Stern Christopher James John
|Full Name:||Stern Christopher James John|
|Born:||October 30, 1976 (age 40 years)|
|International Debut:||vs Finland, 15/2/1995|
- Signs for, Solihull Moors FC, Blue Square North Conference, England
- Signs for, North East Stars FC, TT Pro League, Trinidad, October-December, 2011-2012
- Departs Crystal Palace FC, English Championship Division, England, sixteen(16) appearances, two(2) goals, 2009-2010
- Returns to Crystal Palace, English Championship Division, England, March, 2009-2010
- Departs, Ipswich Town, Loan, nine (9) appearances, one(1) goal
- Scores, Ipswich Town v Coventry City(3-2), English Championship Division, England, Saturday 16th January, 2009-2010
- Loan to, Ipswich Town FC, English Championship Division, England, November, 2009-2010
- Signs for, Crystal Palace FC, English Championship Division, England, 30th July, 2009-2010
- Departs Southampton FC, English Championship Division, England, July, 2008-2009
- Completes Loan at Bristol City, English Championship Division, England, twenty-six(26) appearances, two(2) goals, 2008-2009
- Scores, Bristol City v Reading FC (1-4) English Championship Division, England, Saturday 1st November, 2008-2009
- Loan, to Bristol City, English Championship Division, England, Friday 23rd September, 2008-2009
- Completes season, Southampton FC, English Championship Division, England, forty-two (42) appearances, nineteen (19) goals, 2007-2008
- Scores two (2) and Sent-Off, Southampton FC v Sheffield United (3-2), English Championship Division, Sunday 4th May, 2007-2008
- Hattrick, Southampton FC v Hull City (4-0), English Championship Division, England, Saturday 8th December, 2007-2008
- Scores, 1st goal (2) for Southampton FC v West Brom (3-2), English Championship Division, England, Saturday 6th October, 2007-2008
- Debut for Southampton FC v Queens Park Rangers (3-0), English Championship Division, Saturday 1st September, 2007-2008
- Signs for Southampton FC, English Championship Division, England, Friday 31st August, 2007-2008
- Departs Sunderland FC, English Premier League, England, August, 2007-2008
- Scores, Sunderland FC v Birmingham City (2-2), English Premier League, Wednesday 15th August, 2007-2008
- Winner, Promotion, Sunderland FC, English Championship Division, England, fifteen (15) appearances, four(4) goals, 2006-2007
- Scores two (2), Sunderland v Southend, English Championship Division, England, Saturday 17th February, 2006-2007
- Debut, Sunderland v Coventry (former club), English Championship Division, England, Saturday 3rd February, 2006-2007
- Signs for Sunderland FC, English Championship Division, England, Monday 29th January, 2006-2007
- Departs Coventry City, English Championship Division, England, seventy-eight (78) appearances, twenty-six(26) goals, Friday 26th January, 2006-2007
- Returns to Coventry City, English Championship Division, England, December, 2006-2007
- Departs Coventry City, English Championship Division, England, September, 2006-2007
- Scores on opening day, Coventry City v Sunderland (2-1), English Championship Division, England, Sunday 6th August, 2006-2007
- Completes 2nd season, Coventry City, English Championship Division, England, thirty-six (36) appearances, eleven(11) goals, 2005-2006
- Completes 1st season, Coventry City, English Championship Division, England, thirty-six(36) appearances, twelve (12) goals, 2004-2005
- Loan, to Derby County, English Championship Division, England, 16th September-30th October, 2005-2006
- Scores on debut, Coventry City v Gillingham (2-2), English Championship Division, England, Wednesday September 14th, 2004-2005
- Signs for, Coventry City, English Championship Division, England, Tuesday 14th September, 2004-2005
- Departs, Birmingham City FC, English Premier League, England, September, 2004-2005
- Completes season, Birmingham City FC, English Premier League, twenty-eight (28) appearances, four (4) goals, 2003-2004
- Completes season, Birmingham City FC, English Premier League, England, thirty-two (32) appearances, nine (9) goals, 2002-2003
- Player of the Year, Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation
