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Dwight Yorke 1998-2002 188 Goals 66 Goals

December 11, 2009

Written by: Adam Carpenter

Dwight had a fairly brief but effective stay at Old Trafford from 1998 to 2002 scoring more than a goal every other game. His goal scoring record proved to be a formidable one and he built a superb relationship with Andy Cole during his stay in Manchester. Yorke has also played for many other teams in his footballing career excelling for most he has played for.

He signed for United for £12.6 million back in 98 from a very impressive stint at Aston Villa which was the reason why he was signed by Sir Alex. In his time at Villa he built a very good striking partnership with Stan Collymore. He moved to United and built a new partnership with Andy Cole, who was actually offered by Villa on a swap deal with Yorke, but United rejected and paid straight cash, so they could sign the man they wanted to become the best pairing the club has ever had.

The Yorke-Cole partnership was so devastating and feared by defences across Europe in 1998-1999 seasons where United won the treble. Dwight scored a last gasp equaliser at Old Trafford in an F.A cup tie in 99 against Liverpool, which was converted to a winner by Solskjaer seconds later, but Yorke and Cole linked so well at the time United relied on them the most, in the champions league semi final 2nd away to Juventus where United were in massive danger of exiting the competition and the two forwards played out of their skin to draw a 2-0 loss, back to a 3-2 win, (with a little help from Roy Keane). Without that moment there would have been no United in the Nou Camp to win their first European cup under Sir Alex and a piece of history that would be taken from United folklore. This season the pairing amassed a huge 53 goals together and Yorke finished top scorer in the country. In 2001 Yorke was starting to fall out of favour with Sir Alex as he had just paid £19 million on a new striker in the name of Ruud Van Nistelrooy. There was a supposed bust up between Yorke and Ferguson in 2002 about this which is meant to be believed to be the reason for him being sold to Blackburn Rovers for £2.5 million.

Since Yorke has left United he has still enjoyed a great career with other football teams. When he joined Blackburn he was rejoined with old strike partner Andy Cole where they continued a great run of goal scoring despite being in their thirties. But yet again Yorke fell out with the gaffer and was sold to Birmingham. He has also played for Sydney in Australia and also in 2006 was back in the premier league where ex team mate Roy Keane was keen on added some much needed experience for his Sunderland side and was signed up for £200,000. He showed he could still do it in the top flight putting in some great performances in his time in the north east and most notably his man of the match performance against Arsenal in a 1-1 draw. Yorke was released in the summer of 2009 and is currently taking some time away from football and loves watching and playing his main hobby, which is Cricket.

His international career has been a lengthy one, making his debut for a very poor Trinidad and Tobago side back in 1989 and has gone on to make 72 appearances and scored 26 goals. Tobago have never really been a footballing mad nation but no doubt Yorke is the best ever player to play for them and has always been the one shining light in their team. Back in 2001 Yorke did actually retire from international football to prolong his career with his club, but the temptation of playing in the world cup finals in 2006 was enough to make him come out of retirement. Tobago was in the same group as England and Yorke was captain for his country during this tournament. Unfortunately they could never progress from the group stages and were beaten by a respective 2-0 score line against England. Yorke has been captain of his country many times showing the importance he is to his nation as being a captain as striker which is quite unusual in most sides.

To date Yorke is still playing his football and enjoying it as ever, but has currently been a free agent since last summer when he was to be released by Sunderland. During his time at the north east club, he showed at his late thirties he could still cut it in the premier league. He also showed how his game had developed over the years by being reverted to finish his career as a central midfielder. He will no doubt be remembered as the having a killer finish but he could do a great job in the engine room.

One thing that Yorke will be loved in many of the hearts of the red devils fans and in general all football fans, was his wonderful personality. He has always been an optimistic type of guy and has looked at life in the positive light, and we all know him for that brilliant smile he has. Some of us may know he has had a relationship with the plastic wag Jordan. He has one and only child named Harvey who he had with Jordan and he suffers from autism.

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  1. December 11, 2009 7:47 pm

    Nice one Carpy, shows you have the talent. York was more famous as a partner with Andy Cole. The “Deadly Duo” as I would call them in there prime. Well done son on a good BLOG.

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