W Connection F.C.

W Connection Football Club is a football club from Trinidad and Tobago, which currently plays in the TT Pro League. The club plays its home games at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella. The club's offices are based at the Point Lisas Industrial Estate in Trinidad and Tobago and sponsors the Wanderers Cricket Club, formerly sponsored by Caroni Limited.

W Connection
W Connection FC.svg
Full nameW Connection Football Club[1]
Nickname(s)Savonetta Boys
Founded1999; 23 years ago (1999)
GroundManny Ramjohn Stadium
Marabella, Trinidad and Tobago
Capacity10,000[2]
OwnerLuca Stewart-Rusin
ManagerStuart Charles-Fevrier
LeagueTT Pro League
2018TT Pro League, 1st

HistoryEdit

The team was founded as W Connection Sports Club in 1986, as a "fete match" team, by brothers David John Williams and Patrick John Williams in San Fernando. Upon the creation of the TT Pro League, W Connection FC was officially founded in 1999, and promptly joined the nascent league.[3] In 1999, their first season, the club finished third in the league, while winning the FA Trophy. Even though the club had a successful first season, the team would see even better times the next two campaigns, by winning the league in consecutive seasons.

The Savonetta Boys have also had success in domestic cups. W Connection have won the First Citizens Cup six years in the cup's nine-year existence. On September 26, 2008, in an exciting final of the cup, against Joe Public, W Connection used penalty kicks to claim the victory 6–5, after the match ended level 2–2, to claim their fifth consecutive title.

Club honoursEdit

League honoursEdit

Champions (5): 2000, 2001, 2005, 2011–12, 2013–14
Big Six Winners (1): 2007

Cups and trophiesEdit

Winners (4): 1999, 2000, 2002, 2013–14
Runners-up (3): 2003, 2008, 2009
Winners (6): 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Runners-up (2): 2002, 2003
Winners (3): 2012, 2013, 2014
Winners (3): 2005, 2011, 2013
Winners (6): 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2014
Runners-up (3): 2005, 2006, 2011
Winners (2): 2009, 2013
Runners-up (1): 2014

International honoursEdit

Winners (3): 2002, 2006, 2009
Runners-up (5): 2000, 2001, 2003, 2012, 2015

RecordEdit

Year-by-yearEdit

Season League Season FA Trophy First
Citizens Cup
Digicel
Pro Bowl
TOYOTA
Classic
Lucozade Sport
Goal Shield
CFU Club
Championship
CONCACAF
Champions League
League Result Big Six
1999 3rd Started in 2004 Champions Started in 2000 Started in 2001 Started in 2005 Started in 2009 Not Held Did not qualify
2000 Champions Champions Semi-finals Final Did not qualify
2001 Champions Round of 32 Champions Champions Final Not Held
2002 2nd Champions Final Champions Champions* First Round
2003–04 2nd Final Final Unknown Final First Round
2004 2nd 2nd Abandoned Champions Champions Did not qualify
2005 Champions 3rd Quarter-finals Champions Final Champions Did not qualify
2006 2nd 2nd Quarter-finals Champions Final Quarter-finals Champions Did not qualify
2007 4th Winners Quarter-finals Champions Champions Quarter-finals Did not qualify Quarter-finals
2008 2nd 2nd Final Champions Semi-finals Quarter-finals Not Held Did not qualify
2009 4th 3rd Final Quarter-finals Quarter-finals Quarter-finals Champions Champions Did not qualify
2010–11 4th Discontinued 1st Round Semi-finals Not Held Group Stage Not held Did not qualify Did not qualify
2011–12 1st Semi-finals Semi-finals Final Champions Final Did not qualify
2012–13 3rd First Round Semi-finals Champions Semi-finals Champions 2nd** Group Stage
2013–14 Champions Champions Semi-finals Champions Champions Final Did Not Qualify Group Stage

W Connection finished second in the Championship Group of the CFU Club Championship 2000.
Defence Force, winner of Group B, are considered the winner of the CFU Club Championship 2001 based on tie-breakers over W Connection.
*W Connection, winner of Group B, are considered the winner of the CFU Club Championship 2002 based on tie-breakers over Arnett Gardens.
**W Connection, winner of Group A, are considered runners-up as they finished with fewer points than Valencia FC.

