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Lee Carsley
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Playing for Everton in 2007
Personal information
Full name Lee Kevin Carsley
Date of birth 28 February 1974 (1974-02-28) (age 36)
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current club Birmingham City
Number 26
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1999 Derby County 138 (5)
1999–2000 Blackburn Rovers 47 (11)
2000–2002 Coventry City 47 (4)
2002–2008 Everton 166 (11)
2008– Birmingham City 47 (2)
National team
1997– Republic of Ireland 39 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:37, 23 February 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:37, 23 February 2010 (UTC)

Lee Kevin Carsley[1] (born 28 February 1974 in Birmingham) is a professional footballer who plays for Birmingham City. Although born in England, he represents the Republic of Ireland internationally.




Derby, Coventry & Blackburn

Carsley began his career at Derby County where he played more than 150 games in all competitions.[2] He was sold to Blackburn Rovers in March 1999 for £3.4 million,[3] and was their top scorer in 1999–2000, his only full season with the club.[4] In December 2000 he moved on to Coventry City for a fee of around £2.5 million,[3] but spent only 14 months with the club before moving on again, this time to Everton for £1.9 million.[5]


Carsley enjoyed mixed fortunes during his first two seasons at Everton, but the 2004–05 season saw him become an increasingly important player within the team. He was a regular starter in the 4-1-4-1 formation, sitting just in front of the defence and just behind the midfield.[6]

In December 2004, Carsley scored the winner in the 200th Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool. The win took Everton temporarily to second place in the Premier League.[7] He continued to perform well and Everton ended up finishing fourth, thus gaining entry to the third qualifying stage of the Champions League.[8]

Four minutes from the end of the 04–05 season, during a game against Bolton Wanderers, Carsley was stretchered off with a twisted knee. He was fit to resume pre-season training but was injured again at the start of the 2005–06 campaign in a pre-season friendly away to Fenerbahçe S.K. keeping him out for a further 5 months.

Carsley returned to the Everton's first team for the 0–0 away draw with Charlton Athletic in April 2006. He played in the next game against Tottenham Hotspur and lined up against Chelsea also. 46 minutes into that game Carsley received a dubious straight red card for his foul on Didier Drogba,[9] receiving a three-match suspension and ending his season.

On 3 November 2007 Carsley scored a fine goal in the 93rd minute for Everton against Birmingham City to give Everton victory after the game appeared to be heading towards a 1–1 draw.[10] Everton eventually won 3–1.

Birmingham City

His contract with Everton was due to expire at the end of 2007–08 season; he chose not to accept the offered extension, and signed for home-town club Birmingham City in May 2008.[11] With club captain Damien Johnson expected to be out of action for several months following a back operation, Carsley started the 2008–09 season as captain.[12] At the Birmingham City end of season awards he won the Player's player of the season award, and the Junior Blues Player of the season award.

In November 2009, he was at the centre of controversy in Birmingham's Premiership match against Liverpool at Anfield. Following his tackle on David N'Gog, a penalty was awarded which Steven Gerrard converted to bring the scores level. Carsley believed that N'Gog had dived to win the penalty and described it as "an embarrassing case of cheating".[13][14]

International career

Carsley qualifies for Republic of Ireland through his grandmother, who is from Dunmanway, County Cork.

In 2004 he declared he was going to take a break from the international scene to focus both on getting back in the Everton side and on his family. In September 2005, Carsley announced that "As soon as I am playing again, I will be straight on the phone saying I want to be considered for the Ireland squad".[15] Although he was controversially left out of the squad for a 5–2 defeat away to Cyprus, he showed he could still perform at the highest international level with a solid display against Czech Republic at Lansdowne Road in October 2006.[16]

He won 39 caps for his country.[17]


  1. ^ Hugman, Barry, ed (2005). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2005/2006. Queen Anne Press. p. 75. ISBN 978-1-85291-662-1. 
  2. ^ "Lee Carsley". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. http://www.soccerbase.com/players_details.sd?playerid=1329. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Persistent Coventry land Carsley". BBC Sport. 1 December 2000. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/coventry_city/1048934.stm. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Blackburn 1999/2000 player appearances". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. http://www.soccerbase.com/squad_season.sd?teamid=308&seasonid=129. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Carsley joins Everton". BBC Sport. 8 February 2002. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/e/everton/1804843.stm. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  6. ^ Lawrenson, Mark (2 November 2004). "Why Everton must keep Eidur down at Bridge". Liverpool Daily Post. http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/liverpool-fc/liverpool-fc-columnists/mark-lawrenson-column/2004/11/02/why-everton-must-keep-eidur-down-at-bridge-64375-14824744/. Retrieved 17 November 2008. 
  7. ^ "Everton 1–0 Liverpool". BBC Sport. 11 December 2004. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/eng_prem/4072033.stm. Retrieved 17 November 2008. 
  8. ^ Hunter, Andy (3 February 2007). "Lee Carsley: 'All of a sudden you have something that rocks you'". The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news-and-comment/lee-carsley-all-of-a-sudden-you-have-something-that-rocks-you-434820.html. Retrieved 17 November 2008. "the contribution made by Carsley can often be overlooked at Everton even though, under Moyes, his availability has coincided neatly with an improvement in fortunes. ... Almost ever-present when Everton finished fourth in 2004 he missed the following season's misery - when the club managed to exit three competitions (the Champions' League, Uefa Cup and Carling Cup) by October - with a cruciate knee ligament injury." 
  9. ^ Wallace, Sam (18 April 2006). "Chelsea 3 Everton 0: Mourinho's men relish chance to retain title in front of United". The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/chelsea-3-everton-0-mourinhos-men-relish-chance-to-retain-title-in-front-of-united-474593.html. Retrieved 17 November 2008. "Carsley can have cause for complaint because, while his tackle was a definite booking, it lacked the edge of malice for an upgrade to red." 
  10. ^ Barnes, Stuart (4 November 2007). "Vintage Carsley drives Bruce to distraction". The Observer. http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2007/nov/04/match.birminghamcityfc. Retrieved 17 November 2008. "Goodison fans are unlikely to forget in a hurry the dramatic impact the midfielder made in stoppage time when most of them had settled for a frustrating 1-1 scoreline. ... Carsley struck a fine goal to regain the lead for his side and set up a third for James Vaughan." 
  11. ^ "Carsley signs for Birmingham City". BBC Sport. 19 May 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/e/everton/7396978.stm. Retrieved 19 May 2008. 
  12. ^ "Jonty to have op". Birmingham City F.C.. 21 July 2008. http://www.blues.premiumtv.co.uk/page/News/NewsDetail/0,,10412~1347946,00.html. Retrieved 21 July 2008. 
  13. ^ "Birmingham angry at 'cheat' Ngog". BBC Sport. 9 November 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/b/birmingham_city/8351713.stm. Retrieved 9 November 2009. 
  14. ^ Hunter, Andy (10 November 2009). "David Ngog's 'embarrassing case of cheating' gets Liverpool a draw". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/nov/10/premier-league-liverpool-birmingham-city. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  15. ^ King, Dominic (20 September 2005). "Carsley eyes Irish return". Liverpool Echo. http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/everton-fc/everton-fc-news/2005/09/20/carsley-eyes-irish-return-100252-16152904/. Retrieved 17 November 2008. 
  16. ^ "Carsley delighted to be back in the fold". RTÉ. 6 February 2007. http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2007/0206/carsley.html. Retrieved 17 November 2008. 
  17. ^ "Ireland's International Players". Football Association of Ireland. http://www.fai.ie/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=100690:irelands-international-players&catid=1:senior-men&Itemid=353. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 

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