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Andy Carroll
Carroll playing for West Ham United in 2012
Personal information
Full nameAndrew Thomas Carroll[1]
Date of birth(1989-01-06) 6 January 1989 (age 25)[1]
Place of birthGateshead, England
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[2]
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current team
West Ham United
Youth career
2005–2006Newcastle United
Senior career*
2006–2011Newcastle United80(31)
2007–2008Preston North End (loan)11(1)
2012–2013West Ham United (loan)24(7)
2013–West Ham United15(2)
National team
2007–2008England U198(4)
2009–2010England U215(2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 October 2012
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Andy Carroll
Carroll playing for West Ham United in 2012
Personal information
Full nameAndrew Thomas Carroll[1]
Date of birth(1989-01-06) 6 January 1989 (age 25)[1]
Place of birthGateshead, England
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[2]
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current team
West Ham United
Youth career
2005–2006Newcastle United
Senior career*
2006–2011Newcastle United80(31)
2007–2008Preston North End (loan)11(1)
2012–2013West Ham United (loan)24(7)
2013–West Ham United15(2)
National team
2007–2008England U198(4)
2009–2010England U215(2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 October 2012

Andrew Thomas "Andy" Carroll (born 6 January 1989) is an English footballer who plays for West Ham United and the England national team as a striker.

Carroll started his professional career with Newcastle United in 2006, before spending a brief period on loan with Preston North End, during which time he scored his first league goal. He established himself as a regular in the Newcastle first team by 2008, and following Newcastle's relegation from the Premier League to the Championship in 2009, scored 17 goals in 39 appearances to help Newcastle finish first in the league, earning immediate promotion back to the Premier League in the process. He continued to play for Newcastle in the Premier League, scoring 11 goals in 19 appearances.

Carroll signed for Liverpool on the last day of the transfer window on 31 January 2011 for a fee of £35 million, at the time the highest amount ever paid by one club to another for a British footballer.[3] Carroll was bought to replace Fernando Torres, who moved from Liverpool to Chelsea on the same day for a fee of £50 million. An injury sustained in December delayed his Liverpool debut until March 2011, and he scored his first two goals for his new club in April 2011 in a 3–0 victory over Manchester City. In August 2012, Liverpool agreed a £2 million loan deal that would see Carroll spend a season-long loan at West Ham.[4] This move was made permanent in June 2013 for a fee of £15 million.[5]

Club career[edit]

Newcastle United[edit]

Carroll, an occasional scorer in Newcastle United's reserve team, made his first-team debut on 2 November 2006 at the age of 17 years and 300 days in a 1–0 UEFA Cup win over Palermo, coming on as a late substitute for Nolberto Solano. In doing so, he became the youngest ever player to represent Newcastle in Europe.[6]

He made his FA Cup debut on 17 January 2007, appearing as substitute for the last ten minutes in the 5–1 home defeat by Birmingham City.[7] On 25 February 2007, Carroll made his Premier League debut for Newcastle, coming on as a substitute in the 87th minute in the 1–0 defeat by Wigan Athletic, almost scoring in the process; only a good save from Wigan goalkeeper John Filan prevented him from scoring his first Newcastle goal.[8]

In 2007, he was the recipient of the "Wor Jackie Milburn Trophy", which is awarded every year to the rising star of North-East football, chosen from among Newcastle players.[9]

On 29 July 2007, Carroll scored his first senior goal with a left foot shot in a 2–0 win over Juventus in a friendly match. After the game, Carroll received praise from Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who tipped Carroll to have a big future.[10]

On 14 August 2007, Carroll began a six-month loan with Preston North End,[11] and made his debut for them in the League Cup against Morecambe on the same day.[12] Carroll was sent off playing for Preston against Scunthorpe United on 18 September.[13] He scored his first Championship goal, and his first English league goal, against Leicester City on 6 November.[14]

Carroll playing for Newcastle United in 2010

Carroll made his first appearance for Newcastle in the 2008–09 season on 20 October, coming on as a substitute for Shola Ameobi at home to Manchester City.[15] Carroll scored his first competitive goal for Newcastle on his first ever home start with a header against West Ham United in a 2–2 draw on 10 January 2009.[16] He signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract on 12 March 2009, in theory keeping him at Newcastle until 2012.[17]

Following Newcastle's relegation, and the departures of first team strikers, Michael Owen, Mark Viduka and Obafemi Martins,[18] Carroll was paired with Shola Ameobi in attack for Newcastle at the start of the new season.[19] His first league goal in the Championship came on 16 September 2009 against Blackpool with a header.[20] By 2010 Carroll was playing almost every game, in a new strike partnership with Peter Løvenkrands. This partnership accounted for more than half of the club's goals in 2010.[21] Carroll finished the season as Newcastle's top scorer, with 19 goals in all competitions, 17 in the league.[21]

