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Andy Carroll

Squad Number: 9
Position: Striker
Born: 6th Jan 1989 (Gateshead, England)
Signed: 19th Jun 2013 (£15,500,000)
Contract: 6 year contract + option for further 2 years
Previous Club: Liverpool

KUMB Awards: Best Signing 2012/13; Goal of the Season (runner-up) 2014/15.

Andy Carroll spent the entire 2012/13 season at West Ham on loan from parent club Liverpool. During his first season in east London, the England international scored seven goals in 22 starts for the Hammers.

Little more than a month after the season ended, Carroll returned to West Ham on a permanent basis after the two clubs agreed what was to be a club record £15.5million fee. That left Liverpool, who paid £35million to Newcastle for his services just two years earlier - a fee that broke the British transfer record - heavily out of pocket.

Born in Gateshead, Carroll started his professional career with local side 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 win the division, earning immediate promotion back to the Premier League in the process.

He continued to play for the Magpies in the Premier League, scoring 11 goals in 19 appearances.


USING HIS HEAD: A selection of goals from Carroll's first season at West Ham


Carroll's performances for Newcastle earned him a call up to the England squad for the friendly against France on 17 November 2010. He scored his first senior goal, a low left foot drive into the bottom corner, four months later in a friendly against Ghana which ended 1–1.

The 6'3" forward signed for Liverpool on the final day of the 2011 January transfer window. He was bought to replace Fernando Torres, who moved from Liverpool to Chelsea on the same day for a fee of £50 million, making Carroll the second-most expensive player currently playing for a British club.

On 15 May 2012, Carroll was included in the England squad for the 2012 European Championship. He opened the scoring for his country with a powerful header in their second group game against Sweden, which England went on to win 3–2.


BESSIE MATES: Andy and Kevin Nolan speak to ESPN

 

2014/15 Match Notes & Ratings

0-0 v Southampton (a) 11th February 2015
by Staff Writer

(replaced Sakho)

0-2 v Liverpool (a) 31st January 2015
by Staff Writer

Once again he was anonymous for large spells yet came up with a goal-line clearance and an assist for the goal.

1-0 v Bristol City (a) 25th January 2015
by Staff Writer

The big man was anonymous for large spells - yet came up with a goal-line clearance and an assist for the goal.

3-0 v Hull City (h) 18th January 2015
by Raedwulf

Another good game up front, holding the ball up, bringing his team-mates into things. Getting another non-headed goal will do his confidence no harm. Tap-ins are his favourite, apparently!

3-0 v Hull City (h) 18th January 2015
by Gordon Thrower

Always a handful and was alert enough to be first to the loose ball for the all important first goal.

3-0 v Hull City (h) 18th January 2015
by Staff Writer

Alert enough to react first to McGregor's spill to score than all-important opening goal. Fairly quiet otherwise.

2-2 v Everton (h) 13th January 2015
by Raedwulf

Despite the lack of decent chances, a really good performance up top from the big man.

2-2 v Everton (h) 13th January 2015
by Staff Writer

Gave his opponents no end of problems throughout the game and his influence was essential in West Ham clawing their way back into the game.

1-1 v Swansea (a) 10th January 2015
by Callum Brown

Didn't really provide a great deal apart from scoring a wonder goal. But that is his job.

1-1 v Swansea (a) 10th January 2015
by Lee WIlkinson

Man Of The Match, fantastic solo effort capped a fine display. Offered an outlet for West Ham and tracked back well.

1-1 v West Bromwich Albion (h) 1st January 2015
by Staff Writer

A bit of a stinker for AC, who failed to take the heat off his manager for making Mauro Zarate surplus to requirements.

1-2 v Arsenal (h) 28th December 2014
by Raedwulf

The same goes for both forwards - struggled to get into things, given the sub-par performances from our two most important creative players. Did have one good chance, but couldn't finish.

0-2 v Chelsea (a) 26th December 2014
by Raedwulf

Could hardly win a damn thing today. Easily his worst game back from injury.

2-0 v Leicester City (h) 20th December 2014
by Staff Writer

Worked like a Trojan for scant reward. Probably no less effective than last week against Swansea, but he missed two great second half chances to score.

1-1 v Sunderland (a) 13th December 2014
by Raedwulf

Battled hard, as always. Better touch, too, and found his team-mates more often than in the last couple of matches.

1-1 v Sunderland (a) 13th December 2014
by Staff Writer

Worked like a Trojan for scant reward. Probably no less effective than last week against Swansea, but he missed two great second half chances to score.

