2008 TT Pro League

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TT Pro League
Season 2008
Champions San Juan Jabloteh
4th Pro League title
4th T&T title
CFU Club Championship San Juan Jabloteh
W Connection
Matches played 150
Goals scored 454 (3.03 per match)
Top goalscorer Devorn Jorsling (21 goals)
Biggest home win Joe Public 6–0 Rangers (6 November 2008)
Biggest away win Tobago United 0–10 Defence Force (23 October 2008)
Highest scoring Tobago United 0–10 Defence Force (23 October 2008)
2007
2009

The 2008 TT Pro League was the tenth season of the TT Pro League, the Trinidad and Tobago professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1999. A total of ten teams took part in the league, with San Juan Jabloteh the defending champions.[1] The season began on 5 April and ended on 29 November, with the conclusion of the Lucozade Sport Big Six.

Ma Pau were admitted as a new club into the league and would be based in Woodbrook.[2] After one season upon their return to the Pro League, Police withdrew with the intention of returning for the 2009 season. The Superstar Rangers decided to change the name of the club to St. Ann's Rangers to increase community awareness.[3]

The first goal of the season was scored by San Juan Jabloteh's Peter Byers against Ma Pau in the sixth minute of the first game on 5 April. Devorn Jorsling, who also scored on the first day, went on to claim the Golden Boot with a season high 21 goals.[4] Josimar Belgrave of St. Ann's Rangers scored the first hat-trick of the season against Tobago United on 3 May, having scored a season high four goals in the match.[4]

Following the regular season, San Juan Jabloteh, W Connection, Caledonia AIA, Joe Public, North East Stars, and United Petrotrin all qualified for the Lucozade Sport Big Six. However, Jabloteh and W Connection were 20 points clear of third place, Caledonia AIA, before the competition began. The league was won on the final day of the season, when the San Juan Kings used a draw over W Connection to defend their crown and win their fourth Pro League title. Having finished as the league champion and runner-up, San Juan Jabloteh and W Connection both qualified for the 2009 CFU Club Championship.

After the season, North East Stars withdrew from the Pro League, citing the state of their home ground, Sangre Grande Recreational Ground, for the past few years as the cause to sit out the 2009 season.[5] The Sangre Grande Boys stated that they fully intend to return to the Pro League following needed repairs and improvements to the ground.

Changes from the 2007 season[edit]

The following changes were made since the 2007 season:

  • There were a number of changes to the clubs competing in the 2008 season.
    • Ma Pau, based in Woodbrook were admitted into the league as an expansion club.[2]
    • Police withdrew from the league after commissioner Trevor Paul issued a directive to ban lawmen from participating in sporting activities.[2]
    • Superstar Rangers changed the name of the club to St. Ann's Rangers to increase community awareness.[3]
    • San Juan Jabloteh signed a three-year partnership with Celtic of the Scottish Premier League.[6]
      • The agreement allows the two sides to develop greater commercial value, youth and coach development, and create opportunities for the transfer of players.
    • WASA, the 2007 National Super League champions, applied for Pro League admission. The club was not admitted as they were unable to meet Pro League standards.

Teams[edit]

Team summaries[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Location Stadium Capacity Manager Captain
Caledonia AIA Morvant/Laventille Larry Gomes Stadium 10,000 Trinidad and Tobago Shabazz, JamaalJamaal Shabazz Saint Lucia Emmanuel, SheldonSheldon Emmanuel
Defence Force Chaguaramas Hasely Crawford Stadium 27,000 Trinidad and Tobago Jamerson, KerryKerry Jamerson Trinidad and Tobago Pierre, AntonAnton Pierre
Joe Public Arouca Marvin Lee Stadium 6,000 Trinidad and Tobago King, DerekDerek King Trinidad and Tobago Saunders, DaleDale Saunders
Ma Pau Woodbrook Hasely Crawford Stadium 27,000 Trinidad and Tobago La Forest, RonaldRonald La Forest Trinidad and Tobago Joseph, LorneLorne Joseph
North East Stars Sangre Grande Sangre Grande Ground 7,000 Trinidad and Tobago Hackett, MiguelMiguel Hackett Trinidad and Tobago Haynes, AnthonyAnthony Haynes
San Juan Jabloteh San Juan Hasely Crawford Stadium 27,000 England Fenwick, TerryTerry Fenwick Trinidad and Tobago Noel, TrentTrent Noel
St. Ann's Rangers San Juan Hasely Crawford Stadium 27,000 Trinidad and Tobago Streete, AnthonyAnthony Streete Trinidad and Tobago McFarlane, ErrolErrol McFarlane
Tobago United Bacolet Dwight Yorke Stadium 7,500 Trinidad and Tobago Granville, PeterPeter Granville Antigua and Barbuda Dublin, GeorgeGeorge Dublin
United Petrotrin Pointe-à-Pierre Palo Seco Velodrome 10,000 Trinidad and Tobago Carpette, LeonLeon Carpette (c) Trinidad and Tobago Aguillera, RomauldRomauld Aguillera
W Connection Point Lisas Manny Ramjohn Stadium 10,000 Saint Lucia Charles-Fevrier, StuartStuart Charles-Fevrier Saint Lucia Joseph, ElijahElijah Joseph

