Richard Ord

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Richard Ord
Personal information
Date of birth (1970-03-03) 3 March 1970 (age 50)
Place of birth Murton, England
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1998 Sunderland 253 (7)
1990York City (loan) 3 (0)
1998–2000 Queens Park Rangers 0 (0)
National team
1990–1991 England U21 3 (0)
Teams managed
2010–2012 Durham City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Richard Ord (born 3 March 1970) is an English former footballer who played as a defender.


Born in Murton, County Durham, Ord joined Sunderland on leaving school in 1986, and played nearly 300 first team games for them until he left the club in 1998. During that time, he helped them win promotion to the top flight twice (1990 and 1996) and achieve runners-up spot in the FA Cup (1992).

Ord attended Easington Comprehensive School.[1] He was a highly rated Centre back who could also operate on the left, his most notable achievement being in 1996 when he won the Division One championship with Sunderland.

In the summer of 1998, he signed for Queen's Park Rangers, but was injured in a pre-season friendly. A two-year injury nightmare prevented him from ever playing in a competitive game for QPR, and he finally announced his retirement as a player in 2000, aged only 30.

Ord was manager of non-league Durham City, until 2 October 2012 when he resigned.

In December 2012 Ord released his autobiography, entitled 'Who Needs Cantona When We've Got Dickie Ord!'. The name of the book refers to a popular terrace chant sung by Sunderland fans during his final years at the club, which was then released as a single by a group of supporters.


  1. ^ Hartlepool fanzine Archived 28 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine, p36, article by Alan White, a former teacher at Easington

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