Erroll Bennett

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Erroll Bennett (born 7 May 1950) is a former Tahitian footballer, who spent most of his career with AS Central Sport. Bennett placed fifteenth in a 1999 poll by International Federation of Football History & Statistics to find the Player of the Century for Oceania.[1]

Bennett was part of the Tahitian national squad for the 1973 Oceania Cup, the first ever Oceania-wide international soccer tournament. Bennett scored three goals in the tournament, and played in the final, which Tahiti lost 2–0 to New Zealand.[2]

He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in 1977 after which he refused to play football on Sundays. Following Bennett's baptism, Napoléon Spitz, the head of Bennett's team, held a meeting in which he said his team would stop Sunday play and all football teams in that division agreed to move games to weeknights.

Bennett was also a police officer in Tahiti. He is the father of Naea Bennett, who also played for Tahiti national team.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IFFHS Century Elections". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 2016-01-12. Retrieved 2010-11-03.
  2. ^ "Oceanian Cup 1973". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-11-03.
  3. ^ Article from Richard Vansam, in France Football, n°1.855, 27 october 1981, page 23.