Darren Carter

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Darren Carter
Darren Carter 03-08-2013 1.jpg
Carter playing for Northampton Town in 2013
Personal information
Full name Darren Anthony Carter
Date of birth (1983-12-18) 18 December 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth Solihull, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Northampton Town
Number 4
Youth career
1998–2001 Birmingham City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Birmingham City 45 (3)
2004 Sunderland (loan) 10 (1)
2005–2007 West Bromwich Albion 53 (4)
2007–2011 Preston North End 94 (4)
2010–2011 Millwall (loan) 10 (0)
2012–2013 Cheltenham Town 34 (6)
2013– Northampton Town 41 (6)
National team
2002 England U19 2 (0)
2002–2003 England U20 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:37, 23 September 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Darren Anthony Carter (born 18 December 1983) is an English football midfielder who plays for Northampton Town.

A former England under-19 and under-20 international, he began his career with Birmingham City, and came to prominence at the age of 18 when his penalty won the club promotion into the Premier League in the 2002 First Division play-off final. He was loaned out to Sunderland in winter 2004, before he was sold on to West Bromwich Albion for £1.5 million in July 2005. In August 2007, he was sold on to Preston North End for a fee of up to £1.25 million. Loaned out to Millwall in the 2010–11 season, he later had to spend the 2011–12 season without a club after tearing a groin muscle during a trial game. He returned to action in the 2012–13 campaign with Cheltenham Town, and signed for Northampton Town ahead of the 2013–14 season.

Club career[edit]

Birmingham City[edit]

Carter was born in Solihull. He made his first-team debut for Birmingham City in the First Division at the age of 18 in a 1–0 defeat to local rivals West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on 29 January 2002.[2] He scored his first goal in senior football on 10 April, helping the Blues to secure a play-off spot with a 3–1 victory over Crewe Alexandra at St Andrew's.[3] On 12 May, he made himself a Birmingham City hero when he scored the decisive penalty in the shoot-out to win the play-off final against Norwich City at the Millennium Stadium.[4] The match had finished 1–1 after extra time and the spot-kick sealed Birmingham's promotion to the Premiership.[5]

Carter played only 12 Premier League games in the 2002–03 season, with half of these appearances coming before mid-October. His first team opportunities were even more restricted in the 2003–04 campaign, as he featured in just five Premier League matches. Despite this, he signed a three-and-a-half-year contract in January 2004 after 20 months of negotiations.[6] In March 2004 he was scheduled to go out on loan to Rotherham United before injuries and suspensions at Birmingham persuaded manager Steve Bruce to put an end to the deal.[7]

He was loaned to Sunderland in September 2004.[8] Carter scored on his debut, in a 3–1 victory over Preston North End at the Stadium of Light on 18 September.[9] He made nine further appearances for the club before being recalled by Birmingham on 6 December.[10] This gave his Birmingham career the boost it needed, and he was seen as a vital member of the squad until his July 2005 transfer to West Bromwich Albion for £1.5 million.[11] At the end of the 2004–05 season, Sunderland won promotion to the Premier League as champions of the Championship.

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

Carter made his West Bromwich Albion debut at The Hawthorns in a 3–2 defeat to his former club Birmingham on 27 August 2005.[12] He initially struggled to make the bench, and on 11 October manager Bryan Robson said that he "is still very much in my thoughts at this time".[13] He scored his first goal for the club four days later with a 20-yard (18 m) volley in a 2–1 victory over Arsenal; the strike won him the club's Goal-of-the-Season Award.[14] The "Baggies" were relegated at the end of the 2005–06 season, and Carter was singled out for booing by the home crowd.[15]

He made 33 appearances in the Championship in the 2006–07 season, and was used as a substitute in the play-off final defeat to Derby County at Wembley, replacing Zoltán Gera on 71 minutes.[16]

Preston North End[edit]

After being told he could not be guaranteed first-team football at West Bromwich Albion by manager Tony Mowbray, Carter signed a four-year deal with Paul Simpson's Preston North End on 9 August 2007, for a fee that could rise to £1.25m from an initial £750,000 (with a 20% sell-on clause).[14][17] Carter made his Preston debut in a 0–0 draw against Norwich City at Deepdale two days later.[18] His performance in the match earned him a place in the Championship Team of the Week.[19] On 17 February 2008, Carter scored an 94th-minute own goal for Portsmouth to knock Preston out of the FA Cup at the Fifth Round stage.[20] He finished the 2007–08 campaign with 43 appearances.

