Carson made his Leeds debut when coming on as a substitute in a 3-0 defeat against Middlesbrough on 31 January 2004. Paul Robinson was sent off in the eighty-eighth minute and Carson's first task was to try to save a penalty, but he didn't succeed. He was kept out of Leeds' starting line-up in the 2004/05 season by Neil Sullivan and wanted a new challenge. Liverpool won the race with Chelsea to sign the England u-21 keeper in January 2005. He was Dudek's understudy, but his quest to become Liverpool's number one keeper became considerably more complicated with the arrival of Jose Reina in July 2005. After only nine games in two years, including a great performance in the quarter-finals of the Champions League against Juventus at Anfield, he went on loan to Premiership side Charlton who got relegated. Benítez wanted to keep Carson at Anfield but he was still in England's plans and could not afford to be an unused understudy: "I am happy with the situation and for Scott to play regularly somewhere else. We do not want to lose him, certainly not sell him." said Rafa in August 2007. Carson was on loan at Aston Villa throughout the 2007/08 season but Martin O'Neill's side didn't take up the option to sign him and brought in Brad Friedel instead. When Carson left Liverpool for good he preferred Premiership newcomers West Bromwich Albion to Stoke in the summer of 2008 which didn't seem such a wise choice when Stoke finished twelfth in the Premier League and WBA were relegated. Baggies manager Roberto di Matteo made Carson club captain at the start of the 2009/10 season. "Scott has the respect of all the other players. He gives his best in every training session and every game," said the Italian. Carson featured in 40 of 46 matches in the Championship as the West Midlands club made an immediate return to the Premier League. Carson's form dipped halfway through the 2010/11 season and he was replaced for a few matches for Boaz Myhill, but Carson was back in favour with the arrival of Roy Hodgson in February 2011. Early July 2011 Carson completed a surprising transfer to Turkish club Bursaspor.
Carson played in twenty-nine of the thirty-four Süper Lig matches in the 2012-13 season. Bursaspor finished in fourth position, which meant that they qualified for the Third Qualifying Round of the Europa League. After two years in Turkey, the 27-year-old Carson returned to the English game by signing a three-year contract with Wigan Athletic. He made 26 appearances in Wigan's goal during the 2013/14 season and remained there for 2014/15 but after their relegation from The Championship he signed for Derby County, appearing 36 times as they reached the play offs. In both 2016-17 and 2017-18 he was an ever present on goal for Derby in the Championship.
Carson has made four appearances for the England international team as well as taking part in 29 Under-21 internationals. His international career suffered after he made a terrible error against Croatia at Wembley in a 3-2 European Championship qualifier defeat on 21 November 2007. England failed to reach Euro 2008 and manager Steve McLaren was sacked the following day.
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Charlton's goalkeeper tells Jon Brodkin that today's match with Boro ranks with facing Juventus at Anfield. Article from The Guardian on 13th of January 2007.
The Telegraph match report on Newcastle - Liverpool on 05.03.2005.
"It’s never easy as a goalkeeper at 19, but there’s an old adage that it doesn’t matter about your age if you’re good enough. I was younger than Scott is now when I came to Liverpool from Scunthorpe. I think I was 18 when I had my first game in the first team. Then I had to wait a year or two before I became a regular."
Clemence commenting on Carson and his own career
"When the manager read the team out I was just sitting there and it was a big surprise for me. It was unbelievable to play. I played a couple of games for Leeds but it was a different story to play for Liverpool. The defence did superbly and I hardly had anything to do. We were looking for that clean sheet."
Scott Carson in March 2005
"Since Scott came to Charlton he's been an absolute revelation and made save after save. A lot of the clean sheets we've been getting have been largely down to Scott. Give him time to settle and he will become a top, top goalkeeper."
Scott Carson was on loan from Liverpool at Stoke in the 2006-07 season. Chalrton skipper, Luke Young, was very impressed.
"Going abroad never crossed my mind. West Brom didn't put a new contract on the table and I didn't know what Roy Hodgson was thinking as I never really spoke to him. Once Bursaspor made contact and West Brom were willing to speak to them I thought that was the writing on the wall. The football is great and the atmospheres are unbelievable so I'd recommend it to other English players."
Scott Carson moved to Turkey to play for Bursaspor. He seemed quite happy about his decision in November 2011.
|Club||Season||Club rank||League apps||League goals||Total apps||Total goals|
|Leeds United||2003-2004||England Premier League||3||0||3||0|
|Sheffield Wednesday||2005-2006||England Championship||9||0||9||0|
|Charlton Athletic||2006-2007||England Premier League||36||0||39||0|
|Aston Villa||2007-2008||England Premier League||35||0||36||0|
|WBA||2008-2009||England Premier League||35||0||39||0|
|WBA||2010-2011||England Premier League||32||0||32||0|
|Wigan Athletic||2013-2014||England Championship||16||0||25||0|
|Wigan Athletic||2014-2015||England Championship||34||0||34||0|