|Full name||Dwight Eversley Yorke|
|Date of birth||3 November 1971|
|Place of birth||Canaan, Trinidad and Tobago|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|1988–1989||Signal Hill Comprehensive School|
|1989–2009||Trinidad and Tobago||72||(19)|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals|
Dwight Eversley Yorke
He was the assistant manager of the Trinidad and Tobago national team until the completion of the qualifying matches for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Yorke scored 123 goals in the Premier League, a record for a non-European which was not broken until Sergio Agüero in 2017.
At international level, Yorke represented Trinidad and Tobago on 74 occasions between 1989 and 2009, scoring 19 goals. He helped his nation reach the semi-finals of the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and also 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.
Yorke was first discovered by
Yorke was an integral member of the Villa team that reached the
The circumstances of his departure from Aston Villa were controversial. John Gregory, Aston Villa manager at that time, made it known that the club did not want to sell Yorke to Manchester United unless they were prepared to exchange striker Andy Cole. 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 Yorke if he had had a gun in his office. 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. Villa were left with no option but to sell the player and he was transferred to Manchester United for £12.6 million on 20 August 1998.
In his first season Yorke was a key player in guiding his club to a unique treble of the Premier League title,
Despite a less successful third season personally, Yorke scored his
In July 2002, Yorke moved to Blackburn Rovers for an initial £2 million, potentially rising to £2.6 million; United had wanted a fee of £6 million. He 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.
Yorke scored 13 goals in all competitions in his first season at
On 31 August 2004, transfer deadline day, Yorke moved to Birmingham City on a one-year deal with the option of a second. Instead of a loan to Celtic, he chose to join Birmingham for a "substantial but undisclosed fee". It was later reported as £250,000.
Yorke scored on his home debut for Birmingham in a 1–1 draw against Charlton Athletic, with the equaliser seven minutes after replacing Clinton Morrison. He scored again against Graeme Souness's Newcastle on 3 October. However, Yorke fell out of favour at St Andrew's and was released by mutual consent in April 2005.
Yorke immediately signed for Sydney FC, with a salary of $1 million a season. He scored the first goal for Sydney FC in its first A-League regular season match, a diving header against the Melbourne Victory. Yorke came to Sydney FC with the biggest pedigree of all players in the A-League, having won the treble with Manchester United. Yorke scored 7 goals in the A-League, with three of them being from penalty kicks. Sydney FC coach Pierre Littbarski moved Yorke into a midfield role and gave him the team captaincy.
He played a major role in leading Sydney FC to victory in the inaugural A-League Grand Final on 5 March against regional rivals
Due to the schedule of football in Australia, Yorke returned to Manchester United for training from March to June 2006, to retain fitness for the World Cup.
Yorke returned to Sydney FC to take part in a friendly against Everton in 2010. The game was considered his 'farewell game' as he never had the chance to say a proper farewell to the fans at Sydney FC. Everton won the match 1–0, and Yorke was substituted midway through the second half.
On 31 August 2006, Yorke's transfer to
On 2 January 2008, during Sunderland's 1–0 defeat to Blackburn, Yorke was given a red card by referee Rob Styles. Yorke stated several times he would like to return to the
On 11 March 2008, it was announced that the Mariners were in "advanced negotiations" with Yorke to become the marquee for two years.
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. On 17 April 2011 he completed the London Marathon in a time of 3 hours and 32 minutes. On 14 August 2011, Yorke signed a two-year deal to work for Sky Sports as a pundit.
Yorke was captain for all of Trinidad and Tobago's games at the
Yorke announced his retirement from international football in March 2007, choosing to focus on his club career at Sunderland.
On 15 October 2008, he scored his first international goal after returning from retirement against the United States in a 2010 World Cup qualification match. The game ended 2–1 for Trinidad and Tobago. His 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. On 11 February 2009, 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 (2–2) after exchanging heated remarks with Mexican referee Marco Antonio Rodríguez (the Trini star had voiced his disapproval of the disruptions caused by the home crowd) and was consequently banned for four games due to his use of abusive language. The suspension was later reduced to two matches.
