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|Full name||Akenhaton Carlos Edwards1|
|Date of birth||24 October 1978|
|Place of birth||Diego Martin, Trinidad and Tobago|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Playing position||Winger/Right back|
|Current club||Ipswich Town|
|1998||Queen's Park CC||?||(?)|
|2008||→ Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan)||6||(0)|
|1999–||Trinidad and Tobago||86||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:36, 31 August 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Edwards, a right-winger also adept at right-back, started his professional career at Defence Force in his native Trinidad and Tobago, where he had attended the same school (St Anthony's College in Westmoorings) as future team-mate Kenwyne Jones.2
He helped the club win promotion to the Second Division in 2002–03, scoring 10 goals and winning Wrexham's Player of the Year award and being selected for the PFA Third Division Team of the Year along the way.3 He then added a further five goals the following season as the club finished mid-table, with Edwards again voted into the PFA Team of the Year.
However, he suffered a knee injury while on international duty in 2004 that put him on the sidelines for most of the 2004–05 season. The campaign ended in relegation for the club but Edwards did win his first silverware in English football in the form of the 2005 Football League Trophy.
With his Wrexham contract having expired, Edwards joined Championship side Luton Town in 2005 in a three-year deal on a Bosman transfer.4 At Luton, he became popular with the fans with his flair and ability, winning the Young Members Player of the Season award for a strong first season with the club.3
Edwards' form attracted a £1.5 million bid from Sunderland whom he joined on 2 January 2007, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract.5 Edwards began his Sunderland career brightly and scored five times in the remainder of the campaign.Carlos Edwards scored against Southampton on 9 April 2007 with a sensational drive from 25 yards that clipped the underside of the crossbar on its way in. It was his spectacular 80th-minute winner against Burnley that confirmed Sunderland's promotion to the Premier League, after Derby County failed to beat Crystal Palace the following day.
His first season in the top flight was ruined by injury problems though. He suffered a hamstring injury in only the second game and after returning, had a leg fracture that again put him on the sidelines. He managed to return for the final months of the campaign that saw Sunderland retain their Premier League status.
After a spree of summer signings left Edwards largely out of contention at his parent club, he joined Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers on 2 October 2008 on a three-month loan.6 However, he was recalled early by the Black Cats on 20 November after six appearances for Wolves.
On 1 September 2009, Edwards and Grant Leadbitter signed for Ipswich Town for a combined fee of £4 million.7 He scored his first goal for Ipswich in a 1–0 win at Sheffield Wednesday on 20 February 2010.8 Edwards played purely as a right winger under Roy Keane but would switch to right back when Paul Jewell became manager. Edwards became captain of Ipswich in March 2012 and would be voted the players' player of the year for the 2011/12 season.
Edwards made his international debut for the Trinidad and Tobago national team on 5 June 1999 against Grenada in the 1999 Caribbean Nations Cup, despite never having appeared at any youth level for his country before.9
After playing his part in winning that tournament, he went on to become an established international and was part of the team that reached the World Cup Finals for the first time in the country's history and was duly selected for the squad for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. He played every minute of their participation during the competition, against Sweden, England and Paraguay, respectively.
|1||26 March 2005||Estadío Mateo Flores||Guatemala||1 – 2||1–5||2006 World Cup qualification|
|2||3 September 2008||Hasely Crawford Stadium||Guyana||1 – 0||3–0||International Friendly|
|3||12 February 2009||Estadio Cuscatlán||El Salvador||1 – 0||2–2||2010 World Cup qualification|
|4||6 June 2009||Dwight Yorke Stadium||Costa Rica||1 – 0||2–3||2010 World Cup qualification|
- As of match played 19 October 2013.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan)||2008–0918||Championship||6||0||0||0||0||0||—||6||0|
- Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
- Football League Championship (II): 2007
- Hugman, Barry J. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946–2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 188. ISBN 1-85291-665-6.
- "Football- Soca Warriors 2005". St Anthonys.
- "Carlos Edwards". Lutonfc.com.
- "Edwards poised to sign for Luton". BBC Sport. 17 May 2005.
- "Sunderland sign Edwards for £1.5m". BBC Sport. 2 January 2007.
- "Wolves complete Edwards loan deal". BBC Sport. 2 October 2008.
- "Black Cats pair seal switch". Sunderland A.F.C. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2009.
- "Sheff Wed 0 – 1 Ipswich". BBC. 20 February 2010. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
- "Carlos Akenhaton Edwards". Socawarriors.net.
- "Games played by Carlos Edwards in 2000/2001". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
- "Games played by Carlos Edwards in 2001/2002". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
- "Games played by Carlos Edwards in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
- "Games played by Carlos Edwards in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
- "Games played by Carlos Edwards in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
- "Games played by Carlos Edwards in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
- "Games played by Carlos Edwards in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
- "Games played by Carlos Edwards in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
- "Games played by Carlos Edwards in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
- "Games played by Carlos Edwards in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
- "Games played by Carlos Edwards in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
- "Games played by Carlos Edwards in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
- "Games played by Carlos Edwards in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
- "Games played by Carlos Edwards in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
- Carlos Edwards career stats at Soccerbase
- Carlos Edwards Profile on the Soca Warriors Online website