Darren Carter

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Darren Carter
Darren Carter 16-08-2014 1.jpg
Carter playing for Northampton Town in 2014
Personal information
Full name Darren Anthony Carter[1]
Date of birth (1983-12-18) 18 December 1983 (age 33)[1]
Place of birth Solihull, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Solihull Moors
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)
2013–2015 Northampton Town 60 (6)
2015–2017 Forest Green Rovers 62 (11)
2017– Solihull Moors 9 (1)
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 11:32, 10 September 2017 (UTC).

Darren Anthony Carter (born 18 December 1983) is an English semi-professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for National League club Solihull Moors.

A former England under-19 and under-20 international, Carter began his career with Birmingham City, and came to prominence at the age of 18 when his penalty in the 2002 First Division play-off final clinched the club's promotion to the Premier League. He was loaned to Sunderland in winter 2004, before he was sold to West Bromwich Albion for £1.5 million in July 2005. In August 2007, he joined Preston North End for a fee of up to £1.25 million. Loaned 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 match. He returned to action in the 2012–13 campaign with Cheltenham Town, and then spent two seasons with Northampton Town. He spent the next two seasons with Forest Green Rovers of the National League.

Club career[edit]

Birmingham City[edit]

Carter was born in Solihull, West Midlands.[1] 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 matches 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 93rd-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 matches 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 match 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 playing for Northampton Town in 2013

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] After two seasons at the club, and failing to hold down a first team place in 2014–15, Carter was released by manager Chris Wilder.[44]

Forest Green Rovers[edit]

On 22 September 2015, Carter signed for National League leaders Forest Green Rovers on a free transfer for the remainder of the season.[45] He made his debut against his former club, second-placed Cheltenham Town, that same evening; the match ended as a 2–2 draw.[46] He continued in the starting eleven, and on his fourth appearance, his shot from the edge of the penalty area opened the scoring in the 3–0 win away to Aldershot Town.[47] He scored his second goal for the club in an FA Cup first round away win over Football League club AFC Wimbledon on 7 November.[48]

He helped Forest Green reach the 2016 National League play-off Final at Wembley Stadium on 15 May 2016, and played the full 90 minutes in a 3–1 loss to Grimsby Town that denied the club a place in the Football League.[49] The following day, newly appointed manager Mark Cooper offered him a new contract,[50] of one year, which he accepted.[51]

He scored his first goal of the 2016-17 National League season on 27 August 2016 in a 4–1 win away to Maidstone United.[52] He made 29 league appearances, scoring 4 goals, as Forest Green finished in the play-off positions. On 3 May 2017 – after the end of the regular season but before the play-offs – the club confirmed that Carter's contract had been terminated by mutual consent.[53]

Solihull Moors[edit]

On 28 June 2017, Carter signed for National League club Solihull Moors on a free transfer.[54]

International career[edit]

Carter represented the England under-20 team at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship,[55] and was capped 11 times in all at that level.[56] In one match he was sent off for a foul on Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo.[57]

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]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 9 September 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Birmingham City 2001–02[58] First Division 13 1 0 0 0 0 2[a] 0 15 1
2002–03[59] Premier League 12 0 0 0 1 0 13 0
2003–04[60] Premier League 5 0 3 0 0 0 8 0
2004–05[61] Premier League 15 2 2 2 17 4
Total 45 3 5 2 1 0 2 0 53 5
Sunderland (loan) 2004–05[61] Championship 10 1 10 1
West Bromwich Albion 2005–06[12] Premier League 20 1 2 0 3 0 25 1
2006–07[62] Championship 33 3 3 1 3 1 2[b] 0 41 5
Total 53 4 5 1 6 1 2 0 66 6
Preston North End 2007–08[63] Championship 39 4 1 0 3 0 43 4
2008–09[64] Championship 18 0 2 0 0 0 2[b] 0 22 0
2009–10[65] Championship 23 0 2 1 3 0 28 1
2010–11[66] Championship 14 0 1 1 15 1
Total 94 4 6 2 6 0 2 0 108 6
Millwall (loan) 2010–11[66] Championship 10 0 1 0 11 0
Cheltenham Town 2012–13[67] League Two 34 6 3 0 0 0 1[c] 0 38 6
Northampton Town 2013–14[68] League Two 37 5 0 0 0 0 1[c] 0 38 5
2014–15[69] League Two 23 1 2 0 0 0 2[c] 0 27 1
Total 60 6 2 0 0 0 3 0 65 6
Forest Green Rovers 2015–16[70] National League 33 7 3 1 3[d] 0 39 8
2016–17[70] National League 29 4 1 0 3[e] 1 33 5
Total 62 11 4 1 6 1 72 13
Solihull Moors 2017–18[70] National League 9 1 0 0 0 0 9 1
Career total 377 36 25 6 14 1 16 1 432 44
  1. ^ Appearances in First Division play-offs
  2. ^ a b Appearances in Championship play-offs
  3. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  4. ^ Appearances in National League play-offs
  5. ^ Appearances in FA Trophy

Honours[edit]

Birmingham City

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