Ronald La Forest

Full Name: Ronald La Forest
Nickname: Ron
Born: November 28, 1954 (age 64 years)
Birthplace: Carenage, Trinidad
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Position: Forward
Debut: 12/18/1976
Caps/Goals: 34/11

Career Highlights

  • Coached the Ma Pau FC 2007-2009
  • Coached the National Under-21 team 2006
  • Coached the National Olympic team 2005
  • Assistant coach of the National senior team 2004
  • Coached the Joe Public  FC 2003-2004
  • Coached the National Under-17 World cup qualifiers team 2002
  • Coached the St. Anthony’s College team 2001-2002
  • Assistant Coach of Joe Public FC 2000
  • Coached the CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh club 1999-2003
  • Coached the Mucurapo Senior Comprehensive 1996-2000
  • Coached the Trinity Pros FC 1990-1995
  • Coached the ECM Sports FC 1985-1989
  • Signed for United FC 1980-1983
  • Signed for Phoenix 1979
  • Represented T&T senior team 1975-1984
  • Signed for Defence Force FC 1972-1977
  • Represented T&T Under-19 1971-1973
  • Coached the Frontline FC

Awards/Acknowledgements/Titles

  • Awarded coach of the month (August) 2003
  • Won first citizens bank league cup (2003)
  • Awarded coach of the year-under 19 Pro league 2002
  • Won the National Big five title (St. Anthony’s college) 2002
  • Won the National Intercol title (St. Anthony’s college) 2002
  • Won the North Zone Intercol title (St. Anthony’s college) 2002
  • Won the Zonal Championship League (St. Anthony’s College) 2001
  • Awarded coach of the month PFL (August) 2000
  • Won the PFL cup (Jabloteh) 1999
  • Awarded coach of the month PFL (August) 1999
  • 3rd place zonal national championships (Mucurapo Snr.Comp) 1998
  • Won the zonal championship league (Mucurapo Snr. Comp) 1997-1998
  • National Championship (Defence force FC) 1977
  • National Championship (Defence force FC) 1976
  • National Championship (Defence force FC) 1975
  • National Championship (Defence force FC) 1974
  • Won  the North zone competition (Defence force FC) 1972

Interesting Facts

  • Partnered with Real Madrid  FC, Atlantic LNG and his La Forest Soccer Academy to launch the Atlantic Real Madrid Foundation Social Sports School based at the  St.Dominics Home in Belmont 2011
  • Recommended with Michael Mc Commie for the head coach position of the Under-23 Olympic team 2005
  • Conducted the training session for the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers 2004
  • Winner’s Medal first citizens cup (with Jabloteh FC) 2003
  • Winner’s Medal Zonal Championships League (with Mucurapo) 2001
  • Winner’s Medal National Big five title (with St. Anthony’s  College) 2002
  • Winners’ Medal National Intercol title (with St. Anthony’s College) 2002
  • Winner’s Medal North zone Intercol Title (with St. Anthony’s College) 2002
  • Played an unbeaten 23 games with St. Anthony’s College 2001-2002
  • Won 22 and drew 1 game with St.Anthonys College 2002
  • Scored 106 goals, 13 against with St. Anthony’s College 2002
  • Coached St. Anthony’s College to their 3rd National Championship 2001
  • Coached the all-star team that played New Castle FC of England 2000
  • Earned a coaching certificate in football from the football association of England 1999
  • Winner’s Medal PFL Cup (with Jabloteh FC) 1999
  • Winner’s Medal Zonal Championship League (with St. Anthony’s College) 1997
  • Founded the La Forest Soccer Academy 1997
  • Earned an Advance Certificate in football from the Brazilian Football academy 1994
  • First Caribbean player to play in Hong Kong 1984
  • Played against Socrates club team Corinthians 1983
  • Played against Zico & Junio from Brazil World Cup team 1982
  • First player to score in the National Stadium 1982
  • Scored a hat-trick against the great Pat Jennings (Arsenal &N.Ireland) goalkeeper at Queens Park Oval 1982
  • Top goal scorer National Soccer League 1975-1977
  • Earned a Physical Instructor Certificate from TT Defence force 1975
  • Scored 19 goals for T&T national youth team 1971-1975
  • Winner’s Medal of the first ever national league championship (with Defence force FC) 1974
  • Was a consistent starter for T&T national team
  • He never played an international friendly match for T&T
  • He was part of the team that won the Benson and Hedges Youth Tournament at the Queen’s Park Oval against Jamaica
  • Called upon regularly to give his views on national football issues
  • Played against World Cup star Cubillas of  Peru
  • Played with the great George best at Los Angeles Aztecs
  • 34 caps for T&T national team
  • Scored 11 goals for T&T national team

