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TT Pro League
Season 2011–12
Champions W Connection
4th Pro League title
4th T&T title
2012 CFU Club Championship W Connection
Caledonia AIA
2013 CFU Club Championship W Connection
Caledonia AIA
Matches played 84
Goals scored 238 (2.83 per match)
Top goalscorer Richard Roy (15 goals)
Biggest home win W Connection 8–1 Police (29 March 2012)
Biggest away win Police 1–6 T&TEC (27 March 2012)
Highest scoring W Connection 8–1 Police (29 March 2012)

The 201112 TT Pro League season (known as the Digicel Pro League for sponsorship reasons) was the thirteenth season of the TT Pro League, the Trinidad and Tobago professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1999. A total of eight teams contested the league, with Defence Force as the defending champions.[1] The season began on 9 September 2011 and ended on 29 March 2012 with the crowning of W Connection as the league champion.[2] Dexter Skeene, Pro League CEO, announced on 11 February 2011 that by aligning its seasons with those of the major leagues in Europe, the Pro League will afford the opportunity to further link culture with sport to harness and develop the talent of people in Trinidad and Tobago.[3]

Following a runners-up finish in 2009 and being crowned champions in 2010, T&TEC were promoted from the National Super League to the Pro League on 1 March 2011.[4] However, on 15 July 2011, Skeene announced that Ma Pau would not be part of the upcoming season. On 10 August 2011, Skeene further announced that both Joe Public and FC South End would not be participating in the 2011–12 season.[5]

The start of the season was delayed for both Defence Force and Police by three months as Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced a limited state of emergency due to the increased crime in portions of the country.[6] As a result, the Ministry of National Security services were implemented into full-fledged duties. The two teams returned to competition after curfew was lifted throughout Trinidad on 12 December 2011.[7]

The first goal of the season was scored by North East Stars' Seon Power against Pro League newcomer, T&TEC, in the eighth minute of the first game on 9 September 2011.[8] Richard Roy of Defence Force scored the first hat-trick of the season against St. Ann's Rangers on 31 January 2012.[9] Roy went on to claim his first Golden Boot award having scored 15 goals to lead the league for Defence Force.[10]

With a crushing 8–1 win over Police on the final match day of the season, W Connection claimed their fourth Pro League title. The winning match was the highest scoring of the season and featured two braces from Jerrel Britto and Andre Quashie.[11] On 30 June 2012, it was announced that due to financial constraints San Juan Jabloteh suspended their football club operations and would not participate in the 2012–13 season.[12]

By finishing as the league leader following the conclusion of the second round, W Connection qualified for the 2012 CFU Club Championship. In addition, by finishing second in the table, Caledonia AIA also qualified for the competition. Due to the change in the season calendar and the start of the CFU Club Championship in March of each year, the Caribbean Football Union and the Pro League agreed to award the league champion and runners-up (W Connection and T&TEC) qualification into the 2013 CFU Club Championship.[13] However, on 5 March 2013, T&TEC withdrew from the 2013 CFU Club Championship citing the club's financial situation as reason to not participate in the competition. As a result, Caledonia AIA entered the competition after finishing third at the conclusion of the league season.[14]

Changes from the 2010–11 season[edit]

The following changes were made since the 2010–11 season:

  • Dexter Skeene, Pro League CEO, announced that the league season would run from 9 September 2011 until 29 March 2012 to align itself with the major leagues in Europe.[3]
    • The start of the league season was postponed from 19 August 2011 to 9 September 2011 due to a state of emergency implemented by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago in response to growing crime in areas of the country.[15]
  • There were a number of changes to the clubs competing in the 2011–12 season.
    • T&TEC were promoted from the National Super League as runners-up in 2009 and as champions in 2010.[16]
    • Joe Public withdrew from the league; reasons for the withdrawal were not disclosed.[5]
    • Ma Pau and FC South End withdrew from the league due to financial difficulties.
    • A three-year title sponsorship was agreed upon by Adam's Construction and San Juan Jabloteh.[17]
  • The following changes in qualification for the CFU Club Championship were made:
    • The top two teams with the most points in the qualifying table following the conclusion of Round Two qualified for the 2012 CFU Club Championship.[18]
    • The top two teams with the most league points qualified for the 2013 CFU Club Championship.[13]

Teams[edit]

Team summaries[edit]

