Central F.C.

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Central FC
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Full name Central Football Club
Nickname(s) The Sharks
Founded July 2012; 5 years ago (2012-07)
Ground Ato Boldon Stadium
Couva, Trinidad and Tobago
Ground Capacity 10,000
Operation Director Brent Sancho, Kevin Harrison
Head Coach Stern John
League TT Pro League
2016–17 TT Pro League, 1st

Central Football Club is a Trinidad and Tobago professional football club, based in California, that plays in the TT Pro League. Founded in 2012, the Sharks were the 21st team to join the Pro League and plays its home matches in Ato Boldon Stadium located in nearby Couva.

History[edit]

Central FC was founded in July 2012,[1] with the ambition to become a high achieving club on the pitch and an active club within its community. In the club's first season, Central completed twelve projects designed to promote football within the local community. Former Trinidad and Tobago international football player Brent Sancho was the Chief Executive Officer.

On 13 August 2012, former Arsenal and England international Graham Rix was named the club's first manager for their inaugural Pro League season.[2] However, when Rix resigned after only five months and returned to his native England,[3] the club appointed former San Juan Jabloteh manager and England international Terry Fenwick.[4]

Inaugural season[edit]

Central FC began play in the 2012–13 TT Pro League season with their first match on 19 October 2012, against Police, which they won 1–0 following a goal from former captain Anthony Wolfe.[5] The Sharks finished in a solid fifth position after their inaugural Pro League season having won eight from their 21 matches. However, the club's most significant accomplishment during their first season came in the FA Trophy after advancing to the final before losing 1–0 to Caledonia AIA.[6]

Following the season, Central hosted a pre-season tour of Trinidad and Tobago for Football League One club, Walsall in July 2013.[7] During the England club's visit, Central arranged for the Saddlers to visit four coaching schools and compete in three exhibition matches.[8] The tour also provided four Central FC players a week trial with Walsall.[9]

Players and staff[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of 27 January 2014.

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Sample, JovanJovan Sample  Trinidad and Tobago
3 Defender Goodridge, KeionKeion Goodridge  Trinidad and Tobago
5 Defender Benjamin, AkeemAkeem Benjamin  Trinidad and Tobago
6 Midfielder Paul, LestonLeston Paul  Trinidad and Tobago
7 Forward Marcano, JasonJason Marcano  Trinidad and Tobago
8 Midfielder de Silva, SeanSean de Silva  Trinidad and Tobago
10 Midfielder Cummings, KeronKeron Cummings  Trinidad and Tobago
11 Midfielder Mitchell, DarrenDarren Mitchell  Trinidad and Tobago
13 Midfielder Thomas, SeonSeon Thomas  Trinidad and Tobago
15 Midfielder Gabriel, KaydionKaydion Gabriel  Trinidad and Tobago
17 Defender Francois, MarcelleMarcelle Francois  Trinidad and Tobago
18 Defender Goddard, KevinKevin Goddard  Trinidad and Tobago
19 Defender Garcia, NathanielNathaniel Garcia  Trinidad and Tobago
20 Forward Dillon, NicholasNicholas Dillon  Trinidad and Tobago
21 Goalkeeper Williams, Jan-MichaelJan-Michael Williams  Trinidad and Tobago
24 Defender Villaroel, KevonKevon Villaroel  Trinidad and Tobago
27 Forward Williams, ShaquilleShaquille Williams  Trinidad and Tobago
30 Goalkeeper Clarke, AkelAkel Clarke  Guyana
95 Defender James, JuliusJulius James  Trinidad and Tobago
99 Forward Quintero, DwightDwight Quintero  Trinidad and Tobago
Defender Primus, RobertRobert Primus  Trinidad and Tobago

Former Players[edit]

Former managers[edit]

Honours[edit]

National[edit]

International[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sancho Launches Central FC". SocaWarriors.net. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Central FC unveils head coach Graham Rix". Central FC Media. 2012-08-15. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  3. ^ "Fenwick is back; ex-Jabloteh coach takes over at Central". Lasana Liburd (Wired868.com). 2013-01-05. Retrieved 2013-01-05. 
  4. ^ "Fenwick returns to the top flight, joins Central FC". Lasana Liburd (Wired868.com). 2013-01-05. Retrieved 2013-01-05. 
  5. ^ "Central edges Police for maiden Pro League win". Lasana Liburd (Wired868.com). 2012-10-19. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  6. ^ "Edwards shines as Caledonia defends FA Trophy with 2–0 win over Central". Randy Bando (TTProLeague.com). 2013-03-02. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  7. ^ "Saddlers head to Caribbean on Wednesday.." Walsall FC Press Release. 2013-07-02. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  8. ^ Randy Bando (2013-06-30). "Walsall to test Pro League All-Star Team ... England League One club to tour T&T". TTProLeague.com. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  9. ^ "Central FC players to join training during tour.." Walsall FC Press Release. 2013-07-02. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 

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