|Full name||Ryan Andrew Kidd|
|Date of birth||6 October 1971|
|Place of birth||Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|1992–2002||Preston North End||259||(10)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Following a move from Port Vale in 1992, he spent ten years with Preston North End, before retiring from the game at age 30 due to injury. During his time at the club, Preston won promotion as Third Division champions in 1995–96 and Second Division champions in 1999–2000; and were one game away from promotion to the Premier League in 2001. He turned to coaching once his playing days finished, and was briefly the manager of Darlington in June 2010.
Kidd graduated through the Port Vale youth team to sign his first professional forms under John Rudge in July 1990. He made one league start and three cup appearances as a substitute in the 1991–92 season, but was given a free transfer in May 1992 and moved on to Les Chapman's Preston North End, also of the Second Division.
The "Lilywhites" were relegated into the Third Division (fourth tier) under new manager John Beck in 1992–93; they occupied the final relegation place having finished three points below Hull City. Preston then finished fifth in 1993–94, and reached the Wembley play-off Final, where they lost out 4–2 to Wycombe Wanderers. They again finished fifth in 1994–95, with the help of young Manchester United loanee David Beckham, but missed out on the 1995 play-off Final after they lost out to Bury at the semi-final stage. North End achieved promotion at the third time, winning the Third Division title in 1995–96 by a three-point margin, under Gary Peters' stewardship.
Kidd was a key first team member in 1996–97, making 40 appearances as Preston retained their third tier status. They achieved another comfortable mid-table in 1997–98, and Kidd played 44 games, scoring in wins over Wigan Athletic and Luton Town, and retaining his first team place under teammate turned manager David Moyes. For the third time in Kidd's Preston career, the Deepdale club reached the play-offs in 1998–99 following a fifth place finish; however they missed the play-off Final with Manchester City after losing out to Gillingham at the semi-final stage. Kidd had played 33 games over the course of the campaign, scoring at Wrexham and in both games against Chesterfield. Preston continued to progress, and won promotion as champions in 1999–2000, finishing seven points ahead of second-place Burnley; Kidd played a total of 38 games.
He played just fifteen First Division games in 2000–01 after recovering from serious neck surgery, but played every minute of the three play-off games. Preston progressed past Birmingham City following a penalty shoot-out, but were denied a place in the Premier League after a 3–0 defeat to Bolton Wanderers in the Final at the Millennium Stadium. He was limited to just seven appearances in 2001–02, before he was forced to retire in November 2001, after suffering a serious neck injury (a collapsed disc meant he could not safely head the ball again). For his ten years service and more than 300 league and cup appearances for the "Lambs", Kidd was granted a testimonial match in summer 2002 against Kevin Keegan's Manchester City.
"He has played a big part in the team for the last 10 years and I hope that after this disappointment he will get a good turn-out for his testimonial because he has been such a good servant."—Preston boss David Moyes on Kidd's retirement.
Kidd joined Barnsley in January 2006, where he was the assistant manager working alongside manager Simon Davey, in which they are still remembered for their famous 2008 FA Cup run leading Barnsley to the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley, having knocked out Liverpool at Anfield, then beating Chelsea at home in the quarter finals. Previously he had gained his coaching and managerial experiences working as Development Centre Manager and under-18 team coach at Preston North End, before taking up the offer of Centre of Excellence Manager at Bury. He left Barnsley in September 2009 after almost three years, following the sacking of Simon Davey.
In March 2010, Davey and Kidd again teamed up to take over at League Two side Darlington. Davey resigned after just eleven weeks, and on 17 June 2010 Kidd took over as manager of Darlington. He signed a two-year contract, however he lasted just eleven days, resigning on 28 June without taking charge of a first-team game and making no signings, after he had second thoughts about the job.
- with Preston North End
- Football League Third Division champion: 1995–96
- Football League Second Division champion: 1999–2000
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