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Stephen Carr
Stephen Carr.jpg
Carr pictured in July 2007
Personal information
Full name Stephen Carr
Date of birth 29 August 1976 (1976-08-29) (age 33)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current club Birmingham City
Number 2
Youth career
Stella Maris
1991–1993 Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–2004 Tottenham Hotspur 226 (7)
2004–2008 Newcastle United 78 (1)
2009– Birmingham City 40 (0)
National team
1999–2007 Republic of Ireland 44 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:34, 14 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:19, 23 February 2010 (UTC)

Stephen Carr[1] (born 29 August 1976 in Dublin) is an Irish footballer who plays for Birmingham City. He previously played for the Premier League teams Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United. He is a former International player with the Republic of Ireland. His position is right back, but had been known to deputise at left back or centre back when required.

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Club career

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Tottenham Hotspur

As a fifteen year old, Carr went on trial from Stella Maris Football Club where he played his schoolboy football to Tottenham Hotspur and was signed up by then manager Ossie Ardiles. He made his debut for the club on 29 September 1993 away to Ipswich Town in the 1993-94 Premier League season. However he had to wait until the 1996-97 season to establish himself as a regular first-team player, when he made 28 appearances that campaign.

He picked up a League Cup medal with Spurs in 1999 after contributing to a 1-0 win over Leicester City in the final. The 1999-00 Premier League season was arguably his best ever as far as his performances are concerned, as well as scoring a fantastic 35-yard screamer[citation needed] against champions Manchester United.[2]

His reputation continued to grow throughout the 2000-01 Premier League season, and other clubs were beginning to show interest in signing him. However, in the summer of 2001, he began to have problems with his knee and required an operation which he underwent in September of that year. He did not make any appearances in the 2001-02 Premier League season and would also miss the World Cup 2002 finals. It wasn't until October 2002 that Carr was back in training and fully fit. As he returned to form, interest from other Premiership clubs started to resurface. Carr was linked with Manchester United, and a move to Newcastle United was on the cards.

Newcastle United

Carr signed for Newcastle United in August 2004 when then manager Bobby Robson signed him for a fee of £2 million and a contract that would last four years. Soon after he signed Bobby Robson was sacked from his managerial post by chairman Freddy Shepherd. He was replaced by Graeme Souness, who like Robson, saw Carr as a first-team player. Carr's debut for the club came in a 2-2 draw against Middlesbrough on 14 August 2004. He played in 26 league games in the 2004-05 season, scoring once. His first goal for the club came from a "fierce shot from well outside the area" against Southampton.[3] He helped Newcastle reach the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup and the semi-final of the FA Cup. Newcastle finished 14th, which put pressure on Souness.

In the 2005-06 season, he only managed to make 19 league appearances for the club as the persistent knee injury ruled him out for two months. The team finished 7th in the league under the new management of Glenn Roeder, after Souness was sacked in January.

Carr was one of the many injury victims at Newcastle during the 2006–07 season and was out with a fractured foot for a few months. He returned for the 2-2 draw against West Ham United on 20 January 2007. However in this game he found himself filling in at an unfamiliar left-back position after impressive displays from Nolberto Solano at right-back during Carr's absence, putting question marks over Carr's future at the club. The 2007–08 season saw Carr move further back in the Newcastle pecking order, with the signings of Habib Beye and Geremi. Beye's impressive form and Carr's inability to maintain fitness resulted in Kevin Keegan deciding against renewing Carr's contract, releasing him from the club along with Peter Ramage and James Troisi.[4]

After Newcastle

Carr had been linked with moves to Aston Villa, Everton, West Ham United, Wigan Athletic, Hertha Berlin and Bohemians. He was also on trial with League 1 side Leicester City where he would have linked up with Nigel Pearson whom he played under at Newcastle. Having failed to find a suitable club, Carr announced his retirement from all forms of football on 1 December 2008.[5]

Birmingham City

However, in February 2009 he began training with Birmingham City with a view to coming out of retirement,[6] and signed a one-month contract with the club on 23 February.[7] He made his debut the following day, playing the whole of the goalless draw away to Crystal Palace.[8] After impressing during the initial month, Carr signed an extension until the end of the season.[9] Following Birmingham's promotion to the Premier League, Carr signed a new two-year contract with the club.[10] Carr's aggressive play and combative attitude has been a major catalyst in Birmingham's run of good form during the 2009/10 season. Birmingham's manager, Alex McLeish, has awarded Carr's workrate and endeavour with the captain's armband, a popular decision amongst Blues' supporters. Carr admits to "loving life" at Birmingham City. [11]

International career

Carr has represented his country at Schoolboy, Youth, Under-18, Under-21 and full international levels. He missed out on the 2002 World Cup due to injury.

