Name: Anthony Rougier.
DOB: 17-July-1971.
Position: Utility.
Team: Retired.
Previous Clubs: Trintoc (Trinidad), Trinity Pros (Trinidad), United Petrotrin (Trinidad), Raith Rovers (Scotland), Hibernian (Scotland), Port Vale (England), Brighton & Hove Albion FC, (England - 18-Feb-2003 one month loan from Reading), Reading FC, (England 2000 to 2003), Brentford (England - Aug-2003 to 24-Mar-2004), Bristol City (England - 25-Mar-2004 to 02-Jun-2004), Nanjing Yoyo FC (China, Aug-2004 to 2005), Rochester Rhinos (USA, 26-Apr-2005 to 07-Jun-2005), United Petrotrin (Trinidad, 17-Oct-2005 to Dec-2006).
Born: Sobo Village, La Brea/Point Fortin, South Trinidad. 
TnT Debut: T&T 1994.
NOTE: Rougier, who began his pro career in Scotland with Raith Rovers through the efforts of agent Majeed Mohammed had to be content with playing at a number of lower-rate teams in Britain after the shocking refusal of a transfer to Scottish giants Celtic, a decision that he admitted was a regrettable one.
Rougier then moved to England for £175,000, joining Port Vale, he is a sturdy and versatile player who can play in several positions, he made a swith from Port Vale to Reading FC for a fee of £325,000 in August of 2000. Rougier, a devout Christian, also made a name for himself on the international scene, while he was the captain of the T&T team he led them to the 1999 Copa Caribe (regional) title and to the semi-finals of the 2000 Gold Cup. At one time with his wife Trisha and daughters Alisha-Kae and Maya-Kia, Anthony had lived in China where he was joined by fellow T&T midfielders Arnold Dwarika and Gary Glasgow in the First Division with Nanjing Yoyo FC.

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Beenhakker gives chance of a lifetime to Rougier.

By: Shaun Fuentes.
01-Feb-2006 - Former UK-based player Anthony Rougier has vowed to give head coach Leo Beenhakker his all over the next few days as the Dutch-man spends the period assessing some potential players for the National Team at the training camp in Fort Lauderdale.
Rougier was among ten players who traveled from Trinidad and arrived at the Sunrise Hilton on Wednesday in time for a one hour training session at the hotel’s training field in the evening period. Five other US-based players also arrived including recent Kansas City Wizards addition Anthony Noreiga, Osei Telesford and Darryl Roberts, Kevon Neaves and Julius James. The home-based players on the trip include Atiba Charles, Cyd Gray, Jan Michael Williams, Silvio Spann, Kerry Baptiste, Nigel Henry, Errol McFarlane, Aurtis Whitley and Anthony Wolfe.
Rougier, a former national captain, last appeared for T&T in the 2-1 loss to the United States last February and has since taken up a move with local Pro League side United Petrotin. But the former Hibernian winger revealed that Beenhakker helped him turn down a trial with English Premiership club West Ham United in order to vie for selection on the National Team. The trial would have started tomorrow (Thursday) had Rougier taken up the offer.
“An opportunity came for me to have a trial and that was meant to commenced from tomorrow. I spoke to Mr Beenhakker and he advised that I should come here and get myself fit and rightly so at the end of the day it has to be right  decision for myself and family. It was a touchy situation but I thought I didn’t want to miss the chance to be there but being with my country is also the best thing at this time,” Rougier told TTFF Media prior to the evening session at the Sunrise.
Rougier said he was easily convinced that Beenhakker would be the perfect man for him to work under in his attempt to make a comeback in time for T&T’s opening World Cup match against Sweden on June 10.
“One of the major things he (Beenhakker) was saying to me is that he’s very much committed to the job. He’s going to give his two hundred percent and if he is, one of the thing he asks is that we give two hundred percent as well. One of the things he’s saying is because of my history he doesn’t see it being a problem but at the end of the day he cannot guarantee anything and that’s important to me knowing that he is not going to put players who he doesn’t think need to be there. He’s making it clear that you have to play for your position and earn your pick. He has proven himself and he is the best man for the job and what an opportunity this is for us players now,” Rougier added.
As to how he’s now anticipating this challenge ahead of the February 28 friendly international against Iceland, the former Port Vale man said: “I think it’s something I’m definitely looking forward to – the challenges of trying to achieve things when you get older is what keeps you. It’s a chance to find a purpose in my football career again and do whatever it takes to be one of the 23 players going to the World Cup. The squad of players who qualified deserved full credit and now it’s on to another level. You tend to put the pains of the past behind you and look forward to the hard work of what’s to come. From a tender age I know what struggles T&T football has had over the years and I’m praying to God that we can get an opportunity to make a difference through football. We have an opportunity to change lives I saw the youth looking forward to the future and I saw us realize that dream of making the World Cup and now we can keep this momentum going and keep on making a difference.”
Beenhakker’s squad will play two training matches on the weekend against Florida International University and a local Honduran-based team.

