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Football / The Next Digicel Caribbean Championships?
« on: October 02, 2009, 04:40:46 AM »
Does anyone know when specifically the next Digicel Caribbean Championships is/starts?

Football / Who is the biggest Patron of their nation?
« on: September 05, 2009, 08:36:59 AM »
Who is the biggest Patron of their nation?

That might not even be the right choice of word

Who is that player that open your eyes to that nation and nations football? Who is the ‘Golden Boy’ that natives of that Country boast about? The first player you think about when someone mentions that nation.
With Dwight Yorke Retiring it got me thinking. I can’t remember who it was but I saw post that anytime the Jamaican would try and talk about football they would mention Dwight Yorke to shut them up  :rotfl:

Some names that come to mind
Dwight Yorke – T&T (Just to start off with)
Ricardo Gardner – Jamaica
Kanu or Maybe Mikel these days – Nigeria
Pele (old) / Essien (new - for sure the poster boy for Ghana lol) – Ghana
Suker or boban (old)/ Eduardo or Modric ? (New) – Croatia
Stéphane Sessegnon - Benin
Kezman – Serbia
Goran Pandev - Macedonia

Goran Pandev was awarded the Medal for Service to the Country by the then-president of the Republic of Macedonia Branko Crvenkovski in acknowledgement of his sporting achievements and his contribution to developing and popularizing sport in Macedonia as well as promoting the country abroad

Milla (old)/Samuel Eto’o – Cameroon
Diarra or Kanoute??? – Mali?
Didler Drogba – Ivory Coast  (Without a doubt!)
Jason Roberts - Grenada

Peter Byers - Antigua  ;D
Gregory Goodridge/Norman Forde - Barbados  ;D

Go Warriors for Tonight  ;) ;D

... player to play for a country which isn't their place of birth

As in how much they contributed to that nations football e.g. Pioneer (First black player), Made people take more notice of that country (this can work in many ways) etc etc

I'm going to give some examples but I am not saying any of them are the greatest:

(Born/Country Represented)

Maurice Tresor (Guadeloupe*/France)
Patrick Vieira (Senegal/France)
Mohamed Sissoko (France/Mali)
Paul Chillan (Martinique*/ France)
Fredric Kanoute (France/Mali)
John Barnes (Jamaica/England)
Robbie Earle (England/Jamaica)
Clarence Seedorf (Surinam/Holland)
Chris Birchall (England/Trinidad & Tobago)
Anthony Baffoe (Germany/Ghana)
Yıldıray Baştürk (Germany/Turkey)
Eusébio (Mozambique/Portugal)
Alfredo di Stéfano (Argentina/Played for Argentina, Colombia and Spain LOL)

One thing I do notice about the players that come to my mind is that they moved to the country they represented very early in their life. It is rare you'll find someone you made an significant or memorable impact who didn't live in that country for long period of time, if at all.... (excluding Robbie Earle - 1st World Cup Goal Ever or Birchall's 'Belter' against Mexico)

*(I know that Gwadloup and Mantik are dependencies of France)

What channel is each meet broadcasted on:
the Reebok Classic
US National Championships
Penn Relays
Prefontaine Classic
Adidas Track Classic

What about Track & Field / Track star arrested in Gainesville on gun charge
« on: September 08, 2008, 10:47:39 AM »
Track star arrested in Gainesville on gun charge
Jeremy Fowler | Sentinel Staff Writer
7:45 PM EDT, September 7, 2008

GAINESVILLE - World-class track and field star Xavier Carter was arrested in Gainesville early Sunday morning for carrying a concealed weapon, according to Alachua County jail records.

Carter, 22, a Palm Bay native, was released this morning without bail after agreeing to appear in court for his third-degree felony charges, according to jail records.

Police found a loaded Smith & Wesson .40-caliber pistol in the pocket of Carter's driver-side door after he was pulled over for driving with a business-purpose-only license, according to jail records. Carter told police he shot the gun earlier in the day but didn't specify where and why, the records stated. The gun reportedly was not in a holster.

Carter attempted to switch seats with the passenger of the car upon being pulled over, the records stated.

