Ricardo Fuller

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Ricardo Fuller
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Personal information
Full name Ricardo Dwayne Fuller
Date of birth (1979-10-31) 31 October 1979 (age 34)
Place of birth Kingston, Jamaica
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Millwall
Number 19
Youth career
1999–2001 Tivoli Gardens
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001 Crystal Palace 8 (0)
2001–2002 Tivoli Gardens 16 (12)
2001–2002 Heart of Midlothian (loan) 27 (8)
2002–2004 Preston North End 58 (27)
2004–2005 Portsmouth 31 (1)
2005–2006 Southampton 31 (9)
2006 Ipswich Town (loan) 3 (2)
2006–2012 Stoke City 182 (43)
2012–2013 Charlton Athletic 31 (5)
2013–2014 Blackpool 27 (6)
2014– Millwall 0 (0)
National team
1999–2012 Jamaica 73 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:42, 16 July 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 09:37, 13 June 2012 (UTC)

Ricardo Dwayne Fuller (born 31 October 1979) is a Jamaican professional footballer who plays as a striker for Millwall. He has also played for the Jamaica national team.

Fuller started his football career with Jamaican side Tivoli Gardens, before he moved to England with Crystal Palace in February 2001. He returned to Jamaica and then went on loan to Hearts, before joining Preston North End. He scored 27 goals in 58 League game at Preston, which prompted Portsmouth to pay £1million for his services. Fuller failed to make an impact at Portsmouth and joined rivals Southampton in 2005 before Stoke City signed him for £500,000 in August 2006.

At Stoke, he became an influential member of the first team and his goals helped the "Potters" gain promotion to the Premier League in 2008. He remained a key figure in the top-flight, despite a poor disciplinary record, and helped Stoke reach the 2011 FA Cup Final, but missed out on the final due to injury. After he recovered from his injury he was only give a bit-part role and he left the club in June 2012 for a one season stay with Charlton Athletic. He spent the 2013–14 season with Blackpool.

Club career[edit]

Crystal Palace[edit]

Fuller was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and began his career with Tivoli Gardens. He had a trial with Charlton Athletic, playing in three reserve team matches.[2] He moved to English club Crystal Palace in February 2001 for a possible fee of £1 million (the exact figure being dependent on appearances), after impressing on trial the previous month.[3] At the time of his transfer he was suspended by the Jamaican football authority for kicking a Wadadah player in the head.[4] He suffered from knee problems, and played just eight games for the "Eagles". He returned to Tivoli at the end of the campaign after failing to settle in London.

Fuller spent the next season 2001–02 on loan at Scottish Premier League club Hearts.[5] He had an instant impact, scoring 8 goals in 27 appearances, and finishing as the club's joint top-scorer with Kevin McKenna. However, the Edinburgh-based club could not afford to sign Fuller on a permanent basis.[6]

Preston North End[edit]

Preston North End stepped in to sign the striker, paying £500,000.[7] Fuller scored on his Preston debut, a 2–1 defeat at home to old club Crystal Palace, and soon became a vital team player. He had an explosive scoring rate, but unfortunately he suffered knee ligament damage in early December, which ended his season prematurely. He had scored 11 goals in only 20 appearances for the club. A fit again Fuller began the 2003–04 season on fire, including a run of six goals in five games, but his form tailed off as his knee troubled him once more. Despite this, he still scored 19 goals that season to become the club's top-scorer. Fuller handed in a transfer request in June 2004 to force through a move to a Premiership club.[8]

Portsmouth[edit]

Both Leeds United and Portsmouth then displayed their interest, however, Fuller's knee problems meant both clubs withdrew their offers after he failed medicals. However, Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp was still keen on the Jamaican and Pompey negotiated a 'pay-as-you-play' deal with Fuller, meaning they would not lose a great deal of money should his recurring knee injuries force him to miss long periods of seasons. Fuller moved to Fratton Park in August 2004 for £1 million, after scoring 31 goals in only 63 appearances for Preston.[9]

Fuller failed to make a huge impact in the Premier League, falling down the pecking order as the season progressed. Despite the sale of some of his fellow strikers at the end of the season, the return from long-term injury by strikers Vincent Péricard and Svetoslav Todorov, and the purchase of Collins Mbesuma, meant Fuller was not guaranteed first team football at Portsmouth and new manager Alain Perrin agreed to let Fuller go. A move to Sunderland fell through when Fuller failed a medical.[10] Instead he was re-united with Harry Redknapp, who signed him for Southampton for £90,000. He scored once in his time at Portsmouth, in a 3–1 win over Crystal Palace.[11]

