Players’ Personal Achievements
The Empire Football Club has made career men from a lot of the members who have pass through its arms. Men like Clarence ‘Max’ Martin, who was one of the founding members and player; who went on to be the coach after his playing days and then went on to be the coach of the Antigua and Barbuda National team. There are others who played for the club, received scholarships and went abroad to John Browne University, a NAIA School in Arkansas, USA to further their education, came back to contribute to the success of the club and then moved on to various careers; Veron ‘Epilus’ Edwards and Lennie Quashie came back from university in the US, along with Conrad ‘Boast’ Whyte to lead the club to its second 4-peat in thirty-one years, from 1988 to 1993. Shiffer Browne, came back also, but did not return to Empire FC but went on to play for his home team, Old Road FC.
Lennie Quashie’s career took him to be a police officer in the Royal Antigua Police Force making his way up the ranks to sergeant; who went on to be a security officer for L.I.A.T. Airlines and is also the current President of the club.
Veron ‘Epilus’ Edwards made his career in broadcasting, as a reporter at the government-owned ABS Television Station. He was the First Vice President of the club for the past three years and held the position of PRO for several years before that. He has recently resigned from the executive of the club to be able to spend more time in his recently formed soccer academy which goes by the name Generation X. He had also been a business man for several years, managing several night clubs in the country.
Shiffer Browne, told us that he was going to represent his home club, but the amazing thing about that conversation was that he promised us that when we needed him that he would be there for us. That very year, English Harbour FC had to play and beat Old Road FC in order to stay ahead of Empire FC and claim the championship. Shiffer took the game personally and scored to secure the win for Old Road FC which made Empire FC the champions for that season.
The list goes on, and unfortunately we are unable to pay justice to all the men who have made both the club and the community proud after displaying the very same attributes when they were adorned in the club’s attire giving their all on the field of play.
Our most accomplished in the field of football is Mr. Conrad ‘Boast’ Whyte, born August 9, 1973 to Bernadine Philip and Conrad Whyte Sr. He started playing football in one of our village leagues dubbed Shipwreck’s League and at age 15 got his first taste of Premier League ball with Empire FC as a left-sided midfield player. Before this, however, he started to represent the country at the U13 level and continued right up to the senior level; during which time he participated in training session in Brazil, Germany, Mexico, Spain and England. He scored 154 Premier Division goals for Empire FC after leaving in the middle of 2002/2003 season and transferring to Hoppers FC where he scored 10 goals until he retired in the middle of the 2003/2004. He also scored numerous other goals in other competitions including knockouts, invitational tournaments, Caribbean tournaments just to name a few.
Mr. Whyte earned several distinctions while applying his soccer skills at John Browne, where he was awarded ‘Player of the year’ in the Oklahoma/Arkansas Section and NAIA All-American Honarable mention in 1994.
‘Boast’, as he was most popularly called, earned several accolades during his tenure playing here at home as well for his outstanding performances. He was crowned footballer of the year in 1998, and won four consecutive golden boot awards from 1998/1999 to 2001/2002 seasons with goal totals of 20, 15, 26 and 26 consecutively; with the 2000/2001 and 2001/2002 seasons being the individual goal scoring record for a season in Antigua and Barbuda.
After retiring he began his coaching career in the second division with St. John’s United FC and have also coached 5p’s FC, Wadadli FC, West Ham FC and also his home club Empire FC in the premier division.
Conrad took his craft overseas, back to the US where he applied his skill as a player, now he is there again applying the coaching side of his skills. In 2011 to 2012 he was the assistant men’s soccer coach at Eastern Nazarene College located in Quincy, Massachusetts, a division 3 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference. He was head coach of the U14 boys and girls, high school age girls’ team at America FC Academy also located in Quincy, Massachusetts.
Mr. Whyte is the proud holder of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National Youth License; USSF A Coaching License; NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma and as at July 2014, he is Director of Coaching at America FC. In 2013 season he was the Assistant Coach at Huntington Ave. Stonehill College. Since July 2014 he has been holding the office of Assistant Coach of the Northern Huskies Men’s Soccer Team in Boston.