Carter is a former football and track athlete at LSU who once held the world's second-fastest time in the 200 meters with a 19.63-second performance in the 2006 Athletissima Super Grand Prix in Switzerland. Carter failed to qualify for the Olympics in Beijing, finishing in eighth place in the 100-meter trials.

This wasn't Carter's first brush with the law in Gainesville. Carter was arrested but not charged last December along with Gators defensive end Jermaine Cunningham after an altercation with an employee at a local sandwich shop.


does anyone know I can get the splits for these finals? more the womens one than the mens because I saw the mens one earlier just trying to find it again

What about Track & Field / Ato believes Bolt will clean up in Beijing
« on: July 29, 2008, 05:36:09 AM »
Ato believes Bolt will clean up in Beijing
Tuesday July 29 2008

MIAMI, Florida (CMC) – Trinidad & Tobago’s four-time Olympic Games medal winner Ato Boldon tips Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt to clean up the sprints at the Beijing Games next month.

Boldon, a world-renowned retired sprinter, is now a track and field television broadcast analyst for CBS and NBC Sports, said he is confident Bolt will win the sprint double – should he line up in both events – in addition to the gold. He picks Jamaica to win in the men’s sprint relay.

“I would go on record now and pick Bolt for three golds in Beijing (100m, 200m, 4x100m) because I have thought so for some time,” Boldon said in his regular column for Greek Web site HellenicAthletes.

While Boldon believes a fit Tyson Gay and the rocket-starting Asafa Powell will post some problems for Bolt in the 100 metres, the Trinidadian has no doubt the 100-metre world record holder will run untested in the 200 metres.

“With no Tyson in sight, I don’t think this race is going to even be that close in Beijing,” the former world 200-metres champion said.

“Bolt has run 9.72 and 9.76 for 100m this year and 19.67 and 19.76.

“No one else is even really close to his 200 – Walter Dix, the US champion is next with 19.86 – and he did it with a 1.7 wind aiding him at the USA Trials.

“Bolt’s top two 200 times in his life, both done this year are into slight headwinds! Scary,” Boldon added.

Dix came back from injuries to defend his 200-metre NCAA title and then upstaged his seniors at the American championships to prove that he too can run with the big boys, however, while admitting to the talent Dix has to trouble Bolt in the half lap, Boldon pointed out that running the double might lessen the American's chances in the long run.

“I think (Dix) is good enough of a competitor to be a concern to Bolt (not to mention his 19.69 PR), except that (he) is also doubling back from the 100-metre rounds in Beijing,” the Trinidadian said.

Donald Quarrie, the Olympic champion over 200 metres at the 1976 Montreal Games, is Jamaica’s only Olympic male 200-metre champion, but Boldon is optimistic about number two and keeping his fingers crossed for “numero uno” in the 100m.

“For now, it appears sure that Jamaica gets gold two at 200m,” he continued “the bigger question is – will they get Olympic 100-metre gold

Double joy as Montell Douglas takes Kathy Cook's British 100 metres record

By Tom Knight
Last Updated: 1:38am BST 18/07/2008

One of Kathy Cook's British records finally fell yesterday to a sprinter who was not even born when it was set.

Montell Douglas, the 22-year-old from Uxbridge, took advantage of a 2m/sec following wind to clock 11.05sec to win the 100 metres in Loughborough, wiping 0.05sec off the record set 27 years ago by Cook at the World Cup in Rome.

Douglas kissed the track after finishing and the gesture was appropriate. Not only had she broken Britain's longest standing individual women's track record, she had also guaranteed her inclusion in the Olympic team, which will be finalised on Saturday.

advertisementDouglas, who finished second to Jeanette Kwakye at the trials, said: "My mum said to me this week 'fly like a bird' and my physio said to me 'run like the wind'. Those two sayings have been going round my head all day and I managed to do them."

The race was Douglas' last chance to find an Olympic qualifying time. "It was now or never," she said.

Now 48 and a PE teacher in Walsall, Cook still holds the British records for 200m, 300m and 400m and remembers the race in Rome, where she finished second to the American, Evelyn Ashford.