Anthony Rougier happy with T&T call-up.

T&T Newsday Reports.
28-Jan-2006 - He is 34 years old, still fit and believes he can make a valuable contribution to Trinidad and Tobago’s football and is not counting out the possibility of being in Germany with the Soca Warriors.
Anthony Rougier has been given another opportunity to prove he still has what it takes to play at the international level.
Rougier has been included in a ten-man local squad selected by coach Leo Beenhakker to attend a five-day camp in Miami ahead of Trinidad and Tobago’s friendly international against Iceland on February 28 in London, England.
The utility player played with United Petrotrin in the T&T Pro League last season and led the Oilmen to the Lucozade Sport Big Six title.
Rougier started his professional career in Scotland with Raith Rovers and played with a number of clubs all over Europe, including Hibernian, Port Vale, Reading FC. He also had a stint in China and more recently played for the Rochester Rhinos in the US A-League.
He made his senior international debut in 1994, and last played for Trinidad and Tobago on the Journey to Germany in a World Cup qualifier against the USA under coach Bertille St Clair back in February 2005.
When contacted about being selected to go on the five-day camp in Miami, Rougier told "It’s a situation I am looking forward to. I have been in touch with a couple senior players about coming back into the squad and they have given me some positive vibes."
Rougier said it has always been an honour for him to represent Trinidad and Tobago and he is looking forward to the latest opportunity.
"And if it is I am among the chosen to go to Germany for the World Cup then that will be great, because it’s a stage all footballers want to be on and I would relish the opportunity," said Rougier.
When asked if he believes he still has a contribution to make at the age of 34, he answered in the affirmative.
"Yes I believe I still have a contribution to make. I am 34 years old, but anyone who knows me, know that I take good care of myself — age is just a number and I think my experience over the years can still serve in good stead," he said.
He also confirmed that the desire is still very much there. "Trinidad and Tobago football is in my blood, I have been representing my country since the age of 16 and that’s the reason why I have come back, not only to contribute to local football, but help develop the young minds who have the ability to play the game."
The former national captain, is also looking forward to playing under coach Beenhakker.
"I have the utmost respect for the man and from what I have heard from some of the players, I understand he is in total control of the team and makes all the football decisions and that’s a good thing."
Looking ahead to the 2006 T&T Pro League season, Rougier, who played the latter part of last season with United Petrotrin, made no commitment saying, he has a few options available to him.
He said he enjoyed playing at Petrotrin over the last few months but is just waiting to see what the future holds.

Tony Rougier’s return brings success.

T&T Newsday Reports.
16-Dec-2005 - United Petrotrin ended their football season on a victorious note when the Oil Squad defeated North East Stars 1-0 on Saturday last to clinch the Professional Football League "Big Six" tournament sponsored by Lucozade Sports.
The signalled a remarkable turnaround for the south-based team which spent much of the season at the bottom of the standings.
However the arrival of veteran Peter Prosper and former national captain Tony Rougier saw an instant revival in the team’s fortunes and a string of victories.
Rougier was also given the captain’s armband and his inspirational leadership was very important in spearheading the United Petrotrin into winner’s row.
Since Rougier’s return United Petrotrin has beaten all the leading teams including W Connection, Defence Force, CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh and now North East stars.
In an interview, Rougier expressed his delight at the team’s recent success.
"It is really great to be back in the south and leading United Petrotrin to victory" Rougier said. "I began my career many years ago with the famous Trintoc team and in those days we beat everybody at home and throughout the Caribbean," he said. The stocky defender also said he came back to play for the southerners so that he could help south football and give something back to my community.
He pointed out that there are some talented youngsters in the deep south but they lack experience. Rougier said he was happy to take up the captain’s role, which would give him a chance to give the youths some guidance. "Together with Peter (Prosper) we were able to get them to believe in themselves and understand the way of life of a professional footballer," he added.
He described the standard of play in the Professional League as better than he had expected which made him really work hard in the matches he played. Rougier said if the league continues to progress like that, then it will be a very competitive tournament in the near future.
Asked whether his recent good form was a signal of his readiness to return to the national team, Rougier said it was always a pleasure for him to play for his country and therefore he made myself available whenever he was asked, whether he was in Scotland, England or China.
"I am in very good shape and if I am invited I will do my best as always. I played several matches in the early part of the campaign and I think I made a positive contribution to getting us to Germany, and therefore it would be nice to continue the journey right to the end," he said.
Only recently Rougier attended the CONCACAF Elite Player Development Workshop at the Centre of Excellence and later promised to get into coaching when he hangs up his boots.
He told Newsday that he wanted to work with youngsters especially in his hometown of La Brea. "Football is not only a game. It is a way of life and it can have a very positive effect on young people," he claimed. Rougier emphasised he wanted to help the young people reach their potential, since they have a lot, but only need the necessary guidance.

