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Encyclopedia > Dwight Yorke
Dwight Yorke
Personal information
Full name Dwight Eversley Yorke
Date of birth November 3, 1971 (1971-11-03) (age 35)
Place of birth    Canaan, Trinidad and Tobago
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder/Striker
Club information
Current club Sunderland
Number 19
Youth clubs
1988-1989 Signal Hill Senior Comprehensive School
Senior clubs1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1989-1998
1998-2002
2002-2004
2004-2005
2005-2006
2006-
Aston Villa
Manchester United
Blackburn Rovers
Birmingham City
Sydney FC
Sunderland
232 (73)
095 (47)
060 (12)
013 0(5)
022 0(8)
038 0(5)   
National team2
1989-2006 Trinidad and Tobago 058 (26)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 18:19, 24 September 2007 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 11:18, 23 October 2006 (UTC).
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Dwight Eversley Yorke (born November 3, 1971 in Canaan, Tobago) is a Trinidad and Tobago football player. He currently plays for Sunderland A.F.C, having previously played for Aston Villa F.C. as his first club and most of his career, then Manchester United F.C., Blackburn Rovers F.C., Birmingham City F.C. and Sydney FC. Dwight Yorke was nicknamed 'The Smiling Assassin' due to the fact he was constantly smiling at all times and his goal-scoring abilities. is the 307th day of the year (308th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Canaan is a small town in southwestern Tobago, close to Crown Point Airport. ... Castara village beach looking south, Tobago Tobago is the smaller of the two main islands that make up the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. ... A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ... Sunderland Association Football Club (Sunderland AFC or SAFC) is an English Premiership football club, based at the newly-built Stadium of Light in Sunderland, on the River Wear in the North-East of England. ... “Aston Villa” redirects here. ... Manchester United Football Club are a world-famous English football club, based at the Old Trafford stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and are one of the most popular sports clubs in the world, with over 50 million supporters worldwide. ... Blackburn Rovers Football Club are an English Premier League football club based in the town of Blackburn, Lancashire. ... Birmingham City Football Club are an English football club based in Birmingham, in the heart of the West Midlands. ... Sydney FC, founded in 2004, is an Australian football (soccer) club based in Sydney and competes in Australias premier competition, the A-League. ...

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Club career

Aston Villa

Dwight 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 March 24, 1990: the game ended 0-1. Graham Taylor OBE (born September 15, 1944, Worksop, Nottinghamshire) is a football manager and a former player. ... “Aston Villa” redirects here. ... From 1889 until 1992, this was the highest division overall of organized football in England. ... is the 83rd day of the year (84th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ...


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 Premiership's top strikers. Yorke was an integral member of the Villa team that reached the League Cup Final in 1996. Villa won 3-0 with Yorke getting on the scoresheet. On September 30, 1996 he scored a brilliant 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 scored a fourth goal to equalise the game at 4-all, only for his goal 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 231 occasions, scoring 97 times. For the Scottish equivalent see Scottish Premier League The FA Premier League (often referred to as the Barclays Premiership in England and the Barclays English Premier League or just simply The EPL internationally) is a league competition for football clubs located at the top of the English football league system... The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition. ... is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Mark Draper (born 11 November 1970 in Long Eaton) is an English former football player. ... Misconduct in football (soccer) is any conduct by a player which is deemed by the referee to warrant a disciplinary sanction (caution or send-off) in accordance with Law 12 the Laws of the Game. ...


The circumstances of his departure from Aston Villa were very controversial; Manchester United were accused of making an illegal approach for the player. 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 Andy Cole, a striker at Manchester United. Yorke then approached Gregory to state that he wanted to leave the club, to which Gregory was famously attributed to saying that he would shoot Yorke if he had had a gun in his office. Yorke played in a match for Villa at Everton early in the season in August 1998, however it appeared he made no effort during the match as he was unhappy at not being allowed to leave the club. Aston Villa was left with no option but to sell the player and he was transferred to Manchester United for £12.6 million in August 1998. Despite spending 9 years at Villa he is widely disliked by its fans due to his behaviour at the time he left the club and also due to the fact he later joined Birmingham City, the arch-rivals of Aston Villa. Tapping-up generally refers to an approach by one football club to a player under contract to another club without that other clubs knowledge or permission. ... Andrew Alexander Andy Cole (born 15 October 1971 in Nottingham) is an English footballer, who is one of the highest scoring players in the games history. ...


