Dwight Yorke has been one of the foremost footballers for the last fifteen years. He was frequently in the headlines when at Aston Villa (whose fans still regard him as one of the team's greatest strikers) and then Manchester United – for what he was doing both on and off the pitch. That said he was part of Manchester United's treble-winning 1999 season and formed one of the most successful striker partnerships in the premiership with Andy Cole. His subsequent clubs have been Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City, Sydney FC and Sunderland.
Yorke came to be seen as the epitome of young, rich player excesses, and he makes no apology for doing what a lot of young men would have done if they're given the keys to a lifestyle of partying, adulation and vast weekly wages. But it was his relationship with Jordan which really propelled Yorke onto the gossip pages. He's the father of their son Harvey, and he talks for the first time about the hurt of being branded a bad dad who didn't care.
With Dwight nearing retirement as a player he wants to tell his story as it really was, and from the heart. It's the story of a boy born in Trinidad & Tobago who followed his football dreams to the extent that at times he risked losing everything he held dear.
- Publication Date:
- 02 / 11 / 2009