Robert Carter (footballer)

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Robert Carter
Personal information
Full name Robert Carter[1]
Date of birth (1880-12-29)29 December 1880
Place of birth Hendon, County Durham, England
Date of death 14 March 1928(1928-03-14) (aged 47)
Place of death Sunderland, England
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Outside right
Youth career
Sunderland Royal Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
????-190? Selbourne ? (?)
1904-1907 Burslem Port Vale 83 (23)
1907–1908 Stockport County 27 (8)
1908–1909 Fulham 10 (7)
1909–1910 Southampton 41 (12)
Total 161 (50)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Robert Carter (29 December 1880 – 14 March 1928) was an English footballer, nicknamed "Toddler" because of his small stature. He was the father of football legend Raich Carter.

Club career[edit]

He played football for Sunderland Royal Rovers and Selbourne, before joining Port Vale in 1904.[1] He scored his first goals in the Second Division at the Athletic Ground on 18 February 1905, in a 3–2 win over West Bromwich Albion. He finished the 1904–05 season with five goals in fourteen games. He hit nine goals in forty games in 1905–06, before bagging eleven goals in thirty-nine appearances in the 1906–07 campaign. In total he scored twenty-five goals in ninety-three games for the club in all competitions, before he joined Stockport County after Port Vale went into liquidation.[1]

Carter scored eight goals in twenty-seven games for the "Hatters", helping them to a 13th place finish in the Second Division in 1907–08. He then signed for Fulham, who had just joined the Football League, and scored seven goals in ten games in 1908–09, before joining Southampton. He took Jack Foster's first team spot at The Dell, but suffered a knee injury at the start of the 1909–10 campaign. Soon afterwards he suffered a blow to the head, and was forced to retire due to his injury.

Post-retirement[edit]

Carter left Southampton and returned to Sunderland with his wife, Clara, to run the Ocean Queen. However the head injury ultimately proved fatal and he died on 14 March 1928.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 54. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0.