Location of the 2011–12 TT Pro League teams

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 Trinidad and Tobago David, StephanStephan David
Defence Force Chaguaramas Hasely Crawford Stadium 27,000 Trinidad and Tobago Russell, RossRoss Russell Trinidad and Tobago Rivers, CoreyCorey Rivers
North East Stars Sangre Grande Sangre Grande Ground 7,000 Brazil Alcântara, EmersonEmerson Alcântara Guyana Pollard, CharlesCharles Pollard
Police Saint James Hasely Crawford Stadium 27,000 Trinidad and Tobago Jones, KelvinKelvin Jones Trinidad and Tobago Ryan, ToddTodd Ryan
San Juan Jabloteh San Juan Hasely Crawford Stadium 27,000 Trinidad and Tobago Carter, EarlEarl Carter Trinidad and Tobago John, CleonCleon John
St. Ann's Rangers San Juan Hasely Crawford Stadium 27,000 Trinidad and Tobago Pacheco, DeanDean Pacheco Trinidad and Tobago Clarke, AkilAkil Clarke
T&TEC San Fernando Manny Ramjohn Stadium 10,000 Trinidad and Tobago Cyrus, DexterDexter Cyrus Trinidad and Tobago Ince, ClaytonClayton Ince
W Connection Point Lisas Manny Ramjohn Stadium 10,000 Saint Lucia Charles-Fevrier, StuartStuart Charles-Fevrier Saint Lucia Joseph, ElijahElijah Joseph

Player transfers[edit]

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Table Incoming manager Date of appointment Table
T&TEC
Promoted team
Trinidad and Tobago Dexter Cyrus 9 September 2011[4] Pre-season
North East Stars Trinidad and Tobago Shurland David Sacked 26 September 2011[19]
7th
Brazil Emerson Alcântara 25 October 2011[20]
3rd
St. Ann's Rangers Trinidad and Tobago Anthony Streete Sacked 29 February 2012[21]
7th
Trinidad and Tobago Dean Pacheco 2 March 2012
7th
North East Stars Brazil Emerson Alcântara Sacked 13 June 2012
7th
Trinidad and Tobago Angus Eve 13 June 2012[22] Post-season

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 W Connection (C) 21 13 1 7 32 20 +12 40 2012 CFU Club Championship Second round 1
2013 CFU Club Championship First round 2
2 T&TEC 21 11 6 4 36 19 +17 39
3 Caledonia AIA 21 12 2 7 34 28 +6 38 2012 CFU Club Championship Second round 1
2013 CFU Club Championship First round 2
4 Defence Force 21 9 5 7 32 28 +4 32
5 San Juan Jabloteh 21 7 6 8 29 30 −1 27 Team disbanded after season 3
6 Police 21 5 6 10 30 47 −17 21
7 North East Stars 21 5 5 11 21 27 −6 20
8 St. Ann's Rangers 21 4 5 12 24 39 −15 17

Updated to games played on 29 March 2012.
Source: TT Pro League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1W Connection and Caledonia AIA finished in the top two positions in the table following Round Two of competition and qualified for the 2012 CFU Club Championship.[23]
2W Connection and Caledonia AIA further qualified for the 2013 CFU Club Championship due to the change to a September/April season calendar and the withdraw of T&TEC from the CFU Club Championship.[13][14]
3San Juan Jabloteh suspended its football club operations and withdrew from the Pro League for the 2012–13 season.[12]
(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
2012 CFU Club Championship Second round
2013 CFU Club Championship First round
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
W Connection 4 5 5 4 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 1
T&TEC 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2
Caledonia AIA 5 7 6 8 8 8 8 6 6 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3
Defence Force 2 2 3 3 4 2 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 4
San Juan Jabloteh 1 3 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 5 5
Police 8 8 8 7 7 6 6 7 7 7 7 6 7 6 8 8 8 8 6 6 6
North East Stars 6 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 7 6 7 6 6 6 6 7 7 7
St. Ann's Rangers 7 6 7 6 6 7 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 8 8 8

Last updated: 29 March 2012
Source: TT Pro League

Results[edit]

Matches 1–14[edit]

Home \ Away[1] CAL DEF NES POL SJJ RAN TEC WCO
Caledonia AIA 1–2 0–1 1–1 3–1 1–0 1–0 0–2
Defence Force 2–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–1 1–1 0–1
North East Stars 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–2 1–2 1–2 0–1
Police 1–3 4–2 2–3 1–3 0–0 1–6 0–1
San Juan Jabloteh 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–0 3–3 1–1 2–0
St. Ann's Rangers 2–1 1–3 0–1 2–2 2–1 1–1 0–1
T&TEC 2–0 3–1 0–0 1–4 1–0 3–0 2–0
W Connection 1–2 0–1 2–1 1–2 0–2 2–1 1–0
Updated to games played on 29 March 2012.
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 15–21[edit]

Home \ Away[1] CAL DEF NES POL SJJ RAN TEC WCO
Caledonia AIA 3–2 2–0 3–2
Defence Force 2–3 0–0 3–0 2–0
North East Stars 1–2 2–0 1–1 1–4
Police 3–2 2–1 2–4 1–2
San Juan Jabloteh 1–2 0–2 2–2 0–1
St. Ann's Rangers 1–2 5–2 0–2
T&TEC 3–0 2–1 1–1
W Connection 2–1 8–1 3–1
Updated to games played on 29 March 2012.
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.

