Richard Cadette

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Richard Cadette
Personal information
Full name Richard Raymond Cadette[1]
Date of birth (1965-03-21) 21 March 1965 (age 50)
Place of birth Hammersmith, England
Playing position Striker
Youth career
0000–1984 Wembley
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1985 Orient 21 (4)
1985–1987 Southend United 90 (49)
1987–1988 Sheffield United 28 (7)
1988–1992 Brentford 87 (20)
1989–1990 Bournemouth (loan) 8 (1)
1992–1994 Falkirk 92 (31)
1994 Millwall (loan) 0 (0)
1994–1997 Millwall 24 (5)
1997 Shelbourne 1 (0)
1997 Clydebank 4 (1)
1997–1998 Gloucester City 3 (0)
Total 356 (119)
Teams managed
2002–2006 Tooting & Mitcham United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Richard Cadette (born 21 March 1965) is an English former professional footballer who played as a striker, most notably for Falkirk, Brentford and Southend United. After his retirement he moved into management with Tooting & Mitcham United.

Playing career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Hammersmith, Cadette began his career in non-league football with Isthmian League Division One side Wembley, before securing a move to the Football League with Division Three club Orient in August 1984.[2] He made 28 appearances and scored five goals in a disastrous 1984–85 season for the Os, which saw the club relegated to Division Four.[2][3] He departed Brisbane Road after the season.[2]

Southend United[edit]

Cadette signed for Division Four side Southend United in a £4000 deal in August 1985.[4][5] He had an emphatic start to his career at Roots Hall, scoring four goals in a 5-1 rout of former club Orient on his full league debut for the club.[5] He scored 56 goals in 104 appearances over the course of two seasons and celebrated promotion to Division Three with a third-place finish at the end of the 1986-87 season.[2][6] Cadette was also twice named in the Division Four Team of the Season while with the Shrimpers. He left the club after the season.[2]

Sheffield United[edit]

Cadette moved up to Division Two to sign for Sheffield United in July 1987, in a move which was settled by tribunal for £90000.[7] He failed to replicate his previous goalscoring form, netting just seven times in 33 appearances, before departing at the end of the 1987-88 season.[2]


Cadette moved back to London to sign for Division Three side Brentford in July 1988 for an £80000 fee.[1] Brought in by manager Steve Perryman to form a strike partnership with Gary Blissett, Cadette hit the ground running, top scoring with 17 goals in the 1988-89 season, before having his season cut short by injury in March 1989.[1] He featured in Brentford's run to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, which ended in a 4-0 defeat to giants Liverpool, with Cadette hitting the post with a chance which could have put the Bees 1-0 up.[8] The arrival of Dean Holdsworth up front for the 1989-90 season and the change to route one tactics pushed Cadette out of contention.[8] He began the 1991-92 season up front alongside Holdsworth, but fell behind Blissett in the pecking order in October 1991 and departed Griffin Park in January 1992.[1] Cadette made 123 appearances and scored 31 goals in three-and-a-half years with Brentford.[1] Looking back in 2005, Cadette revealed that despite his differences with manager Phil Holder (who had been promoted from Steve Perryman's assistant in 1990), he appreciated the support he received from the fans.[8]

Bournemouth (loan)[edit]

Out of favour at Brentford,[1] Cadette joined Division Two strugglers Bournemouth on loan in March 1990, until the end of the 1989-90 season.[2] He scored one goal in 8 appearances.[2]


Cadette joined Scottish League Premier Division side Falkirk in January 1992, linking up with former Brentford teammates Tony Parks and Eddie May.[1] He had a successful two-and-a-half years with the club, winning the 1993–94 Scottish Challenge Cup (scoring in the final after being famously attacked by manager Jim Jefferies at half time)[9] and the First Division title, which secured an immediate return to the top-flight. He departed the Falkirk Stadium in October 1994, after a spell which manager Jim Jefferies described as "phenomenal".[10]

Millwall (loan and permanent signing)[edit]

Cadette returned to England to sign for Division One side Millwall on loan in October 1994.[11] He signed a permanent £130000 deal the following month.[12] In what turned out to be a disastrous move,[13] Cadette made just 27 appearances and scored 6 goals in almost three years at The New Den.[2]


After a trial with Clydebank, Cadette signed for League of Ireland side Shelbourne on a short-term contract in August 1997, as cover for the injured Stephen Geoghegan and Pat Morley.[14]


Cadette rejoined Scottish League Second Division side Clydebank in late August 1997, scoring one goal in seven appearances before departing the following month.[15]

Gloucester City[edit]

Cadette dropped into non-league football to join Southern League Premier Division side Gloucester City during the 1997-98 season, making just three appearances.[16]

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring as a player, Cadette became involved with the youth setup at former club Millwall.[17] He later managed Isthmian League Division One side Tooting & Mitcham between November 2002 and May 2006.[18][17][19] He was sacked at the end of the 2005-06 season, after defeat to Tonbridge Angels in the playoff semi-finals.[20]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Haynes, Graham; Coumbe, Frank (2006). Timeless Bees: Brentford F.C. Who's Who 1920-2006. Harefield: Yore Publications. p. 32. ISBN 978-0955294914. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Richard Cadette". Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Football Club History Database - Orient". Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "SUFCdb - Player Profile". Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Peter Miles. "Blues History: The Eighties". Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Football Club History Database - Southend United". Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ a b c Lane, David (2005). Cult Bees & Legends: Volume Two. Hampton Hill: Legends Publishing. pp. 70–75. ASIN B00NPZL58S. ISBN 0954368282. 
  9. ^ "Jefferies pulls a Hampden flanker". Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  10. ^ Ewing Grahame (18 December 2008). "I grabbed a player by the throat, says Kilmarnock manager Jim Jefferies". Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "Sporting Digest: Football". The Independent. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "Millwall Players A to D". Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  13. ^ "Falkirk to do it again - Cadette". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  14. ^ "Shelbourne sign Cadette as cover". Irish Times. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  15. ^ "Richard Cadette". Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  16. ^ "Profile". Tiger Roar. Retrieved 24 March 2011. 
  17. ^ a b "Past Managers". Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  18. ^ "The Terrors: Cadette force for the future?". News Shopper. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  19. ^ "Tooting & Mitcham United". BBC. Retrieved 24 March 2011. 
  20. ^ "Hastings’ dream move". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 

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