Elton John (footballer)
John with HFX Wanderers in 2019
|Full name||Elton David Wallace John|
|Date of birth||8 April 1987|
|Place of birth||Arima, Trinidad and Tobago|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position(s)||Midfielder, Defender|
|2007–2009||San Juan Jabloteh||(2)|
|2011–2012||San Juan Jabloteh||(1)|
|2012–2013||North East Stars||(0)|
|2016–2017||Ma Pau Stars||(2)|
|2017||North East Stars||(3)|
|2018||San Juan Jabloteh|
|2012||Trinidad and Tobago||1||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 October 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 January 2019
San Juan Jabloteh
The following season, John played every minute in all four games for Jabloteh in the 2009 CFU Club Championship and scored two goals, helping the club earn third place and qualify for the 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League.
John again played every minute of every match for Jabloteh in Champions League play that year. He helped the club win its preliminary round play-off against Panamanian side San Francisco and then played the first four matches of the group stage against Marathón, Toluca and twice against FC Dallas before his contract with Jabloteh expired at the end of the 2009 season.
Second spell at Jabloteh
North East Stars
In October 2013 he played in the final of the Trinidad and Tobago League Cup, a 2–1 win for Central FC over Defence Force and the club's first League Cup title. In April 2014 he helped Central win the 2014 Trinidad and Tobago Goal Shield. At the end of the 2013–14 season he was voted Central FC's Supporters' Player of the Year.
Second spell at Central FC
John left Visé in Fall 2014 and returned to Central FC, helping the club win its first TT Pro League title. In May 2015, he scored a penalty in a shoot-out in the semi-finals of the 2015 CFU Club Championship against Haitian side Don Bosco, helping Central earn a spot in the final. Central went on to win the final against Trinidadian rivals W Connection, earning John his first international title.
In August 2015, John's transfer to Visé became part of a scandal involving Central FC founders Brent Sancho and Kevin Harrison. Leaked emails revealed that Harrison had allegedly requested that a portion of the fees for the transfers of John and other Central FC players be wired directly to himself and Sancho as a "personal payment." A Visé official later claimed that this request was rebuffed. Sancho left the club in February 2015 when he was appointed Trinidad and Tobago's Minister for Sport and subsequently appointed Harrison as his advisor. In September 2015, after Harrison appeared in the Central FC dressing room to congratulate the players for their victory in the 2015 Charity Shield, John and 23 other Central FC players signed a petition addressed to the club's management to voice their displeasure with Harrison's continued presence at the club in light of the transfer fee scandal and the pair's alleged pocketing of players' performance bonuses after the 2014–15 season.
John made his return to the Champions League that season, playing every minute of all four of Central FC's matches in the group stage against LA Galaxy and Comunicaciones. Central failed to qualify for the knockout round, but finished second in the group after earning a win against Comunicaciones and a draw against LA Galaxy at home despite losing both away matches.
Second spell at Ma Pau
Second spell at NE Stars
Third spell at Jabloteh
In May 2018, John and seven other Trinidadian professional footballers created the Can Bou Play Foundation, an outreach program which provides mentorship and football education opportunities to youth in Trinidad and Tobago.
San Juan Jabloteh
North East Stars
- TT Pro League: 2014–15, 2015–16
- CFU Club Championship: 2015, 2016
- Trinidad and Tobago League Cup: 2013
- Trinidad and Tobago Goal Shield: 2014
- Trinidad and Tobago Charity Shield: 2015
- Central FC Supporters' Player of the Year: 2013–14
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- "John, Villaroel join Belgium club CS Vise". SocaWarriors.net. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
- "Central FC and DirectTV WConnection into CFU Club Championship final". Caribbean Football Union. 2015-05-23. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
- "Central FC is the 2015 champions of the CFU Club Championship". Caribbean Football Union. 2015-05-25. Archived from the original on 26 May 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
- Lasana Liburd (2015-08-29). "Sancho and Harrison allegedly requested improper payment for Central transfers". Wired 868. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
- Lasana Liburd (2015-09-01). "TTFA monitoring alleged Sancho/Harrison payment request; Visé responds". Wired 868. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
- "Central FC players against return of Sancho and Harrison". Trinidad and Tobago Guardian. 2015-09-17. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
- "Central FC retain CFU Club Championships title". Caribbean Football Union. 2016-05-02. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
- "Central vs. Sporting KC - 17 August 2016". Soccerway. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
- Hampshire, Gareth (January 10, 2019). "Wanderers announce first ever international player signings as Trinidad and Tobago quartet".
- Joel Bailey (2019-01-11). "TT quartet keen to impress in Canada league". TT Newsday. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
- "Jeffrey eyes Concacaf qualifying spot and wants Jabloteh players to dream as the coach". SocaWarriors.net. 2018-09-11. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
- Gareth Hampshire (14 December 2019). "HFX Wanderers FC thank non-returning players". HFX Wanderers FC. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
- Dominique Webb (2014-04-20). "Central's Elton John on his tough upbringing and sharing name with a pop star". SocaWarriors.net. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
- "Yohance, De Silva and Julius among founders of youth mentoring group, Can Bou Play Foundation". Wired 868. 2018-05-28. Retrieved 13 January 2019.