- Oman, September 2012
- Current Team
- Birmingham City, Republic of Ireland
- May 12, 1987
Darren Randolph was born in Bray in 1987 and has a strong sporting pedigree. His father Ed Randolph played basketball for UCD Marian and was one of the first American imports to the Irish Basketball League. The younger Randolph also used his height and hand-to-eye co-ordination to good effect as he developed into an impressive young goalkeeper at local club Ardmore Rovers.
Randolph signed for Charlton Athletic in 2004 where he remained until 2010. During this time he was loaned to a number of clubs, but failed to establish himself as first choice at The Valley. He moved to Scotland to join Motherwell in the summer of 2010 and soon established himself as their No. 1. In the 2011/12 season Randolph was an ever-present for Motherwell. With Glasgow Rangers entering administration at the end of that season they became ineligible for UEFA competitions. Third-placed Motherwell took their place and the club entered into the Champions League for the first time. Randolph made his Champions League debut against Panathinaikos in the third qualifying round, which Motherwell lost 3-0 on aggregate.
The Bray man’s contract at Motherwell ended in the summer of 2013 and he signed for Birmingham City on a free transfer. He has been almost ever-present for two seasons at Birmingham City but has played behind a defence that leaks a lot of goals. The club recently confirmed that he had rejected the offer of a contract extension and would leave as a free agent during the summer.
Darren has represented Ireland at every age level from Under-15 up to senior, including a B-international cap in 2006. He was called up to the Ireland senior squad for the first time in March 2011 for the Euro 2012 qualifier against Macedonia but it took him a further 18-months before he eventually played. He made his full international debut in a friendly against Oman in September 2012 coming on as a substitute in the 4–1 win. His second and last cap came via another substitute appearance in the 2-0 defeat to Spain in June 2013.
- Author: Alan Hannify