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Sedley Thurstan Joseph

Sedley Joseph NicknameSkipper
Date of Birth December 4th, 1939 , died June 8th, 2020 (aged 80)
Place of Birth Trinidad & Tobago
Caps/Goals9    ( 0 goals)
Last ClubMaple
Previous Clubs
SchoolsSt. Mary's College

Although he was a student at St. Mary's College in the 1950's, Sedley Joseph was not among the players of that era who got into the excitement of Inter-College football competition.

Yet he turned out to be one of the all-time greats of Trinidad and Tobago football fraternity, a successful captain of the national team and a player from whom any youngster could mould himself in the realms of discipline and sportsmanship. His first class football career began after he left college and joined the famous Maple Club, and it was the efforts and leadership of Joseph that assisted Maple to reach the great heights of soccer in Trinidad and Tobago.

His elder brother, Alan, had led Maple to four successive first class league titles from 1950 to 1953. By sheer coincidence, Sedley captained Maple to success between 1960 and 1963, a four-year sweep of the same league title. His first class career began in 1959 and the following year he was made captain of Maple. His leadership qualities were evident and he became captain of Trinidad and Tobago. For eight years he was a towering support in the Trinidad and Tobago midfield, making tours to Haiti, Surinam, Canada, Guyana, Barbados, Jamaica, Honduras and Cost Rica.

He captained the national team from 1964 to 1968, and was also at the helm of the Port of Spain Football League for many years, during which time they won the title in competition with the other outstanding leagues. In the ten years he captained Maple, the club won the league title seven times. Under his captaincy also, Trinidad and Tobago won a bronze medal at the Pan American Games in 1967 and participated in the CONCACAF finals in Honduras the same year. Joseph was voted "Player of the Year" in Trinidad and Tobago in 1967.
(T&T Sports Hall of Fame bio)

Honors for Sedley
  • Trinidad & Tobago Humming Bird Medal Gold (for Sport) in 2005
  • FIFA Centennial Order of Merit in 2004
  • Inducted into Trinidad & Tobago's Sports Hall of Fame in 1985
  • Trinidad & Tobago Footballer of the Year in 1967

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