Name: Marvin Phillip.
Date of birth: 01-Aug-1984.
Club: W Connection (Trinidad, 06-Aug-2007 to present).
Previous Clubs: Ecclesville FC (Trinidad), San Juan Jabloteh (Trinidad), Defence Force (Trinidad, 2004 - 2005), Starworld Strikers (Trinidad, Mar-2006 to Mar-2007), North East Stars (Trinidad, 20-Mar-2007 to Jul-2007).
Schools: Tabaquite Composite (Trinidad), San Fernando Government Secondary (Trinidad), Presentation College (Trinidad), Princes Town Senior Comprehensive (Trinidad).
NOTE: Marvin was a member of the T&T U-17 team that played in the 2001 Youth Championships which was hosted in T&T. Made his senior team debut vs Panama on the 31st of January 2007. Marvin played as a striker for Presentation College before moving to Princes Town where he ended up playing between the uprights for Princes Town... Amazingly, he scored 7 goals for Pres' that year as a striker. In Feb-2008 Marvin was named W Connection's best goalkeeper of the 2007 year.
|01-Feb-2008||Goalkeeper Phillip gets Dallas opportunity.|
|20-Oct-2007||Marvin’s mental rehab has him making bigger saves.|
|06-Aug-2007||W Connection snatches goalkeeper Marvin Phillip.|
|03-Aug-2007||Marvin Phillip and North East Stars part ways.|
|21-Mar-2007||National goal keeper signs with Grande Stars.|
|22-Sept-2006||Marvin Phillip suspended plus fined again.|
Marvin Phillip's suspension reduced.
T&T Express Reports.
22-Jan-2005 - The term of suspension and the amount of the fine sanctioned against Starworld Strikers goalkeeper Marvin Phillip have been reduced.
The decision was made by the Appeals Committee of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (T&TFF) and announced in a media release yesterday.
According to the release issued by the T&T Pro League, Phillip's initial suspension from the league had been reduced from "20 months to six months commencing retroactively" from October 19, 2004. And the fine had been reduced from $2,000 to $1,000.
The new rulings came out of a meeting of the T&TFF Appeals Committee on January 10 when Phillip's appeal against the October 19 Pro League decision was considered. The incident in question dates back to an altercation between Phillip and referee Ramesh Ramdhan during a Strikers/CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh match on October 3.
Phillip allegedly spat on Ramdhan, before the referee retaliated by striking the player. On October 19, the disciplinary committee ruled that "after consideration to all the facts and evidence", Phillip was suspended for 20 months and fined $2,000 for "abusive language, violent conduct and spitting on a referee", with immediate effect.
After the T&T Pro League referred the matter to the T&TFF, Ramdhan was "reprimanded" by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Referees Association, under a directive of the T&TFF, and advised his action was unacceptable and he should not take such a course in the future. Ramdhan faced no other repercussions over the incident and continued his refereeing duties unhindered.
In the release yesterday, the T&T Pro League said the T&TFF stated that "after considering the facts and circumstances of the event" and representation made by the respective parties, the Federation found Phillip's conduct to be "reprehensible" and considered that abusive and violent behaviour of any player on the field to be "highly undesirable". But after considering "special and mitigating circumstances", the T&TFF decided to reduce the punishment on the former national under-17 keeper.
1. Reduced the sentence of the Pro League from 20 months to 6 months commencing retroactively from 19 October 2004 and
2. Reduced the fine from $2000.00 to $1000.00.
Commenting on the decision of the TTFF’s Appeals Committee, Mr. Dexter Skeene, Chief Executive Officer of the Pro League said, “The Pro League took the decision and imposed the sanctions that it felt reflected the seriousness of the offence. The player exercised his right to appeal and the Appeals Committee has given its decision. The matter is now laid to rest. I trust however, that the player would have learned from the incident.”
Marvin Phillip banned for 20 months.
By: Ian Prescott.
22-Oct-2004 - Starworld Strikers goalkeeper Marvin Phillip has been fined $2,000 and banned from playing football for 20 months.
But no action has as yet been taken against referee Ramesh Ramdhan.
The two were involved in a dispute on Sunday October 3, during a T&T Pro League match between CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh and Starworld Strikers.
On the day, it was reported that Phillip allegedly spat on Ramdhan and the referee allegedly retaliated by striking the player.
Yesterday, the T&T Pro League announced that after a second meeting of its Disciplinary Committee on Saturday, it had arrived at a decision.