Manchester United

In his first three seasons, Yorke was a key player in guiding his club to three successive Premiership titles including a unique treble of the Premiership title, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League, and at the same time forming an attacking partnership with Andy Cole in the 1998-1999 season. Yorke finished the season as the top league goalscorer. His partnership with Cole in United's treble winning 1999 season is reminiscent of the great Dalglish-Rush partnership in the eighties (and the famous Wright-Bright partnership of the late eighties, early nineties) and with their demolition of Barcelona in the Champions League a key highlight. Yorke made, in total, 95 league appearances for Manchester United, scoring 47 goals. This article is about the English FA Cup. ... The UEFA Champions League (also known as the European Cup, UCL, CE1, C1[1] or CL) is a seasonal club football competition organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) since 1955 for the most successful football clubs in Europe. ... Andrew Alexander Andy Cole (born 15 October 1971 in Nottingham) is an English footballer, who is one of the highest scoring players in the games history. ... The 1998-1999 season was the 119th season of competitive football in England. ...


However, in the 2001-02 season, Yorke lost his place in the line-up following the arrival of Ruud van Nistelrooy. It was also rumoured that Yorke had a fall-out with United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, following his much publicised relationship with British supermodel Jordan. The following summer he was sold to Blackburn Rovers for £2 million. The 2001-2002 season was the 122nd season of competitive football in England. ... Rutgerus Johannes Martinius van Nistelrooy (originally spelled Van Nistelrooij) (born 1 July 1976 in Oss, North Brabant) is a Dutch footballer who plays as a centre forward for Real Madrid and the Dutch national team. ... Sir Alex Ferguson (born Alexander Chapman Ferguson, December 31, 1941 in Govan, Glasgow) is a Scottish football manager, currently managing Manchester United F.C.. He has won more trophies than any other manager in the history of English football and been in charge of Manchester United for over 1000 matches. ... Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen. ...


Blackburn Rovers

Yorke spent two years at Blackburn Rovers, where he rejoined his old United strike partner, Andy Cole, but never made the same impact that he made at United, there he fell out with manager Graeme Souness. It was rumoured that Souness, accusing him of not trying hard enough, hit Yorke with a tackle that could have broken his leg. Subsequently he joined Birmingham City in 2004 on a free transfer. Graeme James Souness (IPA: []) (born 6 May 1953 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish former professional football player and manager. ...


Birmingham City

Yorke started his Birmingham career well enough with a goal on his debut which went a long way in winning over skeptical fans due to his lengthy association in the past with city rivals Aston Villa F.C.. 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 and was snapped up by Australian A-League team Sydney FC. “Aston Villa” redirects here. ... Stephen Roger Bruce (born December 31, 1960, in Corbridge, near Hexham in England) is a British football manager currently in charge of Birmingham City. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...


Sydney FC

By signing for Sydney FC, Yorke opted to continue his career in Australia for less money than might have been available in some other leagues, notably those in the Middle East (a common destination for ageing stars seeking a lucrative final contract before retirement). Qatar's football league were most interested, but Yorke opted for the Australian club instead. He scored the first goal for Sydney FC in its first A-League regular season match, a spectacular diving header against the Melbourne Victory. Dwight Yorke came to Sydney FC with the biggest pedigree of all players in the new A-League, having won the treble with Manchester United. He signed for two years and impressed the fans with his vision and enormous experience. Yorke scored 7 goals in the A-League, with three of them being from penalty kicks. Former Sydney FC coach Pierre Littbarski moved Yorke into a midfield role. The move from striker to playmaker paid off, with Yorke's vision, and midfield experience playing for Trinidad and Tobago, coming into practice. Yorke's tantalising form, and crowd appeal did not go unnoticed and he was rewarded with the captain's arm-band. Sydney FC, founded in 2004, is an Australian football (soccer) club based in Sydney and competes in Australias premier competition, the A-League. ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... Melbourne Victory FC is a football (soccer) club based in Melbourne, Australia. ... Manchester Uniteds emblem Manchester United F.C. (often abbreviated to Man United or just Man U, pronounced man-yoo) is an English football club based at Old Trafford in Greater Manchester. ... ... Pierre Littbarski (born April 16, 1960) is a German football manager and former player, and was a FIFA World Cup winner with West Germany in 1990. ...


