Montserrat national football team

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Montserrat
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Emerald Boys
Association Montserrat Football Association
Sub-confederation CFU (Caribbean)
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Head coach Lenny Hewlett
Top scorer Jay Lee Hodgson (4)
Home stadium Blakes Estate Stadium
FIFA code MSR
FIFA ranking 165 Increase 1 (14 August 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 165 (August 2014)
Lowest FIFA ranking 206 (January 2011 - January 2012, June 2012, August 2012 - September 2012)
Elo ranking 219
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Saint Lucia 3–0 Montserrat Montserrat
(Saint Lucia; May 10, 1991)
Biggest win
Montserrat Montserrat 7–0 British Virgin Islands 
(Fort-de-France, Martinique; September 9, 2012)
Biggest defeat
 Bermuda 13–0 Montserrat Montserrat
(Hamilton, Bermuda; February 29, 2004)

The Montserrat national football team represents the small Caribbean island of Montserrat in the CONCACAF football region. Football is the second most popular sport in Montserrat, after cricket. The team play at the Blakes Estate Stadium, near the village of Look Out. The Montserrat football team was formed in 1973, and has entered World Cup qualifying since the 2002 tournament, being eliminated in the first round on each occasion.

Due to the heavy volcanic activity on the island since 1995, the team has only played a handful of matches, and most of those have been away from home. Their only victories were against neighboring Anguilla in the qualifying tournament of the 1995 Caribbean Cup, winning 3–2 at home and 1–0 away. Apart from one other draw against Anguilla, all their other matches before 2012 have been lost.

On June 30, 2002, the day of the final match of the 2002 World Cup, Montserrat, then the lowest ranked team in the world, played against the second lowest team, Bhutan, in a friendly match known jokingly as "The Other Final", but lost 4–0 to become the worst team in the world. In June 2014, the team achieved a record-high FIFA rank of #166.

History[edit]

The Montserrat national team is one of the newest in international football, having played its first senior match on 10 May 1991 during the 1991 Caribbean Cup tournament. The team suffered a 0–3 defeat to Saint Lucia at the Vieux Fort National Stadium in Saint Lucia. The team played their next match at the same venue, securing a 1–1 draw with Anguilla. This is the team's only draw in international matches to date. Montserrat again entered the Caribbean Cup the following year but were once more knocked out in the Group Stage following heavy defeats to Saint Kitts and Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda. They were drawn against the same two teams for the 1994 Caribbean Cup, but again left the tournament at the Group Stage after conceding 17 goals in just two matches. In 1994, the Montserrat Football Association (MFA) was formed. Like all other Caribbean football teams, the MFA became a member of CONCACAF.

On 26 March 1995, Montserrat played their first ever home international match. They defeated Anguilla 3–2 in Plymouth, achieving their first win. The team beat Anguilla again in the next fixture to ensure progress to the Second Qualifying Round of the 1995 Caribbean Cup. The 1–0 win in the second leg was their only clean sheet in international football to date and is also their most recent victory. The side exited the competition in the next stage, losing 0–20 on aggregate over two legs against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Soon afterwards, the Soufriere Hills volcano became active and the eruptions destroyed Plymouth, the capital of Montserrat, severely disrupting all football on the island. Despite the lack of football action, the MFA became a full FIFA member in 1996. However, it was a further three years until the Montserrat team played another international fixture. This was mostly because many of the island's footballers had emigrated away from the area, many of them to England.[citation needed]

After a four-year hiatus, the team entered the 1999 Caribbean Nations Cup. However, they were knocked out in the Preliminary Round of the tournament, losing 1–6 over two legs to the British Virgin Islands. Due to the volcanic activity, Montserrat had been unable to enter the FIFA World Cup for the 1998 tournament, so their entry into the 2002 World Cup qualification campaign was their first. Their inaugural World Cup conquest was not a success as they were defeated 0–3 away by the Dominican Republic. In the second leg, played in Trinidad and Tobago, the team fell to a 1–3 loss in front of a crowd of only 50 spectators. In 2001, the MFA visited The Football Association to raise money for a new stadium. The Blakes Estate Stadium was opened near the village of Look Out. The team's next match happened on 30 June 2002, the day of the World Cup Final, when Montserrat played Bhutan in a game known as "The Other Final". The friendly match between the two lowest-ranked teams in the world ended with a 4–0 win for Bhutan in front of 25,000 fans in Thimphu.

