43 Facts About Dwight Yorke

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Dwight Eversley Yorke CM was born on 3 November 1971 and is a Trinidadian and Tobagonian former professional footballer and current manager of Australian A-League club Macarthur FC.

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Dwight Yorke was the assistant manager of the Trinidad and Tobago national team until the completion of the qualifying matches for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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At international level, Dwight Yorke represented Trinidad and Tobago on 74 occasions between 1989 and 2009, scoring 19 goals.

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Dwight Yorke helped his nation reach the semi-finals of the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and 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 was first discovered by Graham Taylor, at the time the Aston Villa manager, on a tour of the West Indies in 1989.

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Dwight Yorke was an integral member of the Villa team that reached the League Cup Final in 1996.

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Dwight 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.

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Dwight Yorke appeared for Aston Villa on 284 occasions, scoring 97 times.

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Dwight 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 Dwight Yorke if he had had a gun in his office.

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Dwight 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.

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Dwight Yorke finished the season as the top league goalscorer with 18 goals and contributed goals against Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Juventus in the Champions League, and he won the Premier League Player of the Season.

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12.

Dwight Yorke was signed to cover the long absence of Matt Jansen from a traffic accident, and was reunited with his former United strike partner Andy Cole.

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13.

On 31 August 2004, transfer deadline day, Dwight Yorke moved to Birmingham City on a one-year deal with the option of a second.

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14.

However, Dwight Yorke fell out of favour at St Andrew's and was released by mutual consent in April 2005.

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15.

Dwight Yorke scored the first goal for Sydney FC in its first A-League regular season match, a diving header against the Melbourne Victory.

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16.

Dwight Yorke came to Sydney FC with the biggest pedigree of all players in the A-League, having won the treble with Manchester United.

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17.

Dwight Yorke scored 7 goals in the A-League, with three of them being from penalty kicks.

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Dwight Yorke 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.

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Dwight Yorke was the marquee player for Sydney FC – meaning that his salary fell outside the salary cap.

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20.

Dwight Yorke was a star name for the A-League as a whole.

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21.

Dwight Yorke returned to Sydney FC to take part in a friendly against Everton in 2010.

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22.

Dwight 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.

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23.

Dwight Yorke was used as a defensive midfielder rather than his usual striker role.

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24.

Dwight Yorke stated several times he would like to return to the A-League, preferably Sydney FC.

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25.

Dwight 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.

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26.

On 14 August 2011, Dwight Yorke signed a two-year deal to work for Sky Sports as a pundit.

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27.

Dwight Yorke was capped 72 times for the Trinidad and Tobago national team, scoring 19 goals.

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28.

Dwight Yorke retired from international football in 2001 after a disagreement with coach Rene Simoes, who cut Yorke and Russell Latapy from the squad prior to a decisive game of the 2002 World Cup qualification, as both missed practice following a night partying.

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29.

Dwight Yorke was one of six players in the Trinidad squad to have played every minute of the campaign.

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30.

Dwight Yorke was rated the best defensive midfielder in the opening stages of the World Cup.

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31.

Dwight Yorke announced his retirement from international football in March 2007, choosing to focus on his club career at Sunderland.

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32.

Dwight Yorke captained the side in Germany, and up until his retirement.

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Dwight Yorke's 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.

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On 11 February 2009, Dwight 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 World Cup qualification against El Salvador after exchanging heated remarks with Mexican referee Marco Antonio Rodriguez and was consequently banned for four games due to his use of abusive language.

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35.

On 21 April 2019, Dwight Yorke was interviewed for the vacant role at National league side Sutton United, Sutton would appoint Matt Gray Instead.

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36.

On 21 April 2022 it was revealed that Dwight Yorke was being considered for the vacant manager's position at Perth Glory in the Australian A-League Men.

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37.

On 1 July 2022, Dwight Yorke became the new manager of A-League Men side Macarthur FC, replacing Ante Milicic to become the club's second ever manager.

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38.

Dwight Yorke grew up as a Tottenham Hotspur fan and his first jersey was a white Tottenham Hotspur shirt.

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39.

Dwight Yorke was once in a brief relationship with former model turned writer Katie Price; they have a son, Harvey, who was born in May 2002.

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40.

Dwight Yorke is autistic, partially blind and has the genetic disorder Prader–Willi syndrome.

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41.

Dwight Yorke's older brother, Clint Dwight Yorke, is a former first-class cricketer who has represented the Trinidad and Tobago national cricket team as an opening batsman.

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42.

Dwight Yorke featured extensively in an episode of Australia's The Biggest Loser, which aired on 28 February 2006.

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43.

The episode involved Dwight Yorke coaching the "red team" of contestants while they competed against the "blue team" in a game of football.

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