Darren Randolph (Goalkeeper)
12th May 1987 (Bray, Ireland)Signed:
15th Jan 2020 (£4,000,000)Contract:
3½ yearsPrevious Club:
Most Missed 2017/18 (third place).
Randolph began his pro career in 2004 at Charlton, but made his league debut whilst on loan at Accrington in a 2-1 defeat against Exeter in August 2005.
The following season - 2006/07 - he spent a short spell on loan at Gillingham before returning to Charlton, where he made his first team debut in a 2-2 draw at Liverpool on the final day of the season (with the Addicks having already been relegated).
Once again he found first team opportunities at The Valley limited so the second half of 2008/09 was spent on loan, this time at Bury for whom he made 14 appearances. It was a similar story the following season, when League One Hereford came calling to offer him some first team experience.
With Charlton relegated to the third tier of English football, Randolph - 22 at the time - finally got him chance to stake a place in the first team in the latter half of the 2009/10 campaign. But that summer he rejected a new contract offer from Athletic in favour of Scottish Premier side Motherwell, for whom he signed on a free transfer.
The 2010/11 season saw him play 48 times, gain his first experience of European football in the qualifying stages of the Europa League and feature in Scotland's FA Cup Final where he was on the beaten side, with Celtic running out 3-0 winners on the day.
Now firmly established as 'Well's number one goalkeeper, Randolph played a further 42 times in the following season as he helped his club to a third-place finish behind the (former) big two of Celtic and Rangers.
They went one better in 2012/13, finishing runners-up behind the Bhoys, a season in which the 6'1" stopper had his first taste of Champions League football (although Motherwell were knocked out in the qualifying round by Panathinaikos).
With his stock higher than ever, Randolph refused offers of a new contract from Motherwell in order to sign a lucrative deal with Birmingham City. Going straight into the first team, he was a virtual ever-present for the two seasons he spent at St Andrews.
Sent off only once in his career (against Bolton in October 2014), Randolph has already made nearly 300 first team appearances in total for his various clubs.
Randolph left West Ham in the summer of 2017 following the arrival of Joe Hart on loan from Manchester City, joining Championship side Middlesbrough in a £5million switch. But following the departure of calamity 'keeper Roberto to Alaves, he was re-signed by West Ham in the 2020 winter transfer window as back-up to Lukasz Fabianski.