United Petrotrin snaps up Anthony Rougier.

By Joel Villafana.
18-Oct-2005 - Former Trinidad and Tobago Utility player Anthony Rougier is back home and now plying his trade with United Petrotrin and is hoping to make a return to the National team and join the Soca Warriors on the Road to Germany 2006.
Rougier said that he has always been committed to Trinidad and Tobago football and still wants to contribute.
The former TT captain has returned home and has been snapped up by the ‘oilmen’.
Rougier transfer from American "A" League outfit Rochester Rhinos was completed this weekend and will make his first appearance for the Petrotrin in the Pro League when the southerners go up against Caledonia AIA Fire at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium.
Petrotrin have just come off a hard-fought 4-3 win over Superstar Rangers in the first round of matches of the Toyota Classic, and coach Brian Williams is looking forward to the inclusion of Rougier.
“I am really happy to have Tony back—he is originally from La Brea and he wants to finish his career at home,” said Williams.
Williams added, “At 33 years Rougier is still fit and has a lot to offer and can pass on his immense knowledge and experience to the local players.”
The 33-year old Rougier intends to prove his worth while playing for Petrotrin, and at the same time, impress National coach, Dutchman Leo Beenhakker with a place in the TT squad his ultimate goal.
"I am satisfied that I made my contribution to the World Cup campaign and it’s great to see the team doing well," Rougier said.
Trinidad and Tobago earned a place in a play-off when they defeated CONCACAF giants Mexico 2-1 in the final match of the World Cup qualifiers at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo on Wednesday.
With the result Trinidad and Tobago earned the right to face Bahrain in a two-match play-off at home and away, for a World Cup berth.
"I have always been committed to Trinidad and Tobago and doing whatever I can to assist the national team. It wasn't always easy for me especially when I was playing in China and I had to travel halfway around the world to come back home and play for my country," he said.
The rugged defender, concluded, “My years abroad have taught me a lot and I have seen how football can make a big difference in peoples' lives especially the youngsters. I still have a few years of playing left in me and I want to give something back to the country especially down south where I began my career".

Rougier wants to join Warriors.

By Walter Alibey (Newsday)
16-Oct-2005 - Former Trinidad and Tobago defender/midfielder Anthony Rougier is hoping for a return to the national team.
Rougier said in a recent interview that he has always been committed to Trinidad and Tobago football and wants to contribute.
The former TT captain has returned home to represent United Petrotrin in the first Toyota Classic Competition after playing for American "A" League outfit Rochester Rhinos.
He will play his first match of the season on Tuesday when the southerners go up against Caledonia AIA Fire at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium.
Petrotrin have just come off a hard-fought 4-3 win over Superstar Rangers in the first round of matches of the Toyota Classic, a result that signalled the return of the top south team.
The 33-year old Rougier intends to prove his worth while playing for Petrotrin, and at the same time, impress national coach, Dutchman Leo Beenhakker with a place in the TT squad well in his mind.
"I am satisfied that I made my contribution to the World Cup campaign and it’s great to see the team doing well" Rougier said.
Trinidad and Tobago earned a place in a play-off when they defeated CONCACAF giants Mexico 2-1 in the final match of the World Cup qualifiers at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo on Wednesday.
With the result Trinidad and Tobago earned the right to face Bahrain in a two-match play-off at home and away, for a World Cup berth.
Bahrain play here on November 12 at Mucurapo, and meet again in the return match four days later (November 16) in Bahrain.
"I have always been committed to Trinidad and Tobago and doing whatever I can to assist the national team. It wasn't always easy for me especially when I was playing in China and I had to travel halfway around the world to come back home and play for my country," he said.
The rugged Rougier has been one of the youngest players to make a Trinidad and Tobago team, an achievement that earned him the right to ply his trade internationally for the past decade and more.
"I played for Trinidad and Tobago at under 20 then I made it into the senior squad under ‘Gally’ Cummings. I was just 16 years old at the time and it was a big thrill for me. From there I went to Scotland and then across to England and I have spent ten years as a professional in Britain and two years in China," he said.
His talent undoubtedly will be an asset to the TT team defensively, but with the Warriors "peaking at the right time," he could well find himself on the world’s biggest football stage, come next year, should he get a recall to the national team.
He told Newsday that he has had some difficult times playing internationally but feels he can make an impression in the lives of many- starting in La Brea.
"Those years abroad have taught me a lot and I have seen how football can make a big difference in peoples' lives especially the youngsters. I still have a few years of playing left in me but I want to give something back to the country especially down south where I began my career," he said.

Northampton Town lines up Rougier.