Cook said: "I was put into the 100 metres in Rome at the last minute and I was lucky because it was fast and I got a decent start. I never got close to that time again. It's great that the record has gone."

What about Track & Field / Sanya Richards and Natasha Hastings
« on: July 03, 2008, 12:14:01 PM »
How I would to...  :-X ;D Forgot that type of language is forbidden on forums  :devil:

Sanya Richards is my one favourite track athletes even though she flopped on two big occassions.
I've been following the US trials via the USATF site and hopefully You Tube. I was looking at Richards' competition and I remember that Natasha Hastings is of Caribbean Heritage: Jamaican Father and Trinidadian Mother (Born in England though  ;D)

Does anybody know to who was the first notable athlete who was from the Caribbean or was of Caribbean Heritage to compete for the USA.

If not just mention anyone who you can remember.

Just off the top of my Head some Caribbean-American athletes other than the ones already mentioned, I'm not gonna try and remember all that I know of:

Inger Miller (Jamaican Parents)
Kerron Clement - (Trinidadian Born & Raised to about 14 or so)
Lauryn Williams (Trinidadian Father)

Football / United States Vs Barbados - WCQ (Stream Req and Article)
« on: June 15, 2008, 08:25:32 AM »
If anyone can get find a stream for ESPN 2 I would be greatful   :)


BARBADOS ENTER their World Cup 2010 qualifier against the United States at The Home Depot Centre in California today as the clear underdogs.

But despite the odds ostensibly stacked against them, there is still a degree of optimism since this football squad is bolstered with nine professionals.

Barbados enter the important encounter confident in their ability of putting in a strong performance despite the daunting fact that their rivals held the No. 1
rated team in the world, Argentina, to a 0-0 draw at Giants Stadium on June 8.

The United States and Barbados have faced each other only twice before, with the former winning both matches in the semi-final round of World Cup qualifying in 2000. In the first game, a brace from Joe-Max Moore was the precursor to a resounding 7–0 victory in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

The Americans were also victorious when they travelled to Barbados, beating the home side 4–0 in the return leg. That game was much closer than the lopsided scoreline would suggest. Eddie Lewis and Landon Donovan are the only players on the current roster who were involved in those matches.

Barbados have welcomed back quality strikers in Doncaster Rovers' Mark McCammon and Crystal Palace's Paul Ifill. Former Tottenham Hotspurs' and England Under-20 left-back Marcel McKie is a newcomer to the squad and is expected to add much needed solidity in defence.

Despite the presence of several overseas-based players in the Bajan line-up, United States' head coach Bob Bradley has his eyes firmly fixed on the home-based captain of the team, Norman Forde. He has indicated his intentions of shutting down Forde in the midfield.

"I think that we concentrate on what we need to do, yet at the same time we always prepare our team with some sense as to how the other team plays and key players. Norman Forde, certainly a lot of their attacking play goes through him and we still would want to do the best we can to close him down and not give him the opportunity to make the game for Barbados," he said.

Bradley described the Barbados team as one having players with individual flair and overall athleticism.

For all of the United States' anticipated superiority, eight players in their line-up have not appeared in a World Cup qualifier before. Of the 13 with World Cup qualifying experience, Barbados will have to pay particular attention to the inspirational striker Landon Donovan of the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Donovan is the United States' leading cap-winner in World Cup qualifying with 20 appearances from both the 2002 and 2006 campaigns, and has scored seven goals. Overall he has 100 caps and 35 goals. Fulham's Eddie Johnson with seven goals in as many qualifiers, is also expected to be at the forefront of the United States' offensive moves.

Barbados have not had the most encouraging results in their recent warm-ups, losing to Trinidad and Tobago, and embarrassingly, two back-to-back games
to football minions, Bermuda, last week.

The match kicks off at 5 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPN2.


Barbados: Norman Forde, Daryl Ferguson, Marcel McKie, Paul Ifill, Mark McCammon, Johnathan Forte, Rommell Burgess, Johnathan Nurse, Alvin Rouse, Miles Jones, Rommel Brathwaite, John Parris, Brian Neblett, Gregg Belle, Riverre Williams, Barry Skeete, Adrian Chase, Malcolm Marshall, Dyson James, coach Eyre Sealy.

