Richard Forsyth

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Richard Forsyth
Personal information
Date of birth (1970-10-03) 3 October 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth Dudley, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
198x–1987 Stourbridge ? (?)
1987–1995 Kidderminster Harriers 303 (71)
1995–1996 Birmingham City 26 (2)
1996–1999 Stoke City 95 (17)
1999–2000 Blackpool 13 (0)
2000–2002 Peterborough United 70 (2)
2002 Cheltenham Town (loan) 5 (1)
2002–2004 Cheltenham Town 34 (3)
2004 Northwich Victoria 3 (0)
2006 Wolverhampton Casuals ? (?)
2007 Shawbury United ? (?)
Total 549 (96)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Richard Forsyth (born 3 October 1970) is an English footballer who played as a midfielder. He made nearly 250 appearances in the Football League playing for Birmingham City, Stoke City, Blackpool, Peterborough United and Cheltenham Town.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Forsyth was born in Dudley, which is now in the West Midlands county.[2] He began his football career with Stourbridge before joining Kidderminster Harriers in 1987. In eight years with the club he played more than 300 games in all competitions, scoring 71 goals,[3] and was part of the team which won the Conference title in 1993–94,[4] and was leading league scorer for the 1994–95 with 13 goals,[5] before moving to Birmingham City for a fee of £100,000.[4]

A year later he moved on to Stoke City for a £200,000 fee,[6] where he scored the first League goal in Stoke's new Britannia Stadium,[7] went on to spend three seasons with the club playing more than 100 games in all competitions.[2] His next move was to Blackpool on a free transfer in 1999, and then to Peterborough United, also on a free, where he linked up again with former Birmingham manager Barry Fry.[6] In October 2002, amid financial uncertainty at Peterborough, Forsyth joined Cheltenham Town on a month's loan;[8] on his return to Peterborough, the club expected him to remain with them, but, claiming the player had been "unsettled" by Cheltenham's offer of a longer permanent contract, finally allowed him to join Cheltenham for a fee of £15,000.[9][10] In January 2003 he sustained a hamstring injury which put paid to the remainder of his season.[11][12] Released at the end of the 2003–2004 season, Forsyth joined Northwich Victoria on non-contract terms,[13] but within weeks he suffered cruciate ligament damage which would keep him out for the season.[14]

He has since played for Stoke City's Masters team,[15] and for Wolverhampton Casuals[16] and Shawbury United[17] of the West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division.

After his career in football, he started teaching physical education at NEW Academy

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Birmingham City 1995–96 First Division 26 2 2 0 9 0 4 0 41 2
Total 26 2 2 0 9 0 4 0 41 2
Stoke City 1996–97 First Division 40 8 1 0 3 0 0 0 44 8
1997–98 First Division 37 7 1 0 4 1 0 0 42 8
1998–99 Second Division 18 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 22 2
Total 95 17 4 0 7 1 2 0 108 18
Blackpool 1999–2000 Second Division 13 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 16 0
Total 13 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 16 0
Peterborough United 2000–01 Second Division 30 2 5 1 2 0 1 0 38 3
2001–02 Second Division 32 0 4 0 2 1 1 0 39 1
2002–03 Second Division 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Total 70 2 9 1 4 1 2 0 85 4
Cheltenham Town 2002–03 Second Division 12 2 3 0 0 0 2 1 17 3
2003–04 Third Division 27 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 29 2
Total 39 4 5 0 0 0 2 1 46 5
Career Total 243 25 22 1 20 2 11 1 296 29
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Anglo-Italian Cup, Football League Trophy.

Honours[edit]

Kidderminster Harriers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Richard Forsyth". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Richard Forsyth". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 5 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "Richard Forsyth". Harriers-Online. Retrieved 5 February 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Northwich Victoria Player profile Richard Forsyth". NonLeague Daily. Retrieved 5 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "Kidderminster Harriers Leading Scorers". KidderminsterHarriers.com. Retrieved 5 February 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "Posh sign midfielder Forsyth". BBC Sport. 13 July 2000. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  7. ^ "Club records". Stoke City F.C. 12 January 2009. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  8. ^ Fudge, Simon (10 October 2002). "Forsyth joins Robins on loan". Sky Sports. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  9. ^ "Forsyth Joins Cheltenham For Five Figure Fee". Peterborough United F.C. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  10. ^ "Season 2002–2003". Cheltenham Town F.C. 29 August 2007. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  11. ^ "Forsyth joins injured list". Cheltenham Town F.C. 15 January 2003. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  12. ^ Fudge, Simon (27 March 2003). "Forsyth facing season out". Sky Sports. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  13. ^ Sullivan, Martin (6 August 2004). "Richard Forsyth". Cheltenham Town F.C. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  14. ^ "Aldershot Town 2 – 1 Northwich Victoria". ESPNsoccernet. 3 September 2004. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  15. ^ "Brit-10-Years: Where Are They Now?". Stoke City F.C. 10 September 2007. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  16. ^ "Match Report". Wolverhampton Casuals F.C. 26 October 2006. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  17. ^ "Martin to move?". Stourbridge News (Newsquest). 7 March 2007. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 

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