He played a major role in leading Sydney FC to victory in the inaugural A-League Grand Final on March 5 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. This article is about the day. ... Central Coast Mariners Football Club, also known as The Mariners or The Coast, are an Australian professional football (soccer) team based on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia. ... Steve Corica (born March 24, 1973 in Innisfail, Australia) is an Australian football (soccer) player for Australian A-League team Sydney FC. Playing primarily as an attacking midfielder, he is very versatile; he can play both centrally or outwide, or even pushed up as a support striker. ... Aussie Stadium (Formerly known as the Sydney Football Stadium, or SFS) ( ) was built in 1988 to be the premium rectangular field in Sydney, Australia. ... The Joe Marston Medal is an A-League award given to the player of the match in the A-League Grand Final each year. ...


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. Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Football Federation Australia (FFA) is the governing body for the sport of football (soccer) in Australia. ...


In June 2006, Yorke trained with Manchester United in a bid to achieve a higher level of fitness prior to the 2006 World Cup, although he was at that time contracted to Sydney FC. This was due to the fact that the Australian season had already ended and pre-season training had not yet commenced. Sydney FC, founded in 2004, is an Australian football (soccer) club based in Sydney and competes in Australias premier competition, the A-League. ...


Sunderland

On August 31, 2006, Yorke's transfer to Sunderland was announced. [1] The transfer for a fee of £200,000 re-united Yorke with ex-teammates Roy Keane, now manager of Sunderland and Andy Cole, signed in August 2007. 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. He scored his first goal for Sunderland in the 2-1 loss against Stoke and has become accepted by the people of Sunderland, switching on the city's Christmas lights in 2006. He has recently been handed the number 19 shirt at Sunderland, a number which he wore at Manchester United. is the 243rd day of the year (244th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sunderland Association Football Club (Sunderland AFC or SAFC) is an English Premiership football club, based at the newly-built Stadium of Light in Sunderland, on the River Wear in the North-East of England. ... Roy Maurice Keane (born 10 August 1971 in Mayfield, Cork City, Ireland) is an Irish former professional footballer and the current manager of English Premier League club Sunderland. ... Andrew Alexander Andy Cole (born 15 October 1971 in Nottingham) is an English footballer, who is one of the highest scoring players in the games history. ...


International career

Yorke has been capped 59 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. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Cap (sport). ... First international Trinidad and Tobago 3 - 3 Dutch Guiana (Trinidad and Tobago; August 6, 1934) Biggest win Trinidad and Tobago 11 - 0 Aruba (Grenada; June 4, 1989) Biggest defeat Mexico 7 - 0 Trinidad and Tobago (Mexico City, Mexico; October 8, 2000) World Cup Appearances 1 (First in 2006) Best result...


He retired from international football in 2001 with his friend Russell Latapy 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. Russell Latapy (born 02 August 1968) is a Trinidad and Tobago football player. ... The 2006 FIFA World Cup (officially titled 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany, sometimes referred to as the Football World Cup) finals are scheduled to take place in Germany between 9 June and 9 July 2006. ... The Football World Cup 2006 - North, Central American and Caribbean Qualification Groups are being held to decide which national football teams will represent the CONCACAF football confederation in the final stages of the Football World Cup 2006 in Germany. ...


Yorke finally retired from international football in March 2007, choosing to focus on his domestic career at Sunderland AFC.[1] He captained the side in Germany, and up until his retirement.


Honours

With Aston Villa (1989 - 1998)

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With Manchester United (1998 - 2002)

For the Scottish equivalent see Scottish Premier League The FA Premier League (often referred to as the Barclays Premiership in England and the Barclays English Premier League or just simply The EPL internationally) is a league competition for football clubs located at the top of the English football league system... This article is about the English FA Cup. ... The UEFA Champions League (also known as the European Cup, UCL, CE1, C1[1] or CL) is a seasonal club football competition organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) since 1955 for the most successful football clubs in Europe. ... Champions League Logo Copa Libertadores Logo The European/South American Cup, commonly referred to as the Intercontinental Cup or Toyota Cup, was a football competition endorsed by UEFA and CONMEBOL, contested between the winners of the European Champions League and the South American Copa Libertadores in a match played each... The European Super Cup is at stake in an annual football game between the reigning champions of the UEFA Cup and the Champions League. ...