Carroll was given squad number 9 for the 2010–11 season, a number with great significance for Newcastle United supporters, as it has been worn in the past for Newcastle by the likes of Jackie Milburn, Malcolm Macdonald and Alan Shearer.[22] Carroll scored his first career hat-trick against Aston Villa in the their 6–0 win in the Premier League on 22 August 2010.[23][24] Carroll captained Newcastle for the first time on 3 October 2010 when he came on as a substitute for Kevin Nolan against Manchester City.[25] In October 2010, Carroll signed a new five-year contract, on paper keeping him at the club until 2015.[26] Carroll scored Newcastle's third in a 3–1 victory over Liverpool at St. James' Park on 11 December 2010, with a low 25-yard drive.[27]


Carroll warming up for Liverpool before facing Fulham in 2011

On 31 January 2011, Liverpool put in a bid of £30 million for Carroll, which was rejected.[28] Newcastle then accepted a bid of £35 million and, following the agreement of personal terms and a medical, the transfer was completed shortly before the 11.00pm deadline.[29] Carroll insisted he was forced out of Newcastle, but United claimed he had handed in a transfer request after they turned down Liverpool's £30 million bid.[30] Liverpool confirmed that Carroll would wear the number 9 jersey previously worn by Fernando Torres, who left Anfield for Chelsea on the same evening for £50 million.[31] The transfer made Carroll the eighth overall most expensive footballer at the time, and also the most expensive British footballer of all time. He also became the second most expensive footballer playing for a British club, after Torres.[32] However, due to an injury that was sustained while with Newcastle United, it was announced that Carroll would have to wait some time before his Liverpool debut.

Carroll playing for Liverpool in 2011

He finally made his Liverpool debut as a substitute in the 3–1 win against Manchester United on 6 March 2011.[33] On 10 March, he appeared in his first European game for Liverpool in a 1–0 loss at Braga in the Europa League, appearing as a substitute after half-time.[34] In the return leg a week later, he made his first Liverpool start, although the game finished 0–0, leading to Liverpool going out of the competition losing 1–0 on aggregate.[35] On 20 March, he made his first Premier League start for Liverpool at the Stadium of Light in a 2–0 victory against Sunderland.[36] On 11 April, Carroll scored his first goals for Liverpool in a 3–0 victory against Manchester City at Anfield, scoring his first with a long-range strike and his second with a header.[37][38] He played several more times that season, but did not score any more goals.

On 24 August 2011, he scored his first goal of the new season with a 20-yard drive against Exeter City to make the score 3–0 in the second round of the League Cup.[39] On 1 October 2011, he scored his first league goal of the 2011–12 season during a 2–0 victory over Everton at Goodison Park.[40] His third goal of the season came in a 2–0 win away at West Brom.[41] He scored his first goal of 2012 in a 5–1 third-round FA Cup victory against Oldham Athletic.[42] He would go on to create the Dirk Kuyt goal that would secure victory in the 88th minute over Manchester United in the fourth round of the FA Cup on 28 January, before marking the first anniversary of his signing with Liverpool with his fifth goal of the season in a 3–0 victory away at Wolves on 31 January.[43] He later scored, and set up team-mate Luis Suárez, during Liverpool's 6–1 thrashing of Brighton & Hove Albion in the fifth-round of the FA Cup.[44] On 26 February, he won his first trophy with Liverpool as they won the League Cup, beating Cardiff in the Final.[45] On 10 April, he headed an injury-time winner against Blackburn to end Liverpool's run of four games without a win.[46] Four days later, he headed in another late winner, this time in a 2–1 victory against Everton in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, to take Liverpool through to the Final on his 50th appearance for Liverpool.[47] Carroll described his match-winning goal as "the best feeling ever", with team-mate Jamie Carragher saying the goal was "worth £35 million in itself" and that Carroll would "be remembered forever".[47] He also scored in the final, which Liverpool lost 2–1 to Chelsea.[48]

West Ham United[edit]

On 30 August 2012, Carroll signed with West Ham on a season-long loan.[4] Liverpool initially wanted a £17 million option for a permanent transfer written into the loan deal, but dropped the demand to facilitate the deal, and West Ham ultimately paid a £2 million loan arrangement fee and also all of Carroll's £80,000-a-week Liverpool wages.[49]

Carroll made his debut on 1 September setting-up two goals in a 3–0 home win against Fulham.[50] He scored his first goal on 25 November 2012 in a 3–1 away defeat against Tottenham Hotspur.[51] After making his first start since November due to injury, Carroll scored the only goal in a home win against Swansea City on 2 February 2013.[52] Carroll ended the loan spell with 7 goals in 24 appearances.[53]

On 21 May 2013, West Ham and Liverpool agreed a fee of around £15 million to make the loan move permanent, pending Carroll agreeing to the move, and then to personal terms.[49] Carroll signed a six-year contract with West Ham on 19 June 2013 for a club record transfer fee of £15m.[5]

Carroll started the 2013–14 season injured with a heel problem picked up in the final game of the previous season. He made his first appearance of the season on 12 January 2014, as a substitute in the 72nd minute of a 2–0 victory over Cardiff City, assisting Mark Noble for West Ham's second goal.[54]

