Irish Footballers that Played for Manchester United - Joe Carolan
Joseph Carolan - Introduction
Joe Carolan, a defender from Dublin, was born on 8 September 1937. In Dublin he played for the famous Home Farm club. He crossed the Irish Sea to join Matt Busby's Manchester United in February 1956.
Joe Carolan & Manchester United
Joseph Carolan made his Manchester United debut on 22 November 1958 at Old Trafford. He made a winning debut in defence as United beat Luton Town 2-1 in front of more than 42,000 fans.
That season Carolan went on to make a total of 23 League appearances as well as one appearance in the FA Cup. It wasn't until his twelfth league (United with Carolan had lost the FA tie) appearance before Joe Carolan tasted defeat when Arsenal beat United 3 - 2 at Highbury.
In the 1959/60 season Joe Carolan only missed one league match and also made three FA Cup appearances - a total of 44 appearances.
He began the 1960/61 season in the Manchester United team in the first two matches against Blackburn and Everton. Following two defeats, seven goals conceded and just one scored, manager Matt Busby decided to ring the changes. Carolan was dropped from the first team and never regained his place except for one League Cup match. Joe Carolan played his last match for Manchester United on 26 October 1960 against Exeter City at Old Trafford. United won the tie 4 - 1 with fellow-Irishman John Giles scoring one of the goals. When Matt Busby signed another Irish defender Noel Cantwell from West Ham the writing was on the wall for Carolan. In December 1960 Joe Carolan left Manchester United and signed for Brighton & Hove Albion.
Joseph Carolan - Republic of Ireland Career
Joe Carolan made his debut for Ireland on 1 November 1959 in a 3 - 2 friendly win over Sweden at Dalymount Park. Carolan's second and last appearance for the Republic of Ireland was once again in a friendly match at Dalymount. Ireland beat Chile 2 - 0.
Joseph Carolan - Manchester United & Ireland Statistics
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