Carl Saunders (footballer)
|Full name||Carl Saunders|
|Date of birth||26 November 1964|
|Place of birth||Birmingham, England|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Saunders was born in Birmingham and began his career with Stoke City making his debut as a substitute in a 3–1 defeat in 1982–83. He played 27 times in 1984–85 scoring his first senior goal against Manchester United to earn Stoke a 2–1. However that was a rare highlight that season as Stoke were relegated with a record low points tally. He scored three goals in 44 matches in 1985–86 before finding good goalscoring form in 1986–87. Saunders formed a fine partnership with Nicky Morgan and he top-scored with 19 goals. However he lost his form and in his next three seasons at the Victoria Ground he scored just six goals before being sold to Bristol Rovers by Alan Ball in February 1990.
He rediscovered he goalscoring form at Bristol Rovers scoring 50 goals in 163 matches helping the Pirates win the Football League Third Division in 1989–90. After leaving Bristol Rovers in December 1993, he had brief spells as a non-contract player with Oxford United and Walsall, before moving to Malta to join Sliema Wanderers and then Hibernians.
- Sourced from The English National Football Archive
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Stoke City||1982–83||First Division||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Bristol Rovers||1989–90||Third Division||20||5||0||0||0||0||4||1||24||6|
|Oxford United||1993–94||First Division||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||0|
- A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Anglo-Italian Cup, Football League Trophy and Full Members Cup.
- Bristol Rovers
- Carl Saunders stats at Neil Brown stat site