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Thor Schjolseth

Thor Schjolseth NicknameThe German
Date of Birth March 1st, 1901 (age 122)
Place of Birth Trinidad & Tobago
Caps/Goals    ( goals)
Last ClubShamrock
Previous Clubs

Trinidad has had its fair share of football stars through the years, but when it comes to dribbling, the name Thor Schjolseth stands supreme. Born in Trinidad of German parents, Schjolseth was without doubt, a wizard on the football field.

His unique performances are often related by old-timers in golden tones, and to them, no player could match this tiny forward for skill and craft. After leaving school, Schjolseth joined Shamrock and with his clever assistance, the "Cafe Boys" rose to great heights in local football. Before long, football fans were going to the Queen's Park Savannah... " To watch Schjolseth play."

Time and again, the fleet-footed Schjolseth would dribble an entire defence to either score, or lay the ball on for one of his teammates to convert. Some fans remember how on one occasion he beat the entire half-line, back-line and goalkeeper before he scored. He lifted the art of dribbling to new heights in his day. In the 1920's and 1930's, Schjolseth was a fixture in the Trinidad side and although many great inside forwards emerged in that era, none could match him for sheer ball artistry.

A private man who never boasted of his great talents, Schjolseth kept far from publicity. But he always enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere of Sunday morning football, being a favourite in the Pin Smith League. Schjolseth was also a fine tennis player and in 1929 partnered A.P. Blair to win the national men's doubles title. He also won many singles titles at club level and was still playing a good game after he had passed 60. Football experts have always included the name of Thor Schjolseth in any all-time national team of Trinidad, despite the wealth of talent from which there is to choose.
(T&T Sports Hall of Fame bio)

Honors for Thor
  • Trinidad & Tobago's Sports Hall of Fame in 1984

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