Tim Carter (footballer)

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Tim Carter
Personal information
Full name Timothy Douglas Carter
Date of birth (1967-10-05)5 October 1967
Place of birth Bristol, England
Date of death 19 June 2008(2008-06-19) (aged 40)
Place of death Stretford, England
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1987 Bristol Rovers 47 (0)
1987 Newport County (loan) 1 (0)
1987–1993 Sunderland 37 (0)
1988 Carlisle United (loan) 4 (0)
1988 Bristol City (loan) 3 (0)
1991 Birmingham City (loan) 2 (0)
1993–1994 Hartlepool United 18 (0)
1994–1995 Millwall 4 (0)
1995 Oxford United 12 (0)
1995–1998 Millwall 62 (0)
1998–1999 Halifax Town 10 (0)
Total 200 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Timothy Douglas "Tim" Carter (5 October 1967 – 19 June 2008) was an English professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He was a goalkeeping coach at the time of his death.

During his career, Carter played for Bristol Rovers, Newport County, Sunderland, Carlisle United, Birmingham City, Hartlepool United, Millwall, Oxford United and Halifax Town. He also made three appearances for the England youth squad. As a goalkeeping coach he worked with the Sunderland first team and was also a part-time coach for the Estonian national team.

While he was at Sunderland, he was second choice goalkeeper behind Tony Norman from 1987 until 1993, during which time Sunderland won promotion to the First Division (now the Premier League) and also reached an FA Cup final. [1][2]


Carter's body was found by a passerby on 19 June 2008, in bushes in the Highfield Close area of Stretford, Greater Manchester. Emergency services were called, and he was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics at midday. His death was not treated as suspicious.[1] Sources stated that Carter's body was found with a rope around the neck and that he was likely to have committed suicide.[3] It has been reported that he was struggling to deal with his son's disabilities.[4]