Former Manchester United keeper Roy Carroll signs for Dungannon Swifts

Sat, Jan 30 2021
Roy Carroll

Roy Carroll Credit: Matt Kirkham (ETPhotos)

Dungannon Swifts have announced the signing of former Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll.

The Fermanagh native joins having most recently played for Linfield in the Danske Bank Premiership.

“I’m coming back to play in the Irish League and no matter what team you sign for, it’s just great to get back out and play football” Carroll told Dungannon’s media team.

“A real pull for me to Dungannon is that the Club has two young keepers and I feel it would be good for me to come in and help them as much as I can. I know Connor (Byrne) very well as I’ve been working up at Dungannon Youth, in the NIFL Academy, with him. Hopefully I can help develop him and Sam (Johnston) for the future of the Club” he added.

The 43-year-old is remembered for his 138 appearances with Wigan Athletic, before making 46 appearances across a four year spell with Manchester United, winning the Premier League and FA Cup with the Red Devils.

During his time at Old Trafford, Carroll had arguably his most famous moment for the “goal that never was” against Tottenham Hotspur in 2005. Pedro Mendes’ speculative shot from halfway was fumbled well over the line by Carroll, who’s blushes were spared by the unbeknownst officials.

The journeyman goalkeeper came through the Youth Development System at Ballinamallard United before signing for Hull City as a trainee in 1995.

The former West Ham and Derby stopper also earned 45 caps for Northern Ireland since debuting against Thailand in 1997. He was also part of Michael O’Neill’s EURO 2016 squad.

In a career spanning 26 years, including spells with Olympiakos, Odense BK, and OFI Crete, Carroll has also won silverware as a manager. 

During a trial period with Barnet in 2011 he was put in temporary charge of the Bees after the departure of Martin Allen.

Barnet would go on to beat Stevenage 2-1 in the Herts Senior Cup final, in his only game in charge.

 

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