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Neil Shaka Hislop

Neil Hislop Nickname
PositionGoalkeeper
Height6′ 4″ (1.93 m)
Date of Birth February 22nd, 1969 (age 48)
Place of Birth London, England
Debut March 28th, 1999 (aged 30)
Caps/Goals26    ( 0 goals)
Last ClubFC Dallas (7/2006)
Previous ClubsWest Ham United (7/2005-7/2006), Portsmouth United (7/2002-7/2005), West Ham United (7/1998-7/2002), Newcastle United (8/1995-7/1998), Reading (9/1992-8/1995)
SchoolsHoward University, St. Mary's College


Committed himself to the T& T squad after making his debut in a 2-0 victory over Jamaica in March, 1999. It was his first game along with Dwight Yorke's first for T& T since his big signing for Manchester United.He has come in for huge praise from local teammates and officials for his approach and dedication to the game and T& T football. He suffered a broken leg in a league match against Bradford City in February, 2000 which forced him to miss the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He was born in England, before moving to Trinidad at age two.

Former England manager Kevin Keegan recruited Shaka from Reading FC to Newcastle United for £1.5m in the summer of 1995. He then moved to West Ham United on a free transfer in 1998 and enjoyed a fine first season, keeping 15 clean sheets. The towering 'keeper was in contention for a pick on the England team and even played as a guest player on their U-21 squad.

He has made a splendid comeback into the West Ham team this season after being lowered to the second spot when David James was signed. Shaka returned as the number one 'keeper following an injury to James and has proved his worth before once more going to the sidelines. Shaka is a graduate in mechanical engineering at Howard University, Washington.

He was named captain and lead by example in T& T's 0-0 draw with the United States in the final match of the 2002 World Cup Qualifying tournament on November 11, 2001. Shaka has vowed to remain playing professionally for another three and a half years and guided Portsmouth back into the Premiership for the 2003/2004 season.
(TTFF Media player profile)

Currently plying his trade in the English Premiership with West Ham United, Shaka Hislop is one of the most experienced and widely known players to have represented Trinadad and Tobago.

Born in the East End of London on 22 February 1969, Hislop is usually his country’s No.1 goalkeeper when fit, although he was kept on his toes throughout the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying campaign by the form of Dundee’s Kelvin Jack.

It was actually in an England shirt that the 37-year-old made his first international appearance but, as he had represented the land of his birth just once at U-21 level, FIFA subsequently deemed him eligible to play for T&T due to the fact that both his parents were born in Trinidad.

After spending time at Howard University in the United States, Hislop’s career in English football began in earnest in 1992 when he signed for Reading. Three successful seasons and 104 league starts with the Royals followed before, in 1995, Newcastle United stepped in with a bid of 1.5million pounds to take him to St James’ Park, where he made 53 league appearances.

After struggling to hold down a first-team place at Newcastle, Hislop returned to London in 1998 and joined West Ham United, where he was named Player of the Year at the end of his first season. He enjoyed four seasons at Upton Park and, after a three-year spell at Portsmouth from 2002-05, in which time he helped them win promotion to the Premiership, he returned to West Ham last summer following their own return to the top tier of English football.

Hislop has been competing with Roy Carroll for a starting role at West Ham over the past season but he is still every inch a star back in Trinidad and Tobago. His 1.98m frame and razor-sharp reflexes also continue to make him a formidable barrier for opposition strikers, and his superior top-level experience may well prove his trump card when it comes time for Leo Beenhakker to choose his goalkeeper for the finals.

For Hislop, who won his first T&T cap in 1999, the prospect of playing on world football’s biggest stage makes him more determined than ever to claim the No.1 shirt. “Kelvin has held (it) for a while now and done well, so it will be hard to displace him,” he admitted. “But this is a chance for us to show what we have in the World Cup and I want to be a part of it.”

And should he get the nod, Hislop will likely have a key part to play in keeping Sweden, England and Paraguay at bay in Germany.
(FIFA WC 2006 profile)



Honors for Neil
  • Inducted into Trinidad & Tobago's Sports Hall of Fame in 2008
  • Trinidad & Tobago Chaconia Medal Gold (World Cup Squad) in 2006
  • PFA Merit Award for anti-racism campaign in 2005
  • Inducted into Howard University's Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005
  • Named to the English Professional Footballer's Association Division One Team of the Year in 2002/2003
  • England Division 1 winner's medal with Portsmouth in 2002/2003
  • UEFA Intertoto Cup winner's medal with West Ham in 1999
  • West Ham's Player of the Year in 1998/1999
  • Reading's Player of the Year in 1994/1995
  • England Division 2 winner's medal with Reading in 1993/1994
  • Soccer America's Freshman of the Year (Howard University) in 1988

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