Kelvin Jack
CM
Personal information
Full name Kelvin Kyron Jack[1]
Date of birth (1976-04-29) 29 April 1976 (age 45)
Place of birth Trincity, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Dover Athletic (Goalkeeping coach)
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Holy Cross College
1997–1998 Yavapai Roughriders
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1996 Trincity United
1997 Joe Public 2 (0)
1997–1998 Yavapai Roughriders
1999 VCU Rams 0 (0)
1999–2000 Doc's Khelwalaas 40 (0)
2000 W Connection 6 (0)
2001–2003 San Juan Jabloteh 49 (0)
2004 Reading 0 (0)
2004–2006 Dundee 16 (0)
2006–2008 Gillingham 9 (0)
2010 Southend United 0 (0)
2010–2011 Darlington 0 (0)
2010–2011Kettering Town (loan) 9 (0)
2011 AFC Hornchurch 1 (0)
2011 Maidstone United 3 (0)
2012 Kettering Town 3 (0)
Total 138 (0)
National team
1997–2006 Trinidad and Tobago 33 (0)
Teams managed
2020– Dover Athletic (goalkeeping coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Kelvin Kyron Jack CM (born 29 April 1976) is a Trinidadian former professional football goalkeeper who is goalkeeping coach at Dover Athletic. He earned 33 caps for Trinidad and Tobago between 1997 and 2006, playing for his country in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Playing career

Kelvin Jack started his career playing in Trinidad and Tobago with hometown club Trincity United and Joe Public before earning a scholarship to join Yavapai College in Arizona. While a student there he helped the Roughriders win the NJCAA title in his first year and reach the 3rd position the following year. After finishing college he went to Norway for trials before returning to Trinidad, playing most notably with San Juan Jabloteh for two seasons.

Jack started his career in English football with Reading in 2004, but did not make any appearances for the club. Jack was later sold to Scottish Premier League team Dundee, where he stayed despite their relegation to the Scottish First Division.

Jack was a regular member of the Trinidad and Tobago national football team during the qualifying campaign for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and travelled to Germany as coach Leo Beenhakker's first-choice goalkeeper. He was expected to play in their first game against Sweden but sustained a calf injury in the warm up, enabling Shaka Hislop to step in. Jack, who would later describe the experience as 'the saddest day of his life',[2] also missed out on playing in the team's second match against England.

I [had] picked up a calf strain the week before [the Sweden game], yet another injury. I got intense medical treatment on it; the medical staff was good. I trained twice before the game, and it felt OK. So [I was] warming up before the game and soaking up the atmosphere. During the warm-up while I was kicking, I realized that I couldn't go full out. I couldn't sprint properly, and it felt as though the muscle was actually going to tear. I was on the pitch, and I really didn't tell anybody, I was just monitoring it on my own. At the end of the warm-up session, I went up to [goalkeeper coach] Michael Maurice, and I said, "Brother, I think I'm struggling," and he said, "You sure?" I said, "Yeah, I think I'm struggling big-time." I said, "If I play, I think I could tear [my calf muscle], and if I tear it, that's going to be it, that's going to be the end of my World Cup." Right then and there I made the decision that it made no sense for me to play for my personal glory when I'm not fully fit, and then let the team down. So I told the coach [Leo Beenhakker] what was going on, and he asked me if I was sure. He asked, "Can you try?" I said, "No, I can't do it." The coach didn't get [angry] or perplexed, he just said, "OK my friend." Then he started looking at Clayton [Ince] and Shaka [Hislop]... Shaka was doing a proper warm-up, and Clayton was off to the side juggling some balls and so forth. He looked at them a few times, and he called Shaka and said to him, "You are playing. Are you ready?", and Shaka said, "Yes, I'm ready." and that was that. He put in an inspired performance that day.

Jack did go on to play in the Soca Warriors' final group game against Paraguay, which ended in a 2–0 defeat in which Brent Sancho scored an own goal. The Paraguay match was his final international match.

Following the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Jack signed for Gillingham and made his debut in a 2–1 home win over Huddersfield Town on 5 August. However, in part due to injuries, he made only eleven appearances for the Gills.

In February 2008, Jack joined Barnsley on trial but broke his leg in what was described as a "freak training ground accident".[3] It was announced on 7 May 2008 that he had been released by Gillingham. He had since been training with English lower league clubs Aldershot Town and Southend United in a bid to regain his fitness.[4]

In February 2010, Jack joined Southend United on a short-term contract to act as back-up whilst regular reserve goalkeeper Ian Joyce left on trial with an American club.[5] Without making any appearances he was released at the end of the season on 11 May,[6] and was signed to a one-year contract by Darlington manager Simon Davey for the 2010–11 season.[7] In October, unable to secure a first team place, he joined Kettering Town on a three-month loan.[8] He was released by Darlington in January 2011.[9]

In a bid to keep up his fitness, Jack spent the 2011 pre-season training with Isthmian League Division One South side Maidstone United and appeared in two of the club's pre-season friendlies. Shortly after, on 31 August 2011, Jack made a one-off appearance for Isthmian League Premier Division side AFC Hornchurch, playing in a 2–1 loss away to Lowestoft Town after first-team goalkeeper Darren Behcet picked up an injury. On 11 November 2011, it was announced Jack had again joined up with Maidstone United to cover first-team goalkeeper Charlie Mitten after he suffered a hip injury. He made his debut a day later in a 4–1 win against Ramsgate and made a total of three appearances for the club.

He returned to his former club Kettering Town in March 2012 to provide cover for the injured Laurie Walker, making his debut in their 1–3 defeat to Stockport County on 31 March.

Coaching career

Jack joined the coaching staff of National League side Dover Athletic in the summer of 2020, although he worked behind the scenes until it was announced in early January 2021. He joined a coaching setup consisting of manager Andy Hessenthaler assisted by Jack's former Gillingham teammate Nicky Southall as well as Liam Ridgewell.[10]

Personal life

As a member of the squad that competed at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, Jack was awarded the Chaconia Medal (Gold Class), the second highest state decoration of Trinidad and Tobago.[11]

He married his longtime girlfriend Shellie-Ann Auguste on 7 June 2007.[12]

References

  1. ^ "Kelvin Jack". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Yorke comes up smiling as Swedes falter". The Scotsman. 12 June 2006.
  3. ^ "Shock as trialist breaks leg at Oakwell". Barnsley F.C. 9 February 2008. Archived from the original on 9 February 2008. Retrieved 11 February 2008.
  4. ^ Mohammed, Inshan "Flex". "Kelvin Jack near fitness".
  5. ^ "Jack joins Shrimpers". Sky Sports.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Darlington sign Jack and Senior". BBC News. 15 May 2010.
  8. ^ "Darlington loan keeper Kelvin Jack to Kettering Town". BBC Sport. 3 October 2010. Retrieved 5 October 2010.
  9. ^ Walker, Martin (1 February 2011). "Verma Completes Move". Darlington F.C. Archived from the original on 13 March 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
  10. ^ "Former Gillingham and Trinidad & Tobago World Cup goalkeeper Kelvin Jack is coaching at Dover Athletic". www.kentonline.co.uk. 5 January 2021.
  11. ^ "Birchall and Bell up for award". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 September 2021.
  12. ^ "thewarriornation.com". Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2009.