|Full name||Richard Foran|
|Date of birth||16 June 1980|
|Place of birth||Dublin, Ireland|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Current club||Inverness Caledonian Thistle|
|1998–1999||St Patrick's Athletic||0||(0)|
|1999–2000||→ Home Farm (loan)||24||(7)|
|2004||→ Oxford United (loan)||4||(0)|
|2007–2008||→ Darlington (loan)||12||(3)|
|2008||→ Darlington (loan)||9||(3)|
|2009–||Inverness Caledonian Thistle||163||(38)|
|Republic of Ireland U21|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Dublin, Foran started his career in Ireland with St Patrick's Athletic but failed to make a first team appearance and drifted out of League of Ireland football. In 2000, Foran signed for Shelbourne and finished his first season in the league by winning the PFAI Young Player of the Year award. During Foran's debut season with Shelbourne he scored home and away against Rosenborg in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League, and made his debut for the Republic of Ireland under 21 international team in Cyprus.
In 2001, manager Roddy Collins spent £120,000 to secure Foran's signature for Carlisle United F.C. in England. While at Brunton Park he scored 29 goals, with 16 of them coming in the 2001–2002 season, where he helped United to a respectable mid-table finish, when every season was a struggle to stay in The Football League. In next two seasons Carlisle struggled and Foran found it hard to score goals, he also had a short loan spell at Oxford United during the 2003–2004 season, and after Carlisle's relegation at the end of the 2003–04 season. Also while at Carlisle, he had a fight with Huddersfield Town's Steve Yates due to a series of fouls committed by Foran in the first half. Both were sent off, Yates lost his front tooth and Foran picked up a 5 match ban.
Foran moved to Scottish Premier League outfit Motherwell on a free transfer in 2004, where he scored 23 league goals in 90 league matches. He also played in the 2005 CIS Cup Final against Rangers, but saw Motherwell lose 5–1.
On 31 January 2007 he completed a £200,000 transfer to Southend United. His career at Southend United started with an assist for Freddy Eastwood against Stoke City after coming on as a substitute. He then had a man of the match performance against Crystal Palace and was really setting a great impression but was then sent off for a second bookable offence against Leicester City. His first goal in a Southend shirt came in the 1–0 win against Burnley in the later part of the 2006/07 season. His only other goal for the club came in a Football League Trophy tie with Dagenham & Redbridge.
Foran went on loan to Darlington from Southend, but due to a knee injury he returned to Southend on 2 April 2008. He made a second loan move to Darlington in October 2008 following an injury to striker Liam Hatch.
He did not play for Southend during the 2008–09 season and his contract was terminated in January 2009. Just hours afterwards he joined Inverness CT on a contract until the end of the season, making him their first signing under Terry Butcher. Foran made his debut in a 0–0 draw against Celtic and scored his first goal for the club in a 2–0 win over Hibernian. He scored a hat-trick in an emphatic 5–1 win over Ayr United.
Following Inverness' relegation to Division 1, Foran became the club captain. He was involved with Inverness' return to the Scottish Premier League. On 27 January 2012, Foran signed a new deal to keep him at the club until 2014 as his contract expired at the end of the season. On 12 September 2013, Foran was awarded the SPFL Player of the Month award for August.
- PFAI Young Player of the Year: 2000-01
- "Southend 2-2 Leicester". BBC. 3 March 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
- "Southend 1-0 Burnley". BBC. 13 March 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
- "Southend 2-2 Dag & Red". BBC. 4 September 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
- "Foran makes Quakers return". Sky Sports. 31 October 2008. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
- "Foran inks Caley deal". Sky Sports. 27 January 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2012.
- "Foran lands August award". spfl.co.uk. 12 September 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2013.