Continuing our where are they now series, today we look at the life and career of the man who was the first British Asian to play in the premier league, ex Liverpool winger Jimmy Carter.
Jimmy Carter was an integral member of the Millwall side that gained promotion to the top flight for the first time in 100 years in the 87/88 season, his performance in the top division was enough to convince Kenny Dalglish to pay out 800k to bring him to Anfield in January of 91.
However within 4 weeks Dalglish was gone and replaced with Greame Souness and for Carter this spelled disaster, speaking to the Daily Mail Carter explained.
‘We turned up at Anfield on the Friday to catch our coach to Luton. Ronnie Moran came into the dressing-room and said the Boss had decided to walk away. There was total silence,’ explains Carter.
‘We were in shock. Nobody had an inkling. For me the consequences turned out severe. Graeme Souness came in and made it clear I wasn’t part of his plans. It left a prolonged darkness over my career.
‘Graeme even subbed me as a substitute against Chelsea. I was embarrassed, humiliated and locked myself in the hotel room. I wouldn’t come down for dinner until Peter Beardsley was concerned enough to call my room and convince me I shouldn’t hide away.’
Come the end of that season Jimmy Carter Liverpool career came to an end and was shipped out to Arsenal where he spent 3 seasons but only played 25 times in that period including a famous game in the FA Cup where Wrexham knocked them out in the 3rd round.
He dropped down the leagues to have spells with Portsmouth before rejoining Millwall where he finished his career in 1999.
So where is he now ?
After retirement he followed the path of a lot of ex pros into property management and he also spent some time working with Millwall commercial team, he can now be found on the airwaves of lovesportradio presenting the weekend breakfast show and has also appeared on Talksport.