United States: Freddy Adu, DaMarcus Beasley, Carlos Bocanegra, Michael Bradley, Dan Califf, Dominic Cervi, Steve Cherundolo, Brian Ching, Jay DeMerit, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Maurice Edu, Brad Guzan, Frankie Hejduk, Tim Howard, Eddie Johnson, Sacha Kljestan, Eddie Lewis, Pablo Mastroeni, Oguchi Onyewu, Heath Pearce, coach Bob Bradley.

Football / Wenger and his links to the African Disapora
« on: February 12, 2008, 04:58:20 PM »
Taken from another forum - Some people might be offended lol

It is a well known fact that Wenger has a keen interest in african/caribbean culture and history. There is also no denying his love (no homo) for Black footballers once fielding 9 black players in an away match to leeds a few years back. He also made Patrick Vieira his captain and druing the 01/02 season Vieira became the first ever black captain to win the premier league. Arsene Wenger is also one of the leading mangers involved in the "Kick it out" campaign currently combating racism in football.

But new evidence and rumours (that have long been circulating) is that wenger's love for all things black runs deep that just footballing abilities... HE LOVE THE BOOTY TOO.

Whispers from people close to Wenger have often stated his loves caramel women and photographic evidence has arisen to prove this. The following photo was taken at a swanky london hotel car park where wenger was seen leaving the hotel in the early hours of the morning with his "Booty calls"

Football / A Leeding light (Shawn Beveney - Guyana International)
« on: December 29, 2007, 09:58:38 AM »
SHAWN Beveney could be set for a sensational switch to Yorkshire giants Leeds.The Dulwich midfielder has been in fine form since arriving at Champion Hill, scoring 20 goals in 40 matches.And Beveney, who captains Guyana, may be on the verge of sealing a dream move into the Football League.The 25-year-old has already had a trial with League Two outfit Hereford United.And he now claims that Leeds, chasing promotion from League One after a red-hot start to the campaign, are also showing interest.

Another two clubs are thought to be after the 25-year-old, so Hamlet boss Craig Edwards could face a battle to hold onto his services.
Beveney has played 40 times for his country and captained the side at U23 and senior level 20 times.As well as playing at home,he has also played professionally for North East Star in Trinidad.
Beveney said: "I always have faith in my ability and my form has been good this season.
"I have already had a trial at Hereford and so they are obviously interested in me. I'm going back there and once I have done that, I also have a trial at Leeds United.
"We will just have to see what happens. I have always believed that if Igot the chance to play in England, I would do well. And by the grace of God, I hope I will succeed."
Beveney has played both in central midfield and on the right flank for Edwards after joining under previous manager Wayne Burnett last season.
He first played for Hamlet's reserves when he was on holiday in England in 2005, after being introduced to Burnett by a friend, former Dulwich player Oliver Hunt, who is now at Tooting & Mitcham.
"When I came here to live,I came to see Wayne again and he gave me the chance to prove myself," said Beveney. "Hamlet are a great club with great facilities and the people here made me feel really comfortable.
"I have been doing the best I could for the team, and with my international experience, it seems to have been a help.
"I sometimes play on the right and sometimes up the middle.I certainly like to get forward and I have been shooting at goal a lot more this season, which is one reason why I've been scoring more goals.
"If things are not going well, Craig will switch our formation, with him sending me up front if he thinks that is best. He can also change formation if the need arises.
"It is certainly working at the moment. Football depends a lot on team spirit as well, and winning has brought a good feeling to the camp. Everyone is helping each other out and that is the perfect scenario."
Under Edwards' stewardship Hamlet have surged up the table in recent weeks.
They might have lost 3-1 to AFC Wimbledon in the London Senior Cup on Tuesday night - but tomorrow's trip to Horsham YMCA is far more important, the Hamlet manager insists.
"A few weeks ago we were in 18th and 15 points behind the leaders," he said. "Now we have the chance to be in amongst them.
"But the players have to approach the game like it is the most important one of the season - like it's a derby against Tooting - or we will drop points.
"I have tried to bring in more players who will add competition in most positions and that always helps. We have won our last three games without playing at our best.
"We are defensively solid - our back four have been magnificent, but it has been a big team effort.
"Last Saturday (in the 1-0 win over Ashford) we had a strong bench, which is always a good indication of a decent side.
"We are controlling games,but we need to start converting our possession into chances.
"If people are keen to learn, I will have that all day long. Everyone needs to pull their weight and we will continue to do well."


