Jimmy Carter (footballer)
Jimmy Carter at Millwall in 2015
|Full name||James William Charles Carter|
|Date of birth||9 November 1965|
|Place of birth||Hammersmith, London, England|
|1985–1987||Queens Park Rangers||0||(0)|
|1994||→ Oxford United (loan)||5||(0)|
|1994–1995||→ Oxford United (loan)||4||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
James William Charles Carter (born 9 November 1965) is an English former footballer. Playing as a winger, Carter featured for Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers, Millwall, Liverpool, Arsenal, Oxford United and Portsmouth throughout his career. Following his retirement from football, Carter has been heavily involved in the world of property investment. Since 2015 Carter has been a member of the commercial sales team at Millwall FC.
Millwall bought Carter in 1987 for £15,000 from Queens Park Rangers, where he made his Football League debut in a 0-0 draw with Oldham at The Den. He quickly established himself in the Millwall first team and was an integral part of the team which gained Millwall promotion to the top flight in 1987–88, the first time ever in Millwall's 100-year history.
Carter was part of a side that included players such as Teddy Sheringham, Tony Cascarino and Terry Hurlock. Millwall made a strong start to the 1988–89 season where they remained in the top four for much of the season before a poor finish saw them slip to tenth, their lowest position all season.
Carter's reputation was growing and in January 1991, Kenny Dalglish signed him for Liverpool for a fee of £800,000. Dalglish resigned shortly after and within a year Carter found himself returning to London where he signed for Arsenal, a club he supported as a young boy. Arsenal paid £500,000 for Carter in October 1991.
He spent three-and-a-half years at Highbury; during his time there, Arsenal won the FA Cup and the League Cup in 1993 and in 1994 went on to win the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, but Carter played no part in those finals, nor in the less important European Super Cup or FA Charity Shield matches. By contrast, he played the entirety of the club's surprise cup defeat to Wrexham in 1992. In the following season Carter was loaned out to Oxford United. In all the winger made 29 appearances for the Gunners, scoring two goals.
In the summer of 1995, with Graham having left the club for disciplinary reasons in February and new manager Bruce Rioch rebuilding the team, Carter signed for Portsmouth, where he spent three years. In 1998, Carter re-signed for Millwall, but did not have the same impact as his first spell there. He was forced to retire from football at the end of the 1998–99 season as a result of a serious back injury. Carter made 149 appearances for Millwall, scoring 13 goals in all for the Lions.
Carter has appeared for Arsenal in the Masters Cup Football competition for veteran players shown live on Sky Sports. He also plays for the Arsenal Charity Team, a team of ex Arsenal players and celebrities.
Carter is of mixed ancestry, with his father originating from Lucknow in India. He was the first British Asian to play in the Premier League, although this was not known at the time as Carter did not publicly disclose his background and his name did not make it obvious. 
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