Date: 6th August 2015 at 3:14pm
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Name: Roy Carroll
Signed: July 2001 from Wigan (£2.5 million)

16/10/2004 FA Premiership. Birmingham City v Manchester United. United goalkeeper Roy Carroll Photo: Roy Beardsworth / Offside

Then: United needed a new back-up keeper in the summer of 2001 and Carroll fitted the bill. The experienced Northern Ireland international had starred in an aspiring Division One Wigan side for several years and looked set for bigger and better things. In his first couple of seasons for the club, he had to make do with the odd hand full of games. However, in the 2004/2005 season, Carroll managed to wrestle his way towards the number one jersey. He gained his greatest infamy for the “goal that never was” against Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs Midfielder Pedro Mendes launched a last minute speculate lob for the centre circle. Despite not quite pulling off the lob, Mendes was left stunned as Carroll appeared to drop the ball into his own net. Unfortunately for the Portuguese star, a lack of goal-line technology meant that Carroll’s blushes were spared.

Now: Carroll is 37-years-old and playing for Notts County in League Two. He also still features for the Northern Irish national team and has a great chance of appearing at Euro 2016 after a a fantastic start to qualifying. His Manchester United career ended shortly after the infamous incident against Tottenham. Spells with West Ham, Rangers, Derby County and Olympiacos followed for the experienced and occasionally clumsy goalkeeper.


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