Jake Carroll

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Jake Carroll
Jake Carroll 15-08-2015 1.jpg
Carroll playing for Hartlepool United in 2015
Personal information
Full name Jake Carroll
Date of birth (1991-08-11) 11 August 1991 (age 25)
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Cambridge United
Number 19
Youth career
1998–2008 Home Farm
2008–2009 Belvedere
2009–2010 St Patrick's Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 St Patrick's Athletic 33 (1)
2013–2015 Huddersfield Town 6 (0)
2014 Bury (loan) 6 (1)
2014–2015 Partick Thistle (loan) 10 (0)
2015–2017 Hartlepool United 62 (1)
2017– Cambridge United 10 (0)
National team
2010 Republic of Ireland U18 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:00, 4 March 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13:26, 4 May 2014 (UTC)

Jake Carroll (born 11 August 1991) is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a left back or centre midfielder for League Two club Cambridge United. He previously played for League of Ireland side St Patrick's Athletic.

Club career[edit]

Junior Football

Born in London, England, Carroll was raised down the shops and started playing football with junior club, Home Farm in 1998 and he later moved to Belvedere, where he won the FAI Under-17 Cup at Tolka Park [1][2] While at Belvedere he played in a side that included fellow future League of Ireland players Neil Harney, Stephen Traynor, David Lodola, Craig Sexton, Paul Corry, Gary Burke, David O'Connor, Tom O'Halloran, Garvan Broughnall, Sean Skelly and future Pats' teammate Chris Forrester.

St Patrick's Athletic[edit]

NUI Maynooth Partnership and Under 20's

Carroll became the first player of the partnership between NUI Maynooth and St Patrick's Athletic was signed up to the St Pat's under 20's team by then first-team manager Pete Mahon in 2010.[3]

First Team

2011 Season

Carroll was then signed up for the first team for the 2011 season, given the number 19 shirt.[4] Carroll's first game for the senior team was a 3–0 win in a friendly away to Drogheda United at Hunky Dorys Park on 13 February 2011 and his first competitive game for the first team was at home to Dublin rivals Shamrock Rovers in the League Cup, a game in which the Saints won 3–1 on penalties after the scores were level at 1–1 after 120 minutes. His first league game came in a 5–2 win over Galway United in which Carroll provided a wonderful assist for Daryl Kavanagh to score.[5] Carroll's first goal for St Pat's came in an FAI Cup third-round tie with Crumlin United when he curled in a superb free-kick to make it 3–0, he capped a great niht for him by winning the Man of the Match award.[6] After his performances, he was highly praised throughout the national media, in newspapers, on television and on the internet.[7] Carroll had his first taste of Europa League action when he came on for the final 18 minutes of the third qualifying round tie away to FC Karpaty Lviv of Ukraine.[8] Carroll was part of the Pats' side that won the 2010-11 Leinster Senior Cup against Dublin rivals Bohemians, ending the club's trophy drought that went back to 2003. The left back won the Man of the Match award after a great display in a 2–0 win at Dalymount Park.[9] He only managed 7 appearances in the league and 14 in all competitions in 2011 due to the excellent form of first choice left-back Ian Bermingham.