Southampton[edit]

His start at Southampton was fairly dramatic, scoring Saints' only goal at Coventry on 29 August 2005, and scoring again at Derby on 18 September. After that his career at Saints declined. His perceived lack of effort and his history as a former Portsmouth player, combined with the general air of dissatisfaction at St. Mary's led to Fuller receiving a considerable amount of abuse from large sections of the home crowd.[12] In February 2006, he went on loan to Ipswich Town, where he had an eventful time. In three games, he scored two goals, collected two yellow cards and one red card in the 2–2 draw at Crystal Palace, for a hand gesture at the crowd.[13][14] He returned to Southampton at the end of March.[15]

On his return to Southampton, he was a changed player and in the final six games of the season he scored six goals to bring his tally for the season to nine which won him the Championship player of the month for April.[16] This took his season tally to nine goals, making him the club's top-scorer. Despite this, he did not fit into George Burley's plans for 2006–07 and was transferred to Stoke City on transfer deadline day, 31 August 2006.

Stoke City[edit]

Fuller in Stoke colours at the Britannia Stadium.

Fuller joined Stoke City for a fee of around £500,000.[17] However a significant percentage of the fee depends on the amount of appearances that he makes for the "Potters". In his first season at Stoke he was the top goalscorer with 11 goals, but he also had the worst disciplinary record, accumulating two red cards and 10 yellow cards.

In the 2007–08 season, Fuller became a vital part of Stoke promotion winning side becoming a firm fan favourite in the process. Fuller missed Stoke's home game against Hull City as he was attending the funeral of his grandmother in his home nation of Jamaica.[18] Fuller signed a new contract in December 2007 keeping his contracted at the club until 2011.[19] He scored 15 goals during the 2007–08 season as Stoke won promotion to the Premier League, he also won the club's goal of the season award for his sole effort against Wolverhampton Wanderers.[20]

Fuller scored Stoke City's first-ever Premier League goal, a late consolation in a 3–1 defeat to Bolton Wanderers on the opening day of the 2008–09 season. He followed this up with another goal in Stoke's 3–2 win over Aston Villa in their first ever Premier League home match.[21] This goal won Match of the Day's Goal of the Month for August.[22] and also earned the praise from manager Tony Pulis.[23] His goal against Villa would win him the goal of the season award the second time.

Fuller was sent off for violent conduct on 28 December 2008 against West Ham United. Following West Ham's equaliser, Fuller argued with team-mate Andy Griffin, before slapping the Stoke captain's face. Referee Michael Jones gave Fuller a straight red for violent conduct and West Ham went on to win the match 2–1.[24] Tony Pulis and Stoke team mate Danny Higginbotham commented that the incident would not affect the club.[25][26] On 1 January 2009, Tony Pulis confirmed that Fuller and Griffin had "kissed and made up" after a team meeting. Fuller said Griffin had been "very rude and disrespectful", but accepted that his actions had been worse.[27][28] In a match against Sunderland in February 2009 Fuller dislocated his shoulder and it was feared that he would be out injured for the rest of the season.[29] However Fuller made a quick recover and was out for just two weeks.[30] He bounced back with lively performances against Aston Villa and a goal against Bolton and continued his form to help Stoke to safety.

After a slow start to the 2009–10 season for Fuller's standards, Pulis told the Jamaican he needs to lose weight.[31] He scored 2 goals against Arsenal in the 4th round of the FA Cup in a 3–1 win over Arsenal on 24 January 2010,[32] and also in the next round against Manchester City. Despite not being as prolific in front of goal Fuller won the goal of the season award for the third in a row with another sole effort this time against West Ham United when he tricked his way past three hammers defenders before slotting past Rob Green.[33]