- Hattrick, Birmingham City FC, v Leyton Orient (3-2), English League Cup, Wednesday 2nd October, 2002-2003
- Scores, 1st Premier League goal, Birmingham City FC v Everton (1-1), Goodison Park, Wednesday 28th August, 2002-2003
- Debut, English Premier League, Birmingham City FC v Arsenal FC, Sunday 18 August, 2002-2003
- Promoted, Play-off Medal, Birmimgham City FC, English Division-1, England, Sunday 12th March, 2001-2002
- Completes season, Birmingham City FC, English Division-1, England, eighteen (18) appearances, eight(8) goals, 2001-2002
- Scores on debut, Birmingham City v Barnsley FC, English Division-1, England, Saturday 16th February, 2001-2002
- Signs for, Birmingham City FC, English Division-1, England, Friday 8th February, 2001-2002
- Departs Notts Forest FC, English Division-1, England, seventy-two (72) appearances, eighteen (18) goals, 2001-2002
- Hattrick, Notts Forest v Millwall FC, English Division-1, England, Saturday 20th October, 2001-2002
- Sent-off, Notts Forest FC v Coventry City, English Division-1, England, Monday 27th August, 2001-2002
- Completes 2nd season, Notts Forest FC, English Division-1, England, thirty-two (32) appearances, three (3) goals, 2000-2001
- Completes 1st season, Notts Forest FC, English Division-1, England, twenty (20) appearances, three (3) goals, 1999-2000
- Scores on debut, Notts Forest FC v Portsmouth FC (2-0), English Division-1, England, Wednesday 24th November, 1999-2000
- Signs for Nottingham Forest, English Division-1, England, Monday 22nd November, 1999-2000
- Leading scorer (18), Columbus Crew, Major League Soccer, USA
- Best XI, Major League Soccer (MLS) USA
- Winner, Golden Boot, (26 goals) Columbus Crew, MLS, USA
- Signs for, Columbus Crew, Major League Soccer (MLS) United States, March
- Rookie of the year, New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers, USL-1, USA
- Joins, New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers, United Soccer League (USL-1) United States, twenty-one games, sixteen goals
- Joins, Carolina Dynamo, United Soccer League (USL-1) United States, five (5) games
- Joins Alcons FC, Eastern Football Association, Trinidad and Tobago
- Rookie of the year, United Soccer League, USA, 1997
- Golden Boot (29 goals) Major League Soccer, USA, 1998
- Best XI, Major League Soccer, USA, 1998
- Winners Medal, English Division-1 Play-offs, Birmingham City FC, 2002
- Player of the Year, Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation, 2002
- Winners Medal, English Championship Division, Sunderland FC, 2007
STERN JOHN might not be the most celebrated of the modern Trinidad & Tobago (T&T) footballers but he is certainly the most prolific when it comes to goals scored at the international level, in the last twenty years. During the sixteen-year period, 1995-2011, he played in one hundred and fifteen matches and scored seventy goals, which makes him the T&T All-time leading scorer. Indeed, he is the 5th highest international scorer after Ali Daei of Iran, Ferenc Puskas of Hungary, Pele of Brazil and Bashar Abdullah of Kuwait and Sandor Kosis of Hungary, who are jointly in 4th position. He is the second most capped T&T player after his colleague, Angus Eve, who has one hundred and seventeen appearances. He is also the only player to score in twelve consecutive international matches, between 1998 and1999.
John was born on the October 30, 1976, in Trincity, Trinidad. He was educated at Five Rivers Junior Secondary School and El Dorado Secondary Comprehensive School (‘El Do’). He made his competitive debut at the Under-12 level for Eddie Hart Upstarts, in the popular Eddie Hart League in Tacarigua, Trinidad. John went on to make his mark at ‘El Do’ during the early 1990’s, one (1) of the most exciting periods in Secondary Schools football in T&T’s history. During that period he teamed up with the likes of Clayton Ince, whom he would later meet, in 2005, at Coventry City FC in England, to make ‘El Do’ (Blue Thunder) the most dominant School in the Secondary Schools Football League. With Ince in goal and John as striker ‘El Do’ was unstoppable. Such was his habitual scoring of goals that he was nick-named Stern “Bound to Score” John.
