Tom Carson

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Tom Carson
Personal information
Date of birth (1958-03-26) 26 March 1958 (age 58)
Place of birth Alexandria, Scotland
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Vale of Leven -
1979–1984 Dumbarton[1] 149 (0)
1984–1991 Dundee 77 (0)
1986–1987 Hibernian (loan) 2 (0)
1987–1988 Partick Thistle (loan) 6 (0)
1987–1988 Queen of the South (loan) 7 (0)
1987–1988 Dunfermline (loan) 4 (0)
1987–1988 Ipswich Town (loan) 1 (0)
1987–1988 Dunfermline (loan) 1 (0)
1991–1992 Dumbarton (loan) 6 (0)
1992–1994 Raith Rovers 35 (0)
Vale of Leven
2002–2003 Dumbarton 0 (0)
Teams managed
2000–2002 Dumbarton
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Tom Carson (born 26 March 1959 in Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire) is a Scottish football player and coach.[2] Carson played as a goalkeeper for several clubs, including Dundee, Raith Rovers and Dumbarton. He later managed Dumbarton between 2000 and 2002.


Tom (or Tam, as he is sometimes known) was brought up in Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, an area rich in footballing history. One of Tom's 3 brothers, Joe Carson, also played football professionally for Arbroath, Motherwell & Partick Thistle among others.

During his time at Dundee, Carson was sent out on loan 7 times, usually as cover for injuries. His spell at Queen of the South was in the era of the likes of George Cloy.

Carson took his first (and only to date) managerial position in October 2000, taking charge of Dumbarton. He led the team to promotion to the Scottish Second Division in the 2001/02 season, but left soon after. This was rumoured to be after a disagreement between Tom and the board about the amount of money needed to retain the club's new second division status.[3] He was succeeded by David Winnie.

In April 2002, Tom officially registered himself as a squad player to cover injuries but did not make any appearances.[4]

Tom has not returned to football since the end of the 2001/2 season but has often been rumoured as returning to the job whenever the position becomes available. He was also rumoured to be among the running for the vacant Elgin City job in 2003.[5]

Managerial history[edit]

includes all league, cup & friendly games

Club Nat. Div. From To Record
P W D L Win%
Dumbarton Scotland Third October 2000 June 2002 72 34 13 25 47.2


  1. ^ McAllister, Jim (2002). The Sons of the Rock - The Official History of Dumbarton Football Club. Dumbarton: J&J Robertson Printers. 
  2. ^ "Tom Carson". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  3. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | Teams | Dumbarton | No bids for Dumbarton
  4. ^ The Scotsman
  5. ^ Cooper has Elgin over a barrel - Scotland on Sunday

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