Fuller scored his first goal of the 2010–11 season against Tottenham Hotspur at the Britannia Stadium. He then dislocated his shoulder for the second time in his Stoke career away at Newcastle United[34] and then suffered a repeat injury in the next away match at Bolton.[35] He made his 150th league appearance for Stoke on 6 November 2010 against Sunderland. Fuller scored his 100th goal in British football on 9 November against Birmingham City with another sole effort.[36] In the January transfer window there was strong rumours that Fuller would be leaving Stoke to join Sunderland.[37] However Sunderland denied that they made a bid for Fuller.[38] Following the 5–0 FA Cup semi-final win over Bolton Wanderers Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross revealed that a speech from Fuller inspired the team.[39] In the next match against Aston Villa Fuller sustained an Achilles tendon injury and missed the rest of the 2010–11 season including the 2011 FA Cup Final.[40]

Fuller made his return from injury against Queens Park Rangers on 19 November 2011.[41] He scored his 50th goal for Stoke against Beşiktaş in the UEFA Europa League in December 2011.[42] He made his first Premier League start for Stoke on 10 March 2012 away at Chelsea, Fuller was sent-off after 24 minutes after stamping on Branislav Ivanović, Stoke went on to lose 1–0.[43] Manager Pulis described Fuller's actions as 'ridiculous'.[44] He left Stoke at the end of the 2011–12 season following the expiration of his contract.[45]

Charlton Athletic[edit]

Fuller joined Championship side Charlton Athletic on 22 August 2012 signing a one-year contract, with the option of a further year.[46] Fuller was given the number 19 shirt, and made his debut as a substitute in an away fixture at Nottingham Forest.[47] He scored important goals away at Ipswich Town and Crystal Palace, in addition to a 25-yard strike at home to Peterborough United.[48][49][50] Fuller suffered several injuries, but was one of Charlton's six goal scorers in a record 6–0 away win at relegation threatened Barnsley.[51] Despite helping Charlton to a ninth placed finish in their first season back in the second tier of English football since 2009, he was released by Charlton at the end of the 2012–13 season.[52]

Blackpool[edit]

On 15 August 2013 Fuller signed a one-year contract with Championship club Blackpool with an option of an extra year.[53]

Millwall[edit]

Fuller joined Millwall on a one-year contract on 16 July 2014.[54]

International career[edit]

Fuller was a member of the Jamaica Under 20 national team in 1998. He eventually was called up to the senior national team in 1999. Fuller has been involved in Jamaica's 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cup campaigns and also featured in the 2005 and 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup competitions.

Personal life[edit]

Fuller was raised by his grandmother in the volatile Tivoli Gardens section of Kingston, Jamaica. With his football earnings, Fuller was able to rebuild his grandmother's house after it was destroyed in early 2010 due to the riots in Jamaica.[55][56]

Fuller was arrested in February 2009 on suspicion of committing driving offences.[57] He later pleaded guilty to driving without a UK licence and was fined and handed three penalty points.[58] Fuller was arrested in February 2010 on suspicion of assault.[59] He was not faced with any charges over the incident.[60]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 3 May 2014[61]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Crystal Palace 2000–01[62] First Division 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Total 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Heart of Midlothian (loan) 2001–02[63] Scottish Premier League 27 8 2 2 0 0 29 10
Total 27 8 2 2 0 0 0 0 29 10
Preston North End 2002–03[64] First Division 18 9 0 0 2 2 20 11
2003–04[65] First Division 38 17 2 2 1 0 41 19
2004–05[66] Championship 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
Total 58 27 2 2 3 2 0 0 63 31
Portsmouth 2004–05[66] Premier League 31 1 2 0 4 0 37 1
Total 31 1 2 0 4 0 0 0 37 1
Southampton 2005–06[67] Championship 30 9 1 0 0 0 31 9
2006–07[68] Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 31 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 32 9
Ipswich Town (loan) 2005–06[67] Championship 3 2 0 0 0 0 3 2
Total 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2
Stoke City 2006–07[68] Championship 30 10 2 1 0 0 32 11
2007–08[69] Championship 42 15 2 0 0 0 44 15
2008–09[70] Premier League 34 11 0 0 3 0 36 11
2009–10[71] Premier League 35 3 5 4 1 1 41 8
2010–11[72] Premier League 28 4 6 0 2 0 36 4
2011–12[73] Premier League 13 0 2 0 0 0 3 1 18 1
Total 182 43 17 5 6 1 3 1 208 50
Charlton Athletic 2012–13[74] Championship 31 5 0 0 0 0 31 5
Blackpool 2013–14[75] Championship 27 6 1 0 0 0 28 6
Millwall 2014–15 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 398 101 25 9 13 3 3 1 439 114

Honours[edit]

Stoke City
Individual

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