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Former Town Right-Back Carroll Dies
Sunday, 16th Aug 2020 17:44

Former Town right-back Tommy Carroll has died aged 77.

Carroll joined the Blues from Cambridge City in July 1966 and made his debut the following March in a 1-1 draw at Hull City.

The Dubliner went on to make 124 starts and two sub appearances for Town, scoring three goals before moving on to Birmingham City in October 1971.

Carroll was a member of Bill McGarry’s Town team which won the Second Division title in 1967/68, making 38 league starts, scoring one goal.

In 1969/70 he was the only member of the squad to be ever-present in both league and cup.

Famously, he instigated the February 1971 dressing room fight involving himself, Billy Baxter and manager Bobby Robson by tearing down a teamsheet and thrusting it in the boss’s face having been left out of the side as the Blues were beaten 4-2 at home by Leeds.

Feeling threatened, Robson swung a punch at Carroll before Baxter - who had previously been stripped of the captaincy after an earlier indiscretion - and Robson’s number two Cyril Lea joined in on either side. After that, both Carroll and Baxter’s days at Town were numbered.

Having been capped at U23 level, Carroll played 17 games for the Republic of Ireland at full level, eight of them while at Portman Road, scoring one goal, in a 1-1 draw with Sweden in 1970.

He played with hometown club Shelbourne both before and after his spell in England - winning the League of Ireland Championship and the FAI Cup during his first stint - and also managed Shels and Athlone Town.

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Bergholt_Blue added 17:46 - Aug 16
So sad

TractorRoyNo1 added 17:48 - Aug 16
Good player, in a good team under a good manager

PJH added 17:51 - Aug 16
That is sad, he was a good RB in the 1967/68 promotion winning side and the only ever present starter in the top division in 1969/70.


PhilTWTD added 17:59 - Aug 16

I've added in that he was ever-present the following season.

Linkboy13 added 18:00 - Aug 16
Remember Tommy very well very tough tackling defender and took no prisoners. That league winning season just proved what could be achieved with what was a very average bunch of players with John O'Rourke proving to be the final piece of the jigsaw that got us promoted. Bill Mcgarry was a very tough manager and this was emphasised in the team's style of play Tommy played a big part in this RIP Tommy.

BlueArrow added 18:01 - Aug 16
RIP Tommy always sad to lose a Blue.
Condolences to the family.

trncbluearmy added 18:12 - Aug 16
Just about remember a fine player from my very early days of supporting Town
He seemed to be shorter then everybody else

RIP Tommy

therein61 added 18:42 - Aug 16
Always admired his wholehearted performances in a blue shirt(yes there were off field problems at the time every club had them in those days instead of crawlers running to the owner nowadays!!!!!) he overcame his limitations by hard graft!! and was a deserved name on the team sheet R.I.P. Tommy.

Blue_badge added 20:08 - Aug 16
Carroll and Houghton, brilliant full backs in McGarry's Div 2 champion side. Tomy lived near a school mate of mine and always seemed a nice, down to earth man - even though I was in awe of him.

itfchorry added 20:39 - Aug 16
Very Sad news- Was fortunate to have seen him
play - Thoughts with his family.

longboat added 07:43 - Aug 17
A Cambridge City fan as a kid & fondly remember Tommy trapping the ball on the goal line, then dribbling past a couple of attackers to safety. RIP and thanks for that unforgetable day Tommy!

carlisleaway added 14:12 - Aug 17
Tommy was a true right back and was lucky to have seen him play, part of a great team in 1968/69

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