3-1 v Swansea (h) 7th December 2014
by Raedwulf

Two goals means he will be most people's MotM, but his distribution was often off again. Great to see him bullying a defence, great to see him on the scoresheet, but Song was the better man today, for me.

3-1 v Swansea (h) 7th December 2014
by Gordon Thrower

Pretty much unplayable. Good to see him back on the scoresheet. MOTM.

2-1 v West Bromwich Albion (a) 2nd December 2014
by Raedwulf

Battled well, lovely overhead volley in the run-up to no. 2, but a bit below his usual standards. Fatigue, perhaps? Expected him to be subbed first and was, but fitness up another notch.

2-1 v West Bromwich Albion (a) 2nd December 2014
by Staff Writer

Still clearly not 100 per cent but always willing to bust a gut for the team. His substitution just after the hour mark was well timed.

1-0 v Newcastle United (h) 29th November 2014
by Raedwulf

A 6+, perhaps. As last week, and like Jarvis this, would benefit from better service. Still, another 90 minutes looking very Valencia at the moment (by which I mean that he's not firing on all cylinders yet, but you can see the class...). Some good defensive work, even late in the game, inclines me to mark the 6+ up, rather than down.

1-0 v Newcastle United (h) 29th November 2014
by Gordon Thrower

Caused more than a few problems, though I suspect that the sponsors' choice of MOTM had more to do with their choice of post-match photo opportunity.

1-2 v Everton (a) 22nd November 2014
by Raedwulf

Did his best off little service. As always, showed a few good touches and a willingness to fight for possession. Above all else, lasted 90 minutes, and that will, hopefully, have done him a power of good!

0-0 v Aston Villa (h) 8th November 2014
by Raedwulf

(Replaced Noble) I mark subs as a 'five' by default. Not enough time in the game (usually) to default to six. Carroll had less than five minutes, but earned a six - what does that say? Not ready to start; not sure I'd want him to; how will Sam change tactics and formation? But, by 'eck, I'm delighted to see him back on't bench, and didn't 'e do well!

0-0 v Aston Villa (h) 8th November 2014
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Noble) Wreaked havoc. Gives us another option when, like yesterday, we are chasing a game in the dying moments.

3-2 v Sampdoria (h) 9th August 2014
by Staff Writer



0-2 v Malaga (a) 3rd August 2014
by Staff Writer



0-0 v Schalke (a) 2nd August 2014
by Staff Writer



 

2013/14 Match Notes & Ratings

0-2 v Manchester City (a) 11th May 2014
by Raedwulf



2-0 v Tottenham Hotspur (h) 3rd May 2014
by Gordon Thrower

Virtually unplayable. Held the ball up well and brought others into play.

2-0 v Tottenham Hotspur (h) 3rd May 2014
by Raedwulf

On another day, would be battling with Nobes for man of the match, except that Downing left them both in his wake. Caused no end of trouble in the Spurs defence. Earned the first goal, even if it isn't credited to him.

0-1 v West Bromwich Albion (a) 26th April 2014
by Raedwulf

Had most of our best chances, but couldn't find a way past Foster.

0-1 v Crystal Palace (h) 19th April 2014
by Raedwulf

Double-teamed for most of the game, he struggled manfully, but not always successfully, to escape the attentions of his markers.

1-3 v Arsenal (a) 15th April 2014
by Raedwulf

Despite having a decent amount of service was mostly shackled by Mertesacker. Escaped occasionally, but couldn't inflict any real damage.

1-2 v Liverpool (h) 6th April 2014
by Raedwulf

6+, in truth. Battled well, caused trouble, managed to get Sakho to come through his back a few times to win dangerous free kicks. Unfortunately, his first touch was a bit erratic today.

2-1 v Sunderland (a) 31st March 2014
by Raedwulf

Towering jump above O'Shea to thump home the first, set up the second for Mo, worked hard all night.

2-1 v Hull City (h) 26th March 2014
by Raedwulf

Hard-working, but poorly served & worse-supported. Half the time Nolan wasn't anywhere near him, and when Nolan was, nobody else was. We're not going to create much if that continues.

0-2 v Manchester United (h) 22nd March 2014
by Raedwulf

Worked hard up front, won plenty of ball, but couldn't, for all his effort, generate anything for us today. His one genuine chance was very comfortable for de Gea.

