Stephen Carson (born 6 October 1980) is a former footballer, who is now director of coaching at FC Westchester.
|Full name||Stephen Carson|
|Date of birth||6 October 1980|
|Place of birth||Ballymoney, Northern Ireland|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|2000–2001||Northern Ireland U21||2||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Carson started his senior career in the Scottish Premier League with Rangers. After only a handful of first team appearances, he moved to Dundee United in August 2001 for a transfer fee of £150,000, but he struggled to command a regular place in the team. After leaving United in 2003, Carson had brief spells with Barnsley and Hartlepool United prior to his return to Northern Ireland to join the club he supported as a boy, Coleraine. Stephen Carson is also Youth development officer at Coleraine.
In May 2009, he received his first call-up to the Northern Ireland squad for the friendly against Italy on 6 June. He won his first international cap with a start in against the Azzurri in Pisa.
In July 2009 it was reported on the BBC SPORT website that Carson was in talks with A-League side Newcastle United Jets FC about a possible transfer. Carson went on a trial in Australia but the transfer did not take place.
Carson revealed on 11 April 2011, that he would be leaving Coleraine to join Glentoran at the end of the 2010-2011 season. He would later go on to win the Irish League Cup with the side in 2012. After two seasons in total, however, Carson returned to his boyhood favourites, Coleraine FC, where he resumed the position of winger and continues to play there currently. He retired in January 2014 to take up a coaching role in New York with Everton FC Westchester.
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