Pacy full back Carl Regan joined the Tigers on a three month loan in August 2002 as part of a deal that saw City left back Andy Holt join Regan’s parent club Barnsley. Carl went straight into manager Jan Molby’s first team ahead of Mike Edwards and performed well in a side that was struggling for form under Molby’s in-your-face style of management. The Dane was sacked in October 2002 and replaced by Peter Taylor, who retained Carl in the first team right back role and in November 2002 turned the loan into a permanent switch. In January 2003 Taylor started to use new signing Marc Joseph as first choice right back and Regan saw his first team chances dwindle. He ended the season with a run of five games on the right side of midfield, to limited effect.
At the start of the 2003/04 season Taylor signed Alton Thelwell, a new right back from Tottenham, and Regan was frozen out of any first team action, apart from an Associate Members’ Cup victory at Darlington’s Reynolds Arena. In December 2003 Carl joined Conference National side Chester City on loan, then in March 2004 he was released from his City contract and joined Droylsden, a founder member of the Conference North division in 2004/05 season.
Carl Anthony Regan was born in Liverpool and came through the youth system at Everton, playing in the 1998 FA Youth Cup winning team that beat Blackburn Rovers 5-3 on aggregate alongside Leon Osman, Francis Jeffers and future Tiger Phil Jevons. Carl left Everton in June 2000 having failed to make a first team appearance for the Toffees, joining Barnsley. Carl’s League debut against League Division 1 rivals Norwich City in August 2000 ended prematurely with a red card, but he went on to make 30 senior appearances during the season. He made only 12 appearances in the 2001/02 season as Barnsley were relegated to League Division 2, then joined Hull City on loan at the start of the 2002/03 season.
In March 2005 Regan left Droylsden and returned to Chester City, who had been promoted to the Football League at the end of the 2003/04 season. After six appearances at the end of the 2004/05 season, Regan was a first team regular for Chester during the 2005/06 season, missing only five league games and making 46 appearances in all competitions. In July 2006 Carl joined Macclesfield Town and he was again a first team regular at Moss Rose, scoring the first of his four senior career goals in a League Two defeat at home to Boston United. Regan’s form continued to improve in the 2007/08 season and at the end of January 2008 he was signed by League Two rivals Milton Keynes Dons. He made nine appearances at the end of a season that culminated in the Dons lifting the League Two title, then elevated to the third tier Regan made 31 appearances in the 2008/09 season as MK Dons narrowly missed out on a second successive promotion, losing the play-off semi-final to Scunthorpe United on a penalty shoot out.
Regan moved to Bristol Rovers in the 2009 close season and in two seasons he made 65 appearances, though in his second season Rovers were relegated to League Two. Carl spent the 2011/12 season at Shrewsbury, where he played a support role to the first team with 14 appearances as the Shrews were promoted to League One. Regan spent time at Notts County and Bury during the 2012/13 season before hanging up his boots in the 2013 close season. His 13 year senior career, punctuated by a year or so playing in the non-league scene, yielded 347 senior appearances and four goals.
Date/Place of Birth: 14 January 1980, Liverpool
Hull City First Game: 17 August 2002, Exeter City A (League Division 3), 22 years, 215 days old
Hull City Final Game: 14 October 2003, Darlington A (Associate Members’ Cup First Round), 23 years, 273 days old
Everton (1998-2000), Barnsley (2000-2002), Hull City (2002, loan), Hull City (2002-2004), Chester City (2003-2004, loan), Droylsden (2004-2005), Chester City (2005-2006), Macclesfield Town (2006-2008), Milton Keynes Dons (2008-2009), Bristol Rovers (2009-2011), Notts County (2011, loan), Shrewsbury Town (2011-2012), Notts County (2012-2013), Bury (2013)
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Career: 41 apps, 0 goalsCarl Regan
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