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Stern Christopher James John

Stern John NicknameBravo
PositionForward
Height6′ 1″ (1.85 m)
Date of Birth October 30th, 1976 (age 40)
Place of Birth Cane Farm, Trinidad and Tobago
Debut February 15th, 1995 (aged 18)
Caps/Goals115    ( 70 goals)
Current ClubCentral FC (9/2017- present)
Previous ClubsSaddle Hill Hotspur (10/2015), WASA FC (2/2014-12/2014), Solihull Moors (8/2012-11/2012), North East Stars (8/2011-11/2011), Ipswich Town (11/2009-1/2010), Crystal Palace (7/2009-6/2010), Bristol City (10/2008-5/2009), Southampton (8/2007-5/2009), Sunderland (1/2007-8/2007), Coventry City (12/2005-1/2007), Derby County (9/2005-12/2005), Coventry City (9/2004-9/2005), Birmingham City (2/2002-9/2004), Nottingham Forest (11/1999-2/2002), Columbus Crew (2/1998-11/1999), New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers (1997-1997), Carolina Dynamo (1997-1997), Malta Carib Alcons (1996-1996)
SchoolsMercer County Community College, El Dorado Secondary Comprehensive, Five Rivers Junior Secondary


Who would you imagine to be Trinidad and Tobago’s top marksman? Dwight Yorke, right? Wrong. That honour rests with Stern John, who, with 12 goals to his name in their 2006 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying campaign, appears to be T&T’s best hope of upsetting opposition defences in Germany.

Yorke’s medal-laden club career may have seen him dominate the headlines in his homeland, but it is John who is his country’s all-time top scorer with 64 goals from 91 international appearances up to April this year. The Coventry City striker was also the second highest scorer in the entire CONCACAF region in Germany 2006 qualifying, with his final tally just two short of the 14 claimed by Mexico’s Jared Borgetti.

Like T&T goalkeeper Shaka Hislop, John took his first tentative steps in the game in college soccer in the United States, before earning a move to Major League Soccer outfit Columbus Crew. There, he became one of the most prolific strikers in the fledgling league’s short history, netting 26 times in his first season in 1998 to finish top of the scoring charts.

This sudden and remarkable success captured the attention of England’s Nottingham Forest, whom he joined in 1999. John spent two and a half seasons at the City Ground before making a mid-season move to Birmingham City and scoring seven goals to help his new employers win promotion to the Premiership.

After five goals in 20 starts in the 2002/03 season, John gradually fell out of the first-team picture at Birmingham and dropped back down a division to join Coventry City in 2004. In his first season there John hit 14 goals and, after a brief spell on loan at Derby County, he continued to find the net regularly for the Sky Blues in 2005/06.

Of course, it is for his country that John has scaled the greatest heights in his career. To put his international tally into perspective, it compares favourably to the totals achieved by renowned greats of the game such as Gabriel Batistuta, Ronaldo, Bobby Charlton, and even the peerless Pele. His name may not have the lustre of some of those stars but T&T coach Leo Beenhakker says of his front man: “He is a fantastic player. Sometimes you play good, sometimes you don’t, but Stern is pure class.”

John, who began his international career as he intended to continue with a debut goal against Finland in 1995, knows that he will never have a better chance to show what he is capable of than on the world stage in June. And the prospect of playing against Group B opponents England, the country where he has spent so much of his career, is one to really whet the appetite. “If they underestimate us,” he warned, “we’ll turn them over.”
(FIFA WC 2006 profile)



Honors for Stern
  • Inducted into Trinidad & Tobago's Sports Hall of Fame in 2015
  • Inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Hall of Fame in 2009
  • Southampton's Goal of the Season (vs Stoke City) in 2007/2008
  • Southampton Players' Player of the Year in 2007/2008
  • English Championship winner's medal with Sunderland in 2006/2007
  • Trinidad & Tobago Chaconia Medal Gold (World Cup Squad) in 2006
  • Top Goalscorer for Birmingham City in 2002/2003
  • Trinidad & Tobago Footballer of the Year in 2002
  • Top Goalscorer for Nottingham Forest in 2001/2002
  • Leading goalscorer (18 goals) with Columbus Crew in 1999
  • Joe Public Rookie of the Year in 1999
  • MLS scoring champion (26 goals in 27 matches) with Columbus Crew in 1998
  • Selected to the MLS Best XI in 1998
  • A-League Rookie of the Year in 1997

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Stern warningApr 19th, 2005
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Stern John Vows to deliver against GuatemalaMar 25th, 2005
City's dear John betterFeb 22nd, 2005
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John and Eve eye World Cup recordFeb 16th, 2005
Stern U-turnFeb 16th, 2005
Goals will come, insists SternDec 17th, 2004
Injury scare for SternNov 1st, 2004
Time for the boo-boys to lay off SternOct 27th, 2004
Stern aims to come back strongOct 26th, 2004
Stern still dreamingOct 21st, 2004
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Stern Sad to Leave BirminghamSep 18th, 2004
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Saviour John Quits BirminghamSep 14th, 2004
Coventry City Sign Stern JohnSep 14th, 2004
Leeds United Fail to Lure Stern JohnSep 10th, 2004
Stern John Ponders Next MoveSep 10th, 2004
Stern John disgustedSep 9th, 2004
Nottingham Forest eye John dealSep 9th, 2004
Leeds Wait on Decision from Stern JohnSep 8th, 2004
Yorke Forces Stern John OutSep 7th, 2004
Coventry City Take on Leeds for Stern SigningSep 6th, 2004
Stern John Up for GrabsSep 6th, 2004
John in plea to RangersJun 4th, 2004
Stern John's double completes T&T comebackJul 14th, 2003
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Stern John: ‘I am no bad John’Jul 2nd, 2003
Stern John is TTFF Player of the yearDec 25th, 2002
Burning the tracks, stringing the netsJul 24th, 2002
Stern lessons for Fruta kidsJun 21st, 2002
Stern John gets warm welcome homeMay 18th, 2002
Stern John ready for bigger stageMay 2nd, 2002
Stern John gives $1,000 to Blackman fund, urges fans to give their supportApr 5th, 2002
Mickey Trotman: Tragedy strikes T&T soccerOct 30th, 2001
Stern John (Nottingham Forest)Oct 27th, 2001
Stern John quells the MutinyOct 17th, 1999
Made of Stern stuffSep 13th, 1998
John, Williams stay hot in Crew winAug 22nd, 1998
John paces Crew with third hat trickJohn paces Crew with third hat trickAug 15th, 1998
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John's hat trick powers first-place CrewApr 18th, 1998