Date: 13th March 2008 at 11:00am
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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.