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Yorke The Man, The Myth, The Legend

Dwight Yorke - The Man, The Myth, The Legend by Young_Jonah

It has been reported in the Daily Telegraph that Dwight Yorke is considering leaving Sunderland at the end of the season and returning to former club Sydney FC.

I am 22 years old, and I remember my first time at Villa Park quite fondly, it was Sunday 21st January 1996. We played Tottenham Hotspur. We won 2-1 Ruel Fox got the goal for spurs, but for Villa it Dwight Yorke and Paul McGrath (my dad said I had witnessed a rare goal).

What made the day special for me was not just the fact I was sat in the Trinity with my Dad, Uncle and Auntie watching the greatest team in the world for the first time, but the fact I was watching my hero Dwight Yorke.

The saddest day of my life infact was walking through the front door and my dad (Jonah) saying to me that Yorke had joined Man Utd. I was heartbroken!!!

Dwight Yorke for me represents what Aston Villa was all about in the 90s a team that not only qualified for Europe every year but had alot of fun doing it (who could forget Yorke's infectious smile?).

Dwight Yorke was brought to Aston Villa by another of my favourite Villa personalities Graham Taylor. But it was under Ron Atkinson that Yorke really got his chance. He started as a Right Winger supporting Saunders and Atkinson, but when Saunders left the club, new manager Brian Little gave Dwight Yorke his chance to shine and boy did he take it, he formed a fantastic partnership with Savo Milosevic that led us to 4th in the league and saw us lifting the League Cup in 1996 (the last major trophy our beloved club has won).

But with success comes recognition and it wasn't long before he started to attract the attention of Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson. Dwight Yorke approached John Gregory to ask for a transfer, to which later, Gregory famously said that if he had a gun he would have shot him.

And in August 1998, my boyhood hero joined Manchester United for 12.6million. Dwight appeared in 232 League Games and scored on 73 occasions for us.

Now I know that there are mixed feelings amongst fans towards Dwight Yorke, his decision to turn his back on us, his decision to later join Birmingham City. But I urge you to remember the good times, I for one have fond memories of the guy and wish him all the best for the future.

At the end of this season the Premiership could possibly be losing yet another of its greatest ever players, like Alan Shearer, Ian Wright, Gianfranco Zola, Dennis Bergkamp and Robbie Fowler before him, Dwight Yorke will no longer be strutting his stuff in Premiership grounds across the country and I have no doubt that Match of the Day will not be the same with out an appearance from Dwight Yorke, my boyhood hero.




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Date:Thursday March 13 2008

Time: 10:59AM

Your Comments

Ignorant little **** can p1ss off to Oz and never come back for all I care!
DeanoVilla
QUOTE:: If I had a gun I would have shot him, John Gregory but I dont think he meant it. Great player for Villa.
col8
YJ you bender ;-p was a hero of mine too, but the way he went about the man utd move ruined it for me, not too mention "that" performance at everton. Say what you will about southgate when he left, but always gave 100% even when his future clearly lay elsewhere. Yorke for me let his reputation go to his head and should have been up there in the greatest plem players of all time.
benham
Deano, you experience of Dwight Yorke at Living Room opened my eyes, but I still loved the player even if the person was not so great. As I say lets remember the good times, there are more of those than bad!!!
young_jonah
say what you see kilga :p
benham
Great player for Villa. Gutted when he left. We could do with a creative player like him now. Fame did go to his head unfortunately, because when he was first at Villa he was one of the nicest kids you could meet. You can't blame any player for wanting to better themselves, but he did go about it the wrong way.We should forgive that, and remember the great performances he put in a Villa shirt, and ah..that song..we way the whole ground burst into chorous when he scored. Great days..(By the way i like Southgate as well... but I do hate Steve Hodge!)
krfeskivilla
One of our shining talents of recent years. I remember best his two goals at Highbury in the League Cup semi-final first leg, when we came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2. I've got no beef with him. Yes he made mistakes in his latter days at B6, but his contributions to the claret and blue cause shouldn't be forgotten.
glensider
How did he "go about it the wrong way". I know some of our "fans" reaped their revenge and tatlled his shaguar in the Villa car park. I would say, he was brilliant for us.
tarzan
I thought yorke was brilliant, I always remeber a goal he scored it was practically a foot off the ground and the guy used his head on the edge of the area to divert it in the goal, it was such a good finish. I have no prblems with him, his move was justified i suppose he won a lot!
krisvilla
I always remember the cheeky chip penalty against Sheff Utd. A really daring goal considering it was under so much pressure.
johnnyuk
Left when Gregory started messing around with the team, unlike all the others he did move to a team that could match his ambition rather than just increase his bank balance! Clearly none of the Southgate lovers were at Liverpool the night Gareth decided to put his boots on the wrong feet just to ensure he could leave and pick up the extra gravy being offered by mighty middlesboro. As for Dwight the man was a great player who should be remembered for his performances not for being a complete arse.
Waldorf
tend to agree waldorf, he did at least leave for a bigger club and win things with them. Such a shame the way it happened, especially the fan souring final away performance, but I still have fond memories of the good times he brought to Villa.
The Fear
His attitude in the games and in training was first class. Such an exciting player that could always create a goal out of nothing (much like Mark Walters). Interesting comparison with Southgate, both he and Ehiogu both left for the cash, make no mistake about that one. For some reason the media loves Southgate, Yorke was a bit of donut and legendry swordsman, but hey ho, at least he delivered on the pitch.
tarzan
Wouldn't mind him, at the peak of his VP days, or someone very much like him, available to MON right now.
glensider
I saw DY score his first Villa goal against Norwich City (I think) on a Wednesday night. it must have been 90/91 and he did a Roger Milla style corner flag wiggle. I loved Dwight Yorke and I am not afraid to admit I balled my eyes out the day he left us for Man U. I was gutted. I knew he'd left us in order to win trophies inc The European Cup / CL. I even supported Man U in the CL that season as I didn't want our loss to be in vaine... And what a final that was! It's up to you Dwight Yorke, Dwight Yorke!! Da da da da da. Da da da da da. Da da da da da da. Start spreading the news...............
Adam Deuce
Villa legend - it was Luton i think that he got 1st goal against,won us a ridiculous amount of games because of his brilliance and i`ve always been a tad ashamed how we treated him since he left.
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