Northampton Today.
13-Sept-2005 - Anthony Rougier could become the latest addition to the Cobblers squad after it was confirmed he is training with the club. The former Port Vale and Reading utility man is available on non-contract terms after concluding a deal with American A-League Soccer side Rochester Rhinos in the United States.
Rougier would be available to sign immediately as he is a free agent, and that has obvious attractions for manager Colin Calderwood, especially as the player, who has racked up £750,000 in career transfer fees, can operate in midfield and up front.
The 34-year-old, who was born in Point Fortin on South Trinidad but now lives in Reading, turned out six times for the Rhinos last season following a spell in China.
Rougier has been a regular for his national team picking up an impressive 73 caps, and has also spent time with Nanjing YoYo FC in the Chinese First Division last season. In his career, Rougier has led Trinidad and Tobago to the 1999 Copa Caribe title and the semi-finals of the 2000 Gold Cup, losing out to Carlo Corazzin and Canada in the final four.

Rochester Rhinos release Tony Rougier.
07-Jun-2005 - The Rochester Raging Rhinos announced today that the team has released forward Anthony Rougier and defender Ryan Hall.
Rougier, the 5-8, 160-pound native of Point Fourtin, South Trinidad, appeared in six games with the Rhinos this season. Rougier signed with the team on April 26th. A member of the Trinidad and Tobago National Team, Rougier spent time with Nanjing YoYo FC in the Chinese First Division last season. In his career, Rougier led Trinidad and Tobago to the 1999 Copa Caribe title and the semifinals of the 2000 Gold Cup. In his professional career, Rougier has played in England with Reading FC, Brentford, Brighton, Port Vale, and Hibernian (Scotland).

Anthony Rougier looks MLS way.

By: Shaun Fuentes.
14-Jul-2004 - Anthony Rougier could be making a move to the American Major League Soccer (MLS). The former Hibernian winger finished a strong season with Bristol City which narrowly missed out on English First Division promotion. It was earlier agreed that he would be allowed to move on if City didn’t move up.
“At the moment there’s nothing much happening. I am focusing on trying to help the national team,” Rougier said. “There’s a lot of talk at the moment and I’ve learnt that until there’s something on the dotted line then there’s nothing much to say.
“There are a couple clubs I’m talking to in the MLS and that’s definitely an option. One of the things that could lead me there is the time off that I may be able to get to be able to play for the country in this World Cup campaign,” Rougier added.

Antony Rougier released by City.
02-Jun-2004 - Tony Rougier heads a list of five players released by City following their play-off final defeat on Sunday. Rougier - the only member of the quintet to have played in the weekend defeat by Brighton - is joined by Marvin Brown, Scott Brown, Darren Caskey and Lee Matthews in heading through the Ashton Gate exit door.
The Trinidad & Tobago international joined City on a short-term contract on transfer deadline day in March and was influential in the club's end-of-season run to the play-offs, scoring two goals in nine appearances.
Although signed primarily as a striker his form on the right side of midfield kept returning 2002/03 Player Of The Season Scott Murray out of the starting line-up.
Forward Lee Matthews was a £105,000 signing from Leeds United and netted a winning penalty against Millwall on his debut in March 2001.
"It is always a tough decision to take to release players but we have to take into account the club's financial position, added City manager Danny Wilson."

Anthony Rougier departs Brentford.

Brentford FC Website.
25-Mar-2004 - Bees wing-man Tony Rougier is expected to join Bristol City with minutes to spare before today's transfer deadline expires. The 32-year-old Trinidad & Tobago international is due to sign non-contract forms with the Ashton Gate club as Brentford have received official confirmation from the Football League and Football Association of his departure.
Tony made 34 apprearances for Brentford, scoring 5 goals since his arrival from Reading in August last year. The Club wishes to place on record its thanks and appreciation for Tony’s services and wish him well in the future.  Danny Wilson has talked about the attacking qualities that persuaded him to sign Tony Rougier on a short-term contract. And the manager admits that the Trinidad and Tobago striker's all-action display against City at Ashton Gate last month was an important factor in making him a target. In an exclusive interview, Danny told "Tony showed that day what pace and power he can display going forward. We haven't been getting enough goals and he will help in that respect. "Brentford have been forced to reduce their wage bill by parting with a number of players and Tony was told he wouldn't be playing much first team football there.
"Had we let the deadline go by without bringing people in we would always have wondered what might have been." "He can play wide as well as up front so he increases the competition for places in more than one area." Rougier is expected to meet his new team-mates at training tomorrow morning and will go straight into the squad for Saturday's game at Port Vale. Reflecting on his hat-trick of deadline day signings, Danny said: "Had we let the deadline go by without bringing people in we would always have wondered what might have been. "Now we have all been given a boost and I would think our rivals will look at the signings we have made and see that we are having a real go."

Anthony Rougier reflects on his pro career and the cost of not having a selfish streak.

