in 2008–09. The all-time record for lowest number of goals scored to be bestowed the award, however, is 18 goals; this was achieved during the 1997–98 and 1998–99 seasons, when the award was shared between three players both times. The latter season marked the last time the Golden Boot was shared until 2010–11, when Dimitar Berbatov and Carlos Tevez both scored 20 goals that season to tie for the award. Harry Kane recorded the highest goals-to-games ratio to win the award, scoring 29 goals in 30 games in 2016–17 for a rate of 0.97.

Premier League Player of the Month

The Premier League Player of the Month is an association football award that recognises the best adjudged Premier League player each month of the season. The winner is chosen by a combination of an online public vote, which contributes to 10% of the final tally, a panel of experts, and the captain of each Premier League club. It has been called the Carling Premiership Player of the Month (1994–2001), the Barclaycard Premiership Player of the Month (2001–2004) and the Barclays Player of the Month (2004–2016); it is currently known as the EA Sports Player of the Month.The Premier League was formed in 1992, when the members of the First Division resigned from the Football League. These clubs set up a new commercially independent league that negotiated its own broadcast and sponsorship agreements. The Premier League introduced new Manager of the Month and Manager of the Season awards for the 1993–94 season, supplementing the existing Football Writers' Association and Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year awards. For the 1994–95 season, the Premier League introduced the Player of the Month award, which is presented alongside the Manager of the Month award. The first Player of the Month was awarded to Tottenham Hotspur player Jürgen Klinsmann for his performances in August 1994.Steven Gerrard and Harry Kane have been Player of the Month the most with six awards. Six players have won the award in consecutive months: Robbie Fowler, Dennis Bergkamp, Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Mohamed Salah. Only Mohamed Salah has won the award three times in a season, and 16 individuals have won two awards in a season: Robbie Fowler, Dennis Bergkamp, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Thierry Henry, Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ashley Young, Peter Odemwingie, Robin van Persie, Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suárez, Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Sergio Agüero and Son Heung-min. Robbie Keane has won the award while playing for three clubs, while 12 players have won the award playing for two clubs: Alan Shearer, Dion Dublin, David Ginola, Dwight Yorke, Tim Flowers, Teddy Sheringham, Danny Murphy, Andrew Johnson, Nicolas Anelka, Dimitar Berbatov, Scott Parker, Robin van Persie.

The award has been shared on six occasions: by Blackburn Rovers's Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton in November 1994, Liverpool's Robbie Fowler and Stan Collymore in January 1996, Southampton's Kevin Davies and Manchester United's Andy Cole in November 1997, Arsenal's Dennis Bergkamp and Edu in February 2004, Tottenham Hotspur's Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane in April 2007 and Liverpool's Steven Gerrard and Luis Suárez in April 2014. Almost half of the Player of the Month awards have gone to English players, and a quarter of foreign winners have been French or Dutch. Manchester United have had more Player of the Month awards than any other club.

As of December 2018, the most recent recipient of the award is Liverpool player Virgil van Dijk.

Ralph Lundy III

Ralph Lundy III (born 28 December 1990) is an American former footballer. Early in his life, he became a fan of Dwight Yorke due to his performances for Manchester United.

Tobago United F.C.

Tobago United Football Club was a football club from Trinidad and Tobago, that played in Professional Football League of Trinidad.

The team's home stadium was Dwight Yorke Stadium, 3 km from Scarborough, Tobago's main town.

Trinidad and Tobago at the FIFA World Cup

The FIFA World Cup, sometimes called the Football World Cup or the Soccer World Cup, but usually referred to simply as the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the first tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946, due to World War II.

The tournament consists of two parts, the qualification phase and the final phase (officially called the World Cup Finals). The qualification phase, which currently take place over the three years preceding the Finals, is used to determine which teams qualify for the Finals. The current format of the Finals involves 32 teams competing for the title, at venues within the host nation (or nations) over a period of about a month. The World Cup Finals is the most widely viewed sporting event in the world, with an estimated 715.1 million people watching the 2006 tournament final.

Trinidad and Tobago have qualified for the final stages of the FIFA World Cup on one occasion, in 2006, when they qualified for the tournament in Germany, but were eliminated at the group stage. Trinidad & Tobago was the Smallest and least populated Country to participate in a FIFA World Cup but the population record was broken by Iceland in 2018.

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