Irish Footballer that Played for Man Utd - Roy Carroll
Roy Carroll - Introduction
Roy Carroll was born on 30 September 1977 in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. He joined Hull City in September 1995 before moving on to spend four seasons with Wigan Athletic. In July 2001 Alex Ferguson moved to sign Carroll for Manchester United for a fee of £2.5 million as back-up for first choice keeper Fabien Barthez.
Roy Carroll & Manchester United
Roy Carroll made his Manchester United debut on 26 August 2001 against Aston Villa at Villa Park. Within four minutes of the start Carroll had conceded his first goal. Fellow Irishman, Roy Keane, was in the team that day as United grabbed a late equaliser through an OG to earn a 1-1 draw.
Carroll did not appear for the Reds again until 13 October 2001 and appearances in his first three seasons with United were limited to 38 in total. Roy Carroll kept his first clean sheet on 15 December 2001 in a Premier League tie away to Middlesborough.
Having made 16 league appearances in the 2002/03 Roy Carroll collected a Premier League winners medal for that season. United signed American goalkeeper Tim Howard before the 2003/04 season pushing Carroll further down the pecking order at Old Trafford.
The Northern Irishman only made six League appearances that season. He did, however, make a late appearance for Howard in the FA Cup final. A 3-0 victory over Milwall gave Roy Carroll his second, and last, major honour at Manchester United.
In his last season with United Roy Carroll made almost as many first team appearances as in the three previous seasons put together. Unfortunately Carroll made a number of errors that season including in match against Spurs on 4 January 2005. The score was 0-0 at Old Trafford as Pedro Mendes lobbed Carroll from the halfway line in the dying seconds of the match. Carroll scrambled back as the ball looped over his head and was it was clearly across the goal line.
The unfortunate goalkeeper scooped the ball back out of the net and unbelievably none of the match officials realised that a goal had been scored. Although that goal wasn't given it was a bad error by Carroll that could have proved to be costly for United.
Roy Carroll's last match for Manchester United was the 2005 FA Cup final against Arsenal at Wales' Millennium Stadium. Although Carroll kept a clean sheet in his last match for the Reds he ended up on the losing side as Arsenal scored five out of five in the penalty shoot-out.
Roy Carroll - Northern Ireland Career
Roy Carroll made his international debut for Northern Ireland on 21 May 1997 against Thailand in a 0-0 draw. Carroll made 19 appearances for his country, nine of them as a substitute. He has kept three clean sheets in the ten matches that he has started for Northern Ireland but only one of those was a competitive match, against Malta. Twelve of the matches that he has featured in were friendly matches.
Roy Carroll's last match for Northern Ireland was on 6 September 2006 against Spain in a European championship qualifier. It was a memorable match at Windsor Park with Northern Ireland beating the Spanish 3-2 and David Healy scoring a hat trick.
Roy Carroll - Manchester United & Northern Ireland Statistics
Last Updated: Oct 2010
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