Dwight Yorke: The games that changed my life

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  1. Trini_Boi

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    Dwight Yorke tells FourFourTwo about the matches which left an indelible mark on his career - including helping his nation qualify for their first World Cup and that night in Barcelona.


    December 3, 1987: The Green Machine 1-2 Signal Hill Comprehensive
    Trinidad & Tobago’s schools finals drew five-figure crowds. My reputation was building – I was already in the national team. We’d won the league, and in the cup final we beat Green Machine, a big side in Trinidad, which has 1.3m people. Tobago has 60,000, so we travelled as underdogs. Did I score? Of course!

    March 24, 1996: Aston Villa 3-0 Leeds
    I’d not been at Villa long when Tommy Docherty said in 1991: ‘If that lad makes a First Division footballer, then I’m Mao Tse-tung.’ By 1996 I was their main man, which brought pressure. I was expected to deliver in the League Cup final against a Leeds side full of internationals.
    Thankfully, I scored in a 3-0 demolition. We came close to winning the league a few times, but two League Cups were my only trophies there.

    November 25, 1998: Barcelona 3-3 Man United
    This was my first game at the Camp Nou, a stadium which would comfortably seat Tobago’s population! They had Luis Figo, Rivaldo and Pep Guardiola, under Louis van Gaal, but we were playing great stuff.
    Sir Alex told us to attack and we did just that. Andy Cole and myself combined perfectly and I got two goals. We knew we were a match for the best.

    May 26, 1999: Man United 2-1 Bayern Munich
    The highlight of my career. The game was nothing like as exciting as the semi-final second leg against Juventus – we didn’t create a clear-cut chance until injury time, when Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did their magic. We celebrated long into the night. I didn’t sleep for two days.

    November 16, 2005: Bahrain 0-1 Trinidad & Tobago
    People back home thought I was giving more to my club career than I was for my country – I was determined to prove them wrong and send Trinidad & Tobago to the World Cup finals for the first time.
    I set up the goal, too. Caribbean people didn’t think I could lead as captain – I showed that I could. Our opening match was against Sweden in Dortmund. We were so proud to hear our anthem and see the flag.
    We drew 0-0 and I got man of the match.

    January 20, 2007: Sheffield Wednesday 2-4 Sunderland
    When Roy Keane asked me to join him, I’d been living in Sydney, loving life at 35. Then I was in the Championship thinking: ‘What am I doing?!’

    We were in the bottom three when I joined but won the league comfortably and took 6,000 fans to places like Barnsley. At Hillsborough, I chipped the keeper as we won 4-2. I didn’t like the Championship, but I liked playing for Sunderland.
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    Apr 27, 2016
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    This is a fantastic article that i have never seen before. I want to think that we are on the verge of having a few more players in the Premiere League. I am surprised players like Molino and J Jones have not made it as yet but we have a few younger players now that are looking really good in the Soca Warriors
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