Stern John

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Stern John
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Personal information
Date of birth (1976-10-30) 30 October 1976 (age 37)
Place of birth Trincity, Trinidad and Tobago
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1995 Mercer CC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996 Malta Carib Alcons 7 (1)
1997 Carolina Dynamo 5 (0)
1997 New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers 26 (16)
1998–1999 Columbus Crew 55 (44)
1999–2002 Nottingham Forest 72 (18)
2002–2004 Birmingham City[A] 77 (16)
2004–2007 Coventry City 78 (26)
2005 Derby County (loan) 7 (0)
2007 Sunderland 16 (5)
2007–2009 Southampton 47 (19)
2008–2009 Bristol City (loan) 24 (2)
2009–2010 Crystal Palace 16 (2)
2009–2010 Ipswich Town (loan) 7 (1)
2011–2012 North East Stars ? (1)
2012 Solihull Moors ? (?)
2014- WASA FC 1 (1)
Total 438+ (151+)
National team
1995–2012[1] Trinidad and Tobago 115 (70)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:38, 11 February 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 November 2011

Stern John CM (born 30 October 1976 in Trincity, Trinidad and Tobago) is a Trinidadian football player who recently came out of retirement to play for WASA FC. He played for a number of high-profile English football clubs that included Bristol City, Nottingham Forest, Birmingham City, Sunderland, Southampton, Coventry City and Derby County.

Club career[edit]

Early Career in US[edit]

John moved to the United States to attend Mercer County Community College in 1995. He joined the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer from the now-defunct New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers of the A-League for the 1998 season. John received a try-out with Crew based on the good word from his older cousin, Columbus Crew defender and Trinidad and Tobago international, Ansil Elcock. With the Crew, he proved to be one of the most prolific scorers in league history. John led the league with 26 goals (and also with 57 points to be named the MLS Scoring Champion) in 1998. He was named to the MLS Best XI that year as well, and tied for the lead with 18 goals in 1999.

Nottingham Forest[edit]

After the 1999 season with Columbus, John was acquired by Nottingham Forest of the English First Division for a fee of £1.5 million. However, eventual financial difficulties at Forest following the team's failed bid at promotion forced John's sale to Birmingham City, then pushing for promotion to the Premier League for the sum of £100,000. John scored 18 goals in 49 starts for Forest.

Birmingham City[edit]

At Birmingham, John rarely played, as he had trouble breaking through an accomplished roster of forwards. However when he did play there were some memorable moments in the blue shirt of Birmingham. For example his majestic turn and finish away at West Ham in 2002, or more memorably his last minute equaliser at Villa Park in the crunch Birmingham derby. His greatest moment in a Birmingham shirt had to be his last minute goal away at Millwall which put Birmingham through to the Playoff Final in 2002.[2] This led to him being very popular with the Birmingham fans for his crucial and sometimes brilliant goals.[citation needed] However after generally falling out of favour he was sold to Coventry City on 14 September 2004.

Coventry City[edit]

In his first season with Coventry, John finished as the team's second highest goalscorer, managing to score 12 goals despite starting in barely half of Coventry's games.

Derby County[edit]

At the start of the 2005–06 season, following the signing of James Scowcroft, John found himself outside of manager Micky Adams's first-team plans. As a result he was loaned to Derby County on 16 September 2005. He rejoined Coventry three months later.

Sunderland[edit]

On 29 January 2007, John was transferred to Sunderland for an undisclosed fee. The signing was Sunderland manager Roy Keane's sixth signing of the 2006–07 season January transfer window. He scored his first goals against Southend United in a 4–0 victory on 17 February 2007.

