Matt Richards (footballer, born 1984)

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Matt Richards
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Richards pictured in 2011
Personal information
Full name Matthew Lee Richards[1]
Date of birth (1984-12-26) 26 December 1984 (age 31)[1]
Place of birth Harlow, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
2000–2002 Ipswich Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2009 Ipswich Town 148 (8)
2007 Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 14 (0)
2008 Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 14 (0)
2008–2009 Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 23 (1)
2009–2011 Walsall 86 (12)
2011–2013 Shrewsbury Town 85 (12)
2013–2015 Cheltenham Town 91 (8)
2015–2016 Dagenham & Redbridge 10 (0)
National team
2004–2005 England U16 5 (0)
2005–2006 England U17 5 (0)
2006 England U18 1 (0)
2004 England U21 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:04, 17 May 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:02, 7 July 2010 (UTC)

Matthew Lee "Matt" Richards (born 26 December 1984) is an English footballer who is currently a free agent.

Career[edit]

Ipswich Town[edit]

Matt is a graduate of the Ipswich Town academy, and made his debut in the UEFA Cup against Avenir Beggen aged just 17. He received his only England under-21 cap for appearing in the England U21 victory over Ukraine U21 in August 2004. He played a prominent role in Joe Royle's Play-off semi-finalist making teams in 2003/04 and 2004/05. When Club Captain Jim Magilton was made manager in 2006–07 Richards found himself out of favour.Originally regarded as a left-back, he is now much more comfortable as a midfielder, either playing on the left or in the centre.

Brighton & Hove Albion[edit]

On 18 September 2007, Richards joined League One side Brighton & Hove Albion on a provisional one-month loan deal, although the Seagulls had allegedly been tracking the player all through the summer of 2007.

Richards' loan deal at Brighton was extended by a further two months, running up until 18 December 2007[2] .[3] He played 14 League games in total during his three-month loan at the Withdean and ex-Brighton manager Dean Wilkins expressed his interest on loaning the player until the end of the 2007/08 season. On 17 January 2008, it was revealed that Richards had agreed to join Brighton on loan for the remainder of the 2007–08 season.[4]

Richards once again rejoined Brighton on loan until the end of December 2008 on 21 July 2008.[5]

Return to Ipswich and release[edit]

Richards made his Ipswich return in 2009 under new manager Roy Keane starting against Cardiff in a 3–0 win at Ninian Park.[6] This would turn out to be his last game for the club as he was released on 14 May 2009.[7]

Walsall[edit]

Richards had a trial spell with Burton Albion[8] scoring in a friendly against Ilkeston Town, however following a successful trial at League One side Walsall, Richards penned a two-year contract with the Saddlers.[9] Richards stated his desire to sign on at Walsall on Twitter, however, this was not possible.

Shrewsbury Town[edit]

Richards impressed during a trial period with Shrewsbury Town and underwent a medical at the Greenhous Meadow on 27 July 2011, with the deal expected to be completed in the following days. He signed a two-year deal with the Shropshire outfit on 28 July 2011, and scored his first goal in Shrewsbury colours on 8 October in a 3–2 home win over Barnet.[10] The season finished with Shrewsbury earning promotion to League One with Richards playing in excess of 30 games and earning players, and fans player of the year awards.[11]

Richards was released by Shrewsbury at the end of the 2012–13 season and joined Cheltenham Town on 5 July 2013.[12]

Cheltenham Town[edit]

Richard joined League Two side Cheltenham Town on 5 July 2013.[12] He scored his first goal for Cheltenham in a 3–1 defeat to Plymouth Argyle on 17 August 2013.[13]

Dagenham & Redbridge[edit]

In August 2015, he signed for League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge on a one-year deal after impressing whilst on trial during pre-season.[14] In May 2016 as his contract expired, he was released along with eleven players as Dagenham were relegated to the National League.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

