Northern Irish footballer and sports speaker Roy Carroll has garnered fans across the UK and Europe, playing for various British teams, including Notts County, Hull City and Derby County. Carroll is known by most for his stint as goalkeeper and football speaker for Manchester United and West Ham United.
Beginning his career at Ballinamallard United in his home country Roy Carroll made his first senior appearance for Hull City in 1995, though his time with Hull was largely uninspiring his performance was enough to gain the attention of Wigan Athletic who purchased him for a record £350,000 in 1997. Speaking at football speaker events Carroll has cited the importance of this move; able to showcase his talents Carroll did not disappoint his new team. Making 170 appearances for Wigan Roy Carroll was voted best goalkeeper in the Second Division by his fellow professionals in 2000 and played a vital role in Wigan’s unbeaten run of 26 league games in the same season.
After several years of speculation Roy Carroll finally made the move to the Premier League in 2001 when he joined the defending league champions, Manchester United, where he would remain for a further four years. Offering more impressive performances Carroll quickly became a favourite amongst United fans and remains a popular choice of sports speaker at many Manchester based after dinner speaker events. Despite stiff competition from other notable goalkeepers on the United roster Carroll was awarded a Premier League winners’ medal in the 2002–03 season and a an FA Cup winners‘ medal the following year.
Arguably the most notorious moment of Carroll’s career occurred during his time at Manchester United when, in a game against Tottenham Hotspur the referee and linesmen were unable to verify whether a shot taken by Spurs Pedro Mendes at the half way line passed into Carroll’s goal. To this day fans still argue and speculate about the “goal that never was” and its outcome on the final score.
Carroll departed Manchester for West Ham United in 2005 where he quickly gained favour with the fans, however it was during his stint at West Ham that Carroll entered a rehab facility to undergo treatment for alcohol abuse, depression and stress.
Carroll returned to work as both goalie and football speaker when he joined Derby County in 2008, after much back and forth between the Premier League side and Carroll’s current club, Rangers – for whom he had only made one appearance – Roy Carroll was made the club’s first choice goalkeeper for the 2008/09 season. With just a year at Derby under his belt Carroll moved to Danish Superliga side Odense BK where he enjoyed much more success than he had experienced in several years. Named Goalkeeper of the Year after just fourteen appearances with the club Carroll proved himself recovered and back on form.
Alongside his domestic career Roy Carroll has also enjoyed a notable career with his home nation, making fifty appearances with the team since 1997 Carroll is frequently called upon to act as a football speaker for the Northern Irish national team. A popular after dinner speaker up and down the UK much of Roy’s work as an after dinner speaker discusses the success of the Northern Irish team and the important role of a goalkeeper on the development and maintenance of a successful football squad.
Beyond his work as a football speaker Roy Carroll is also known for his humanitarian and charitable work, awarded a Red Cross Humanitarian Award after the close relationship he developed with ten year old footy fan Adam Kirkpatrick who was battling Leukaemia and took great inspiration and strength from Carroll’s visits.
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