Richard Edghill

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Richard Edghill
Personal information
Full name Richard Arlon Edghill[1]
Date of birth (1974-09-23) 23 September 1974 (age 39)
Place of birth Oldham, England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Right Back
Club information
Current team
Manchester City
(coach)
Youth career
1988–1993 Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–2002 Manchester City 183 (1)
2000 Birmingham City (loan) 3 (0)
2002 Wigan Athletic 0 (0)
2003 Sheffield United 1 (0)
2003–2005 Queens Park Rangers 40 (0)
2005–2007 Bradford City 42 (1)
2007–2008 Macclesfield Town 16 (0)
Total 285 (2)
National team
1994 England B 1 (0)
1994 England U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 May 2009.
† Appearances (Goals).

Richard Arlon Edghill (born 23 September 1974 in Oldham, Greater Manchester) is an English former professional footballer who played as a defender from 1993 to 2008. He works as a soccer school coach at Premier League side Manchester City.

He spent the majority of his career with his home town club, Manchester City. He spent numerous seasons in the Premier League and remained with the club through several relegations, followed by several promotions. He also appeared for Birmingham City in a loan spell and after leaving City in 2002 he moved on to Wigan Athletic. Spells with Sheffield United, Queens Park Rangers and Bradford City followed before ending his career with Macclesfield Town. He was capped by both England U21 and England B.

Club career[edit]

Manchester City[edit]

Edghill started his career with Manchester City as a product of the youth scheme which he joined as a schoolboy in 1988.[2] His first team debut came in the 1993–94 season in a match against Wimbledon. Edghill was capped by England at under-21 and 'B' level, but his development was hampered by a series of serious injuries, including missing the entire 1996–97 season due to a knee injury. After recovery from this injury Edghill featured regularly in the first team for the next three seasons and also scored in the penalty shootout of the play-off final despite, at this point, never having scored in his professional career. In the 1999–2000 season an injury to team captain Andy Morrison saw Edghill take over as captain and he helped earn City promotion back into the Premiership. The 1999–2000 season also saw Richard score his first professional goal in a 2–0 win against Blackburn Rovers. However Edghill suffered a poor start to the 2000–01 season including a calamitous own goal in a 2–1 defeat against Coventry City Edghill lost his first team place, and he was loaned to Birmingham City.

The then City manager Joe Royle purchased both Richard Dunne and Laurent Charvet to replace Edghill. However Manchester City were going through a bad run of form and on 1 January 2001 Edghill returned to the starting line up along with Andy Morrison. However Royle was unsure of his best team hence the choice of personnel was often erratic. Manchester City were relegated and Kevin Keegan became manager. Keegan used a 3–5–2 formation with wing backs and Shaun Wright-Phillips was preferred at Right wing back to Richard Edghill. Keegan's acquisition of Sun Jihai served to further limit Richard's opportunities at the club and he was released at the end of the 2001–02 promotion winning campaign, having made a total of 207 appearances for the club in nine years.

Later career[edit]

Following his release Edghill had short unsuccessful spells with Wigan Athletic and Sheffield United before joining Queens Park Rangers in August 2003. In the 2005 close season Edghill joined Bradford City on a free transfer. He was released in May 2007.

Edghill joined Macclesfield Town on 13 July 2007, re-uniting himself with former City team-mate Ian Brightwell, manager of the League Two side. He stayed until the end of the season before being released by manager Keith Alexander.

International career[edit]

He was capped by both England U21 and England B.

Coaching career[edit]

Edghill helps out as a coach at former club Manchester City's soccer school.[3]

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