Richard Hastings

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Richard Hastings
Personal information
Full name Richard Cory Hastings
Date of birth (1977-05-18) 18 May 1977 (age 40)
Place of birth Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Left back
Youth career
1991–1995 Millburn Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1994 Nairn County ? (?)
1994–2001 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 180 (2)
2001–2002 Ross County 28 (0)
2002–2003 Grazer AK 9 (0)
2003–2004 MVV Maastricht 17 (1)
2004–2009 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 133 (1)
2009–2010 Hamilton Academical 17 (0)
2012–2013 Brora Rangers 5 (0)
Total 384 (4)
National team
1998–2010 Canada 59 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 June 2013.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 May 2010

Richard Cory Hastings (born 18 May 1977) is a Canadian association football player, who has played for Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Ross County, Grazer AK, MVV Maastricht, Hamilton Academical and Brora Rangers.

Hastings played 59 times for the Canadian national team. Hastings was a member of the Canada side which won the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and later represented his country at the 2001 Confederations Cup, the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup, 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup, 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Club career[edit]

Hastings was born in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. Hastings spent his early years in Vancouver. When he was 7 years old he and his English parents moved to Middlesbrough, England. He went to Millburn Academy in Inverness.[1]

Hastings began his career as a teenager with Nairn County before signing for Inverness Caledonian Thistle, for whom he made 106 appearances as a defender. During this spell in Inverness he was an important player for the team and became Caley Thistle's first full-time player. A constant member of the squad that won promotion to the Scottish First Division, Hastings was also part of the team that beat Celtic in the Scottish Cup in 2000.[2]

In 2001 Richie Hastings joined Ross County, before spells at Grazer AK and Maastricht. In 2004, he returned to Caley Thistle. He was the only international capped player at Inverness Caledonian Thistle after the departure of Marius Niculae. In his second spell at Caley Thistle he scored twice: against Dunfermline in the league[3] and Morton in the Scottish League Cup.[4]

Hastings was released from his contract with Hamilton at the end of the 2009–10 season.[5] On 11 February 2011 Hastings announced his retirement as a player. The announcement was not surprising, as the 33-year-old had been without a cluhb since the end of the 2009–10 season.

In 2012 Hastings came out of retirement and signed for Highland League side Brora Rangers.[6]

International career[edit]

Hastings played at the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship in Malaysia, alongside Paul Stalteri and Jason Bent.

He made his senior debut for Canada in a May 1998 friendly match against Macedonia and, up to 22 November 2009, has earned a total of 57 caps, scoring 1 goal. He has represented Canada in 10 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[7] Hastings' only international goal was the golden goal in Canada's 2–1 win over Mexico in the quarter-final of the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup, a tournament Canada went on to win.[2] Hastings was named Rookie of the Tournament.

He was also in the squad for the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup playing in a central-defence position and was also named in the "Team of the Tournament" line-up. He was also selected in the 2009 Canadian Gold Cup roster.

Hastings last appearance in the Canada jersey was in a friendly 29 May 2010 against Venezuela, the game ended as a 1–1 away draw.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 20 February 2000 Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, USA  Mexico 2–1 2–1 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup




  • 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup Best XI


  1. ^ Veteran fullback Richard Hastings back on Canadian soccer duty
  2. ^ a b Gordon, Phil (12 March 2011). "Richard eyes Canada high". The Scottish Sun. Retrieved 12 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Inverness CT 2-1 Dunfermline". BBC. 12 May 2007. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Morton 1-2 Inverness CT (aet)". BBC. 23 September 2008. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Hamilton Accies part with 11 players". BBC Sport. 12 May 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Hastings announces soccer retirement". CBC Sports. 11 February 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  7. ^ Record at FIFA Tournaments – FIFA

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