Christopher Bryan

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Christopher Bryan
Personal information
Full name Christopher Bryan
Date of birth (1960-11-17) 17 November 1960 (age 57)
Place of birth England
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
KPMG United
National team
1999–2006 Turks & Caicos Islands 6 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Christopher Bryan (born 17 November 1960) is a former association football player from the Turks and Caicos Islands. Between 1999 and 2006, he won six caps and scored two goals for his country. He was the first player from the Islands to score in an international fixture. After retiring from football in 2006, he became the President of the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association.

International career[edit]

Bryan was selected to play in the Turks and Caicos Islands national football team's first ever competitive international match on 24 February 1999.[1] The game, a qualifying match for the Copa Caribe, ended in a 0–3 loss to the Bahamas in Nassau. In the team's following match two days later, Bryan became the first player from the Turks and Caicos Islands to score a goal in international football when he netted both of his side's goals in a 2–2 draw with the US Virgin Islands in Nassau.[2]

On 18 March 2000, Bryan played in the team's 0–8 drubbing by St. Kitts and Nevis, which remains the country's biggest ever defeat. He started the match in Basseterre, but was substituted and replaced by Gregory Watts after just 54 minutes.[2] He went on to win a total of six caps for his country. He represented his country in two World Cup qualification games.[3] On 6 September 2006, at the age of 45, Bryan played his final match for the Turks and Caicos Islands.[1] The team lost 2–3 to the Bahamas in Havana in their final match of the 2006–07 Caribbean Nations Cup group stage, which saw them knocked out of the competition.[4]

In 2015, Bryan was part of the Turks & Caicos Islands national beach soccer team, playing alongside his son Alex.[5]

After football[edit]

Following his retirement from international football, Bryan was made General Secretary of the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA).[6] He later succeeded Thomas Smith as President of the TCIFA.[7] Since his appointment as President, Bryan has focused on the improvement of youth football in the Turks and Caicos Islands. In September 2008, he initiated the TCIFA Youth Development Program to encourage youngsters in the country to take up the sport.[8] During the 2007–08 period, youth participation on the islands increased by 50% compared to the previous year.[8] Under his presidency, the country entered a team into the FIFA U-17 World Cup qualifiers for the first time.[9] He was succeeded by Sonia Bien-Aime in 2014.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Appearances and Goals for Turks and Caicos Islands". RSSSF. Retrieved 2009-12-22.
  2. ^ a b "Turks and Caicos Islands - Details on International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 2009-12-22.
  3. ^ Christopher BryanFIFA competition record (archive)
  4. ^ "Copa Caribe 2007". RSSSF. Retrieved 2009-12-22.
  5. ^ Father/son duo bolsters Turks & Caicos at CBSC - CONCACAF
  6. ^ Oliver, Guy. FIFA Almanack of World Football 2006. Headline. p. 817. ISBN 0-7553-1419-0.
  7. ^ "Turks and Caicos Islands". CONCACAF. Retrieved 2009-12-22.
  8. ^ a b "TCIFA to Receives Vehicle from Corporate Sponsor". TCIFA. 2008-06-17. Retrieved 2009-12-22.
  9. ^ "Competing on a World Stage: Under 17 Boys National Team Participate in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers". TCIFA. 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2009-12-22.
  10. ^ "Bien-Aime elected as TCIFA President". concacaf.com. Retrieved 10 October 2017.

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