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|Full Name||Carl Ronald Joseph Magnay|
|Date of Birth||27 January 1989|
|Place of Birth||Gateshead, England|
|Chelsea career||2007 - 2011|
|Other clubs|| Leeds United |
Northampton Town (loan)
Carl Magnay (born 27 January 1989) is a defender who formerly played for Chelsea's Reserve Team. He was the winner of Football Icon 2.
Carl spent some time as a winger at Leeds United but failed to make the grade at their academy. He took part in Sky One's Football Icon 2 series, which was a talent competition run by Chelsea. He beat Stuart Gates and Tom Bird to a professional contract at the club.
He impressed quickly at centre-back alongside Harry Worley and was offered an extended deal at the end of the season. Not only an extended deal – he signed professional terms with Chelsea.
An apparent former winger in his younger years, it’s almost impossible to fathom given how assured he looks at the heart of the defence. Watching him from the touchline, many observers have remarked how similiar he is to John Terry, especially in the way he moves and holds himself. Brave and composed, he’s pushed on to become a first choice centre-back at Reserve level, and following Terry’s style, has emerged as a real leader, captaining both youth and reserve sides.
In terms of ability, he again is quite similar to Terry in strengths and weaknesses. He can dominate in the air despite not being exceptionally tall, and has an assured touch. He’s not the quickest but makes up for it with his positioning. He can dribble quite well, something he’s displayed when very occasionally used at full-back on both sides. A loan spell was teased in 2008/09 when he went to MK Dons but struggled to break into the team, before a period at Northampton lasted 45 minutes. A stress fracture to his back ended his time at the Sixfields Stadium.
Injuries curtailed the start of the 2009-10 season for Carl but he had recovered to take a regular place at heart of the Reserve defence. In a friendly against Charlton in March 2010, he suffered a catastrophic knee injury, damaging both his anterior and medial cruciate ligaments and a broken kneecap, which sidelined him until October. On the verge of returning to action, he suffered a setback and only resumed full training in March 2011.
He was able to return and contribute to the club's run towards Reserve League title glory, lifting the trophy as captain. He was awarded a six-month contract extension until December 31st 2011, and after further injuries impacted his 2011-12 season, he duly left the club at the turn of the year.
Magnay has represented Northern Ireland Under-21s, and currently has one cap to his name. Their initial call was rejected after he was advised by Stuart Pearce that he was in his England plans, but after those failed to materialise, the second was accepted. Injury ruled him out of contention, but he has since made his debut. His international future is yet to be decided, with England representation still possible.
Youth Team Football
Reserve Team Football
Senior Club Football
|Season||Club||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|2008-09||MK Dons (loan)||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
(Statistics accurate as of the end of Magnay's Chelsea career)
- Football Icon 2 Winner
- Premier Reserve League 2010-11
Post Chelsea Career
Carl joined hometown club Gateshead FC on a short-term contract until the end of the 2011-12 season. and later extended his stay until the end of the 2013-14 season, when he played at Wembley in the Conference Premier Playoff Final defeat to Cambridge United. After experiencing the same with Grimsby a year later, he signed for League Two's Hartlepool United in July 2015.