Scott Carson is a professional football goalkeeper who was born on September 3, 1985 in Cleator Moor, Cumbria, England. He got married to Amy Barton on May 17, 2008 and they have a son named Hayden. His younger brother Grant is also a goalkeeper who plays for the Carlisle United football club.
Scott Carson was first included in the England Under-21 (U-21) squad in October 2003 for the 2004 Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Under-21 Championship qualifying game against Turkey. But it was not before February 2004, that he made his U-21 debut for England in its 3-2 win over the Netherlands. In May 2005, when Scott Carson was just 19, he was named in the England senior squad for its tour of the United States. In May 2006 he made his England B debut in an international friendly against Belarus. Following an injury to Robert Green, Scott Carson was named in the England team for the 2006 International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) World Cup. He also featured in the 2007 UEFA Under-21 Championship, in which he made his 28th appearance for England U-21 in a game against Serbia surpassing the record held by Gareth Barry and Jamie Carragher. In November 2007, he kept a clean sheet in his full debut for the senior side in a friendly match against Austria, and a week later, he played his first competitive match against Croatia. Fabio Capello, who succeeded Steve McClaren as the manager of the England team, also named Scott Carson in the England squad for the friendly matches against Switzerland and France that were played in February and March 2008.
In July 2002, Scott Carson joined the youth academy of Leeds United after impressing former Leeds defender Peter Hampton, while playing in the Football Association (FA) Youth Cup for the Workington Reds football club. He made his first-team debut for Leeds in the Premiership against Middlesbrough in January 2004, when he came on as a substitute for Paul Robinson. Two weeks later, he made his first start for Leeds against Manchester United in a 1-1 draw. In January 2005, Scott Carson moved to Liverpool for a transfer fee of £750,000 and,made his Liverpool debut against Newcastle United in March 2005. In April 2005, Scott Carson made three consecutive appearances, including the home leg of the Champions League quarter-final win over Juventus. He was also part of the team that won the UEFA Champions League in 2004-05 and the European Super Cup in 2005-06.
During the 2005-06 season, Scott Carson made four appearances for Liverpool and in March 2006, he joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan to gain more first-team experience. He kept five clean sheets in nine games and helped Wednesday to escape relegation, before returning to Liverpool at the end of season. In July 2006, Scott Carson extended his contract with Liverpool which will keep him in the club until 2011. A month later, he was loaned out to Charlton Athletic, for which he made 36 appearances during the 2006-07 season. Scott Carson was named as the Charlton Athletic Supporters’ Club Player of the Year for his good show during the season, the first loan player ever to receive the honour.
In August 2007, he joined Aston Villa (Villa) on a year-long loan, and impressed with his performances, the club offered him a permanent deal. But the deal could not be concluded as Liverpool did not want to sell him. During the 2007-08 season, he played in 35 of Villa’s 38 league matches and kept 11 clean sheets. At the end of the season, Scott Carson returned to Liverpool, but in July 2008, he joined West Bromwich Albion on a four-year contract with an option for Albion to extend the contract by one more year. He played his first game in Albion colours in the club’s opening game of the 2008-09 season against Arsenal.