Joe Carolan

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Joe Carolan
Personal information
Full name Joseph Francis Carolan
Date of birth (1937-09-08)8 September 1937
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Date of death 26 September 2018(2018-09-26) (aged 81)
Playing position Left-back
Youth career
1955–1956 Home Farm
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1956–1960 Manchester United 66 (0)
1960–1962 Brighton & Hove Albion 33 (0)
1962–1968 Tonbridge 424 (50)
1968–1971 Canterbury City
National team
1959–1960 Republic of Ireland 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Joseph Carolan (8 September 1937 – 26 September 2018) was an Irish professional footballer who played as a full-back in the Football League for Manchester United and Brighton & Hove Albion.

Born in Dublin, Carolan started his career with Home Farm at youth level before moving to Manchester United on 15 February 1956,[1] where he featured in their FA Youth Cup winning team. On 22 November 1958, Carolan made his senior debut against Luton Town. He broke into the first team nine months after the Munich air disaster, which had claimed the lives of eight United players - including his fellow countryman Bill Whelan -[2] and resulted in two other players being injured to such an extent that they never played again.

He played 71 times for United between 1958 and 1960 and won two caps for the Republic of Ireland making his debut on the 1 November 1959.[3]

Carolan joined Brighton and Hove Albion in December 1960. He joined Tonbridge in 1962 before signing for Canterbury City in 1968.[1]

He died in September 2018.[4]


  1. ^ a b Spence, Tom "Happy Birthday, Joe Carolan", Official Matchday Programme for Tonbridge Angels vs Metropolitan Police, 12 September 2009
  2. ^ "Irish Footballers : Manchester United : players from Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland : Played for Man Utd". Retrieved 2016-11-24.
  3. ^ "Statistics: Republic of Ireland [Powered by tplSoccerStats]". Retrieved 2016-11-24.
  4. ^ Butler, Cliff (26 September 2018). "United pay tribute to Joe Carolan". Manchester United. Retrieved 27 September 2018.