2012 Season

Carroll was given the 3 shirt by newly appointed manager Liam Buckley when he signed a new two-year contract to keep him at the club until the end of the 2013 season, on 18 December 2011.[10] Carroll started in all of the Saints pre-season games and featured at a new attacking position of left wing as well as his familiar left back role. He provided the assist for Chris Forrester's wonder goal against Phoenix in a 4–0 win in the Leinster Senior Cup at Richmond Park.[11] He played in yet another new role for the team when he played as a center midfielder against U.C.D in the EA Sports Cup having previously played there for his NUI Maynooth college team.[12] Carroll impressed in his sides Leinster Senior Cup Quarter Final defeat away to Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium.[13] This earned him his first league appearance of the season at home to Cork City and played well, putting in some very good crosses and nearly scoring.[14] It was a sense of Dé-ja-vu for Carroll when Pats once again played Crumlin United in the FAI Cup Second Round. Just like the previous season, the Saints won 3–0 with Carroll scoring and getting the FAI Ford Man of the Match award, this time for his excellent play at centre midfield and his cool finish after 12 minutes.[15] Carroll's first start in a Dublin derby in the league came within the three derby he played in in the space of seven days, when he started at centre-midfield vs Bohemians in a 2–1 win.[16] The other two games included the 120 minutes of the EA Sports Cup Quarter-final vs. Shamrock Rovers where he started at his familiar left back role,[17] and the third was when he came on at half time for Christy Forrester at half time in the 1–0 win over Northside rivals Shelbourne.[18] Carroll played three times in the Saints 2012 Europa League, the first was away to Íþróttabandalag Vestmannaeyja at the Hásteinsvöllur in Iceland when he played a big part in getting Pats through after extra-time, holding the ball up and protecting the back four. The other two were against German giants Hannover 96, one at the Tallaght Stadium and the other in front of 25,000 at the AWD-Arena. Carroll scored his first ever League of Ireland goal when he scored the winner in a 2–1 Dublin derby win over Shamrock Rovers on 25 September 2012.[19] Carroll started the 2012 FAI Cup Final against Derry City on 4 November at the Aviva Stadium but was substituted off early in the game due to injury as the Saints agonisingly lost 3–2 in extra-time.

2013 Season

Carroll's performances in the holding midfielder role impressed supporters and manager Liam Buckley, making him one of the favourites along with Shane McFaul and Greg Bolger to fill the void left by James Chambers who departed to fierce rivals Shamrock Rovers during the transfer window. Carroll made his 50th appearance for St Patrick's Athletic playing at centre back in a 1–0 win away to Limerick at Thomond Park on 30 March 2013. He performed well at centre back and kept club captain Conor Kenna out of the team, starting there in the 1–0 wins away to Bray Wanderers and UCD. On 26 April, it was announced that Carroll had signed a contract to join Huddersfield Town from July 2013 for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the reign of €150,000.[20] His next appearance came nearly a month after his move was secured, on 20 May 2013 when he played 120 minutes in a 3–2 win after extra-time away to Salthill Devon in the League Cup.[21] Carroll's final two appearances for St Patrick's Athletic came on 1 and 4 June 2013 when he came on from the bench in a 4–0 home win over UCD in the FAI Cup[22] and 120 minutes in a 2–0 win after extra-time over Longford Town in the Leinster Senior Cup Quarter Final, also at Richmond Park.[23] Carroll left Pats with 58 appearances in all competitions over 3 seasons, scoring 3 goals. At the end of the 2013 season, St Patrick's Athletic awarded Carroll a League of Ireland medal for his contribution in the first half of the season towards winning the 2013 League of Ireland, the club's ninth league triumph.

Huddersfield Town[edit]

2013–14 Season

On 26 April 2013, it was announced that Carroll had signed for the English Championship side Huddersfield Town for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of €150,000, completing the move in July.[24] Carroll was given the number 25 shirt for the season.[25] Carroll revealed that Manager Mark Robins persuaded Carroll to join the club and expect him to make a breakthrough in the first team.[2]

He made his début in the 2–1 League Cup victory over Bradford City on 6 August, then made his first league start four days later in the 1–1 draw with Queens Park Rangers. Then on 24 August, Carroll won the penalty after being brought down and then it was successfully converted.[26]

Loan Spells[edit]

Bury (loan) On 19 February 2014, Carroll joined League Two side Bury on a one-month loan.[27] He scored his first goal in England in the 4–1 win over Mansfield Town a week later,[28] before returning a month later.

Partick Thistle (loan) On 29 August 2014, Carroll joined Scottish Premiership side Partick Thistle on loan until January 2015.[29] The next day, on 30 August 2014, Carroll made his début for the club, in a 2–0 loss against Aberdeen.[30]

International career[edit]

Carroll was called up the Republic of Ireland Under 18 Schools team after he impressed coaches with his performances for his school team Confey College from Leixlip. Carroll made his debut against Australia in a friendly when he came on from the bench in the 69th minute.[31] He then started in the Carnegie Centenary Shield against Northern Ireland in a 1–0 loss.[32]




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  30. ^ "Aberdeen 2–0 Partick Thistle". BBC Sport. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
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  32. ^ http://www.fai.ie/international/schools/u18-boys-schools.html?start=15

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