Good day, Carty Free readers. I have some social #content to share with you. Ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s match vs. West Ham at the London Stadium, Spurs’ social media team is, as they do, sharing some pivotal moments from past London derby matches against the Hammers. Today, on Instagram, they shared this moment from Gareth Bale in 2013, which most of you probably remember.
Great goal, right? Gareth Bale at his best. That’s one of his Spurs goals that is most remembered if I’m honest, because it was a moment of individual brilliance that won the game for Tottenham at the old Boleyn Ground in front of the away fans.
But that’s not why I’m highlighting this Spurs Instagram post. I’m highlighting it because of this from the comments.
That’s right. Watch that clip again and particularly note the player wearing #46. That’s Tom Carroll, and this is THE play that originated our use of the phrase “Tom Carroll assist.”
If you want a full explanation: a “Tom Carroll assist” is when a player receives a simple short pass and then goes on to score a goal purely from individual brilliance. I believe Tom was actually credited with an assist for that play, too. The phrase has lived on ever since where people routinely talk about the “Carroll assist” after similar situations. We know what it means. Tom Carroll apparently does too.
He may have blocked us on Twitter but Tom Carroll knows his important role in that historic Gareth Bale goal. His contributions to Tottenham’s excellence will never be forgotten.