Dwight Yorke Profile
Dwight Eversley Yorke, born Canaan, Trinidad and Tobago, November 3, 1971. Dwight Yorke was first spotted by Aston Villa manager Graham Taylor and was given his First Division debut for The Villains in a narrow 1-0 defeat against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on the 24th of March 1990.
A pacey and powerful forward, Dwight Yorke proceeded to play 232 League games for Aston Villa and helped the club win the Football League Cup in the 1995-96 season. At the beginning of the 1998-99 campaign, however, the sought after player was eventually sold to Manchester United for a transfer fee of £12.6 million. With The Reds, the consistently prolific striker formed a dynamic partnership with Andy Cole and won the coveted treble of the English Premier League, FA Cup and European Champions League with the Old Trafford side in 1999. After producing 52 Premier League goals in 96 appearances for United, he lost his place in the first team and was transferred to neighbouring Blackburn Rovers for a fee of £2 million at the start of the 2002-03 season. At Ewood Park, Yorke teamed up with his previous striking partner Andy Cole and the Trinidadian had two fine seasons with The Blue and Whites before he decided to move on to Birmingham City on a free transfer during the summer of 2004. Unfortunately, the frustrated frontman spent most of his time with the St Andrew´s Stadium club sitting on the substitute’s bench and he agreed to a two year contract with A-League side Sydney FC in 2005. He was still keen to prove he could score goals at the highest level, however, and he returned to England to play for Sunderland where he would finish his professional football career partly into the 2009-10 campaign. A Trinidad and Tobago player, he managed to notch up 19 goals in 74 senior appearances for the country of his birth with the highlight of his international soccer career coming when he skippered his nation at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. At the peak of his footballing days, Yorke was an exceptional goal plunderer and his scoring statistics will remain long after the memory of his playing attributes has gone. Dwight Yorke: “There are a number of huge clubs in the world such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and the like, but I do not think that any club does things quite like Manchester United.”