Jimmy Carter (footballer)
Carter playing for Millwall in 1989
|Full name||James William Charles Carter|
|Date of birth||9 November 1965|
|Place of birth||Hammersmith, London, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|1985-1987||Queens Park Rangers||0||(0)|
|1993||→ Oxford United (loan)||5||(0)|
|1994||→ Oxford United (loan)||4||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Jimmy Carter (born 9 November 1965 in Hammersmith, London) is an English former footballer. During his career, he played for Millwall, Liverpool, Arsenal, Oxford United, Portsmouth and then Millwall for a second spell.
Millwall bought Jimmy 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.
Jimmy’s reputation was growing and in 1991, Kenny Dalglish signed him for Liverpool for a fee of £800,000. Unfortunately Dalglish resigned shortly after and within a year Jimmy found himself returning to London where he signed for Arsenal, a club he supported as a young boy. Arsenal paid £500,000 for Carter.
He spent 3 and a half years at Highbury and 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. However he was very much a bit-part player making only 25 League appearances for the Gunners, and did not feature in any of the major finals Arsenal contested that time.
In the summer of 1995, with Graham having left the club for disciplinary reasons in the February and new manager Bruce Rioch rebuilding the team, Carter then signed for Portsmouth, where he spent three years. In 1998, Jimmy 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 has recently 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.