40 Facts About Andy Carroll


Andrew Thomas Carroll was born on 6 January 1989 and is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Championship side Reading.


Andy Carroll has played in the Premier League and English Football League for Newcastle United, Preston North End, Liverpool, West Ham United, and West Bromwich Albion, and has nine caps for the England national team, scoring two goals.


Andy Carroll began his professional career with Newcastle United in 2006, before spending a brief period on loan with Preston North End, during which time he scored his first league goal.


Andy Carroll 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 finish first in the league, earning immediate promotion in the process.


Andy Carroll spent six injury-impacted years at West Ham, and was released in 2019 at the end of his contract.


Andy Carroll then re-signed for Newcastle, spending two years at the club until being released at the end of his contract in 2021.


Andy Carroll then moved to Reading on a short term deal.

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Andy Carroll played nine matches for England between 2010 and 2012, scoring twice, including one goal at UEFA Euro 2012.


On 14 August 2007, Andy Carroll began a six-month loan with Preston North End, and made his debut for them in the League Cup against Morecambe on the same day.


Andy Carroll signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract on 12 March 2009, in theory keeping him at Newcastle until 2012.


Andy Carroll finished the season as Newcastle's top scorer, with 19 goals in all competitions, 17 in the league.


Andy Carroll captained Newcastle for the first time on 3 October 2010 when he came on as a substitute for Kevin Nolan against Manchester City.


In October 2010, Andy Carroll signed a new five-year contract, on paper keeping him at the club until 2015.


Andy Carroll became the second most expensive footballer playing for a British club, after Torres.


However, due to an injury he sustained while with Newcastle, it was announced that Andy Carroll would have to wait some time before his Liverpool debut.


Andy Carroll played several more times that season, but did not score any more goals.


Andy Carroll ended the loan spell with seven goals in 24 appearances.


Andy Carroll scored the winning goal via header after a shot from Michail Antonio had rebounded off of the crossbar.


Andy Carroll re-signed for Premier League club Newcastle United on 8 August 2019, signing a one-year contract.


In June 2020, Andy Carroll agreed a one-year extension to his contract.


Andy Carroll left Newcastle in July 2021 after spending two seasons at the club.


On 30 April 2022, it was reported that Andy Carroll would leave Albion at the end of the season.


On 15 September 2022, Andy Carroll returned to Reading, signing a four-month contract with the club, until the middle of January 2023 and taking the vacant number two squad number in the process.


On 10 January 2023, Andy Carroll signed a contract extension with the Royals, keeping him at the club until mid 2024.


On 12 March 2009, Andy Carroll was called up to the England under-20s for a match against Italy, but was withdrawn from the squad and replaced by Hal Robson-Kanu.

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Andy Carroll received his first call up to the England under-21s on 5 August 2009.


Andy Carroll made his debut on 11 August 2009 against the Netherlands, coming on as a second-half substitute.


Andy Carroll passed a late fitness test to start the match.


On 15 May 2012, Andy Carroll was included in the squad for UEFA Euro 2012.


Andy Carroll has been compared to Newcastle's record goalscorer Alan Shearer, Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba and former Italy forward Christian Vieri.


Andy Carroll has been referred to as a classic centre forward, owing to his strength, powerful shot and excellent heading ability.


In November 2014, Andy Carroll became engaged to reality TV star Billi Mucklow.


In November 2017, Mucklow and Andy Carroll had a second child.


In November 2016, Andy Carroll was approached by two men on motorcycles while driving near his home in Brentwood, Essex.


Andy Carroll was then chased in his car for about 20 minutes as he drove back to West Ham's training ground in Rush Green to get help from security staff.


Andy Carroll was sentenced to six years in prison for the offence.


Andy Carroll has been involved in many off-the-pitch incidents in his career.


Andy Carroll reportedly suffered a broken hand in the incident, and shortly afterwards he was photographed at a concert with bandages to both hands.


On 18 October 2010, Andy Carroll was charged with assault in an incident with his ex-girlfriend.


Two days following his bail, Andy Carroll's car was set on fire while parked on Nolan's driveway, with the club captain's garage door being daubed with obscenities.