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Table Incoming manager Date of appointment Table
Ma Pau
Expansion team
Trinidad and Tobago Ronald La Forest 5 April 2008[7] Pre-season
North East Stars Guyana James McLean Resigned 18 December 2007 6th (2007) Trinidad and Tobago Kenrick Elie 10 March 2008[8] Pre-season
North East Stars Trinidad and Tobago Kenrick Elie Sacked 5 May 2008[9] 10th Trinidad and Tobago Clint Marcelle 20 May 2008 10th
Joe Public Trinidad and Tobago Michael McComie End of caretaker contract 31 July 2008[10] 5th Barbados Keith Griffith 12 August 2008 5th
North East Stars Trinidad and Tobago Clint Marcelle Sacked 10 September 2008[11] 7th Trinidad and Tobago Miguel Hackett 16 September 2008[12] 7th
United Petrotrin Trinidad and Tobago Brian Williams Sacked 12 September 2008[13] 6th Trinidad and Tobago Leon Carpette 12 September 2008 6th
Joe Public Barbados Keith Griffith Resigned 1 November 2008[14] 4th Trinidad and Tobago Derek King 3 November 2008[15] 4th

Regular season[edit]

Competition table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 W Connection (A) 27 19 4 4 53 18 +35 61 Qualification to 2008 Lucozade Sport Big Six
2 San Juan Jabloteh (A) 27 19 4 4 55 23 +32 61
3 Caledonia AIA (A) 27 12 5 10 42 38 +4 41
4 Joe Public (A) 27 12 4 11 47 36 +11 40
5 North East Stars (A) 27 12 4 11 36 34 +2 40
6 United Petrotrin (A) 27 10 7 10 34 42 −8 37
7 St. Ann's Rangers 27 9 7 11 50 52 −2 34
8 Defence Force 27 7 7 13 41 47 −6 28
9 Ma Pau 27 7 4 16 33 63 −30 25
10 Tobago United 27 3 4 20 25 63 −38 13

Updated to games played on 8 November 2008.
Source: TT Pro League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Matches 1–18[edit]

Home \ Away[1] CAL DEF JOE MAP NES SJJ RAN TBU UPE WCO
Caledonia AIA 2–2 1–2 3–2 2–1 1–2 1–0 2–1 1–4 1–0
Defence Force 1–2 1–1 1–2 0–1 0–2 1–4 3–1 1–1 0–2
Joe Public 1–0 5–0 3–1 2–1 2–2 0–3 3–0 3–1 0–1
Ma Pau 1–5 2–3 0–4 3–0 0–2 0–5 2–2 2–1 0–5
North East Stars 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 0–1 2–2 1–2 1–3 0–1
San Juan Jabloteh 1–2 3–1 3–0 3–1 2–0 5–0 3–3 3–0 1–0
St. Ann's Rangers 3–3 1–2 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 4–1 0–1
Tobago United 0–3 1–1 0–3 1–2 0–1 0–1 1–5 3–0 1–2
United Petrotrin 1–1 2–0 1–2 3–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0
W Connection 1–1 1–0 1–0 4–1 0–2 2–2 2–2 4–1 5–0
Updated to games played on 9 September 2008.
Source: TT Pro League
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 19–27[edit]

Home \ Away[1] CAL DEF JOE MAP NES SJJ RAN TBU UPE WCO
Caledonia AIA 1–2 2–1 1–3 3–1
Defence Force 1–0 0–0 2–4 1–4
Joe Public 2–4 1–2 6–0 2–1 2–2
Ma Pau 2–1 1–4 0–2 1–1
North East Stars 0–1 3–3 2–0 2–1
San Juan Jabloteh 2–1 2–0 1–0 4–0 0–1
St. Ann's Rangers 2–1 1–5 1–2 1–3 3–0
Tobago United 1–1 0–10 2–3 1–2 0–2
United Petrotrin 0–0 2–1 2–1 1–1
W Connection 2–0 2–0 2–1 1–0 6–2
Updated to games played on 8 November 2008.
Source: TT Pro League
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Lucozade Sport Big Six[edit]

Competition table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 San Juan Jabloteh (O) 5 4 1 0 8 2 +6 13
2 W Connection 5 3 2 0 6 3 +3 11
3 North East Stars 5 2 1 2 10 9 +1 7
4 Caledonia AIA 5 1 2 2 6 7 −1 5
5 Joe Public 5 0 2 3 3 6 −3 2
6 United Petrotrin 5 0 2 3 5 11 −6 2