Southampton[edit]

On 29 August 2007, John moved to Southampton as part of a deal that took his international teammate Kenwyne Jones in the opposite direction.[3][4]

He scored his first goals with two in a 3–2 win against West Bromwich Albion on 6 October 2007. From then on he scored regularly for "The Saints", with nine goals in his first fifteen appearances, including a second half hat trick against Hull City on 8 December 2007.[5] He finished the season 2007–08 as the 4th top scorer in the Championship with 19 goals for Southampton. he also scored one goal for Sunderland in the Premier League. John scored twice in Southampton's final game of the season (one of them the match winner) against Sheffield United, helping them to narrowly avoid relegation to League One. John was later sent off for a second bookable offence.

Bristol City[edit]

John was loaned to Bristol City in October 2008 until the end of the 2008–09 season.[6] John made his first Bristol City appearance, coming on as a substitute, against Barnsley in a 0–0 draw. John scored his first goal for Bristol City in a 4–1 defeat to Reading at Ashton Gate Stadium on 1 November 2008.

Crystal Palace[edit]

On 29 July 2009 John signed for Crystal Palace on a year-long deal after turning down an offer to stay at Southampton.[7] He made his debut on the opening day of the season against Plymouth Argyle, he had to come off after 35 minutes due to an injury. He returned in mid-October, but joined Ipswich Town on a one-month loan at the end of November. He scored his first goal for Ipswich in a 3–2 win over Coventry City on 16 January 2010.[8] Upon his return to Palace he scored his first goal for the club in a 3–1 win at Watford on 30 March 2010.[9] New Palace manager George Burley had hoped to discuss the player's future at the end of the season, but no contact took place and John left the club.[10]

Solihull Moors[edit]

In August 2012, after two seasons out of English football, John returned, signing for Solihull Moors.[11] However, as of November 2012, he has yet to make an appearance in any competition for the club.

WASA FC[edit]

John retired and moved back to his native Trinidad and Tobago after his spell at Solihull Moors, only to come out of retirement a second time in January 2014 to join WASA FC, playing in the National Super League of Trinidad and Tobago. He scored on his debut[12]

International career[edit]

John made his international debut for Trinidad and Tobago national football team on 15 February 1995 against Finland in a Friendly match at the Queen's Park Oval, scoring one goal on his debut. John has been a vital player for the Soca Warriors, currently the team's all-time leading scorer with 70 goals in 115 caps (as of 9 February 2011), and is also the 7th highest international goalscorer according to the list of Top international association football goal scorers by country, behind Pelé, Ferenc Puskás and Ali Daei. He is also the all-time CONCACAF goal scorer. He was instrumental in helping his country qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and played in all three of his country's World Cup group matches at Germany 2006. In Germany, he scored an offside goal. He was also named Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation Player of the Year in 2002. John is currently the second most capped Trinidad and Tobago international behind former teammate Angus Eve. He was the only player to score in 12 consecutive international matches, from 1998 to 1999.

