Marvin Andrews

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Marvin Andrews
Personal information
Full name Big Starving Marvin Andrews
Date of birth (1975-12-22) 22 December 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre half
Club information
Current team
Elgin City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1994 ECM Motown ? (?)
1995–1996 San Juan Jabloteh ? (?)
1996–1997 Malta Carib Alcons ? (?)
1997–2000 Raith Rovers 63 (5)
2000–2004 Livingston 119 (8)
2004–2006 Rangers 53 (7)
2006–2008 Raith Rovers 41 (8)
2009 Raith Rovers 11 (0)
2009–2010 Hamilton Academical 2 (0)
2009–2010 Queen of the South (loan) 2 (0)
2010 Queen of the South 4 (0)
2010–2011 Wrexham 29 (2)
2011–2012 Kirkintilloch Rob Roy 5 (0)
2013 Albion Rovers 13 (2)
2013–2014 Forfar Athletic 17 (0)
2014– Elgin City 10 (2)
National team
1996– Trinidad and Tobago 101 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 September 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 August 2009

Marvin Andrews CM (born 22 December 1975) is a Trinidadian football defender currently playing for Elgin City.

Andrews's career includes spells at Livingston, with whom he won the Scottish League Cup in 2004, and Rangers, where he won the double of the League Cup and the Scottish Premier League title in 2005.

Between 1996 and 2006 Andrews was a regular for the Trinidad and Tobago national football team, winning 99 caps up to that point. He had stated that he wished for another callup in future,[1] and earned his 100th cap in a 2–3 defeat to Costa Rica in a FIFA World Cup qualifying match on 6 June 2009.

Club career[edit]

Before moving to Scotland, Andrews played with Carib F.C. of Trinidad.

Tall, strong and very good in the air as he have proven to be with a few goals over the years, Raith Rovers sold Andrews for around £50,000 in a multi-player deal. Andrews signed for Livingston on 28 September 2000. Andrews was voted Raith Rovers' "Player of the Day" in the 1999–00 season and, also Livingston "Player of the Year" for the 2003–04 season. On 14 March 2004, Andrews picked up his first major medal when Livingston won the 2003-04 Scottish League Cup by beating Hibernian 2–0 with goals by Derek Lilley and Jamie McAllister.

Andrews signed a two-year deal with Rangers in May 2004 and at the end of his first season with Rangers he scooped the Rangers Player of the Year award, the club also won the Scottish Premier League title on the last day of the season. Also during his time at Rangers he defied medical science by using self healing to overcome a serious cruciate knee ligament injury. It was expected that Andrews would be out of action for up to nine months but he returned after just two weeks looking like there was nothing wrong with him.

He was released by Rangers at the end of the 2005–06 season and was a free agent for a short while, before being re-signed by his former club Raith Rovers on 4 October 2006.

In May 2008, Andrews left Raith Rovers by mutual consent.[2] He appeared for them as a trialist a little less than a year later, playing for the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 win over East Fife. Andrews stated that he wishes to remain with Rovers for the rest of the season and signed up yet again to Raith Rovers on 11 March 2009. In July 2009, Andrews signed for SPL club Hamilton Academical.[3]

On 7 December 2009, Dumfries club Queen of the South announced Andrews had signed on a one month loan as cover for the suspended David Lilley and Stephen McKenna.[4] Manager Gordon Chisholm gave Andrews his Queens debut on 12 December in the 2–1 win away to Morton.[5] With bad weather causing a series of fixture portponements at Palmerston Park, Andrews played only one other game for Queens during the loan period, in the 2–2 draw away at Partick Thistle.[6] However Andrews returned to QoS by signing a six-month deal on 29 January 2010.[7][8]

Andrews was released by Queens at the end of the 2009–10 season.[9]

He joined Wrexham in August 2010 on a short term contract for the 2010–11 season in the Conference Premier.[10]

At the end of 2011, he left Wrexham and joined Scottish Junior Football Association, West Region club Kirkintilloch Rob Roy.[11]

At the start of 2013, he joined Albion Rovers in the Second Division.[12]

In July 2013, it was confirmed that he had signed for Forfar Athletic.[13]

On 10 August 2014, Andrews made his debut for League 2 side Elgin City. Andrews set up Craig Gunn to score the only goal of the game, as Elgin beat East Fife 1–0.[14] After three games as a trialist, including two man of the match performances and one goal, Andrews signed a one-year deal with Elgin. He is quoted as saying "It’s a very, very nice club with great supporters, and the team plays very attractive football."[15]

International career[edit]

Andrews was a key player for the Trinidad and Tobago national team. Having made his international début in 1996, Andrews has joined Angus Eve and Stern John in earning 100 caps for his country. He was a regular member of the national team during their qualification process for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but a knee injury sustained prior to the opening match against Sweden virtually ruled him out of the tournament. Brent Sancho took his place in the team alongside Dennis Lawrence.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

[16] [17]