General Discussion / Guess The Forum Member
« on: September 04, 2007, 05:36:02 PM »

Football / Machel & Sancho
« on: August 31, 2007, 01:48:30 PM »

Football / QPR's Ray Jones dies in car crash
« on: August 25, 2007, 04:38:23 AM »
QPR's Ray Jones dies in car crash 
QPR are mourning the loss of Ray Jones
QPR's teenage striker Ray Jones has died in a car accident.

The club has postponed Saturday's match away to Burnley after the young forward was killed.

A statement said: "QPR is in mourning following the tragic news that striker Ray Jones died in a motor accident in the early hours of Saturday morning."

The 18-year-old England youth international was involved in an accident in East Ham and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The club said the collision occurred at about 0020 BST on Saturday in the High Street at South East Ham.

The statement added: "Everyone at Queens Park Rangers extends their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Ray at this sad time.

"The club will be making no further comment at this stage and we ask you respect our wishes as we grieve for our young striker.

More to follow.
This so sad, A friend of a Friend also plays for QPR (we were hoping it hasn't him when they hadn't released the name of the player but It's still sad) and was talking about how much for a talent Jones is. QPR FIGHTED to hold onto Jones from Fulham last year and alot of Premiership Club were in for him. He might of not become a Big name but he was going to play in the Premiership.

RIP Ray Jones

Football / Cayman call-ups rile clubs (Old Article)
« on: August 23, 2007, 02:48:30 PM »
Football: Cayman call-ups rile clubs
Independent, The (London),  Feb 25, 2000  by Mark Pierson
THE CAYMAN ISLANDS are facing a barrage of protest after recruiting eight players from Britain to join their World Cup squad. The players fly out to the Caribbean on Sunday.

Fulham are furious that Wayne Collins and Barry Hayles will miss their game against Queen's Park Rangers on Monday, while Wayne Allison, the Tranmere Rovers captain, who is cup-tied for Sunday's Worthington Cup final, will forsake the chance to support his team.

The whole plan has been put together by an agent, Barry McIntosh, who is recruiting any uncapped players with a British passport for the tiny dependency, which lies between Jamaica and Cuba.

The Cayman Islands' World Cup qualifying campaign starts against Cuba on Sunday 3 March. However, the players fly out for a friendly with the American club Washington DC United on Wednesday. There will also be a return match against Cuba to follow. Other Cayman "signings" include Birmingham City's Martin O'Connor, David Barnett (Lincoln), Neville Roach (Southend), Duane Plummer (Bristol City), Jason Brissett (Walsall) and Ged Brannan (Motherwell).

I know Cayman Islands' is a British Dependency but how could they allow that? :S

I think this was prevented anyway but I can't remember.

What about Track & Field / Philip makes history
« on: July 12, 2007, 05:22:09 PM »
Philip makes history
Thursday 12 July 2007

Ostrava, Czech Republic – Great Britain has had its fair share of sprint success over the years and boasts nine individual global 100m titles. But all of them had been won by men – until now, that is.

In taking the Girls’ World Youth title, 16-year-old Asha Philip became the first British female to win a global 100m gold medal in an ‘open’ championship (which excluded the World Student Games). And she did so in style.

Asha Philip of Great Britain on her way to gold in the 100m final
(Getty Images)
Pre-event favourite

Philip entered the championships as the favourite, having sped to an 11.37 PB and World Youth leading time at the National Junior Championships last month. She also led through all of the qualifying rounds, running 11.61, 11.53 and 11.56 in the heats, quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.

But the final did not come so easy to Philip as Brazil’s Rosângela Santos mounted a strong challenge and they seemingly crossed the line together. After a long wait, Philip was declared the winner as her team-mate, Ashlee Nelson, took bronze.