Montserrat entered the World Cup qualifiers once more for the 2006 edition of the competition, but again lost in the First Qualifying Round, this time losing 0–20 on aggregate to Bermuda. In the first leg at the Bermuda National Stadium they lost 0–13, which is their heaviest-ever defeat. The second leg, a 0–7 loss, was the first international match played at the team's new ground and was watched by 250 supporters. Montserrat then competed in the 2005 Caribbean Cup, but once more failed to progress past the Premilinary Round. In the team's most recent match in 2008, they were defeated 1–7 by Suriname in the First Qualifying Round of the 2010 World Cup. The match was played in Macoya because neither team's stadiums met FIFA standards.

A friendly against a Network Rail XI was played at Charlton Athletic's Valley stadium on May 19, 2012, ending in a 4-4 draw.

Montserrat achieved their first victory since 1995 and their first ever victory since joining FIFA, beating the British Virgin Islands 7-0 in a 2012 Caribbean Championship qualifying match, held in Martinique.[1]

Montserrat all-time record against all nations[edit]

As of 3 June 2014
Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD  % Won
 Anguilla 4 2 1 1 1 4 −3 50%
 Antigua and Barbuda 1 0 0 1 4 5 −1 0%
 Barbados 1 0 0 1 0 5 −5 0%
 Belize 2 0 0 2 3 8 −5 0%
 Bermuda 2 0 0 2 0 20 −20 0%
 Bhutan 1 0 0 1 0 4 −4 0%
 Bonaire 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0%
 British Virgin Islands 3 1 0 2 8 6 +2 33%
 Dominican Republic 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5 0%
 Martinique 1 0 0 1 0 5 −5 0%
 Saint Kitts and Nevis 2 0 0 2 1 10 −9 0%
 Saint Lucia 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 0%
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1 0 0 1 0 7 −7 0%
 Suriname 2 0 0 2 2 14 −12 0%
 U.S. Virgin Islands 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100%
Total 23 4 2 17 21 97 −76 21.7%

World rankings[edit]

The poor results of the team has seen them often frequenting the lower end of the FIFA World Rankings. The loss to Bhutan in "The Other Final" saw them fall to #203 in the rankings, becoming worst-ranked side in the world. After the addition of another two teams to FIFA, Montserrat achieved a new low of #205 between July and October 2004. In July 2006, they achieved a record high rank of #196 but they fell back down to #198 the following month. As of June 2014 Montserrat are #166 in the rankings, just ahead of Bangladesh.

Due to the number of losses incurred by Montserrat, the team have also traditionally languished at the lower reaches of the unofficial World Football Elo Ratings, which ranks teams directly based on their match results.

Colours[edit]

Since the team's first match in 1991, Montserrat have worn a first-choice kit of all olive-green. Currently, the away kit is red jersey, shorts and socks.

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

Date Location Opponent Score Competition Attendance Montserrat Goalscorers
5 September 2012 Stade Omnisports, Lamentin (N)  Suriname 1–7 2012 Caribbean Championship qualification 188 Allen
7 September 2012 Stade En Camée, Rivière-Pilote (A)  Martinique 0–5 2012 Caribbean Championship qualification 400
9 September 2012 Stade d'Honneur de Dillon, Fort-de-France (N)  British Virgin Islands 7–0 2012 Caribbean Championship qualification 120 Campbell (2), Roach, Woods-Garness, Remy (2), Sargeant (o.g.)
30 May 2014[2] Blakes Estate Stadium (H)  U.S. Virgin Islands 1-0 2014 Caribbean Cup qualification Hodgson
3 June 2014 Blakes Estate Stadium (H)  Bonaire 0-0 2014 Caribbean Cup qualification

Current squad[edit]