On graduating from Secondary School young Stern moved to the U.S.A, where he attended Mercer Community College in 1995. He played for Mercer Community College and helped the team to the Junior College Title match finishing seventh in scoring, in the nation.
John made seven appearances for the local club, Malta Carib Alcons, in 1996 while scoring one goal. In 1997 he played briefly for Carolina Dynamo before moving to New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers in 1997 where he scored 16 goals in his 26 appearances for the club and being named the A-League Rookie of the Year.
He followed his cousin, defender Ansil Elcock, to Columbus Crew, a team playing in Major League Soccer (MLS), in February 1998. He had an immediate impact as he set a Team record with seven points against the Miami Fusion at Ohio Stadium in April 1998, as well as scoring the first of three (3) hat-tricks. The second hat-trick of the season came on May 9 at Miami in a 4-1 victory against the San Jose Clash while the third hat-trick came in a 5-3 victory over the Kansas City Wizards at Ohio Stadium, on August 16. Stern had become the first MLS player to get three hat-tricks in a season. He was also named the Major League Soccer (MLS) Scoring Champion in 1998, with 26 goals in 27 games.
Stern was the leading goal scorer for Columbus Crew in 1999 with 18 goals and a phenomenal record of 52 goals in 65 matches. But it was now time to move on to play football in the United Kingdom. During the next twelve years Stern would play for eight (8) English clubs, including Nottingham Forest FC, Birmingham City FC, Coventry City FC and Southampton FC. He would make two hundred and seventy –four appearances and score eighty-nine goals.
However, it was not a bed of roses for John during those twelve years, as there were original doubts over the ability of a MLS player to fit into the British game. At Nottingham Forest, his first club, he was unfortunately sidelined with injury for twelve months. Despite this serious setback, he still managed to score eighteen goals from seventy-two starts, including a hat-trick against Millwall FC in 2001. However following financial difficulties at the club he was sold to Birmingham City for £100,000.
John found it difficult to make the starting bench at Birmingham because of the fierce competition for places among the forwards. But he made his contribution in whatever measure to the club’s promotional efforts to move from the English Division 1 to the English Premier League, which happened in 2002. During his stay there he performed his first hat-trick, in the Premier League, against Leyton Orient in 2002. He remained at the club until 2004 after seventy-seven appearances and sixteen goals.
The next stop was Coventry City FC for a three-year period until 2007. Stern was still having difficulty making the starting line-up but ended up, as the second highest scorer, scoring twelve goals in the 2004-2005 season and eleven goals in the following season. In spite of his scoring efforts Stern found himself being loaned to Derby County FC and transferred to Sunderland before a more permanent arrangement was made with Southampton in 2007. He had made seventy-eight appearances and scored twenty-six goals over a three-year period, at Coventry City FC.
John enjoyed a good year at Southampton where he was a more regular player, scoring nineteen goals, including his brilliant hat-trick against Hull City FC in 2007, and making forty-seven appearances over the period 2007-2009. Now thirty-three years old he was loaned to Bristol City FC in 2008 and finally to Ipswich Town FC in 2009-2010, after which Stern returned to Crystal Palace from where he had been loaned. When he left Palace in 2010 he had effectively retired from British Football.
He had enjoyed a fantastic if peripatetic career and certainly left a lasting impression on all those who saw him play. John returned to local football in 2011 when he joined Northeast Stars FC.
John played a critical role in T&T’s campaign to reach the 2006 FIFA World Cup Finals in Germany. He has scored twenty goals in forty-five World Cup Qualifying matches but the most critical would have been the one against Mexico on 9th November, 2005, in the 2-1 victory in the team’s final CONCACAF Qualifier at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. Stern played in all three (3) matches in the World Cup Finals against Sweden, England and Paraguay and was rewarded with the Chaconia Medal (Gold) (World Cup Squad) for the tremendous efforts made by the T&T team. It was definitely a proud moment
Since his debut in 1995 against Finland he has represented T&T one hundred and fifteen times and scored seventy goals. What an incredible performance!!!
John has found time to give back to the country. In September 2012 he started the Stern John Legacy Foundation and their first activity found him reading to the students of St Monica’s Preparatory School on Dundonald Street, Port of Spain.