Asha Philip of Great Britain

Learning to cope with pressure

“It was hard to deal with the pressure,” admitted Philip who, because of her favourite tag had been requested for duties such as attending the pre-event press conference. “I had a few ups and downs on my way here, but I’m happy to finally get here and to perform to my best.”

Nelson and Philip for the past two years have been close friends and even closer rivals. Nelson, sister of 2005 World Youth 100m silver medallist Alex Nelson, was the first to enjoy a big breakthrough. Two years ago, at the age of 14, she set a UK under-15 record of 11.58 to beat Philip at the English Schools Championships.

But Philip’s breakthrough came just twelve months later when she finished fourth at the World Junior Championships, setting a UK under-17 record of 11.45 along the way.

Following in Merry’s footsteps

The pair have broken myriad other records along the way, most of which previously belonged to Sydney Olympic 400m bronze medallist Katharine Merry. She was on hand here in Ostrava, under the guise of team mentor, and was delighted with the performances of both Philip and Nelson.

“This is just awesome,” said Merry. “Asha came here as the No.1, but she dealt with the pressure and stamped her authority on the competition throughout the rounds. Ashlee has also been amazing – earlier in the week it was touch-and-go about whether she’d be able to compete because she was getting pains in her back.”

Merry is one of a small handful of British female sprinters who has transformed precocious talent as a youngster into success on the senior international stage. She says that Philip and Nelson both have the potential to do the same.

Mental edge is the key

“The difference with these girls compared to the others who have fallen by the wayside is that they have what it takes not just physically but mentally too,” said Merry. “They know how to keep things in perspective and they are very driven. And they have one another to help spur each other on over the coming years.”

So while Philip has made history by becoming the first British female global 100m champion, it looks as though it could be the first of many for Great Britain as Philip and Nelson look ahead to an exciting – and competitive – future.

Btw the way my me posting this doesn't mean I'm saying shes going to be a Track star but what I will say is that I rate her highly because her main sport is Gymnastics and she is a National Champion in that aswell.
She hardly trains for track

I just hope that she finds a good coach and becomes a Top Sprinter GB needs one lol, all that is left to say is

BAD WOMAN and well done

Ashlee Nelson of GB also came 3rd  ;D her brother is fast too.

Football / Colin Kazim-Richards Signs for Fenerbahçe
« on: June 21, 2007, 10:48:48 AM »
Fenerbahçe seals Colin Kazım deal
Saturday, June 16, 200

Fenerbahçe Friday signed English-born Turkish national Colin Kazım-Richards from Sheffield United on a four-year deal. Sheffield United will receive a fee of one million 275,000 pounds from the transfer. Born in Leytonstone, England in 1986, Richards is the son of a Turkish Cypriot mother and an Antigua-born father.
  Kazim-Richards made his international debut for Turkey as a substitute in a 0-0 friendly draw against Brazil 10 days ago and was appeared twice for the U21 squad where he scored a goal. "I know I have made the right decision to come to the biggest club in Turkey," Kazim-Richards said before the signing ceremony. "I can't wait for the season to start and for Fenerbahçe to go on to win another Turkish title." The young player can play as an attacking midfielder and striker and was transferred to fill the void left by the departure of Tuncay Şanlı, who moved to Middlesborough last week. 

Football / Reggae Fan?
« on: June 21, 2007, 07:10:49 AM »
? lol

Football / Royston Drenthe
« on: June 20, 2007, 02:03:15 PM »
Personally I don't think this guy should be allowed to play in any more under 21, 20 etc tournaments again. Why he hasn't been capped by the Senior team I don't know but the Drenthe is too SICK personally I think Van Basten should be Imprisoned for not capping him  ;D (If the Surinamese side was any good van Basten would be shitting himself  ;D)

Player of the Tournament already: I know it, you know, UEFA know it everyone does.

*Fair(when he wants to turn it on)
*Can use both feet
*Strong in a tackle
*Good at Dead balls/Set Pieces.
*Good attitude on the pitch
*Hard Working
*Great Dribbling
*Great Passing

Not any player that is been thrown into football because of his athleticism, a complete footballer.

