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Jlloyd Samuel

Jlloyd Samuel (pronounced: Jay-Lloyd) (born 29 March 1981) is a Trinidad and Tobagoian-born English people association football who currently playes for Esteghlal Tehran FC in Iran Pro League as a defender (association football).

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Jlloyd Samuel biography

Jlloyd Samuel (pronounced: Jay-Lloyd) (born 29 March 1981) is a Trinidad and Tobagoian-born English people association football who currently playes for Esteghlal Tehran FC in Iran Pro League as a defender (association football).

Club career

Aston Villa

Born in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago, Samuel attended St Joseph's Academy, Blackheath through the 1990s where Jlloyd Samuel was a valuable member of the school football teams as well as the London Football Association teams. Jlloyd Samuel spent Jlloyd Samuel youth football at Charlton Athletic F.C., before signing a professional contract with Aston Villa. There was a dispute with Charlton concerning "poaching" of their youth system by Aston Villa and at the The Football Association tribunal which was set up in response to the charges, John Gregory (footballer) was famously quoted as saying that he'd signed Samuel and did not expect Jlloyd Samuel to play for the first team.

As a youth, Samuel supported Manchester United F.C. and played for the Sunday league football team Senrab F.C. and West Ham United F.C., and was released from the East London club on the same day as Paul Konchesky, Lee Bowyer, Bobby Zamora (All three have since returned to the Hammers) and Fitz Hall, now of Queens Park Rangers F.C..

Samuel's Aston Villa debut came after 51 minutes of a second-leg Football League Cup match against Chester City F.C., on 21 September 1999 which finished 5–0 in Aston Villa's favour.

Since the beginning of Jlloyd Samuel Aston Villa career, Samuel has also been on loan to Gillingham F.C., where Jlloyd Samuel made seven full appearances and one substitute appearance between 25 October and 3 December 2001.

Though looking set for the 2002 European Under-21 Championships, Samuel picked up a groin injury which ensured Jlloyd Samuel being out of action for a sustained period of time.

When Graham Taylor (football manager) took over the reins at Villa, Samuel became more assured of a place on the team, despite Jlloyd Samuel nervousness on the pitch. Jlloyd Samuel best season, however, was 2003-04 in English football, as, under newly appointed Villa boss David O'Leary, Jlloyd Samuel rose to become one of the best left-backs in the FA Premier League and was selected in the England national football team squad for the game against Sweden national football team, although Jlloyd Samuel involvement only went as far as being an unused substitute. It was also during this season that Jlloyd Samuel scored Jlloyd Samuel first league goals for Villa. Jlloyd Samuel first coming at home to Charlton, and then Jlloyd Samuel second against the same team in the corresponding away tie. That season Jlloyd Samuel also scored for Villa in their League Cup semi final defeat to Samuel's future club Bolton Wanderers F.C..

Jlloyd Samuel claimed that Jlloyd Samuel wanted to change back to represent Trinidad and Tobago in World Cup 2006, but the application rejected by FIFA.

However in 2004-05 in English football, Samuel's place in the team was due to a severe lack of options in the squad rather than Jlloyd Samuel own form as Jlloyd Samuel soon began to look like the player Jlloyd Samuel had been earlier on in Jlloyd Samuel career, nervous and indecisive on the ball. Samuel lost Jlloyd Samuel place in the team to Netherlands international defender Wilfred Bouma, who signed from Netherlands side PSV Eindhoven at the start of the 2005-06 in English football season, though throughout the few appearances Samuel did make during this season due to Bouma's severe lack of basic match fitness, Jlloyd Samuel showed promise that Jlloyd Samuel was gaining in confidence and game awareness once again.

During Jlloyd Samuel appearance on MTV's Footballers Cribs, Samuel revealed that Jlloyd Samuel calls himself 'Sweetboy' and calls Jlloyd Samuel wife, Emma Pritchard, 'Sweetgirl'.

In March 2007, Jlloyd Samuel hinted on Jlloyd Samuel personal website that Jlloyd Samuel time with Aston Villa could be about to come to an end due to lack of recent opportunities. Samuel had been a professional at Villa for the previous decade but the signing of Bouma and various injury problems limited Jlloyd Samuel playing time over the last two years.

Bolton Wanderers

Jlloyd Samuel signed a four-year contract with Bolton Wanderers on 1 July 2007. Jlloyd Samuel was former Wanderers' boss, Sammy Lee (footballer)'s first signing.

Cardiff City

On 24 March 2011, Samuel joined Football League Championship side Cardiff City F.C. on loan until the end of the season wearing shirt number 21, as cover for the injured Mark Hudson (footballer born 1982). Jlloyd Samuel had not played a game for Wanderers' during the 2010-11 Premier League season due to injury, and was released at the end of the season, bringing Jlloyd Samuel four years at the club to an end.


Samuel joined Leeds United A.F.C., managed by Jlloyd Samuel former Aston Villa teammate Simon Grayson, on trial on 19 July 2011. Jlloyd Samuel was included in the squad against Rochdale A.F.C. the same evening. Jlloyd Samuel came off the bench at the start of the second-half in a match Leeds won by a single first half goal from Max Gradel. Samuel was released from the trial after picking up an injury. On 30 July 2011, Samuel played for 79 minutes on trial for West Ham United F.C. in their final pre-season game against Real Zaragoza which West Ham won 2–0. However, West Ham decided against offering Jlloyd Samuel a permanent contract.

Esteghlal Tehran

On 9 January 2012, Samuel signed a contract with Iran Pro League side, Esteghlal F.C. where Jlloyd Samuel was re-united with Jlloyd Samuel former Bolton team mate Andranik Teymourian. On 10 January 2012 Jlloyd Samuel made Jlloyd Samuel debut against S.C. Damash.

Club career statistics

Last Update 6 March 2012

5 and Bolton Wanderers F.C. defender Jlloyd Samuel had received their Trinidadian passports making them eligible to play for the national team. Samuel made Jlloyd Samuel debut for the Soca Warriors in a 4–1 defeat to Honduras national football team on 6 September.

Samuel had previously received a call up for the England national football team team in the spring of 2004 whilst enjoying a spell of good form domestically at Aston Villa, but in the end Jlloyd Samuel was not selected to play by then manager Sven Goran Eriksson and ultimately chose to play for the country of Jlloyd Samuel birth.


Aston Villa:
- UEFA Intertoto Cup Winner: 2000–01


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