stephen carr - fact file
1993 - 2004 defender
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Born on 29th August 1976 in Dublin, Republic of Ireland.
Height : . m (5ft 9in)
An attacking full-back, Stephen Carr became a popular figure with the Spurs fans, turning in consistent performances, but his departure for Newcastle United was tinged with sourness.
Having started his career in the Arsenal youth system, Carr joined Spurs and came through the youth system here. He was a member of the Youth team that reached the FA Youth Cup final in 1994-95, where they met Manchester United and drew 2-2 on aggregate over two legs, before losing a penalty shoot-out, with he was one of the players who failed to score.
Stephen made debut at Turf Moor for a League Cup tie against Burnley on 22nd September 1993, but the Irish defender really came to the fore in season 1997-98, despite the team struggling. He did have some ragged games, but settled down to become one of the most reliable players. Ever-present in 97-98, he also improved his attacking play and came close to getting his first goal on a couple of occasions. He has improved his distribution and his crossing which can be a potent weapon. Hoddle appears to be grooming him for free-kick duties after he has shown some ability with the dead ball.
Some have suggested that he lacked pace, but as he became more experienced, he coped with faster opponents using the positioning of his body. In 1998-99, he was one of the most consistent players and really developed into a quality defender. He should have been a fixture in the side for some years to come and could have saved Tottenham a small fortune in the process. Comments made in the summer of 2001 following Sol Campbell's departure, cast doubt on his long term future at Spurs.
Another stunning season from Mr. Consistency in 1999-2000 was capped by his goal against Manchester United, which will live long in the memory and he combines the attacking wing-back play with solid defending. He is establishing himself in the Republic of Ireland side and will be a valuable team player for them.
Having made a cracking start to 2000-2001, including scoring in the first match, Stephen signed an extension to his contract until 2004. He picked up a hamstring injury around Christmas which ruled him out until February, during which time Spurs desperately missed his marauding runs on the right wing. When he returned, he showed exactly what Spurs had been missing and strengthened the right side noticeably. With the ability Carr had, he would be an asset to any team, but you always felt that Tottenham had to prove to him that they are the team who can realise his ambitions to retain his services.
Missing the whole of the 2001-02 season and the 2002 World Cup finals with a cruciate ligament injury in his knee, he returned fit again at the start of 2002-03, only to tear a hamstring after 44 minutes of the first match at Everton. He came back into the side and looked unhappy, as he established himself in the side again, although he was unable to show his true form in the team's poor end to the season, but impressed his fellow professionals enough to be named in the PFA's Premiership team of the season 2002-03.
At the start of 2003-04, Stephen played more like his old self, linking well with Rohan Ricketts in front of him and on the dismissal of Glenn Hoddle as manager, he was handed the captain's armband by caretaker manager David Pleat. Seemingly unwilling to sign a new contract, the new management at White Hart Lane reluctantly allowed him to join Newcastle United for £2 million in August 2004. A troubled time with changes of management and injury showed that his move to what he claimed was "a bigger club" than Tottenham did not paid dividends for the Irishman.
Stephen was released by the Magpies in June 2008 and failed to find another club, despite being linked to a move to Queens Park Rangers, finally announcing his retirement from the game on 1st December 2008 at the age of 32.
A surprise return to playing came with the opportunity to play for Birmingham City in February 2009, as they sought to consolidate their Premier League position and the Irish defender went on to captain the side, lifting the League Cup in 2011 after beating Arsenal in the final, but at the end of that season, the Blues were relegated to the Championship on the last day of the season at White Hart Lane.
On 3rd May 2013, Stephen Carr announced that he was retiring from football aged 36, after struggling to come back from a knee injury. He was going to move to Spain to pursue a business interest there.
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|What they said about Stephen Carr|
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... what he does during time off injured ... 17.03.2001 (THFC programme)
"It may seem odd, but I don't actually watch too much football on television - although that may change in the coming weeks. I particularly enjoy Spanish football because it's open and attacking and that makes it a spectacle. Whenever the top teams are involved, the levels of style, skill and technique are consistently high."
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|Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||UEFA Cup|
|1996-97||24 (2 as sub)||1||3||-|
|1997-98||37 (1 as sub)||3||2||-|
|1998-99||37||7||8 (1 goal)||-|
|1999-2000||34 (3 goals)||0||1||4|
|2000-01||27 (1 as sub) (3 goals)||1 (1 as sub)||3||-|
|2003-04||32 (1 goal)||3||4||-|
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