1-3 v Stoke City (a) 15th March 2014
by Staff Writer



0-1 v Everton (a) 1st March 2014
by Raedwulf

Did his best, showed some nice touches, defended well too. Ultimately, had too little decent ball to influence things going forwards. Sixty minutes of "fitness training" should stand him in good stead though!

2-0 v Swansea City (h) 1st February 2014
by Gordon Thrower

Set up his mate for the goals brilliantly and was dominating proceedings so much that it took a disgraceful combination of Flores and Webb to stop him in his tracks. Had he lasted the ninety he'd have been on the scoresheet without a doubt. It's a travesty that his next few games depend on the whim of an organisation noted for its lack of intelligence and common sense. Keep them crossed.

2-0 v Swansea City (h) 1st February 2014
by Raedwulf

All it wanted was a goal for a perfect 10; 60 terrific minutes spoiled by Cheato Flores conning the ref.

2-0 v Cardiff City (a) 11th January 2014
by Trevor Twohig

A lovely assist and great to see him back.

 

2012/13 Match Notes & Ratings

4-2 v Reading (h) 19th May 2013
by Gordon Thrower

'Unplayable' according to the Reading boss. Better teams than Reading will have problems with him next season. Let’s hope we’re not one of them.

0-2 v Everton (a) 12th May 2013
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow...

0-0 v Newcastle United (h) 4th May 2013
by Gordon Thrower

Should have had a penalty on an otherwise largely quiet afternoon.

1-2 v Manchester City (a) 27th April 2013
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow...

2-0 v Wigan Athletic (h) 20th April 2013
by Gordon Thrower

Ran his legs off in the thankless task that he had today. Ludicrously cautioned for something that he did in a previous match.

2-2 v Manchester United (h) 17th April 2013
by Gordon Thrower

On a par with Diame and Collins and got the sponsors’ MOTM. And the telly version. And mine. Absolutely enormous up front and one defensive block towards the end was magnificent. I saw an England striker in this match. It wasn’t Rooney.

1-1 v Southampton (a) 13th April 2013
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow...

2-3 v Tottenham Hotspur (h) 25th February 2013
by Gordon Thrower

Caused problems for the opposition throughout.

1-0 v Swansea City (h) 2nd February 2013
by Gordon Thrower

Fine match. Quite apart from his goal he was excellent in defence at the end once Swansea finally came out of their shell. MOTM.

0-0 v Manchester City (h) 3rd November 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Another who worked his socks off – whether it be giving his markers a hard time or popping up to help out the defence at set pieces. After the bad luck he’s had all season with brilliant efforts like the overhead kick in this game, what’s the betting that his first goal for us comes off his backside or something.

1-2 v Wigan Athletic (a) 27th October 2012
by Rob Chapman

Did what he was asked to do in winning the vast majority of stuff lumped his way, but unfortunately astute tactics by Wigan meant there was rarely anyone to knock them down to. Aside from that there was a woeful free kick and he failed to connect with a tasty Jarvis cross in the second half. His poorest game for us.

4-1 v Southampton (h) 20th October 2012
by Gordon Thrower

A constant thorn in the side of the visitors’ defence, who had to resort to illegal tactics to deal with him throughout.

1-3 v Arsenal (h) 6th October 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Epitomised the spirit of the team. Deserved a goal for his efforts up front and was awesome in helping out at the back when we were defending. Probably made the post-match teas as well for all I know. MOTM.

3-0 v Fulham (h) 1st September 2012
by Stuart Jones

As debuts go, this one takes some beating. Based on this performance, quite what Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool were thinking when they let him go on loan one can only guess. Ironically perhaps this was the first time he's looked anything like a £35million striker since leaving Newcastle.

3-0 v Fulham (h) 1st September 2012
by Gordon Thrower

Not on the scoresheet but he played an important part in two of the goals – for Taylor’s goal no fewer than three Fulham players were trying to deal with his presence. It wasn’t just the way that the ball was won that impressed, it was the intelligent way that other players were brought into play that was the icing on the cake. Hope that hamstring gets sorted sooner rather than later.

 

2011/12 Match Notes & Ratings

Andy Carroll is yet to play this season.

 

2010/11 Match Notes & Ratings

Andy Carroll is yet to play this season.

 

2009/10 Match Notes & Ratings

Andy Carroll is yet to play this season.

 

2008/09 Match Notes & Ratings

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2007/08 Match Notes & Ratings

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2006/07 Match Notes & Ratings

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2005/06 Match Notes & Ratings

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2004/05 Match Notes & Ratings

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