Darren Randolph

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Darren Randolph
Randolph BCFC 2013.jpg
With Birmingham City in 2013 pre-season
Personal information
Full name Darren Edward Randolph[1]
Date of birth (1987-05-12) 12 May 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth Bray, Ireland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Birmingham City
Number 1
Youth career
1998–2003 Ardmore Rovers
2003–2004 Charlton Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2010 Charlton Athletic 16 (0)
2004 Welling United (loan) 4 (0)
2005 Accrington Stanley (loan) 14 (0)
2006 Gillingham (loan) 3 (0)
2008 Bury (loan) 14 (0)
2008 Hereford United (loan) 13 (0)
2010–2013 Motherwell 111 (0)
2013– Birmingham City 43 (0)
National team
2006 Republic of Ireland U21 10 (0)
2006 Republic of Ireland B 1 (0)
2012– Republic of Ireland 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:52, 22 April 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 08:52, 22 April 2014 (UTC)

Darren Edward Randolph (born 12 May 1987) is an Irish footballer who plays for Football League Championship club Birmingham City as a goalkeeper. He is a Republic of Ireland international, having previously played for the Republic of Ireland U-21 team. Randolph has also represented Ireland at basketball.[2]

Having progressed through the youth ranks at Ardmore Rovers and Premier League side Charlton Athletic, Randolph turned professional in 2004 with Charlton. He spent time on loan at Welling United, Accrington Stanley and Gillingham before making his Charlton debut in the last game of the 2006–07 season. Despite the club's relegation from the Premier League, he was unable to cement a regular starting position, and had two loan spells during 2008, at Bury and at Hereford United. Having made just fourteen appearances for Charlton in six years, he moved on to Scottish Premier League side Motherwell in July 2010. He played regularly for Motherwell over three years, then returned to England to join Birmingham City.

In 2006, Randolph made ten appearances for the Republic of Ireland under-21 side, and a single appearances for the Republic of Ireland B team. He made his full international debut for the Republic of Ireland in September 2012, in a 4–1 victory over Oman.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Randolph was born in Bray and played school football with Ardmore Rovers. He joined Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2003 by virtue of the links between the Irish and English clubs.[3] He trained with Robert Elliott. When leaving Ardmore Rovers, the club placed Randolph in the Hall of Fame.[4]

As a youngster, Randolph spent a month on loan at Conference South club Welling United in 2004; he played four league games and once in the FA Cup.[5] He spent the beginning of the 2005–06 season on loan at Accrington Stanley in the Conference Premier,[6] and at the end of the season, signed an extension to his Charlton contract to run until 2009.[7] In August 2006 he joined League One Gillingham on a month's loan.[8]

Charlton Athletic[edit]

Randolph made his first-team debut for the already relegated Charlton in their last match of the 2006-07 Premier League season, away against Liverpool. Replacing loanee Scott Carson, who was ineligible to play against his parent club, Randolph performed well, limiting Liverpool to two goals, one of which was a penalty kick in the 90th minute for a 2–2 draw.[9] He was second-choice behind Nicky Weaver in 2007–08, and in February 2008, joined Bury of League Two on loan.[10] After featuring fourteen times, Randolph was recalled by Charlton to cover for Weaver, who was sent off in a match against Plymouth Argyle.[11] He started Charlton's next match, at home to Southampton, and contributed to a farcical own goal when he appeared to catch a high ball, then dropped it into the net via teammate Paddy McCarthy.[12]

Loan spells[edit]

Randolph joined Hereford United on a season-long loan in July 2008.[13] He started 14 of the first 17 matches of the season, which included an "outstanding" performance against Leeds United at Elland Road, where he conceded only once from Leeds' 19 shots on target.[14]

On 11 November 2008 it came to light that Randolph had refused to play in an FA Cup match against Dagenham & Redbridge, amid speculation that another goalkeeper would be joining Hereford. He was fined two weeks' wages and it was announced he was unlikely to play for Hereford United again.[15] The following day, goalkeeper Matt Murray joined Hereford on a month's loan deal from Wolverhampton Wanderers.[16] Graham Turner said in his Hereford Times column that it was a situation that he had never experienced before in nearly 30 years of management, it was not what he expected from a professional player, and had he been a contracted player, his contract would have terminated forthwith.[17] In response, Randolph expressed his unhappiness with Turner's statement, and received support from Charlton manager Alan Pardew.[18] Randolph made no more appearances for Hereford, and returned to Charlton in January 2009.[19]

Return to Charlton[edit]

In his second game back, on 17 January 2009, Randolph conceded four goals in a Championship match against Sheffield Wednesday;[20] This was his last appearance of the season. Nevertheless, he was offered, and eventually signed, a one-year contract ahead of the 2009–10 season.[21] He was again second choice, this time behind Rob Elliot, and made his first appearance of the season in November, in the FA Cup against Northwich Victoria. Despite "a string of stunning first half saves", the Conference North (sixth-tier) club won 1–0 to inflict what the local newspaper described as the "most embarrassing defeat in the club's 104-year history".[22] Randolph regained his starting place in March 2010 after Elliot was injured, and kept it for the remainder of the season, including the play-offs, in which Charlton lost on penalties to Swindon Town in the semi-finals.[23]

Motherwell[edit]