Updated to games played on 29 November 2008.
Source: TT Pro League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 San Juan Jabloteh (C) 32 23 5 4 63 25 +38 74 2009 CFU Club Championship Second round
2 W Connection 32 22 6 4 59 21 +38 72 2009 CFU Club Championship First round
3 North East Stars 32 14 5 13 46 43 +3 47 Team disbanded after season 1
4 Caledonia AIA 32 13 7 12 48 45 +3 46
5 Joe Public 32 12 6 14 50 42 +8 42
6 United Petrotrin 32 10 9 13 39 53 −14 39
7 St. Ann's Rangers 27 9 7 11 50 52 −2 34
8 Defence Force 27 7 7 13 41 47 −6 28
9 Ma Pau 27 7 4 16 33 63 −30 25
10 Tobago United 27 3 4 20 25 63 −38 13

Updated to games played on 29 November 2008.
Source: TT Pro League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Following the season, North East Stars withdrew from the Pro League for the 2009 season.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Positions by round[edit]

The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve chronological evolvements, any postponed matches are not included to the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards. For example, if a match is scheduled for the tenth round of matches, but then postponed and played between rounds 16 and 17, it will be added to the standings for round 16.

Leader
2009 CFU Club Championship First round
Qualification to 2008 Lucozade Sport Big Six
Team disbanded after season
Team ╲ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32
San Juan Jabloteh 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1
W Connection 1 4 3 5 3 4 5 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2
North East Stars 9 5 7 8 10 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 3 3 3
Caledonia AIA 4 3 6 4 5 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 5 4 4
Joe Public 7 6 4 3 4 5 3 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 5 5
United Petrotrin 3 1 1 1 1 1 2 4 4 4 4 4 4 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
St. Ann's Rangers 5 7 8 10 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 3 3 3 3 3 3 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
Defence Force 6 8 5 6 7 8 9 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
Ma Pau 8 9 9 9 8 9 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
Tobago United 10 10 10 7 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10

Last updated: 29 November 2008
Source: TT Pro League

Season statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals[4]
1 Trinidad and Tobago Devorn Jorsling Defence Force
21
2 Trinidad and Tobago Kerry Baptiste Joe Public
18
3 Trinidad and Tobago Josimar Belgrave St. Ann's Rangers
15
4 Jamaica Roen Nelson Joe Public
14
5 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Kendall Velox Caledonia AIA
12
6 Guyana Nigel Codrington Caledonia AIA
11
Guyana Collie Hercules Tobago United
11
8 Dominican Republic Jonathan Faña W Connection
10
Trinidad and Tobago Trent Noel San Juan Jabloteh
10
Trinidad and Tobago Anthony Wolfe North East Stars
10
Trinidad and Tobago Kevon Woodley United Petrotrin
10

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date Ref(s)
Trinidad and Tobago Belgrave, JosimarJosimar Belgrave4 St. Ann's Rangers Tobago United*
1–5
3 May 2008
[9]
Trinidad and Tobago Cooper, SeanSean Cooper North East Stars Ma Pau*
1–4
23 September 2008
[19]
Trinidad and Tobago Jorsling, DevornDevorn Jorsling Defence Force Tobago United*
0–10
23 October 2008
[17]
Jamaica Nelson, RoenRoen Nelson Joe Public* St. Ann's Rangers
6–0
6 November 2008
[20]
Jamaica Nelson, RoenRoen Nelson Joe Public Ma Pau*
0–4
11 November 2008
[21]
  • * Home team score first in result
  • 4 Player scored four goals

Discipline[edit]

Awards[edit]

Annual awards[edit]

The 2008 TT Pro League awards distribution took place on Super Friday, 8 May 2009, prior to the 2009 season's opening match at Marvin Lee Stadium.[23]

Having won the Pro League and Big Six titles, San Juan Jabloteh was named the Team of the Year for the second time. Having led the San Juan Kings to their fourth league championship, Terry Fenwick won his first Manager of the Year award. Midfielder Trent Noel was named the Player of the Year; receiving the award for the first in his career. After recording 21 goals, Defence Force's Devorn Jorsling received the Golden Boot.[4] In addition, North East Stars was named the Most Disciplined Team of the Year. Neal Brizan, won his second consecutive Referee of the Year award and Boris Punch was named the Match Commissioner of the Year.

Award Winner
Player of the Year Trinidad and Tobago Trent Noel (San Juan Jabloteh)
Manager of the Year England Terry Fenwick (San Juan Jabloteh)
Golden Boot Trinidad and Tobago Devorn Jorsling (Defence Force)
Team of the Year San Juan Jabloteh
Most Disciplined Team of the Year North East Stars
Referee of the Year Neal Brizan
Assistant Referee of the Year Joseph Pierre
Match Commissioner of the Year Boris Punch

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b "Rangers to adopt St Ann's name says owner/manager". Joel Bailey (T&T Newsday). 2008-01-27. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
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  10. ^ "McComie relieved of 'Public' duties". T&T Express. 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  11. ^ "Marcelle axed as North East coach". Joel Bailey (T&T Newsday). 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
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