Season statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

  • First goal of the season: Seon Power for North East Stars against T&TEC, (9 September 2011).[8]
  • Last goal of the season: Makesi Lewis for Caledonia AIA against T&TEC, (29 March 2012).[24]
  • First own goal of the season: Devon Modeste (St. Ann's Rangers) for W Connection. (16 December 2011).[25]
  • First penalty kick of the season: Stern John (scored) for North East Stars against San Juan Jabloteh (25 October 2011).[26]
  • First hat-trick of the season: Richard Roy (Defence Force) against St. Ann's Rangers, 25', 44', 73' (31 January 2012)[9]
  • Most goals scored by one player in a match: 3 goals
    • Richard Roy (Defence Force) against St. Ann's Rangers, 25', 44', 73' (31 January 2012).[9]
    • Vurlon Mills (T&TEC) against Police, 13', 62', 90' (27 March 2012).[27]
  • Widest winning margin: 7 goals
    • W Connection 8–1 Police (29 March 2012)[11]
  • Most goals in a match: 9 goals
    • W Connection 8–1 Police (29 March 2012)[11]
  • Most goals in one half: 6 goals
    • W Connection v Police (29 March 2012) 3–0 at half-time, 8–1 final.[11]
  • Most goals in one half by a single team: 5 goals
    • W Connection v Police (29 March 2012) 3–0 at half-time, 8–1 final.[11]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals[10]
1
Trinidad and Tobago Richard Roy Defence Force
15
2
Trinidad and Tobago Willis Plaza San Juan Jabloteh
11
3
Trinidad and Tobago Sylvester Teesdale T&TEC
10
4
Trinidad and Tobago Devon Modeste St. Ann's Rangers
9
5
Trinidad and Tobago Devorn Jorsling Caledonia AIA
8
6
Trinidad and Tobago Jerrel Britto W Connection
7
Trinidad and Tobago Jamal Gay Caledonia AIA
7
Trinidad and Tobago Ataullah Guerra Caledonia AIA
7
9
Trinidad and Tobago Jason Marcano San Juan Jabloteh
5
Trinidad and Tobago Cameron Roget St. Ann's Rangers
5
Trinidad and Tobago Hector Sam San Juan Jabloteh / St. Ann's Rangers
5
Trinidad and Tobago Ryan Stewart Caledonia AIA / North East Stars
5

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date Ref(s)
Trinidad and Tobago Roy, RichardRichard Roy Defence Force St. Ann's Rangers* 1–3 31 January 2012
[9]
Guyana Mills, VurlonVurlon Mills T&TEC Police* 1–6 27 March 2012
[27]
  • * Home team score first in result

Discipline[edit]

Awards[edit]

Annual awards[edit]

The 2011–12 TT Pro League awards distribution took place on 8 April 2013, over a year after the conclusion of the league season, at Capital Plaza in Port of Spain, Trinidad.[30]

Although W Connection claimed its fourth Pro League championship, Caledonia AIA was named the Team of the Year after the Stallions of Morvant/Laventille claimed the FA Trophy, First Citizens Cup, Lucozade Sport Goal Shield, and CFU Club Championship titles. Jamaal Shabazz was named the Manager of the Year after leading Caledonia AIA to its most successful season in club history. Richard Roy of Defence Force secured his first Player of the Year honour after the Trinidad and Tobago international had a break-out season scoring 15 goals to claim the Golden Boot and Best Forward awards. Jan-Michael Williams, Nuru Abdullah Muhammad, and Ataullah Guerra were respectively named the Best Goalkeeper, Best Defender, and Best Midfielder. The remaining team award was won by W Connection for the Most Disciplined Team of the Year. FIFA international referee, Neal Brizan, won the Referee of the Year for the fifth consecutive year, whereas Boris Punch won the Match Commissioner of the Year.

Award Winner
Player of the Year Trinidad and Tobago Richard Roy (Defence Force)
Manager of the Year Trinidad and Tobago Jamaal Shabazz (Caledonia AIA)
Best Goalkeeper Trinidad and Tobago Jan-Michael Williams (W Connection)
Best Defender Trinidad and Tobago Nuru Abdullah Muhammad (Caledonia AIA)
Best Midfielder Trinidad and Tobago Ataullah Guerra (Caledonia AIA)
Best Forward Trinidad and Tobago Richard Roy (Defence Force)
Golden Boot Trinidad and Tobago Richard Roy (Defence Force)
Team of the Year Caledonia AIA
Most Disciplined Team of the Year W Connection
Referee of the Year Neal Brizan
Assistant Referee of the Year Cindy Mohammed
Match Commissioner of the Year Boris Punch

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