By Lasana Liburd.
11-Sept-2003 - “If I’d scored more goals, I’d probably be playing in the Premiership by now,” said Brentford and Trinidad and Tobago footballer Anthony Rougier. “I can score goals. That is a fact. But I’ve never had that hunger, that knack, to go into games wanting to score goals.
“I probably gained more pleasure from creating and stopping goals as compared to Dwight (Yorke) or Stern (John) who love to score.”
It was a poignant but, most of all, extremely honest statement by Rougier as he sat down with the Express Sports to reflect on his sporting career.
At 32, the versatile utility player has played professionally for nine years in the United Kingdom, which is an accomplishment in itself.
He shares a nice home in Reading and fairly comfortable lifestyle with his wife and childhood sweetheart, Trisha, and two daughters, Alisha-Kae and Maya-Kia.
But there are times when he believes that he could have had more.
Surely Saturday afternoon was one of those days. His day at the office began with an award from his employers at the Brentford Football Club who named him their Player of the Month for August—although he only joined the club in the middle of last month.
But it all went downhill from there as the “Bees” were whipped and outplayed 3-1 by visitors Plymouth Argyle to remain one place off the bottom of the English Second Division table.
It was not where Rougier had expected to be when he left ambitious Division One team, Reading, in the summer or after his first professional deal with Raith Rovers in 1994.
Rougier admitted as much to the Express Sports at the weekend.
At present, he is paid by Brentford on a match-to-match basis that he said he requested from the club so he would be free to move when a bigger team showed interest.
“There was interest from other clubs but for whatever reason it didn’t happen in the summer,” said Rougier. “I am just waiting for a club to come in and say they want me. I thought I wasn’t playing enough games (at Reading) and I didn’t feel I was given a fair chance although the manager didn’t think so.
“At the moment, it doesn’t seem like the right thing because I’m in the Second Division and Reading in the top two in Division One and I may have been playing regularly by now.”
It is usually unfair to compare players but there was a huge difference between the utility player and the summer’s big transfer deal.
David Beckham uprooted his wife and two children and headed for Real Madrid to face colossal expectations as well as a different language and lifestyle.
Granted, Real Madrid offers an extraordinary pull to any player.
Beckham said that he and his family would make the sacrifice for his experience as a player.
Rougier is not nearly as selfish, though.
His wife, Trisha, is studying for an accounting degree at the Thames Valley University in London and Rougier is unwilling to move his family in any case.
“It would be nice to have a club in London but the clubs who are interested, at least the major ones, are not in London,” he explained. “I love my family and I believe it is always important to have close relationships with your family.”
Rougier does not have a selfish bone in his body.
It is a great attribute for a person to have but a tragic flaw when discovered in a professional athlete.
He has nearly everything else.
Dundee manager Jim Duffy still heaped praise on his former charge at Hibernian when Express Sports met him two weeks ago in Scotland.
Brighton manager Steve Coppell declared that “he’s a little bit of ‘something else’ “when he brought him on loan last season while Reading manager Alan Pardew was even more complimentary.
Pardew, who is on the wishlist of fallen giants West Ham, compared his influence at the “Royals” to that of former French star Eric Cantona at Manchester United.
And yet, it has never quite worked for “Tony”.
At Griffin Park on Saturday, Rougier’s poise and skill stood out in a game that would have given any South American coach nightmares.
The ball barely touched the ground for much of the first half and, for long periods, Brentford appeared to be using a 4-1-5 system based on five attackers chasing long punts upfield.
The complexion of the game changed whenever Rougier was in possession.
Blessed with a central defender’s physique, a midfielder’s brain and a striker’s change of direction, his crosses from either foot always warranted attention while his feint and hook backs were well received by both sets of supporters.
Yet, it is also worth mentioning that Rougier did not get a shot off for the duration of the match nor could he directly coax a goal from his strikers.
Not surprisingly then, he lamented the poor guidance he received early in his professional life while he also accepted that certain decisions he made were not helpful to his career.
One such decision was his astounding rejection of a possible move to Scottish Premier League giants, Celtic.
Rougier was 23 when he landed in England for an unsuccessful trial with Bradford City.
Not put off, he sought lodging from former national teammate Jerren Nixon, who was then at Scottish top flight club Dundee United, in a bid to break into the professional arena there.
In just two weeks time, he had signed on the dotted line for Division Two club Raith Rovers who he helped push to promotion within his first season.
If the Scottish lords were unsure about his abilities, Rougier announced his presence emphatically in a Scottish Cup match against Celtic with a thunderous 30-yard drive into the top corner at Parkhead.
Celtic were interested but Rougier was not.
In retrospect, Rougier blamed his then agent Majeed Mohammed for not properly guiding his young and somewhat naïve player.
“I depended on Majeed for guidance and I don’t think he did a good job at all,” he said. “I had offers from clubs like Bolton and Queen’s Park Rangers when they were in the top league and Celtic too. I didn’t know better.
“They were telling me it was better for me to stay at Raith when Celtic wanted me. And, nice man that I am, I felt that they had given me my break so I stayed.
“But I should not have turned down Celtic.”
One can only speculate about how Rougier’s career would have he changed had he joined one of Britain’s biggest clubs at just 24.
And the contrast to Yorke, who drove to Villa chairman “Deadly” Doug Ellis on the eve of the transfer deadline and begged to be sold to Manchester United, is immense.
“In football, you have to be cocky and greedy sometimes,” he said. “You must believe you can do something everytime you get the ball and demand the ball. I think I’ve always been confident but I am not really one to demand the ball.
“I am more of a nice, team person.”
At 33, the lights have hardly gone out in Rougier’s career and he is expecting and praying for two more years in the First Division.
He would then enjoy a spell in the United States and Trinidad.
“If even for half a season to hear those drums in the stands again,” he said, “like (when I played for) Trintoc and to give local people a glimpse of a pro player in the local league. Hopefully, it would be something they would treasure as well as me.”
Before then, he must find the hunger and ambition required to take him back to the relative heights he enjoyed.
A selfish streak would do nicely.
“I know some strikers who are happy if they lost the game 3-1 but they scored,” he said. “But I always put team first. In the world of sport that has been my biggest problem.”
“It is probably why it has taken so long for me to get in another club. If I was scoring 10 goals a season, I’d probably be in a good Division One club by now.
“I need to get it in my head to go out and score goals and aim for double figures every season.”