International competitionEdit

Group Stage v.   Tivoli Gardens – 1:1
Group Stage v.   Café Sisserou Strikers – 11:0
Group Stage v.   Empire – 3:3
Championship Group v.   Harbour View – 3:1
Championship Group v.   Carioca – 1:1
Championship Group v.   Joe Public – 0:1
First Round v.   Conquerors – 2:1, 8:0 (W Connection advances 10:1 on aggregate)
Group Stage v.   Jong Colombia – 3:1
Group Stage v.   RCH – 4:0
First Round v.   Kansas City Wizards – 0:1, 0:2 (Kansas City Wizards advances 3:0 on aggregate)
Group Stage v.   Harbour View – 2:1
Group Stage v.   US Robert – 2:0
First Round v.   Toluca – 3:3, 2:3 (Toluca advances 6:5 on aggregate)
First Round v.   FCS Nacional – 3:0, 0:2 (W Connection advances 3:2 on aggregate)
Semi-finals v.   Portmore United – 0:0, 1:0 (W Connection advances 1:0 on aggregate)
Final v.   San Juan Jabloteh – 1:2, 1:2 (San Juan Jabloteh wins 4:2 on penalties)
Group Stage v.   Hoppers – 5:0
Group Stage v.   Puerto Rico Islanders – 1:0
Semi-finals v.   Harbour View – 3:2
Final v.   San Juan Jabloteh – 1:0
Quarter-finals v.   Guadalajara – 2:1, 0:3 (CD Guadalajara advances 4:2 on aggregate)
First Round v.   Bath Estate – 5:0, 12:1 (W Connection advances 17:1 on aggregate)
Second Round v.   Cavaly – 3:1, 1:0 (W Connection advances 4:1 on aggregate)
Semi-finals v.   San Juan Jabloteh – 2:1
Final v.   Puerto Rico Islanders – 2:1
Preliminary Round v.   New York Red Bulls – 2:2, 2:1 (W Connection advances 4:3 on aggregate)
Group Stage v.   Comunicaciones – 1:2, 3:0
Group Stage v.   UNAM – 2:2, 1:2
Group Stage v.   Real España – 0:1, 3:2
Group Stage v.   Xelajú – 2:2, 2:3
Group Stage v.   Guadalajara – 0:4, 1:1
Group Stage v.   Árabe Unido – 1:3, 0:2
Group Stage v.   Houston Dynamo – 0:0, 0:2
Group Stage v.   Santos Laguna – 0:4, 0:1
Group Stage v.   Saprissa – 0:4, 2:1
TBD

Current squadEdit

Squad for the 2019-20 TT Pro League

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   GRN Jason Belfon
GK   TRI Denzil Smith
DF   TRI Ronald Charles (footballer)
DF   LCA Kurt Frederick
DF   TRI Isaiah Garcia
DF   TRI Rhondel Gibson
DF   LCA Alvinus Myers
MF   TRI Nathaniel James
MF   TRI Quinn Rodney
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   TRI Molik Khan
MF   DMA Briel Thomas
MF   TRI Aaron Rodney
MF   TRI Isaiah Hudson
MF   TRI Adan Noel
FW   SUR Dimitrie Apai
FW   TRI Mickaeel Gordon
FW   TRI Jevaughn Humphrey
FW   TRI Neil Benjamin

StaffEdit

Technical staffEdit

Technical Director/Head Coach:
Assistant Coach:
Assistant Coach:
Goalkeeper Coach:
  •   Trevor Nottingham

ManagementEdit

President/Chief Executive Officer:
  •   Renee John-Williams
Chairman of the Board:
  •   David Martin

YouthEdit

The youth teams of the club are member of the OASIS Youth League.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Club Info – W Connection". ttproleague.com. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Mannie Ramjohn Stadium – StadiumDB.com". stadiumdb.com. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Our History". W Connection Official Website. Retrieved 2008-09-28.
  4. ^ "Youth.TT Pro League.com". ttproleague.com. Retrieved 12 April 2018.

External linksEdit