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Dwight Yorke

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1 Senior club appearances and goalscounted for the domestic league only andcorrect as of 18:19, 24 September 2007 (UTC).2 National team caps and goals correctas of 11:18, 23 October 2006 (UTC).* Appearances (Goals)

Dwight Eversley Yorke (born November 3, 1971 in Canaan, Tobago) is a Trinidad and Tobago football player. He currently plays for Sunderland A.F.C, having previously played for Aston Villa F.C. as his first club and most of his career, then Manchester United F.C., Blackburn Rovers F.C., Birmingham City F.C. and Sydney FC. Dwight Yorke was nicknamed 'The Smiling Assassin' due to the fact he was constantly smiling at all times and his goal-scoring abilities.

Dwight Yorke was first discovered by Graham Taylor, at the time the Aston Villa manager, on a tour of the West Indies in 1989. Yorke appeared in a team that played a friendly match against Aston Villa, Taylor was impressed and offered Yorke a trial at Villa. Yorke was subsequently given a permanent contract and he made his First Division debut for Aston Villa against Crystal Palace on March 24, 1990: the game ended 0-1.

The circumstances of his departure from Aston Villa were very controversial; Manchester United were accused of making an illegal approach for the player. 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 Andy Cole, a striker at Manchester United. Yorke then approached Gregory to state that he wanted to leave the club, to which Gregory was famously attributed to saying that he would shoot Yorke if he had had a gun in his office. Yorke played in a match for Villa at Everton early in the season in August 1998, however it appeared he made no effort during the match as he was unhappy at not being allowed to leave the club. Aston Villa was left with no option but to sell the player and he was transferred to Manchester United for £12.6 million in August 1998. Despite spending 9 years at Villa he is widely disliked by its fans due to his behaviour at the time he left the club and also due to the fact he later joined Birmingham City, the arch-rivals of Aston Villa.

Yorke spent two years at Blackburn Rovers, where he rejoined his old United strike partner, Andy Cole, but never made the same impact that he made at United, there he fell out with manager Graeme Souness. It was rumoured that Souness, accusing him of not trying hard enough, hit Yorke with a tackle that could have broken his leg. Subsequently he joined Birmingham City in 2004 on a free transfer.

He retired from international football in 2001 with his friend Russell Latapy after a disagreement with the side's coach; however he returned to the team for the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign, in which the team qualified for the World Cup finals for the first time in their history after a 2-1 aggregate qualifying victory over Bahrain.

He was once in a much-publicised relationship with the British Page three model Jordan, and has a child with her called Harvey. Yorke disputed paternity until Jordan's claims were proven by a DNA test. It appears he no longer has any contact with the child.

He was said to have been dating former Miss Wales and Big Brother UK 2006 contestant Imogen Thomas. She reportedly finished her relationship with Yorke because "he was no longer famous enough".


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