Anothony Rougier joins Bees on 3 months loan.

14-Aug-2003 - Brentford haved completed the signing of Anthony Rougier. The Trinidad & Tobago International has signed a three-month contract. He played for Reading plus Brighton & Hove Albion last season, and has won over seventy caps for his country. Tony will wear squad number 25 for Brentford.

Anthony Rougier keen on switch to Brighton.

TnT Guardian Reports.
27-May-2003 - Trinidad and Tobago’s footballer Anthony Rougier says he is considering a move to English Division Two club, Brighton, after being released by Reading.
At the end of the season, the 31 year-old T&T international had a temporary spell with the Seagulls before rejoining Reading for the end of the season.
Brighton was relegated at the end of the season after finishing second from bottom in the table. But Rougier, who cost Reading £325,000 from Port Vale in 2000, was one of five players released by Reading boss, Alan Pardew, and is available on a Bosman free.
Rougier, who scored two goals for Steve Coppell’s side, told the Brighton Telegraph & Argus: “I am searching for another club.
“There is always a possibility of coming back to Brighton but they have to show interest in me. “I did well and I enjoyed my time there but I haven’t spoken to them. I know Brighton is ambitious and I enjoyed playing with the players there.
“I felt comfortable. They are a great outfit and, because I’ve had the experience of being there, I know they are capable of getting back up into the First Division,” added Rougier.

Praise, then axe for Anthony Rougier.

By: Shaun Fuentes.
Reading FC manager Alan Pardew showered praises on utility player Anthony Rougier after announcing that he would not be offering the player a new contract on Monday.
Rougier’s contract has ended and his three-year stay with the club is over.
Pardew said: “Rougier has had a fantastic three years. Not only has he displayed great footballing qualities, but his personality and presence cannot be underestimated. His faith is so strong that it has spread around Reading FC.”
The manager said Rougier approaches his life super-positive. “Although I’m sure he is disappointed today, he will without doubt secure a club at this level. Personally I would like to thank him. I’m a better person for having met him,” Pardew ended.
Rougier, formerly of Scottish sides Raith Rovers and Hibernian, as well as Port Vale in England, scored three goals this season which saw him hampered with niggling ankle injuries. He made a positive return from injury in October when he netted a double in a 4-3 win over Oxford United.

Coppell sorry to see hot-shot Anthony Rougier leave.

24-Mar-2003 - Brighton manager Steve Coppell paid tribute to departing striker Tony Rougier following his brace in the 2-2 draw at Ipswich.
Rougier is returning to Reading following his month-long loan spell and Coppell admitted he will be missed as the Seagulls battle against the threat of relegation.
Coppell said: "We had a few wounded soldiers who perhaps should not have been playing. Tony Rougier was one of those and now that he is leaving we will be down to the bare bones.
"In an ideal world Tony would have been able to stay with us on an immediate recall but a month was agreed at the outset."

Anthony Rougier's prayers answered.

By: Shaun Fuentes.
26-Feb-2003 - Anthony Rougier had his prayers answered when he scored a winning goal on his debut for Brighton Albion last weekend.
Rougier moved to the club on a one-month loan deal from Reading FC, struck against Millwall.
"By the grace of God that is what my family and I have prayed for, a start like that. That's the reason I came here, to make a difference, and I'm hoping with the grace of God I will continue to do that. There were other clubs that wanted me. Only through prayer did I decide to come to Brighton.
"There might have been other clubs more attractive but in my heart I felt Brighton was the right place to be," said Rougier who has been invited to represent T&T at the Gold Cup qualifiers from March 26-30.
Rougier is currently at the same club of prolific striker Bobby Zamora who is eligible to represent the "Soca Warriors" as well as Republic of Ireland and England. Among the 24 teams, Brighton are in 21st spot with 29 points.

