TOP 5 FACTS ABOUT THE TRINIDAD & TOBAGO HEAD COACH TERRY FENWICK

A new era has dawned for Trinidad & Tobago football. The “Soca Warriors” are currently ranked 104th in the FIFA World rankings, knocked out of the Concacaf Nations league last year and a losing streak that has broken the spirits of some of those most loyal fans. The man brought in to fix this monumental task of restoring moral and pride to our senior men’s football team is the former Tottenham, QPR and English defender Terry Fenwick.  Terry has been in Trinidad & Tobago for 20 years.  We here at EXTV have put together the top 5 facts about the Trinidad & Tobago coach Terry Fenwick!

5.) Was first recommended by the legendary Sir Bobby Robson to travel to the Caribbean.

Coach Bobby Robson (left) and Terry Fenwick of England during the World Cup Quarter-Final match between England and Argentina at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City on 22nd June 1986. Argentina won 2-1. (Photo by Leo Mason/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

Many have asked how did Terry Fenwick manage to come to the Island of Trinidad & Tobago. Well, the legendary Sir Bobby Robson was the one who pointed him to the Caribbean island and it seemed to be a masterstroke! Terry been in Trinidad & Tobago for 20 years and is so entrenched in the football here and if it weren’t for the accent you would be forgiven due to this passion for the country if you thought he always lived in Trinidad & Tobago!

4.) One of the most successful coaches in the Caribbean!

Terry Fenwick with Central FC in 2015, Central FC won the Caribbean Club Championship, Digicel Pro League and First Citizen Cup that year.

Terry Fenwick has had great success since moving to Trinidad and Tobago. His coaching achievements include regional and domestic titles with Central FC and San Juan Jabloteh. Terry is also responsible for his very successful football academy that continues to grow called the Football Factory and has done well in the media world by becoming an analyst.

3.) Had a decorated club career!

Terry Fenwick at QPR, Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur.

The English Premier League has a massive following in the Caribbean so it will definitely give the younger fans of the sport a “kick” to know that Terry played for some very big clubs.  The list includes Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers, Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City and Swindon Town and he has racked up 455 appearances at league level.  

2.)Represented England at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico

In addition to his club experience Terry represented England with 20 appearances. However the most noteworthy was him representing his country at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.  Sir Bobby Robson who was not knighted yet was the coach at the time  and selected Terry to defend along side Terry Butcher. That World Cup was the quite a memorable one for Terry for a variety of reasons!

 

1.) Faced Diego Maradona when he scored the “Goal of the Century.”

Diego Maradona running past the English team in what was dubbed “The Goal of The Century”

The 1986 World Cup will go down in history as the tournament where Argentine Diego Maradona cemented his name on the international scene. The controversy of the famous “Hand of God” goal and then the utter brilliance of  what was dubbed the “Goal of the Century.”   Terry was choosen by then coach Bobby Robson to try to shackle this man, the reasons reportedly being used is his lower centre of gravity among other attributes. We all know how that game turned out but Terry saw the brilliance first hand (along with the rest of his team mates) an experience that very few ever get to.  

Terry Fenwick got an up-close look at Diego Maradona at the World Cup 1986

 

So there you have it, however, these five facts are just a few of many interesting facts about the man who is now coaching Trinidad and Tobago. He now has the reigns of the Trinidad & Tobago national team and with such a colourful history there is bound to more chapters in this story.

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