A release from the Pro League said: "After meeting on Saturday October 9 and Saturday 16 October and giving full consideration to all the facts and evidence, the Committee has decided that Marvin Phillip of Starworld Strikers, for abusive language, violent conduct and spitting on a referee, is to be suspended for 20 months plus a fine of $2,000. The suspension is to be applied with immediate effect."
When the incident first occurred, T&T Pro League CEO Dexter Skeene announced that the League would take any action necessary against the player, but any action against the referee had to be handled by the governing Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (T&TFF).
Yesterday, T&TFF secretary Richard Groden stated that no action has as yet been taken against Ramdhan, who recently carried the whistle in the United States' 6-0 World Cup qualification victory over Panama.
"We have received no information from the Pro League with regards to the matter," Groden said. "So until they provide us with such information, we cannot look at the matter."
Skeene also told the Express yesterday that the findings of the Disciplinary Committee will be forwarded to the T&TFF and the Trinidad and Tobago Football Referees Association for their consideration.
"We cannot deal with a referee," said Skeene, "so we will be sending the reports for them (T&TFF/T&TFRA) to look at."
T&T’s little man of honour.
29-Aug-2001 - Hollywood actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is an unusual hero for a potential football star, but his work has left an undeniable mark on Trinidad & Tobago under-17 national team goalkeeper Marvin Phillip.
Among the "character building" movies shown to the young national squad, dubbed Team 2001, was "Men of Honour" in which Gooding portrayed Carl "Cookie" Brashear.
Cookie, in the film based on a true story, defied serious injury and immense racial barriers to climb to the top of the United States Navy corps.
Phillip paid closer attention to the film than most.
"He wanted to reach his goal," said Phillip of his star. "And he didn't give up until he reached it."
Even at the relatively tender age of 17, the 180-centimetre-tall netminder has already shown similar character traits to the U.S. naval legend.
It was only four years ago when Phillip himself was called to serve his country.
A year earlier, the elder of two children began playing football merely out of curiosity at a sport that seemed to captivate his boyhood friend.
He was a decent striker with his village team too -- if you believe his version of the story.
Fate had something different in mind, though.
"I played for the Ecclesville Club," he said. "And one day we had a fete match and our goalie didn't show up. So I decided to go in goal to fill in." It turned out to be much more than a temporary solution. Not that coach Oswald James was just glad to use him somewhere other than up front for Ecclesville, of course. "I was just that good in goal," said Phillip firmly.
With a penchant for English literature, Phillip is a quiet, reserved young man who seems to be more comfortable in quiet conversation than in the firing line.
But what he lacks in brashness, he adequately compensates for in ambition and work ethic.
No sooner had the love of football fermented inside him than he pleaded with his parents, George and Jermita Phillip, to transfer him from Tabaquite Composite to a school that played inter-collegiate football. They relented and arranged for him to enrol at San Fernando Government Secondary.
San Fernando Government had a football team all right, but they have never held a major title in the Trinidad & Tobago Secondary Schools Football League and were rarely even among the championship schools.
However, Presentation College in San Fernando were, and Phillip did not hesitate to move there just a year later after an invitation from their coach, Leslie Hoyte.
Like Cookie, Phillip was never one to back down from a challenge or allow what he saw as an opportunity to go to waste.
It was an approach that won him favour with T&T’s Nigerian coach Chief Adegboye Onigbinde and his successor Rene Simoes on Team 2001.
Phillip has no doubt about what made him a cut above the rest.
"Hard work," he said simply. "For as long as I can remember I have always trained very hard. Two to three hours on weekends and one to one and a half hours during the week ever since I was 13."
At the team training session, the fruits of his labour are evident.
Sitting on the turf, he gracefully catches with perfect rhythm a steady stream of tossed balls from goalkeeping coach Francisco Santos.
The difficulty of the task only sinks home when third-string goalkeeper Kerwin Belgrave attempts the exercise. Phillip's hands have generally been as safe in game situations despite some emphatic scorelines against him. The hardest loss for him to swallow, he admitted, was a 6-1 trouncing from CONCACAF rivals, the United States, in a four-nation tournament last year.
At that point, it was the most goals he had ever conceded.
"It is my worse moment ever in football, but we will do much better if we meet them again," he said, referring to the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Championship Trinidad & Tobago 2001 presented by JVC. Before he can concern himself with the United States, however, Team 2001 must qualify from a group that includes Brazil, Australia and Croatia.
The odds are stacked against the T&T squad, not that Phillip minds.
Cookie didn't have much of a chance either.