Carr initially retired from the international scene after the team failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup, having played 39 times for his country. However he was convinced to continue playing international football by new Ireland manager Steve Staunton. Due to injuries and the sacking of Irish manager Staunton, Carr retired from international football on 14 November 2007.[12]

Statistics

As at 21:00, 5 March 2010 (UTC)

Club Performance[13]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Tottenham Hotspur 1993–94 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1994–95 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1995–96 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1996–97 26 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 30 0
1997–98 38 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 43 0
1998–99 37 0 7 0 8 1 0 0 52 1
1999–00 34 3 0 0 1 0 4 0 39 3
2000–01 28 3 2 0 3 0 0 0 33 3
2001–02 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002–03 30 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 32 0
2003–04 32 1 3 0 4 0 0 0 39 1
Tottenham Hotspur Total 226 7 17 0 22 1 4 0 269 8
Newcastle United 2004–05 26 1 4 0 0 0 11 0 41 1
2005–06 19 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 24 0
2006–07 23 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 28 0
2007–08 10 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Newcastle Utd Total 78 1 10 0 0 0 17 0 105 1
Birmingham City 2008–09 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
2009–10 26 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 30 0
Birmingham City Total 39 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 43 0
Total 343 8 30 0 23 1 21 0 417 9

Honours

Team honours

Tottenham Hotspur F.C.
Winner
Newcastle United F.C.
Winner

Individual honours

References

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry, ed (2005). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2005/2006. Queen Anne Press. p. 74. ISBN 978-1-85291-662-1. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Southampton 1-2 Newcastle". BBC. 19 September 2004. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/3647092.stm. Retrieved 9 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Trio to Leave Newcastle". Sky Sports. 2008-05-06. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11095_3528782,00.html. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  5. ^ "Carr calls it quits". Sky Sports. 2008-12-01. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11678_4576272,00.html. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  6. ^ Walker, Andy (2009-02-13). "Birmingham City: Stephen Carr ready to come out of retirement for Birmingham City". Birmingham Mail. http://www.birminghammail.net/birmingham-sport/birmingham-city-fc/2009/02/13/birmingham-city-stephen-carr-ready-to-come-out-of-retirement-for-birmingham-city-97319-22921570/. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  7. ^ "Carr Gears Up For Blues". Birmingham City F.C. 2009-02-23. http://www.blues.premiumtv.co.uk/page/News/NewsDetail/0,,10412~1567100,00.html. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  8. ^ Tattum, Colin (2009-02-25). "Crystal Palace 0, Birmingham 0: Colin Tattum's big match verdict". Birmingham Mail. http://www.birminghammail.net/birmingham-sport/birmingham-city-fc/birmingham-city-fc-news/2009/02/25/crystal-palace-0-birmingham-0-colin-tattum-s-big-match-verdict-97319-23006962/. Retrieved 2009-02-27. 
  9. ^ "Blues In New Carr Deal". Birmingham City F.C.. 2009-03-20. http://www.bcfc.com/page/News/NewsDetail/0,,10412~1597254,00.html. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  10. ^ "Carr secures Birmingham contract". BBC Sport. 2009-05-15. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/b/birmingham_city/8052550.stm. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  11. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/jan/09/stephen-carr-birmingham-city-interview
  12. ^ RTÉ Sport: Carr calls time on International career
  13. ^ "Stephen Carr Career Stats". Soccerbase. 28 December 2009. http://www.soccerbase.com/players_details.sd?playerid=1320. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 

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Simple English

Stephen Carr
File:Stephen
Personal information
Full name Stephen Carr
Date of birth 29 August 1976 (1976-08-29) (age 34)
Place of birth    Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Birmingham City
Number 2
Senior clubs
Years Club
1993-2004
2004-2008
2008-
Tottenham Hotspur
Newcastle United
Birmingham City
National team
1999-2007 Republic of Ireland

Stephen Carr (born 29 August 1976) is an Irish football player. He has played for Republic of Ireland national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
1993/94Tottenham HotspurPremier League100000-10
1994/95000000-00
1995/96000000-00
1996/972601030-300
1997/983803020-430
1998/993707081-521
1999/00343001040393
2000/012832030-333
2001/02000000-00
2002/033001010-320
2003/043213040-391
2004/05Newcastle UnitedPremier League2614000110411
2005/06190200030240
2006/07230200030280
2007/081002000-120
2008/09Birmingham CityLeague Championship1300000-130
2009/10Premier League
CountryEngland 31782702212103879
Total 31782702212103879

International career statistics

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Republic of Ireland national team
YearAppsGoals
199980
200070
200130
200200
2003110
200460
200560
200620
200710
Total440

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