Honours[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

(correct as of 2 May 2010)
Club Season League Cup[13] Europe Play-offs Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Carolina Dynamo 1997 5 0 ? - - - - - - - - - 5 0 ?
New Orleans Storm 25 16 ? 2 0 0 - - - 4 5 ? 25 16 ?
Total 1997 30 16 ? 2 0 0 - - - 4 5 ? 30 16 ?
Columbus Crew 1998 27 26 5 3 1 0 - - - 5 3 1 27 26 ?
Columbus Crew 1999 28 18 2 ? 2 0 - - - 5 5 1 28 18 ?
Total 1998–1999 55 44 7 ? 3 0 - - - - - - 65 52 ?
Nottingham Forest 1999-00 17 3 ? ? ? ? - - - - - - 17 3 ?
Nottingham Forest 2000–01 29 2 ? ? ? ? - - - - - - 29 2 ?
Nottingham Forest 2001–02 26 13 0 1 0 0 - - - - - - 27 13 0
Total 1999–2001 72 18 0 1 0 0 - - - - - - 73 18 0
Birmingham 2001–02 15 7 0 0 0 0 - - - - - - 15 7 0
Birmingham 2002–03 30 5 3 2 4 0 - - - - - - 32 9 3
Birmingham 2003–04 29 4 0 3 0 0 - - - - - - 32 4 0
Birmingham 2004–05 3 0 0 0 0 0 - - - - - - 3 0 0
Total 2001–2005 82 16 3 5 4 0 - - - - - - 85 20 3
Coventry 2004–05 30 11 0 3 1 0 - - - - - - 33 12 0
Coventry 2005–06 25 10 0 4 1 0 - - - - - - 29 11 0
Derby (loan) 2005–06 7 0 0 - - - - - - - - - 7 0 0
Total 2005–2006 7 0 0 - - - - - - - - - 7 0 0
Coventry 2006–07 23 3 3 3 1 0 - - - - - - 26 4 3
Total 2006–08 78 24 3 10 3 0 - - - - - - 88 27 3
Sunderland 2006–07 15 4 2 - - - - - - - - - 15 4 2
Sunderland 2007–08 1 1 0 - - - - - - - - - 1 1 0
Total 2006–2007 16 5 2 - - - - - - - - - 16 5 2
Southampton 2007–08 40 19 3 2 0 0 - - - - - - 42 19 3
Southampton 2008–09 7 0 0 3 1 0 - - - - - - 10 1 0
Total 2007–2009 47 19 3 5 1 0 - - - - - - 52 20 3
Bristol City (loan) 2008–09 24 2 2 2 0 0 - - - - - - 26 2 2
Total 2008–2009 24 2 2 2 0 0 - - - - - - 26 2 2
Crystal Palace 2009–10 16 2 0 - - - - - - - - - 16 2 0
Total 2009–10 16 2 0 - - - - - - - - - 16 2 0
Ipswich Town (loan) 2009–10 7 1 1 2 0 0 - - - - - - 9 1 1
Total 2009–2010 7 1 1 2 0 0 - - - - - - 9 1 1
Solihull Moors 2012–13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 2012–13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career totals 433 147 14 35 16 0 - - - - - - 467 163 14

Notes[edit]

A. ^ Soccerbase's total of 73 league appearances omits 4 of John's 22 substitute appearances during Birmingham City's 2003–04 season.[14] The figure of 77 league appearances is confirmed by the Sky Sports Football Yearbook[15] and at the Premier League's statistics page.[16] [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stern John - Century of International Appearances". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 
  2. ^ Spencer, Nicholas (2 May 2002). "Last-gasp John strike means agony for Millwall". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  3. ^ "Keane pays £6m for Jones". safc.com. 29 August 2007. Retrieved 29 August 2007. 
  4. ^ "Breaking transfer news". www.saintsfc.co.uk. 29 August 2007. Retrieved 29 August 2007. 
  5. ^ "Saints 4 Hull 0". www.saintsfc.co.uk. Retrieved 7 December 2007. 
  6. ^ "John extends Bristol City stint". BBC. 30 December 2008. Retrieved 31 December 2008. 
  7. ^ "Eagles swoop for John". Daily Echo. 30 July 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2009. 
  8. ^ "Ipswich 3–2 Coventry". BBC Sport. 16 January 2010. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Watford 1–3 Crystal Palace". BBC Sport. 30 March 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  10. ^ Jones, Daniel (9 July 2010). "Burley looks for a forward as Stern John's time as an Eagle comes to an end". Croydon Advertiser. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  11. ^ http://nonleague.pitchero.com/news/stern-john-makes-comeback-with-moors-15487/
  12. ^ http://www.socawarriors.net/league/league-news/national-super-league/13639-stern-salvages-point-for-struggling-wasa-fc.html
  13. ^ Includes FA Cup, League Cup and FA Community Shield
  14. ^ "Games played by Stern John in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 December 2009. 
  15. ^ Rollin, Glenda, ed. (2009). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2009–2010. Headline. p. 534. ISBN 978-0-7553-1948-0. 
  16. ^ "Statistics". Premier League. Retrieved 9 December 2009. 

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