Randolph warming up for Charlton before the 2009 away game at Brentford

Although Charlton offered Randolph a new contract,[24] he chose instead to join Scottish Premier League club Motherwell on 1 July 2010 on a free transfer. He signed a three-year-contract at Fir Park.[25] Randolph made his Motherwell debut in the second qualifying round of the Europa League, in a 1–0 win over Icelandic side Breiðablik.[26] The club were eliminated by Danish club OB in the play-off round; Motherwell complained to UEFA about OB fans throwing cigarette lighters at Randolph during the first leg.[27] Randolph established himself as first-choice goalkeeper; in his first season, he broke John Ruddy's club record of 15 clean sheets on 27 February 2011 in a 2–0 win over Celtic.[28] He helped Motherwell reach the 2011 Scottish Cup Final, but they lost 3–0 to Celtic; he suggested afterwards that Motherwell had been unlucky.[29]

Randolph began the 2011–12 SPL season with four clean sheets, and finished it as an ever-present.[30] On 28 April 2012, he provided an assist for Henrik Ojamaa's second goal of the match in a 5–1 win over St. Johnstone.[31] He was the only Motherwell player to be named in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year.[32]

Because 2011–12 runners-up Rangers entered administration, they were ineligible for UEFA competitions, so Motherwell's third-place finish earned the club entry into the Champions League for the first time.[33] Randolph made his Champions League debut against Panathinaikos in the third qualifying round. Motherwell lost 3–0 on aggregate to go out of the competition,[34] but entered the Europa League play-off round. Randolph played in both legs against Spanish side Levante but his team were again eliminated.[35]

In a 0–0 draw against Heart of Midlothian on 24 November 2012, Randolph caught Hearts' Callum Paterson's head with his leg as he challenged for a high ball; no card was issued, leading Hearts' manager John McGlynn to describe Randolph as a "lucky man".[36] A few days later, the Scottish Football Association charged Randolph with "violent conduct by kicking an opposing player" and offered a two-match ban;[37] Motherwell appealed, but the ban was upheld.[38] Together with team-mates Shaun Hutchinson, Nicky Law and Michael Higdon, Randolph was named in the 2012-13 PFA Scotland Team of the Year.[39] Motherwell finished the season in second place behind Celtic, so qualified for Europe for the second year running.

Birmingham City[edit]

With Randolph's contract due to expire at the end of the season, Motherwell manager Stuart McCall said in mid-April that there was only a "slim possibility" of keeping him at the club.[40] On 10 May 2013, McCall confirmed that Randolph would be leaving,[41] and four days later, English Championship club Birmingham City announced that Randolph would join them on a free transfer once his Motherwell contract expired. He signed a two-year contract to commence on 1 July.[42] He went straight into the starting eleven and made his debut in a 1–0 defeat at home to Watford on 3 August.[43]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 21 April 2014
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Charlton Athletic 2004–05[44] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005–06[45] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006–07[46] Premier League 1 0 0 0 1 0
2007–08[47] Championship 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 0
2008–09[48] Championship 1 0 1 0 2 0
2009–10[49] League One 11 0 1 0 0 0 2[a] 0 14 0
Charlton Athletic total 14 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 20 0
Welling United (loan) 2004–05[5] Conference South 4 0 1 0 5 0
Accrington Stanley (loan) 2005–06[45][50] Conference 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Gillingham (loan) 2006–07[46] League One 3 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
Bury (loan) 2007–08[47] League Two 14 0 14 0
Hereford United (loan) 2008–09[48] League One 13 0 1 0 0 0 14 0
Motherwell 2010–11[35][51] Scottish Premier League 37 0 6 0 3 0 6[b] 0 52 0
2011–12[30] Scottish Premier League 38 0 3 0 1 0 42 0
2012–13[35][52] Scottish Premier League 36 0 1 0 1 0 4[c] 0 42 0
Motherwell total 111 0 10 0 5 0 10 0 136 0
Birmingham City 2013–14[43] Championship 43 0 0 0 0 0 43 0
Total 216 0 13 0 9 0 12 0 250 0
  1. ^ Appearances in Football League play-offs
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Two appearances in UEFA Champions League, two in Europa League
Randolph with Ireland in 2014.

International career[edit]

Randolph has represented Ireland at U15, U16, U17, U18, U19, U21, B[3][53] and senior levels. He found himself in the Republic of Ireland senior squad for the first time in March 2011 for a game against Macedonia, but he did not play.[54] In May 2011 he was again called up for games against Northern Ireland and Scotland in the Nations Cup, but again did not feature.

Randolph made his full international debut in a friendly against Oman on 11 September 2012, coming on as a substitute in a 4–1 win.[55] His second Ireland appearance was against Spain on 12 June 2013, again as a substitute; he made a "brilliant fingertip save" from Santi Cazorla before conceding a late goal by Juan Mata as Spain won 2–0.[56]

Randolph is still eligible to play for the USA, via his father, as neither appearance for the Republic was in a competitive match.[57]

Personal life[edit]

His father Ed Randolph played basketball for UCD Marian and was one of the first American imports to the Irish Basketball League.[2] He is a past pupil of St. Cronan's Boys National School[58] and Presentation College, Bray.[59] He had a long-term relationship with Rochelle Wiseman from girl group The Saturdays,[59] which ended in late 2009.[60]

Honours[edit]

Accrington Stanley

Motherwell

Individual honours

References[edit]

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