Biography

Ronald La Forest was born on the 28th November, 1954, in a small village called Carenage, located in the Western part of Trinidad. La Forest obtained his primary school education at the Carenage Boys’ Government School, where he spent seven (7) years before graduating to Belmont Boys’ Secondary RC School, in 1969.

La Forest would spend four (4) years at Belmont before joining the Trinidad & Tobago (T&T) Defence Force in 1973, at the age of nineteen years. He stayed for six (6) years at the Defence Force, where he helped the team to win, the first ever National League Championship for four (4) consecutive years, as well as becoming the top scorer in the League, before turning into a Professional Footballer. In 1977 he left the Defence Force to play Semi-pro Soccer with LA Lozier’s of the USA. He played there for two years before returning home.

In 1979 he signed for a Caribbean Professional club, named Phoenix FC. He played all over the Caribbean, South America and Central America. After his stint with the Caribbean team, La Forest was approached to captain Aviation Services Limited (ASL) FC, a new Professional Football Club. The owner, Mr Suite, brought teams from England, such as Arsenal FC, Manchester City FC, Tottenham Hot Spurs and Flamingo FC and Corinthians FC, both from Brazil, to play against his ASL team.

 La Forest played alongside players like Zico from the 1982 Brazil World Cup team, the great George Best of the Los Angeles Aztecs, Liam Brady of the Republic of Ireland and Peruvian World Cup star, Cubillas. La Forest would give a good account of himself against these teams, scoring the first goal in the National Stadium and capping off his performances with a hat trick against Pat Jennings (Arsenal & Ireland) goalkeeper, at the Queen’s Park Oval.

In 1984 he became the first Caribbean player to play for the Eastern Lions in Hong Kong. He would, however, play only one season with the team after his contract was not renewed because of injury.

La Forest would then set his sights on coaching. His first stint would be with Frontline FC of the Savannah League. He would then move on to the local Semi-Pro League team, ECM Motown, from 1985-1989. He coached Trinity FC for five years, from 1990 – 1995, until accepting an offer from Mucurapo Senior Comprehensive School in 1996. La Forest led the school to victory in the Secondary Schools Football League, North Zone Title, in 1997 and then departed in 2000.

 He coached St. Anthony’s College from 2001-2002 and led the team to an impressive winning streak in 2002, copping the National Big Five Title; National Intercol Title and the North Zone Intercol Title.

La Forest partnered with Real Madrid FC, Atlantic LNG and his club, La Forest Soccer Academy, in 2011 to establish the Atlantic Real Madrid Foundation Social Sports School, at the St Dominic’s Home for Children.

At the National Level, he represented T&T at both Under 17 and Under 19 between 1971-1973, scoring some nineteen goals. He was a consistent starter for the Senior National team between 1975 and 1984, playing thirty-four times and scoring eleven goals.

Education

  • Belmont Secondary School
  • Carenage Boys RC School

References

Sport Clubs / Teams

Ma Pau FC 2008, Defence force, 1972, Joe Public team 2003-2004, CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh team 2003, the Frontline FC team, ECM Motown team

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