The following 19 players were called up for the 2014 Caribbean Cup qualification. Caps correct as of 3 June 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Nicolas Greaves 2 0
4 2DF Clifford Newby-Harris (1995-01-23) 23 January 1995 (age 19) 4 0 England Bishop's Stortford
14 2DF Nyron Dyer (1989-10-24) 24 October 1989 (age 24) 5 0 England Real Westbourne
2DF Calvin Petrie (1984-02-09) 9 February 1984 (age 30) 3 0 unattached
2DF Michael Williams 2 0
2DF Jermaine Bell 2 0 Australia FC Williamstown
2 3MF Kelvin Ponde (1985-06-26) 26 June 1985 (age 29) 3 0 Montserrat Ideal United
11 3MF Solomon Henry 2 0
3MF Simon Peddie (1980-03-08) 8 March 1980 (age 34) 2 0 England East Thurrock United
7 3MF Terrell Miller (1994-12-16) 16 December 1994 (age 19) 3 0 England Hemel Hempstead Town
17 3MF Dean Mason (1989-02-28) 28 February 1989 (age 25) 5 0 England Wealdstone F.C.
3MF Jamal Willer 2 0 England
3MF Dean Morgan (1983-10-03) 3 October 1983 (age 30) 2 0 unattached
3MF Anthony Griffith (1986-10-28) 28 October 1986 (age 27) 2 0 unattached
6 4FW Bradley Woods-Garness (1986-06-26) 26 June 1986 (age 28) 3 1 England Lowestoft Town F.C.
11 4FW Jaylee Hodgson (1981-10-17) 17 October 1981 (age 32) 7 4 England Shepshed Dynamo
19 4FW Ellis Remy (1984-02-13) 13 February 1984 (age 30) 6 2 England Hitchin Town

Recent Callups[edit]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Jermaine Sweeney (1984-04-07) 7 April 1984 (age 30) 5 0
1GK McPherson Meade (1979-02-16) 16 February 1979 (age 35) 0 0
1GK Dean Byfield (1976-02-13) 13 February 1976 (age 38) 1 0
1GK Micah Hilton (1985-10-02) 2 October 1985 (age 28) 3 0 Montserrat P.C. United
2DF Marlon Campbell (1983-06-20) 20 June 1983 (age 31) 3 2 England Bethnal Green United
2DF Kendall Allen (1992-06-02) 2 June 1992 (age 22) 3 1 England Broxbourne Borough
3MF Andrew Julius (1984-07-20) 20 July 1984 (age 30) 3 0 England Bedfont Sports
3MF Wayne Dyer (1977-11-24) 24 November 1977 (age 36) 6 1 England Romulus
3MF Alex Dyer (1990-06-11) 11 June 1990 (age 24) 2 0 Sweden Östersunds
3MF Darryl Roach (1984-09-07) 7 September 1984 (age 30) 5 1 Australia Port Melbourne Sharks
3MF Dale Lee (1991-07-15) 15 July 1991 (age 23) 5 0 England Romford
3MF Alexander Bramble (1984-07-13) 13 July 1984 (age 30) 5 0 England Hackney Borough
3MF Leovan O'Garro (1987-06-26) 26 June 1987 (age 27) 7 0 Republic of Ireland Foxfield United
3MF Clifford Joseph (1978-09-26) 26 September 1978 (age 35) 5 0 Montserrat Ideal United
3MF Stanford Jarrett (1977-08-09) 9 August 1977 (age 37) 3 0 Montserrat Ideal United
3MF Tykwani Dublin (1994-06-29) 29 June 1994 (age 20) 1 0 England Boreham Wood
3MF Benjamin Manning (1986-06-12) 12 June 1986 (age 28) 3 0 England Sporting Bengal
4FW Junior Mendes (1976-09-15) 15 September 1976 (age 38) 9 1 Scotland Nairn County
4FW Julian Wade (1990-07-12) 12 July 1990 (age 24) 4 0 Trinidad and Tobago Caledonia AIA

Note: Caps and goals may be incomplete for certain players, therefore being inaccurate.

World Cup record[edit]

Gold Cup record[edit]

Coaches[edit]

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