Collin Samuel

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Collin Samuel
Personal information
Full name Collin Andrew Samuel[1]
Date of birth (1981-08-27) 27 August 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Manzanilla, Trinidad and Tobago
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[2]
Playing position Winger / Striker
Club information
Current team
Sauchie Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Doc's Khelwalaas ? (?)
2000–2002 San Juan Jabloteh ? (?)
2002–2003 Falkirk 34 (11)
2003–2007 Dundee United 116 (14)
2007–2008 Toronto FC 19 (3)
2008–2011 St. Johnstone 83 (13)
2011 Luton Town 1 (0)
2012 Arbroath 13 (4)
2012 East Fife 12 (3)
2013- Sauchie
National team
2002– Trinidad and Tobago 24 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 December 2012

Collin Andrew Samuel CM (born 27 August 1981) is a Trinidad and Tobago footballer, who is currently with Scottish Junior East Super League club Sauchie Juniors. He has represented Trinidad and Tobago at senior international level and played in the 2006 World Cup.

Career[edit]

Club[edit]

Samuel began his career with Doc's Khelwalaas of his native Trinidad, where he played from 1998 to 2000. In 2000, he moved to one of the nation's largest clubs, San Juan Jabloteh, where he played the 2001 and 2002 seasons. He moved to Scotland in August 2002 when he was scouted by Simon Lindsay for Falkirk. He scored 16 goals in 42 appearances in his first season for the then-Scottish First Division side. During his spell with Falkirk, he had an unsuccessful trial with Everton in the English Premier League. Samuel then moved to Scottish Premier League club Dundee United on 11 July 2003 for £100,000.

Samuel was not as prolific at Tannadice, scoring just 15 goals in total during his four seasons there. Despite scoring on his debut, Samuel managed just one more all season and failed to score at all during 2004–05. Samuel was part of the Dundee United match day squad which participated in the Scottish Cup final in season 2004–05 against Celtic. Despite losing that cup final 1–0, the team still qualified for the following season's UEFA Cup in which Samuel scored against Finnish team, MyPa, at Tannadice in the second leg of the qualifying round tie. Finding his form somewhat that particular season, he managed seven goals, including three in four games during December. In 2006–07, however, Samuel again failed to score a single goal. Generally starting from the bench, he was frequently used as a right midfielder or as a forward. Samuel was told he was free to leave Dundee United at the end of the 2006–07 season,[3] with interest shown by Major League Soccer side Toronto FC and Scottish First Division side, St. Johnstone.[4] Samuel subsequently played his last game for Dundee United in their final game of the 2006–07 season, a 0–0 draw at home to Motherwell.

After being released by Dundee United, media speculation increasingly linked him with moves to a team in the MLS and the aforementioned St. Johnstone. Samuel eventually signed for MLS side Toronto FC, during which time he started every game for the Canadian club, making 19 appearances and scoring 3 goals for the injury-racked club in their inaugural season. He was released from Toronto FC in April 2008 due to personal reasons, with the club allowed a limited number of international players on their roster.

Samuel then signed a two-year deal with Scottish First Division side St. Johnstone on 6 May 2008 where he proceeded to play no small part in the campaign that led to promotion back to the Scottish Premier League for the 2009–10 season.[5]

Despite being injured for half of the season in St. Johnstone's return to the SPL in 2009/2010, he still managed seven SPL goals plus one in the cup. He has signed a one year contract for the 2010/2011 campaign, scoring 3 goals in 36 appearances over the season. He was released at the end of his contract in May 2011.

He was signed on 31 August 2011, the transfer deadline day, by Luton Town of the English Conference Premier,[6] but left the club by mutual consent after playing one game.[7]

On 20 January 2012, Samuel signed for Scottish Second Division club Arbroath until the end of the 2011–12 season.[8] In the summer of 2012, Samuel moved to East Fife, another Second Division club until the end of the season.[9]

On August 2013, Samuel had a successful trial with Junior outfit Sauchie and signed a contract for the 2013-2014 season.

International[edit]

Samuel plays for the Trinidad and Tobago national team, having made his debut on 11 January 2002.[10] He played for the team in the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup and was called up to the 2006 World Cup squad. He started the opening group match against Sweden and helped the team earn a goalless draw.

Honours[edit]

Dundee United[edit]

2004–05

Sauchie Juniors East of Scotland cup winners 20013-20014

Career statistics[edit]

Statistics correct as of 9 July 2012[11]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
2002–03 Falkirk Scottish First Division 33 11 4 4 3 1 - 40 16
2003–04 Dundee United Scottish Premier League 26 2 1 0 2 0 - 29 2
2004–05 18 0 3 0 3 0 - 24 0
2005–06 35 7 1 0 1 0 1 1 38 8
2006–07 37 5 2 0 2 0 - 41 5
Canada League Cup League Cup Continental Total
2007 Toronto Major League Soccer 18 3 18 3
2008 1 0 1 0
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
2008–09 St. Johnstone Scottish First Division 28 6 1 0 1 0 - 30 6
2009–10 Scottish Premier League 27 5 0 0 1 2 - 28 7
2010–11 28 2 5 1 3 0 - 36 3
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2011–12 Luton Town Conference Premier 1 0 0 0 - 1 0
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
2011–12 Arbroath Scottish Second Division 13 4 0 0 0 0 - 13 4
2011–12 East Fife Scottish Second Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0
Total Scotland 246 42 17 5 16 4 1 1 280 52
Canada 19 3 - 19 3
England 1 0 0 0 - 1 0
Career total 265 45 299 55

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Collin Andrew Samuel". Player History. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Collin Samuel". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Samuel on way out at Tannadice". The Courier. 15 May 2007. 
  4. ^ "Visa blow for Samuel". The Courier. 16 May 2007. 
  5. ^ "Samuel joins up at St Johnstone". BBC News. 6 May 2008. Retrieved 6 May 2008. 
  6. ^ "Luton sign forwards Stuart Fleetwood and Collin Samuel". BBC Sport. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Collin Samuel exits Luton Town after one game". BBC Sport. 8 November 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Arbroath sign-up international striker Collin Samuel". BBC Sport (BBC). 21 January 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Scottish Division Two ins and outs". BBC Sport (BBC). 7 August 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Collin Andrew Samuel". Soca Warriors. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Collin Andrew Samuel". World-soccer.org. Retrieved 17 October 2009. 

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