19 May 2011

Player Profile: Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher is a true Liverpool legend. It is the only club he ever played for and he is regarded as one of the most loyal and successful defenders in Liverpool history, although he grew up an Everton fan.

The no. 23, nick-named "Carra" made his debut in 1996, and became a first regular the following season. Having mainly played as a full-back he later came to play in central defence, with the equally legendary Sami Hyypiä among others, when Rafael Benitez became manager in 2004.

As an England player he earned 38 national caps and was talked out of retirement for the 2010 World Cup.
Carragher's biggest honours include winning the FA Cup in 2001 & 2006; the UEFA Cup in 2001; the League Cup in 2001 & 2003 and of course the Champions League in 2005.
For the 2006/7 season he was elected Liverpool FC Player of the Year.

The Liverpool FC Museum has all of Jamie Carragher's medals, most of them displayed in a special case. Musuem Curator Stephen Done desrcibes the collection on the LFC website:

"The way Carra donated his medals to the Museum is typical of the man.
Jamie had just brought them in, dumped them on the desk and told them to give Stephen Done a call.
So off I went and there they were, in this bag. He didn't want a receipt or anything. He just told me to put them on show in the museum and walked off.

It was absolutely unbelievable. It is one of the great moments I have had here as a museum curator and shows just how down to earth and trusting our favourite number 23 is.
I have to say that I think it is one of the most exciting additions we have ever received.
For me, it ranks alongside the Kenny Dalglish and Alan Hansen collections that are already on show. /.../
It also illustrates how fantastic Jamie Carragher has been as a player."

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