Tottenham On this Day – Stephen Carr’s Wonder Goal v Manchester United


Stephen Carr celebrates scoring at Wimbledon a month earlier. [Photo: Logan Holmes]On this day, 23rd October, 1999 Tottenham defeated Manchester United at White Hart Lane and Stephen Carr scored a wonder goal to secure the 3 – 1 victory.

Watch the Goal:

United had taken the lead midway through the first half with a goal from Ryan Giggs. Spurs responded with two goals in three minutes – Steffen Iversen equalised after 36 minutes and Paul Scholes scored an own goal three minutes later. Spurs’ third goal came from the Irish international right back with 20 minutes to play.

The ball reached Carr on the right but instead of looking to cross for Iversen, he took the ball forward cutting in towards goal and fired in a magnificient shot across the goalkeeper into the far corner of the net from 25 yards.

It was his first goal for Spurs at White Hart Lane and gave Spurs their first league win over United for four years.

Stephen Carr v Wimbledon [Photo: Logan Holmes]Stephen Carr

Carr came through the youth system at White Hart Lane and established himself as an important member of the team, attacking from the right and scoring vital goals.  He was a member of the 1999 Worthington Cup winning team and a full international for the Republic of Ireland. In total he made 226 appearances, scoring 7 goals. Injury hindered him and he was out for over eighteen months and on his return he had lost some of the impetus he had previously had and as the team struggled he looked for a new challenge in the north east. He was transferred to Newcastle in 2004 after thirteen seasons at Tottenham and departed saying that he was moving to “a bigger club” which infuriated Tottenham supporters who had previously idolised him before tiring of his seeming lack of interest.

While Carr fell out of favour with Spurs fans towards the end of his time at Spurs, his goal against United is one which will never be forgotten.