On 1 February 2014, Carroll was sent off for violent conduct against Swansea City defender Chico Flores in West Ham's 2–0 win over the Welsh club.[55] On 15 March, he scored his first Premier League goal of the season in a 3–1 defeat at Stoke City.[56] On 31 March, he was named man of the match by Sky Sports for his performance in a 2–1 win against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in which he scored one and assisted the other of the Hammers' goals.[57] During a pre-2014-15 season tour of New Zealand, Carroll sustained damage to his ankle which was later diagnosed as an ankle ligament injury which was estimated to keep him out of action for four months.[58]

International career[edit]

England youth teams[edit]

On 11 September 2007, Carroll made his England under-19 debut against Belarus, scoring in the 4–0 victory.[59] On 12 March 2009, Carroll, fresh from signing a new contract at Newcastle, was called up to the England U-20s for a match against Italy U-20s, but was withdrawn from the squad and replaced by Hal Robson-Kanu of Swindon Town.[60]

Carroll received his first call up to the England U-21s on 5 August 2009.[61] He made his debut on 11 August 2009 against Holland, coming on as a second half substitute.[62] On his second cap with the under-21 team, on 9 October 2009 against Macedonia U-21s, he scored two goals and assisted another as England romped to a 6–3 win.[63]

England senior team[edit]

Carroll's performances for Newcastle United earned him a call up to the England squad for the friendly against France on 17 November 2010. Carroll passed a late fitness test to start the match.[64] Carroll scored his first senior goal, a low left foot drive into the bottom corner, for England on 29 March 2011 in a friendly against Ghana which ended 1–1.[65] On 15 May 2012, Carroll was included in the squad for the 2012 European Championship.[66] He opened the scoring for England with a powerful header in their second group game against Sweden, which England went on to win 3–2.[67]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list England's goal tally first.
1.29 March 2011Wembley Stadium, London2 Ghana
2.15 June 2012Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, Kiev5 Sweden
UEFA Euro 2012

Style of play[edit]

Carroll has been compared to Newcastle's record goalscorer Alan Shearer, Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba and former Italy forward Christian Vieri.[68][69][70][71] He has also been referred to as a classic centre forward, owing to his strength, powerful shot, and excellent heading ability.[72] Former Newcastle manager and Liverpool player Kevin Keegan stated "he is probably in the top three headers of a ball I have ever seen in football".[73] After Newcastle's 2–0 victory at home to Blackpool in September 2010, in which Carroll scored the second goal and was instrumental in creating the first, Blackpool manager Ian Holloway described Carroll as "the best striker in the Premier League".[74]

Personal life[edit]

Born in Gateshead, Carroll attended Brighton Avenue Primary School and Joseph Swan School.[75]


Carroll has been involved in many off-the-pitch incidents in his career. On 14 September 2008, he was arrested by police in Newcastle, and later accepted a police caution.[76] On 7 December 2009, he was arrested in the aftermath of a nightclub fight, again in Newcastle, accused of smashing glass in a man's face.[77] He was charged with assault and in October 2010 he pleaded guilty to common assault and was fined £1,000. He was also ordered to pay £2,500 compensation.[78]

Whilst on international duty with England U-19s, Carroll and teammates Scott Sinclair and Ryan Bertrand were sent home from the squad after breaking a curfew on 14 October 2007 during preparation for a match against Romania U-19s.[79]

In March 2010, Carroll was allegedly involved in an altercation with teammate Steven Taylor during training that left Taylor with a broken jaw.[80] Carroll reportedly suffered a broken hand in the incident, and shortly afterwards he was photographed at a pop concert with bandages to both hands.[81] Newcastle manager Chris Hughton, club representatives and both players declined to comment any further on the incident and no charges were pressed.[82]

On 18 October 2010, Carroll was charged with assault in an incident with his ex-girlfriend. Claiming self-defence, and having given a local hotel as his address, Carroll was granted bail on the condition that he resided with then Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan until the case resumed in January. The charges were later dropped due to lack of evidence.[83] Two days following his bail, Carroll's car was set on fire whilst parked on Nolan's driveway, with the club captain's garage door also being daubed with obscenities.[84] Following England's 1–1 draw with Ghana on 29 March 2011, England manager Fabio Capello told Carroll to curtail his drinking habits. Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish responded by saying "Well he's never bought me a drink. I've been with him at Boyzone concerts and he's still never bought me a drink!"[85]

In an interview in April 2012, Carroll admitted that he had gained a reputation for drinking and socialising during his time at Newcastle, but that since joining Liverpool in January 2011 he had "settled down" and changed his lifestyle.[86]

Career statistics[edit]


As of 11 May 2014[87][88][89]
Club statistics
ClubSeasonLeagueFA CupLeague CupOtherTotal
Newcastle United2006–07Premier League4010002[a]070
2007–08Premier League40200060
2008–09Premier League1432000163
2010–11Premier League191100102011
Preston North End (loan)2007–08Championship1110010121
Liverpool2010–11Premier League7200002[b]092
2011–12Premier League3546461479
2012–13Premier League2000000020
West Ham United (loan)2012–13Premier League2470000247
West Ham United2013–14Premier League1520010162
Career Total17447146914020154
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Cup
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League


As of match played 12 October 2012.[90]
International statistics
National teamYearAppsGoals


Newcastle United




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