Anthony Rougier Joins Brighton in One-Month Loan Deal.

Brighton News.
19-Feb-2003 - Reading attacking-midfielder Anthony Rougier has become the latest player to join Albion on loan, having agreed to a one-month deal earlier today. The 31-year-old has appeared regularly for the Royals in the first half of the season, but his last match was the 3-1 defeat against Leicester at the end of January.
Trinidad-born Rougier signed for Reading before the start of the 2000/01 season from Port Vale for £325,00, having previously played in Scotland for Raith Rovers and Hibernian. Although not a prolific scorer for the Royals, his fluent attacking style soon made him a favourite at the Madejski Stadium and he has found the net twice this season so far.
Albion manager Steve Coppell today exclusively revealed to his reasons for signing Rougier. "Tony's a player I've watched for a number of years and I've always had the feeling that he's a player who can influence a game. 
"He's a little bit of 'something else' - with the suspensions to Bobby Zamora and Gary Hart, and with the injury to Paul Kitson, there's not many options, so I'm pleased with what Tony will bring to us.
"It's been difficult finding someone, and I've been down a lot of blind alleys. Everything clicked with Tony though, especially because of my relationship with Alan Pardew, so I'm very greatful for that."
The Royals striker knows all about his new side - he figured in both of the top-of-table clashes between Brighton and Reading towards the end of last season. He will join up with his new team-mates on Friday, and is likely to make his debut alongside Zamora against Millwall on Saturday.

Anthony Rougier's time has come - boss.

TEAMtalk News.
20-Aug-2002 - Manager Alan Pardew is tipping striker Anthony Rougier to play a "big part" for Reading this season
Rougier did not feature in Royals' opening two games of the season and he only played 15 minutes of the match against Coventry.
However, Pardew is confident his powerful front man can come good and challenge Martin Butler, Nicky Forster, Martin Butler and Darius Henderson for a bigger role.
Last season Pardew's men chalked up seven successive wins with Rougier in the side and the boss said: "Rouge has not been involved too much so far but I feel he's got a big part to play this season.
"I look back at the seven games we won last season without conceding a goal and he was in the team up front and tomorrow against Luton he has a his chance to show what he can do and prove to me he should be in the side."
Rougier, who will play for Reading reserves against Luton on Wednesday, said: "I want to play every game and I'm obviously disappointed I'm not, especially against Derby when we were 3-0 down. It's up to the manager to pick the best team he thinks will win the game and I aim to show in training that I should be in there.
"If I'm not picked then I will be ready for the next one. I have played at this level and I know I can do well for Reading."

Anthony Rougier still wants to play for TnT.

By: Shaun Fuentes.
12-June-2002 - Trinidad and Tobago utility player Anthony Rougier has put to rest talks that he was considering retiring from playing for this country.
The English-based professional, now back home on holidays, said on Monday that he would still relish the opportunity of donning the red, white and black strip, once called upon.
The former national captain who led T&T to the 1999 Copa Caribe title, also expressed concern on the current state of the local game, hoping that the right approach be taken with a view of the persons being at the helm being able to overcome the obstacles which may stand in the way.
"Definitely I am looking forward to see what's in store for Trinidad and Tobago. There have been so many different times for us. There was one time when we were saying we didn't have the right players and the organisation was ready and right and then now we have taken a whole new turn where we are having problems with sponsorships and so on just when things we probably looking good again," Rougier told TTFF Media.
"It's always difficult in football. What we have to do is ensure that we are careful with our next step. We don't want to spoil things for the people to come. We have to be very careful because we need the sponsorships, the support of corporate Trinidad and Tobago and the support of the people. There are lot of players now evolving and our football should be very good but there are a lot of other things that comes with the game now and we have to put these things in place," said Rougier.
"I just want to see things go right. I was much involved as captain when Bertille was in charge of the team and we saw him lose his position, then we had Ian Porterfield here and he left us and now Rene Simoes came and again we have had to lose him under different circumstances. I'm just saying that we should do things properly, let's not do things personal. There have been so many silly things that have happened but we can make it right by not doing things based on personal issues and just do it in the best interest of Trinidad and Tobago football," added the 30-year-old player.
When asked about his international future, the former Hibernian player replied "At the moment I am still available to play for Trinidad and Tobago."
He will return to England soon to being preseason preparations with Reading FC as they get ready for the new English First Division season after earning promotion earlier this year.

Pressure mounting on Anthony Rougier.

