Romain Larrieu

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Romain Larrieu
Romain Larrieu.jpg
Larrieu as a Plymouth Argyle player
Personal information
Full name Romain Larrieu[1]
Date of birth (1976-08-31) 31 August 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Mont-de-Marsan, France
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1998 Montpellier 0 (0)
1998–2000 Valence 1 (0)
2000–2012 Plymouth Argyle 292 (0)
2007 Gillingham (loan) 14 (0)
2007 Yeovil Town (loan) 6 (0)
2013 Tiverton Town 0 (0)
2014 Camelford 0 (0)
Teams managed
2012-2013 Plymouth Argyle (assistant manager)
2013 Plymouth Argyle (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Romain Larrieu (born 31 August 1976) is a French footballer who plays as a goalkeeper. Born in Mont-de-Marsan, he has played in the Football League for Plymouth Argyle, Gillingham and Yeovil Town. He also appeared in Ligue 2 for Valence. Larrieu is currently out of contract professionally and considering a return to playing after a period as a full-time coach for Plymouth Argyle. He is currently registered with South West Peninsula League club Camelford.

Playing career[edit]

Larrieu started his career in his native France at Montpellier, but finding it impossible to dislodge the experienced French international Bruno Martini, he decided to move on. His next club was ASOA Valence where he played with another future Plymouth player, David Friio, until their relegation into the French Third Division when Larrieu was released along with Friio in the summer of 2000.

Following a six-month break he was recommended to Argyle's manager, Paul Sturrock and was signed on a one-month trial contract, making his debut on 6 December, in the Football League Trophy versus Bristol City. Having been signed as a back-up keeper, he played 14 league games following injury to regular goalkeeper Jon Sheffield and despite obvious rustiness and nerves he was rewarded with a permanent contract.

Larrieu was surprisingly made first choice for the 2001–02 season but this decision proved to be a masterstroke. Plymouth became champions of Division Three (now League 2) with Larrieu conceding only 28 goals, keeping 27 clean-sheets (a club record) and pulling off many a fine save. He was also named in the PFA Division Three team of the year.[3] He was again first choice for the 2002–03 season as he became a fan favourite at Home Park. After that he was linked with a shock move to then Premiership champions Arsenal. But his 2003–04 season was cut short after 6 games after sustaining damaged knee ligaments. Argyle won promotion from Division 2 (now League 1) that season, and in 2004–05 he shared goalkeeping duties with Luke McCormick in the Championship.

The following season (2005–06) Larrieu resumed duties as first choice goalkeeper playing in 45 of the 46 league fixtures again putting in impressive displays. In the 2006–07 season, he suffered with testicular cancer, and after his recovery,he was allowed to go out on loan to Gillingham.

He made his debut for Gillingham in a 2–0 away defeat to Swansea City on 23 January 2007. What was originally intended to be a short term loan was extended until mid-April, because of injury to Gillingham goalkeeper Kelvin Jack.

The 2007–08 season was another disappointment for Larrieu. With McCormick continuing to be the first choice goalkeeper, Larrieu was sent on loan to Yeovil Town for a month long loan, where he made six appearances in the league for them. After some impressive form he returned to Plymouth and established himself as the number one goalkeeper until Christmas, where a second bout of ill health ended up ruling him out for the rest of the season, meaning he was only able to play 15 games for Plymouth all year.

Larrieu began the 2008–09 season behind former Arsenal man Graham Stack, but returned to the side in the 2–1 win at Watford and kept his place for the remainder of the season, proving to be as influential as ever in his 40 league appearances. In recognition of his performances throughout the season, Larrieu was voted as Plymouth Argyle Player of the Year by the clubs supporters.[4] As of the 2009–10 season he will be club captain. On 5 May 2012, Larrieu announced that the club's final match of the 2011–12 campaign against Cheltenham Town would be his last as a Plymouth Argyle player, allowing him to concentrate on his coaching duties.[5][6][7]

At the beginning of the 2013-14 season it was rumoured that Larrieu was looking for a return to playing and appeared in a number trial matches and pre-season friendlies. He eventually signed for Tiverton Town to provide experienced cover, but did not make an appearance. In January 2014 Larrieu signed for South West Peninsula League club Camelford as cover for their regular 'keeper who was due to be unavailable for a short period.

Coaching career[edit]

In September 2011, Larrieu was appointed first team player-coach to caretaker manager Carl Fletcher following the dismissal of Peter Reid on a temporary basis. The pair took over permanently in November. In May 2012, the club confirmed that Larrieu had signed a rolling 12-month contract to become the club's assistant manager. Larrieu served as caretaker manager for one game in January 2013 after Fletcher was sacked and continued as assistant manager when John Sheridan joined the club. He was released from his contract in May after more than 12 years of service to the club. Larrieu is now looking for offers from other clubs.[8][9]

Career statistics[edit]

As a player[edit]

As of match played on 5 May 2012.
Club League Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Montpellier Ligue 1
1996–97 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1997–98 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
ASOA Valence Ligue 2
1998–99 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999–00 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Plymouth Argyle Third Division
2000–01 15 0 453 0 0 0 2 0 17 0
2001–02 45 0 4 0 1 0 1 0 51 0
Second Division 2002–03 43 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 48 0
2003–04 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
Championship 2004–05 23 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 24 0
2005–06 45 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 46 0
2006–07 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Total 183 0 10 0 3 0 3 0 199 0
Gillingham League One
2006–07 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Total 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Yeovil Town
2007–08 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 7 0
Total 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 7 0
Plymouth Argyle Championship
2007–08 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
2008–09 41 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 42 0
2009–10 25 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 28 0
League One 2010–11 18 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 22 0
League Two 2011–12 10 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 12 0
Total 109 0 5 0 2 0 3 0 119 0
Career total 313 0 15 0 5 0 7 0 340 0

As a manager[edit]

As of 5 June 2014.
Team Nation From To Record
G W D L Win %
Plymouth Argyle (Caretaker manager)  England 2 January 2013 6 January 2013 1 0 0 1 00.00
Total 1 0 0 1 0.00

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Plymouth Argyle

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2007). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2007–08. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. p. 241. ISBN 978-1-84596-246-3. 
  2. ^ "Romain Larrieu". Plymouth Argyle F.C. Archived from the original on 9 June 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Plymouth players rewarded". BBC Sport. 15 April 2002. Retrieved 9 August 2008. 
  4. ^ Skinner, Matt (4 May 2009). "Le Keeper". Plymouth Argyle F.C. Retrieved 7 May 2009. 
  5. ^ Cowdery, Rick (5 May 2012). "Adieu, Mon Brave". Plymouth Argyle F.C. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Romain Larrieu will today announce his retirement from professional football". The Herald. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  7. ^ McNichol, Rob (5 May 2012). "First class second choice". Plymouth Argyle F.C. Archived from the original on 14 June 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Romain Larrieu: Plymouth Argyle assistant boss leaves". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 May 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Romain Larrieu 'saddened' after Plymouth Argyle end his 13-year stretch at club". The Herald (Plymouth). 2 May 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 

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