v West Ham 22/8/98
Career 1/3/2000: Played 76 (W46 D22 L8) Scored 41 goals! [ratio 0.54]
Full Squad Wallpaper Dwight Yorke (19) DOB: 03/11/71 Canan, Tobago Signed: Aston Villa (£12,600,000) August 98
Apps: 38 scored 27 goals in all competitions 96/97 season!
Dwight Yorke became Manchester United's record signing in August 1998 when he was transferred from Aston Villa for a fee of £12.6 million. This represented a very handsome profit for Villa, who had signed him for just £120,000 in 1989. Former England manager Graham Taylor should take some credit for unearthing Yorke's raw talent. In his role as Villa boss, Taylor spotted him while on a pre-season tour of the West Indies. Dwight eventually made his full League debut for Villa under a different manager, Dr Jozef Venglos. Ironically the opposition were Manchester United and the match, played at Old Trafford on 29 December 1990, ended in a 1-1 draw with one goal apiece from United's Bruce and Pallister (o.g.) Wall2-Justin Eagleton Big Ron Atkinson's three-year reign at Villa Park saw Dwight flitting in and out of the side, hampered by injuries and competition from Dean Saunders and Dalian Atkinson. To Dwight's disappointment, he was left out of the side for the 1994 Coca Cola Cup Final, when Villa wrecked Manchester United's treble dream with a 3-1 victory. The Trinidad and Tobago international enjoyed better times under Brian Little, scoring the third goal in the 1996 Coca Cola Cup Final win over Leeds United. In the following campaign, 1996/97, he became the first Villa player since 1981 to net 20 League goals in one season. In his last full season with Villa, 1997/98, Dwight helped them to clinch a place in the UEFA Cup. The club's top scorer with sixteen in all competitions, he found the net in the final fixture, a crucial 1-0 win over champions Arsenal. Cartoon - Nick Oldham "Click on images for full size" Did You Know? Dwight is a good friend of legendary West Indies cricketer Brian Lara. On the day Dwight signed for United, Lara was in typical form, scoring 158 runs for Warwickshire. Former United boss Tommy Docherty slated Dwight after witnessing his debut in 1990. The Doc, now a radio pundit, said, "If that lad makes a First Division footballer, my name is Mao Tse-Tung."
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