By: fleX.
12-Feb-2002 - Pressure is mounting on manager Alan Pardew to drop Trinidadian striker Tony Rougier and recall the free-scoring Jamie Cureton, this was the news coming off the Team Talk website.
Royals fans in a capacity crowd of more than 6,700 at Brighton's cramped Withdean Stadium were disappointed when last season's leading scorer Cureton was again among the substitutes even after scoring the winner against Notts County on Saturday, again as a sub. Rougier is one of seven strikers now on Reading's books but the £240,000 signing from Port Vale is no nearer bagging his first goal of the season.
Once again it was late in the match that Cureton came on and almost immediately delivered the goods in the shape of his 11th goal of the season - something of a contrast to Rougier - but manager Pardew is unrepentant.
''No one was complaining when we were going eleven matches without losing and building up a seven point lead at the top of the table," he said. "Jamie is a great finisher as he proved again against Brighton and I understand that some of our fans want to see him in from the start.''

Jamie Cureton blast Anthony Rougier.

By fleX.
08-Feb-2002 - Jamie Cureton has prompted more speculation about his future after admitting he feels he has been harshly treated by Royals boss Alan Pardew.
Cureton, who has not started a match since December, has launched a scathing attack on his manager after spending the last nine games on the bench.
Last season's top scorer admitted he has been left baffled by Pardew's decision to select Trinidad striker Tony Rougier ahead of him for the past eight weeks.
Rougier is still waiting for his first goal of the season and while Cureton admits the 30-year-old frontman is playing well, he insists strikers should be judged on the number of times they find the net.
The former Bristol Rovers hot-shot added: "The way I see it Tony has started the last nine games and not scored and strikers should live and die by how many goals they get.
"I admit he has been playing well and I know the team have been winning but nobody can expect me to be happy about this situation."
Cureton became an instant hit with Royals fans last season when he bagged 31 league and cup goals following a £250,000 move from Bristol Rovers.
He has scored nine times this term including a second-half double during last month's win over Port Vale but even that was not enough to persuade Pardew to hand the 26-year-old a starting spot.

Anthony Rougier Wins December Award.

12-Jan-2002 - Anthony Rougier has won the Reading FC Official December, Player of the Month award.
Following some very impressive performances, Anthony has made sure that he is one of the first names that Manager Alan Pardew puts on his team sheet, leaving last years second division's golden boot winner, Jamie Cureton on the bench.
When past the news Anthony was thrilled, saying Its amazing, looking back to the beginning of the season I was looking to be loaned out to a lower league club for experience, and I am glad that I have been given the chance to prove myself.
The club has some fine players here, and to actually win the award is a real boost. However I could not do it without the backing of the whole team. We have a wonderful team spirit going, and I truly feel that we are going places. I'd also like to thank the manager for sticking with me, and giving me the opportunity to prove my worth.
Most of all I would like the fans. They have been amazing, sending best wishes to me via the web site and in person. I appreciate all the support they give me and the team. It's amazing to hear the fans singing your name, its gives you that extra boost on the field.

Rene Simoes slams Anthony Rougier.

09-Jan-2002 - Trinidad & Tobago boss Rene Simoes has hit out at Tony Rougier after the star opted against playing in the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament. 
Rougier is considered to be a vital component of The Soca Warriors outfit and was due to fly out to America this week to meet up with his compatriots ahead of the Gold Cup. 
However, the former Port Vale winger has instead decided to stay with The Royals after recently winning back a first-team place. 
He said: "I would have been away for most of the month if I had gone with Trinidad. It would have been different if I had not been playing regularly but I'm enjoying being back in the team and things have gone very well for me lately." 
Simoes has slammed the 30-year-old's decision and insisted yesterday that the move would bear repercussions. 
"He (Rougier) asked for an excuse and that's fine," said Simoes. "But next time when I have to pick my team I think I might ask him to excuse me. It is not as if this is a friendly - this is an official tournament."
“I don’t like this when I call and the player does not come,” he said. “I have to double check in the future... If there are two players for a position he would not be my preference.”

Anthony Rougier's Royals pledge.

08-Jan-2002 - Reading have received a major boost after Tony Rougier pledged to put club before country and make himself available for The Royals this month.
Rougier was due to fly out to America this week and join up with his Trinidad and Tobago team-mates to play in the Gold Cup.
The tournament would have ruled the former Port Vale winger, a £325,000 signing in August 2000, out of the games against Huddersfield and Blackpool, as well as possibly missing the matches against Wigan and Colchester later this month.
However, Rougier's recent run in the first team has persuaded him to stay and assist his side's bid to finish in the top two.
Rougier was man of the match in the 1-0 win against QPR at the weekend and feels that it would be wrong for him to go and play for his country just when he has won his place back.
Rougier said: "It was a difficult decision to make and I only made it after talking it over with my family.
"I would have been away for most of the month if I had gone with Trinidad. It would have been different if I had not been playing regularly but I'm enjoying being back in the team and things have gone very well for me lately."

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