Manager Alan Irvine started Carter in just eight games in the 2008–09 season, and the midfielder later admitted the season was "nothing short of a disaster for me personally".[21] Preston reached the play-off semi-finals, but lost 2–1 on aggregate to Sheffield United.[22] Carter was transfer-listed at the end of the 2009–10 season after complaining of a lack of first-team opportunities under new manager Darren Ferguson.[23][24]

In July 2010 he spent a week on trial with Millwall, but a proposed six-month loan move fell through.[25] He then joined Southampton on trial.[26] On 4 August, he joined Kenny Jackett's Millwall on a three-month loan.[27] He made his debut on the opening day of the new season, and was sent off for two bookable offences as his new club won 3–0 away at Bristol City.[28] The loan deal was extended to January.[29] He made five starts and six substitute appearances for the Lions.

On his return from loan, Carter went straight into Preston's starting eleven under new manager Phil Brown. He opened the scoring in the FA Cup-tie against Nottingham Forest, his first game for Preston for nine months; Forest won 2–1.[30] After Preston were relegated to League One and Carter's contract expired at the end of the 2010–11 season, he trained with the club during July, but no terms were agreed on a new deal.[31]

Carter began training with former club Birmingham City in August in the hope of earning a contract, but after no deal was forthcoming he had a trial in October with fellow Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion,[32] but manager Gus Poyet told him he was looking for a more physical type of midfielder. While playing for Nottingham Forest reserves in November as part of another trial, Carter tore a groin muscle, requiring surgery and a three-month recovery period.[33] Once he regained fitness towards the end of the 2011–12 season, he played for Walsall's reserves, and returned to Birmingham City for pre-season training.[34]

Cheltenham Town[edit]

In August 2012, Carter signed a six-month contract with League Two club Cheltenham Town.[35] He re-signed with the "Robins" in January, to keep him at Whaddon Road until the end of the 2012–13 season.[36] Cheltenham reached the play-off semi-finals, where they were beaten by Northampton Town; Carter was an unused substitute in both legs.[37][38] In May 2013, he was released by Cheltenham after manager Mark Yates admitted that he could not meet the player's wage demands.[39] Carter denied this was the case, saying no contract negotiations took place and that he was left out of the crucial end-of-season run-in without any explanation.[40]

Northampton Town[edit]

Carter signed a two-year contract with Northampton Town in July 2013.[41] The club were still in League Two, having lost the play-off final to Bradford City.[42] In his competitive debut for Northampton, at York City in the opening match of the campaign, he was sent off for a second bookable offence with 18 minutes to play, and his team lost 1–0 thanks to a last-minute goal.[43]

International career[edit]

Carter represented the England under-20 team at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship,[44] and was capped 11 times in all at that level.[45] In one match he was sent off for a foul on Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo.[46]

Style of play[edit]

Speaking in July 2005, Bryan Robson stated that Carter "has very good stamina and is very much a box-to-box player who can play in the centre of midfield or wide on the left. He is also left footed which gives us good balance in the squad, he has a good presence".[11]

Statistics[edit]

As of match played 22 October 2013
Club statistics
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Other[47] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2001–02[48] Birmingham City First Division 13 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 15 1
2002–03[49] Premier League 12 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 13 0
2003–04[50] 5 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2004–05[51] 15 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 17 4
2004–05[51] Sunderland (loan) Championship 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 1
Total 45 3 5 2 1 0 2 0 53 5
2005–06[12] West Bromwich Albion Premier League 20 1 2 0 3 0 0 0 25 1
2006–07[52] Championship 33 3 3 1 3 1 2 0 41 5
Total 53 4 5 1 6 1 2 0 66 6
2007–08[53] Preston North End Championship 39 4 3 0 1 0 0 0 43 4
2008–09[54] 18 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 22 0
2009–10[55] 23 0 2 1 3 0 0 0 28 1
2010–11[56] 14 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 15 1
2010–11[56] Millwall (loan) 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 11 0
Total 94 4 6 2 6 0 2 0 108 6
2012–13[57] Cheltenham Town League Two 34 6 3 0 0 0 1 0 38 6
2013–14[58] Northampton Town League Two 13 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 14 0
Career total 259 18 19 5 14 1 8 0 299 24

Honours[edit]

Birmingham City

References[edit]

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  47. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Football League Trophy & play-offs.
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