With Sydney FC (2005 - 2006)

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With Sunderland (2006 - present)

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Life outside football

He was once in a much-publicised relationship with the British Page three model Jordan, and has a child with her called Harvey. Yorke disputed paternity until Jordan's claims were proven by a DNA test. It appears he no longer has any contact with the child. Genetic fingerprinting or DNA testing is a technique to distinguish between individuals of the same species using only samples of their DNA. Its invention by Sir Alec Jeffreys at the University of Leicester was announced in 1985. ...


The Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet, Tobago, constructed for the 2001 U-17 World Cup, was named in Yorke's honour. The Dwight Yorke Stadium, located in Bacolet, Tobago, (Trinidad and Tobago), is named for footballer Dwight Yorke. ... Bacolet is a town on the island of Tobago, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. ... The Football U-17 World Championship is the world championship of football for male players under the age of 17 and is organized by Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). ...


One of Yorke's closest friends is fellow countryman Brian Lara, who is currently the all time leading run scorer in test match cricket. During the 1999 Cricket World Cup, Yorke made regular appearances bringing on drinks for the West Indies cricket team. Brian Charles Lara (born May 2, 1969) (nicknamed, The Prince of Port-of-Spain or simply The Prince) was a record-breaking cricketer, the greatest batsman of his generation, and one of the greatest cricketers ever. ... A Test match between South Africa and England in January 2005. ... Bowler Shaun Pollock bowls to batsman Michael Hussey. ... The 1999 Cricket World Cup was hosted primarily by England, but Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands also hosted some games. ... Learie Constantine, was one of the first great West Indian players. ...


He was said to have been dating former Miss Wales and Big Brother UK 2006 contestant Imogen Thomas. She reportedly finished her relationship with Yorke because "he was no longer famous enough".[2] Big Brother UK series 7, broadcast in 2006, is the seventh season of Big Brother in the UK, a reality show shown on Channel 4 in which a number of contestants live an isolated existence in a purpose-built house who try to avoid being evicted by public vote, with... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ...


Yorke featured extensively in an episode of Australia's The Biggest Loser TV show, 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 team-mate, was the manager of the "blue team". The Biggest Loser is an Australian reality television show, based on the original American version, screened on Network Ten. ... February 28 is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mark Rudan (born August 27, 1975 in Sydney, Australia) is an Australian football (soccer) player who plays as a central defender for Sydney FC. He was also the inaugural club captain for Sydney FC; however, due to poor form and limited on-field time throughout the season, he has had...


For his contribution to the national team in the 2006 FIFA World Cup he was made a Sports Ambassador for Trinidad and Tobago. “2006 World Cup” redirects here. ...


References

  1. ^ Yorke retires from internationals

External links

Preceded by
Chris Sutton
Dion Dublin
Michael Owen
Premier League top scorer
1998-99
Succeeded by
Kevin Phillips
Preceded by
Ahmad Elrich
Joe Marston Medalist
2005/06
Succeeded by
Archie Thompson

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Dwight Yorke (16019 words)
Yorke also seems to be working his pants off in training and on the field, sliding in for tackles, falling back in the defence to actually defend-something he never did before-and urging the players around him to lift their game.
Yorke was part of one of the most successful teams of all time when he played a major part in Manchester United’s historic treble in 1999 when they won the English Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League but he has already set his sights on more silverware.
Yorke fronted a substantial media scrum when he was introduced to the public for the first time as a Sydney FC player with media numbers rarely seen at football functions but no more than normal for a player who has scaled the dizzy heights of world football.
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For every suitcase of charisma, footballing talent and appeal Yorke arrives in Sydney with, he brings a flight bag of controversy and his full duty free allowance of scandal.
Yorke has the silverware to support his place as one of the Premier League's top sharpshooters but his trademark laid-back style, so admired when things are going for him, can turn into arrogance during times of difficulty.
He is often accused of lacking patience and commitment in the face of adversity.
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