|Full name||David George Carlton|
|Date of birth||24 November 1952|
|Place of birth||Stepney, England|
|West Ham United|
|1972||→ Dallas Tornado (loan)||9||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Carlton began his career as an apprentice at West Ham United, moving to Fulham in 1969. He made his debut during the 1971/72 Division Two season, making 8 appearances in total. After a loan spell at North American Soccer League side Dallas Tornado in the summer of 1972, Carlton returned to Fulham, but made just one further appearance before his departure in October 1973.
Carlton signed for Division Four side Northampton Town in October 1973. He made just six league appearances in what remained of the 1973/74, but became a regular pick from the beginning of the 1974/75 season, helping the Cottagers to promotion to Division Three a year later. Northampton were relegated back to Division Four at the first time of asking and Carlton departed the County Ground early in the 1976/77 season. He made 104 league appearances and scored six goals during nearly three years with Northampton.
Carlton reunited with former Northampton Town manager Bill Dodgin at Division Four side Brentford in October 1976, signing for a £3000 fee. He helped the Bees to promotion to Division Three in the 1977/78 season and unlike with Northampton, the club consolidated their position. He departed Griffin Park in the summer of 1980, having made 148 appearances and scored seven goals during nearly four years with the Bees.
Return to Northampton Town
- "Barry Hugman's Footballers - David Carlton". hugmansfootballers.com. Retrieved 2015-06-25.
- Haynes, Graham; Coumbe, Frank (2006). Timeless Bees: Brentford F.C. Who's Who 1920-2006. Harefield: Yore Publications. p. 34. ISBN 978-0955294914.
- Fulham FC : David Carlton - Fulham FC Player Profile
- "Where Are They Now? Northampton Town 1975-76 Division Four Runners Up". The League Paper. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
- White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. p. 394. ISBN 0951526200.
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