Richard playing for Cheltenham Town in 2014
As of match played 19 April 2016.
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ipswich Town 2002–03[16] First Division 13 0 1 0 1 0 2[a] 0 17 0
2003–04[17] First Division 44 1 2 0 2 0 2[b] 0 50 1
2004–05[18] Championship 24 1 1 0 1 0 2[c] 0 28 1
2005–06[19] Championship 38 4 1 0 1 0 40 4
2006–07[20] Championship 28 2 3 1 1 0 32 3
2008–09[21] Championship 1 0 1 0
Total 148 8 8 1 6 0 2 0 4 0 168 9
Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 2007–08[22] League One 28 0 3 0 2[d] 0 33 0
2008–09[21] League One 23 1 2 0 3 1 4[d] 0 32 2
Total 51 1 5 0 3 1 6 0 65 2
Walsall 2009–10[23] League One 40 4 2 0 1 0 1[d] 0 44 4
2010–11[24] League One 46 8 3 1 1 0 1[d] 0 51 9
Total 86 12 5 1 2 0 2 0 95 13
Shrewsbury Town 2011–12[25] League Two 42 5 3 0 2 0 1[d] 0 48 5
2012–13[26] League One 43 7 0 0 1 0 1[d] 0 45 7
Total 85 12 3 0 3 0 2 0 93 12
Cheltenham Town 2013–14[27] League Two 46 6 1 0 2 2 0 0 49 8
2014–15[28] League Two 45 2 2 1 1 0 2[d] 0 50 3
Total 91 8 3 1 3 2 2 0 99 11
Dagenham & Redbridge 2015–16[29] League Two 10 0 0 0 0 0 1[d] 0 11 0
Career total 471 41 24 3 17 3 2 0 17 0 531 47
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Cup
  2. ^ Appearances in First Division play-offs
  3. ^ Appearances in Championship play-offs
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Appearances in Football League Trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0. 
  2. ^ Richards to Extend Brighton loan, BBC Football, 18 October 2007. Retrieved 21 July 2008
  3. ^ Richards Extends Loan at Brighton, BBC Football, 17 November 2007. Retrieved 21 July 2008
  4. ^ Brighton bag Ipswich's Richards, BBC Football, 17 January 2008. Retrieved 21 July 2008
  5. ^ Matt Returns to Brighton, itfc.co.uk, 21 July 2008. Retrieved 21 July 2008
  6. ^ http://www.clubfanzine.com/ipswich_town/v2.showNews.php?id=19375
  7. ^ http://www.clubfanzine.com/ipswich_town/v2.showNews.php?id=19623
  8. ^ Burton Albion 2 Ilkeston Town 3 Clough The Magic Dragon, 14 July 2009. Retrieved 13 May 2010
  9. ^ Walsall Sign Defender Richards, BBC Football, 4 August 2009. Retrieved 4 August 2009
  10. ^ "Midfielder signs". Shrewsbury Town F C official website. 28 July 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  11. ^ http://www.shropshirestar.com/sport/shrewsbury-town-fc/2012/05/01/matt-richards-big-winner-at-fans%E2%80%99-awards-night/
  12. ^ a b "Matt Richards: Cheltenham Town sign former Shrewsbury captain". BBC Sport. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Cheltenham 1–3 Plymouth". BBC Sport. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "Daggers Sign Midfielder". Dagenham & Redbridge. 2 August 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  15. ^ "Dagenham & Redbridge goalkeeper Liam O'Brien one of 11 players released by club following relegation from the Football League". Barking & Dagenham Post. 15 May 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  16. ^ "Games played by Matt Richards in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  17. ^ "Games played by Matt Richards in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  18. ^ "Games played by Matt Richards in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  19. ^ "Games played by Matt Richards in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  20. ^ "Games played by Matt Richards in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  21. ^ a b "Games played by Matt Richards in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  22. ^ "Games played by Matt Richards in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Matt Richards in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  24. ^ "Games played by Matt Richards in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  25. ^ "Games played by Matt Richards in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  26. ^ "Games played by Matt Richards in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Matt Richards in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Matt Richards in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Matt Richards in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 

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