For the latest in our Do You Remember series, we’re going back to 2010/11 when words like shambles and atrocious really were applicable.
We’re looking at current Dundee United stopper Trevor Carson, a decent goalkeeper for us. Aside from a short spell on loan at Chesterfield, Carson had little senior experience when he joined Tilson’s side back in January 2011, but his class was evident. He made his debut in a 4-3 win at Stockport that gave us the edge over our relegation rivals and was a lynchpin in a side that began to amass points and climb away from the relegation spots. The day we beat Southend? Carson in goal. The night we got our last Football League point for six years? Carson was in goal. It seemed certain that with his safe hands we’d grab those extra points. After all, he’d kept four clean sheets which was no mean feat with a defence as flimsy as wet toilet paper in front of him.
Only we didn’t get the points we needed, because immediately after a 2-1 defeat at Stevenage Steve Bruce recalled him, and then loaned him back out to Brentford. Heartbreakingly he played one game for Brentford. One game. In the meantime, Steve Tilson brought in a young lad called Elliott Parish who wore gloves made of butter and we lost every game through until the end of the season, sealing our relegation on the final day. Thanks Steve Bruce, I’m glad you never won an England cap now.
After we were relegated, he played 53 times for Bury, partly on loan and latterly after making a permanent move to the Shakers. Whilst with Bury he registered his short Portsmouth stay, joining them on loan in 2013/14 and playing 36 League Two matches. The following season he didn’t return to Fratton Park, instead joining Cheltenham for a season as they were relegated from the Football League. He then joined Hartlepool, where he was named Player’s Player of the Year, Fan’s Player of the Year and Community Player of the Year in 2015/16. They were relegated in 2016/17, giving him the dubious honour of playing for three teams in six seasons that dropped out of the Football League.
After that, he gave up on England and moved to Scotland, where he spent four years at Motherwell, even appearing in the Europe League, before a move to Dundee United this season. He played twice with Jamie Robson, and is still representing his country, earning his fifth cap against Estonia earlier this season.
It’s a really tenuous entry into the series, but aside from the odd obvious one (Raggs), there haven’t been many players that featured for both sides. Anthony Pulis is one, Tom Kilbey another; hardly stuff to write home about.