After being released from Sunderland and being unable to find a club before the end of the current transfer window, Yorke retired from football altogether in September 2009, and took up the post of assistant manager with the Trinidad and Tobago national team.
On 21 April 2019, Yorke was interviewed for the vacant role at
On 21 April 2022 it was revealed that Yorke was being considered for the vacant manager's position at
On 1 July 2022, Yorke became the new manager of
Yorke left the Bulls in January 2023, the day after a 1–0 loss to
Yorke had a brief relationship with former model turned writer Katie Price; they have a son, Harvey, who was born in May 2002. He is autistic, partially blind and has the genetic disorder Prader–Willi syndrome. In a 2009 interview, Yorke conceded being unfaithful to Price during their relationship, and subsequently playing no role in the upbringing of their son. He has not claimed paternity.
The Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet, Tobago, constructed for the 2001 FIFA U-17 World Championship, was named in Yorke's honour. Yorke is a cricket fan. One of Yorke's closest friends is Brian Lara. During the 1999 Cricket World Cup, Yorke made regular appearances bringing on drinks for the West Indies cricket team. Yorke's older brother, Clint Yorke, is a former first-class cricketer who has represented the Trinidad and Tobago national cricket team as an opening batsman.
Yorke featured extensively in an episode of Australia's The Biggest Loser, which aired on 28 February 2006. The episode involved Yorke coaching the "red team" of contestants while they competed against the "blue team" in a game of football. Mark Rudan, Yorke's Sydney FC teammate, was the manager of the "blue team".
As a member of the squad that competed at the 2006 World Cup, Yorke was awarded the Chaconia Medal (Gold Class), the second highest state decoration of Trinidad and Tobago. He was also made a Sports Ambassador for the country.
Yorke released his autobiography, Born to Score, in 2009.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup[a]||League Cup[b]||Continental||Other||Total|
|Aston Villa||1989–90||First Division||2||0||0||0||—||—||0||0||2||0|
|Manchester United||1998–99||Premier League||32||18||8||3||0||0||11[e]||8||—||51||29|
|Blackburn Rovers||2002–03||Premier League||33||8||3||3||4||2||3[d]||0||—||43||13|
|Birmingham City||2004–05||Premier League||13||2||1||0||2||0||—||—||16||2|
|Trinidad and Tobago||1989||10||2|
- Scores and results list Trinidad and Tobago's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Yorke goal.
|1||9 July 1989||Bridgetown, Barbados||Grenada||2–1||1989 Caribbean Cup|
|3||21 May 1993||Montego Bay, Jamaica||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||4–1|
1993 Caribbean Cup
|4||23 June 1996||Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago||Dominican Republic||8–0||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5||15 February 2000||Los Angeles, United States||Guatemala||4–2||2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|6||7 May 2000||Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago||Haiti||3–1||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|7||19 May 2000||Port-au-Prince, Haiti||Haiti||1–1||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|8||8 July 2000||Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago||Jamaica||2–4|
|10||16 July 2000||Edmonton, Canada||Canada||2–0||2–0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|11||16 August 2000||Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago||Panama||6–0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|13||23 June 2001||Hamilton, Bermuda||Bermuda||5–0|
|14||28 February 2006||London, England||Iceland||2–0|
|16||7 October 2006||Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||5–0|
|17||15 October 2008||Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago||United States||2–1||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|18||19 November 2008||Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago||Cuba||3–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|19||11 February 2009||San Salvador, El Salvador||El Salvador||2–2||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
- As of 21 January 2023
|Macarthur FC||1 July 2022||21 January 2023||19||10||3||6||37||19||+18||52.63|
- Premier League: 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01
- FA Cup: 1998–99
- UEFA Champions League: 1998–99
- Intercontinental Cup: 1999
Trinidad and Tobago
- Premier League Player of the Month: February 1996, January 1999, March 2000
- PFA Team of the Year: 1998–99 Premier League
- Premier League Player of the Season: 1998–99
- Premier League Golden Boot: 1998–99
- Joe Marston Medal: 2005–06
- Sydney FC Hall of Fame: 2015
- Chaconia Medal Gold Class: 2006
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