Football / Sunderland Sign Forlan..Offical!
« on: June 15, 2007, 03:27:50 PM »
Roy Keane astounds the footballing world with new signing. Relegation haunted Sunderland have completed the transfer of Pablo Forlan for a fee of £2 million. Forlan, 61, is the father of Diego Forlan who still hopes to move to a genuine Premiership club. Relegation haunted Sunderland have completed the transfer of Pablo Forlan for a fee of £2 million. Forlan, 61, is the father of Diego Forlan who still hopes to move to a genuine Premiership club.

Roy Keane has opted for experience in signing the veteran Uruguayan defender, who featured in the 1966 and 1974 World Cup competitions, and sees him as a replacement for Jonny Evans who, very sensibly, decided not to return to the club. Forlan is looking forward to the new challenge.

"I was initially reluctant to resume my career overseas, as I can`t speak English" he said through an interpreter, "but from what I`ve been told, no one in Sunderland can either."

Forlan will now receive instruction in the ancient local dialect, which consists mainly of grunts, hand signals and expletives. His ambitions are modest.

"I realise that there`s no chance of winning anything, but I`ll be very pleased to help the club in their fight against relegation," he said.

Football / Don't leave me hanging on this thread
« on: May 27, 2007, 11:50:43 AM »
Am I the only one eager for the World Cup Qualifers to Start?
some people hate the qualifers and Just love the World Cup alone but Like both

Mostly because:
- I get to see the Caribbean Nations play more.
- There is a good chance of a Caribbean Nation getting through e.g Jamaica and TNT
- Sometimes a Channel in Europe called Eurosport does a long higlights show with all the Nations playing in the Qualifers. (I see Barbados get Licks from US on this channel lol)
- Brazil and Argentina play each other about 4 times.
There are more reason but I'm eager for them to start.

Football / Probably One of the Funniest Footballers Ever
« on: May 22, 2007, 12:24:21 PM »

Robin Friday (27 July 1952 – 22 December 1990) was an English footballer. He was the epitome of a "flawed genius" graced with immense talent, but having a wild and unpredictable temperament that could see him kissing a policeman one match, pulling down an opponent's shorts in a second, and being sent off and defecating in the opposition's bath in a third.

Personal life
Friday was the twin brother of Tony Friday, cousin to Michael Friday and second cousin to brothers Peter, Paul, Jamie and John Friday. His other family members are unknown. He left behind twin daughters born around 1969 to Maxine (née Dougan) from Acton, who is now a solicitor in criminal law.

Friday was found dead in his London flat on 22 December 1990 at the age of 38, having died of a heart attack.

Football career

Early career
Friday started his career for the now defunct Walthamstow Avenue football club, but soon moved to Hayes, who were willing to pay him more and were closer to his home in Acton. Hayes started one match with only ten players, as Friday was finishing a pint in the local pub. When he finally took the field after ten minutes he was obviously drunk and spent the game staggering around the pitch. Naturally, the opposition ignored him, until he scored the only goal of the game.

Move to Reading
In 1973 he was transferred to Reading, where he signed professional forms for the first time. In the 135 games he played for The Biscuitmen he scored 55 goals and made many more. He became such a crowd favourite that his on- and off-field antics are still the subject of discussion three decades after he left the club. He even won the "Player of the Millennium" award, a considerable achievement when many of the voters could never have seen him play. In a vote to compile the Royals' best-ever eleven, Friday was voted on the team as centre forward with 33.1% of the vote [1].

His goal for Reading against Tranmere Rovers in March 1976 has been described as one of the greatest ever goals - sadly scored in the days before there were cameras at every match. Friday apparently was waiting just outside the edge of the box when the ball was sent towards him. He subsequently leaped high into the air, caught the ball on his chest, spun around in the air, and proceeded to fire the ball into the top right-hand corner, to the great roar of the crowd. Another time whilst playing against Mark Lawrenson Friday became agitated by the future BBC pundit. He kicked Lawrenson in the face and received a red card before defecating in Lawrenson's kit bag.

