Carlos Edwards

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Carlos Edwards
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Personal information
Full name Akenhaton Carlos Edwards[1]
Date of birth (1978-10-24) 24 October 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Diego Martin, Trinidad and Tobago
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Winger/Right back
Club information
Current team
Millwall
Number 44
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 Patna United ? (?)
1998 Queen's Park CC ? (?)
1999–2000 Defence Force ? (?)
2000–2005 Wrexham 165 (23)
2005–2007 Luton Town 68 (8)
2007–2009 Sunderland 50 (5)
2008 Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 6 (0)
2009–2014 Ipswich Town 166 (9)
2014 Millwall (loan) 8 (1)
2014– Millwall 3 (0)
National team
1999– Trinidad and Tobago 86 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:38,3 September 2009 (UTC)

Akenhaton Carlos Edwards CM (born 24 October 1978), known as Carlos Edwards, is a Trinidadian professional footballer who plays for Millwall as a right-back. He started his footballing career in Trinidad and Tobago before moving to Wrexham in 2000 for whom he made over 150 appearances. He has had spells with Luton Town and Sunderland, and a brief loan period with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Edwards has made over 80 appearances for the Trinidad and Tobago national football team, scoring four goals.

Club career[edit]

Edwards, a right-winger also adept at right-back, started his professional career at Defence Force in his native Trinidad and Tobago, where he had attended the same school (St Anthony's College in Westmoorings) as future team-mate Kenwyne Jones.[2]

Wrexham[edit]

Edwards was later signed by Wrexham for £250,000 in 2000, along with Dennis Lawrence and Hector Sam, after a trial.

Edwards helped the club win promotion to the Second Division in 2002–03, scoring 10 goals and winning Wrexham's Player of the Year award and being selected for the PFA Third Division Team of the Year along the way.[3] He then added a further five goals the following season as the club finished mid-table, with Edwards again voted into the PFA Team of the Year.

However, Edwards suffered a knee injury while on international duty in 2004 that put him on the sidelines for most of the 2004–05 season. The campaign ended in relegation for the club but he won his first silverware in English football in the form of the 2005 Football League Trophy.

Luton Town[edit]

With his Wrexham contract having expired, Edwards joined Championship side Luton Town in 2005 in a three-year deal on a Bosman transfer.[4] At Luton, he became popular with the fans with his flair and ability, winning the Young Members Player of the Season award in his first season with the club.[3]

Sunderland[edit]

Edwards' form attracted a £1.5 million bid from Sunderland whom he joined on 2 January 2007, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract.[5] Edwards began his Sunderland career brightly and scored five times in the remainder of the campaign. It was his 80th-minute winner against Burnley that confirmed Sunderland's promotion to the Premier League, after Derby County failed to beat Crystal Palace the following day.

Edwards' first season in the top flight was ruined by injury problems though. He suffered a hamstring injury in only the second game and after returning, had a leg fracture that again put him on the sidelines. He managed to return for the final months of the campaign that saw Sunderland retain their Premier League status.

After a spree of summer signings left Edwards largely out of contention at his parent club, he joined Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers on 2 October 2008 on a three-month loan.[6] However, he was recalled early by the Black Cats on 20 November after six appearances for Wolves.

Ipswich Town[edit]

On 1 September 2009, Edwards and Grant Leadbitter signed for Ipswich Town for a combined fee of £4 million.[7] He scored his first goal for Ipswich in a 1–0 win at Sheffield Wednesday on 20 February 2010.[8] Edwards played purely as a right winger under Roy Keane but switched to right-back when Paul Jewell became manager. Edwards became Ipswich captain in March 2012 and was voted the Players' Player of the Year for the 2011–12 season.

On 27 March 2014, Edwards joined fellow Championship side Millwall on loan until 3 May 2014.[9]

International career[edit]

Edwards made his international debut for the Trinidad and Tobago national team on 5 June 1999 against Grenada in the 1999 Caribbean Nations Cup, despite never having appeared at any youth level for his country before.[10]

After winning that tournament, Edwards went on to become an established international and was part of the team that reached the World Cup Finals for the first time in the country's history and was duly selected for the squad for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. He played every minute of their participation during the competition, against Sweden, England and Paraguay, respectively.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 26 March 2005 Estadío Mateo Flores  Guatemala 1 – 2 1–5 2006 World Cup qualification
2 3 September 2008 Hasely Crawford Stadium  Guyana 1 – 0 3–0 International Friendly
3 12 February 2009 Estadio Cuscatlán  El Salvador 1 – 0 2–2 2010 World Cup qualification
4 6 June 2009 Dwight Yorke Stadium  Costa Rica 1 – 0 2–3 2010 World Cup qualification

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 19 October 2013.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Wrexham 2000–01[11] Second Division 36 4 1 0 2 0 0 0 39 4
2001–02[12] Second Division 26 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 27 5
2002–03[13] Third Division 44 8 1 0 2 1 2[a] 1 49 10
2003–04[14] Second Division 42 5 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 45 5
2004–05[15] League One 18 1 0 0 0 0 3[a] 0 21 1
Total 166 23 3 0 6 1 6 1 181 25
Luton Town 2005–06[16] Championship 42 2 1 0 2 0 45 2
2006–07[17] Championship 26 6 0 0 3 0 29 6
Total 68 8 1 0 5 0 74 8
Sunderland 2006–07[17] Championship 15 5 1 0 0 0 16 5
2007–08[18] Premier League 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
2008–09[19] Premier League 22 0 3 0 1 0 26 0
2009–10[20] Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 50 5 4 0 2 0 56 5
Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 2008–09[19] Championship 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Ipswich Town 2009–10[20] Championship 28 2 2 0 0 0 30 2
2010–11[21] Championship 45 3 1 0 5 1 51 4
2011–12[22] Championship 45 0 1 0 0 0 46 0
2012–13[23] Championship 43 3 1 0 2 0 46 3
2013–14[24] Championship 9 1 0 0 1 0 10 1
Total 170 8 5 0 8 1 183 9
Career total 460 44 13 0 21 2 6 1 500 47
  1. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy

Honours[edit]

Wrexham
Sunderland

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946–2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 188. ISBN 1-85291-665-6. 
  2. ^ "Football- Soca Warriors 2005". St Anthonys. 
  3. ^ a b "Carlos Edwards". Lutonfc.com. 
  4. ^ "Edwards poised to sign for Luton". BBC Sport. 17 May 2005. 
  5. ^ "Sunderland sign Edwards for £1.5m". BBC Sport. 2 January 2007. 
  6. ^ "Wolves complete Edwards loan deal". BBC Sport. 2 October 2008. 
  7. ^ "Black Cats pair seal switch". Sunderland A.F.C. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  8. ^ "Sheff Wed 0 – 1 Ipswich". BBC. 20 February 2010. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "In winger". Millwall FC. 27 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Carlos Akenhaton Edwards". Socawarriors.net. 
  11. ^ "Games played by Carlos Edwards in 2000/2001". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Games played by Carlos Edwards in 2001/2002". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Games played by Carlos Edwards in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "Games played by Carlos Edwards in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "Games played by Carlos Edwards in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  16. ^ "Games played by Carlos Edwards in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  17. ^ a b "Games played by Carlos Edwards in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  18. ^ "Games played by Carlos Edwards in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  19. ^ a b "Games played by Carlos Edwards in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  20. ^ a b "Games played by Carlos Edwards in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  21. ^ "Games played by Carlos Edwards in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  22. ^ "Games played by Carlos Edwards in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Carlos Edwards in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  24. ^ "Games played by Carlos Edwards in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 

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