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
1997–98 Raith Rovers Division One 6 0
1998–99 First Division 24 1
1999-00 29 1
2000–01 4 3
2000–01 Livingston First Division 13 0
2001–02 Premier League 33 3
2002–03 33 4
2003–04 38 0
2004–05 Rangers Premier League 30 4
2005–06 23 3
2006–07 Raith Rovers Second Division 22 4
2007–08
Total Scotland 255 23
Career total 255 23

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 July 1997 Antigua Recreation Ground, St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda  Jamaica 1–1 Draw 1997 Caribbean Cup
2. 13 July 1997 Antigua Recreation Ground, St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda  Saint Kitts and Nevis 4–0 Win 1997 Caribbean Cup
3. 11 June 1999 Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago  Haiti 6–1 Win 1999 Caribbean Cup
4. 4 March 2000 Hasley Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago  Netherlands Antilles 5–0 Win 2002 World Cup Q.
5. 18 March 2000 Stadion Ergilio Hato, Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles  Netherlands Antilles 1–1 Draw 2002 World Cup Q.
6. 7 May 2000 Hasley Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago  Haiti 3–1 Win 2002 World Cup Q.
7. 25 February 2001 Truman Bodden Stadium, George Town, Cayman Islands  Cayman Islands 0–3 Win Friendly
8. 25 April 2001 Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago  Mexico 1–1 Draw 2002 World Cup Q.
9. 13 June 2004 Estadio Olímpico Juan Pablo Duarte, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic  Dominican Republic 0–2 Win 2006 World Cup Q.
10. 9 July 2005 Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida, United States  Panama 2–2 Draw 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Correct as of 13 August 2009

Honours[edit]

Livingston F.C.
Rangers
2005
2005
Raith Rovers
2008–09

Religion[edit]

A devout Christian, Andrews also practices faith healing at the "Zion Praise Centre International", a church based in Kirkcaldy which is described as being Pentecostal.[18] Andrews claims his faith was largely inspired by former Livingston teammate Francisco Javier Sánchez Broto.[citation needed]

In the 2004–05 season (his first season with Rangers) he injured the cruciate ligament in his knee while playing. The injury was supposed to keep him off the field for months but Marvin Andrews was only off for one Scottish League Cup match and was back the next week as he believed God would keep him fit, a move which worried medical staff and supporters alike. Andrews' leg and form held up for the rest of the season, which saw his first SPL medal but the same injury eventually caught up with him, ruling him out of Trinidad And Tobago's World Cup 2006 campaign. When Andrews scored for Rangers, or won the Man of the Match at Ibrox Stadium, the song "I'm a Believer" by The Monkees was played.

In February 2006 he controversially labelled homosexuals as "an abomination" and said, "There is a demon in their spirits, their spirits are ill. But God can help them through his church and anyone who doubts this can check the Bible".[19] Marvin Andrews then, in an interview with the Guardian in October 2007, sought to clarify his beliefs (claiming that what was written in the 2006 article was "a misquote and it was taken out of context") saying that he didn't have anything against homosexuals themselves, rather that it was homosexual acts that he believed were against God's will.[20]

After signing for Queen of the South F.C. in December 2009 and being told about Queen of the South being the 'Only team in the Bible', Andrews described this as, "Most interesting".[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Division Two: East Fife 0–1 Raith Rovers". The Daily Record. Retrieved 10 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Raith | Rover Andrews leaves Stark's Park". BBC News. 10 May 2008. Retrieved 10 March 2009. 
  3. ^ "Andrews wins deal with Hamilton". BBC Sport. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2009. 
  4. ^ 'New signing Marvin Andrews joins Queens[dead link]
  5. ^ Morton 1 – 2 Queen of the South[dead link]
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "Latest 'ins and outs'" www.qosfc.com[dead link]
  8. ^ a b "World Cup Doonhamers" on www.qosfc.com
  9. ^ "Retained List". qosfc.com. 3 May 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2010. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Retained List". Wrexham FC. 12 August 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  11. ^ "New Rob Roy signing Marvin Andrews had no idea where club played". Daily Record. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Rovers v Queen of the South Preview". Albion Rovers FC. 11 January 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Marvin Andrews & Darren Dods signings confirmed". Forfar Athletic FC. 7 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Marvellous Marvin inspires City to opening day victory". Elgin City FC. 10 August 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Elgin City sign Marvin Andrews". The Northern Scot. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "マーヴィン・アンドリューズ". World-soccer.org. Retrieved 10 March 2009. 
  17. ^ "Marvin ANDREWS(マルヴィン・アンドリューズ) @ LEVEL-K". Level-k.com. Retrieved 10 March 2009. 
  18. ^ Donegan, Lawrence (21 May 2005). "Rangers centre-back whose game rests on divine intervention | Football | The Guardian". London: Football.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 10 March 2009. 
  19. ^ "Footballer offers to "cure" lesbian MSP – from Pink News – all the latest gay news from the gay community". Pink News. 27 February 2006. Retrieved 10 March 2009. 
  20. ^ "Marvin Andrews – The Rangers legend and Trinidad and Tobago captain gives it to you straight about God, booze and homosexuality". The Guardian. 5 October 2007. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  21. ^ Marvin Andrews all set for Queens' debut[dead link]

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