Ends career at Cardiff
In 1976 Friday moved to Cardiff City for the knock-down price of £30,000. The Cardiff manager commented that he felt he was taking advantage of Reading, but was simply told "you'll see". Robin didn't disappoint and was arrested at Cardiff railway station on the day he arrived, having travelled from Reading with just a platform ticket. He started his playing career with Cardiff even more spectacularly, scoring twice against a defence directed by Bobby Moore. However, he lasted only twenty-five games with Cardiff before simply leaving football for good. Reading manager Maurice Evans once told Friday: "If you would just settle down for three or four years, you could play for England." Friday is said to have replied with the question "How old are you?" Evans told him and Friday duly responded "I'm half your age and I've lived twice your life." That was truly Robin Friday, the greatest player you never saw.

McGuigan, Paul and Hewitt, Paolo (1997) The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw (ISBN 1-85158-909-0)
The cover of the Super Furry Animals' single "The Man Don't Give a f**k" had a picture of Friday scoring a goal for Cardiff, while flicking a V at the stranded goalkeeper.

Date of birth 27 July 1952
Place of birth    Acton, London, England
Date of death    22 December 1990 (aged 38)
Place of death    London, England
Playing position Striker
Senior clubs1
Years Club App (Gls)*

1976–1977 Walthamstow Avenue
Cardiff City

121 (46)
021 0(6)   

Football / Caribbean Footballer of the Year 2007
« on: April 27, 2007, 03:12:55 PM »
If such a ting existed

Carlos Edwards?  ;D

They should include the diaspora but Thierry Henry and Williams Gallas would take it every year until they retired J/K  ;D

Why doesn't this exist? **points towards CFU for answers**

General Discussion / Cure My Ignorance - Murders
« on: April 14, 2007, 02:34:57 PM »
OK.. I've known for new years now that Trinidad has a high murder rate, other than normal Deprivation factors what else contributes to these murders? Basically I'm asking why do people get murdered and is it regularly the same type of person? (background, class, occupation, race etc)

I've heard reasons from people but I would like to hear the views from this forum.

Reason I ask because most Trinis (I'm talking about Born & Raised) who I meet are nice people don't come across as people who carry this badjohn mentality and express it openly like some people from other parts of the world !!
(that doesn't make me stereotype people from those nations, but I've seen it alot from people from those particular nations which will remain unnamed!)

This topic comes up alot on another forum I post on with many Trinis but it normally turns into a thread of cussing and comedy to get away from the point of discussing it.

If this thread offends anyone I will gladly ask the moderaters to remove it.

Cricket Anyone / West Indies Cricket Shirt
« on: March 23, 2007, 10:57:03 AM »
Has anyone had a problem getting hold of one? The place where I was going to order it from Originally sold out and aren't getting anymore.

Geesh Man I think I'm actually give up I normally hunt like a police sniffer dog when I want something

Football / The German Bundesliga Football Thread
« on: March 22, 2007, 05:53:41 AM »
I think this league is Very Underrated

I find this league more entertaining than Serie A (I'm using Serie A as an example because too many people say this is the best league (I think the Premiership is)) , don't get me wrong the Serie A has good football but It just seems to be the smaller teams in the Bundesliga put up more of a fight against bigger teams which I think makes it a more challenging league plus I feel the atmosphere in the stadiums are much better. Alot of players in the German league are talented and I feel they would contribute alot to the bigger teams in Champions League.

If I was a footballer I would prefer to go to Bundesliga rather than Serie A maybe I would prefer to go to Bundesliga over La Liga as well!. The Bundesliga seems more challenging (especially this year with Bayern not dominating)

Anyway Is the Bundesliga Underrated Do you agree or do you think I am talking out of the depths of my kakahole ??

(Even if you think I am my opinion wont change though I believe there is much more of a argument between Spanish League and Bundesliga)


Who going to this? I may go.

Football / Moderators - Aaron Thomas
« on: February 14, 2007, 06:40:24 PM »
Moderators If you wanted to do some reasearch.

If you want to there is a player by the Name of Aaron Thomas Born in Isleworth (Middlesex or West London) Who was playing for Hampton & Richamond  he stated his second Nationality as Trinidad & Tobago. Don't know where he is now, he might of been playing for Hampton & Richmond Ryman Isthmian Football League but he's quiet young (9/9/88)



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