Richie Foran

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Richie Foran
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Personal information
Full name Richard Foran[1]
Date of birth (1980-06-16) 16 June 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder/Winger/Striker
Club information
Current team
Inverness Caledonian Thistle (Manager)
Youth career
Belvedere [2]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 St Patrick's Athletic 0 (0)
1999–2001 Shelbourne 28 (11)
1999–2000 Home Farm (loan) 24 (7)
2001–2004 Carlisle United 91 (25)
2004 Oxford United (loan) 4 (0)
2004–2007 Motherwell 90 (23)
2007–2009 Southend United 21 (1)
2007–2008 Darlington (loan) 12 (3)
2008–2009 Darlington (loan) 9 (3)
2009–2016 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 168 (38)
Total 447 (111)
National team
2001–2002 Republic of Ireland U21 6 (2)
Teams managed
2016– Inverness Caledonian Thistle
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 October 2014.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 November 2014

Richard Foran (born 16 June 1980) is an Irish football coach and retired footballer. He is the current manager of Inverness Caledonian Thistle, where he finished his playing career.

He has also played for St Patrick's Athletic, Shelbourne, Carlisle United, Oxford United, Motherwell, Southend United and Darlington.

Career[edit]

Player career[edit]

Ireland[edit]

Born in Dublin, Foran started his career in Ireland with St Patrick's Athletic but failed to make a first team appearance, before signing for fellow League of Ireland club Shelbourne in 2000. He finished his first season in the league by winning the PFAI Young Player of the Year award. Also during his debut season with Shelbourne, he scored home and away against Rosenborg in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League, and made his debut for the Republic of Ireland under-21 international team in Cyprus.

Carlisle[edit]

In 2001, manager Roddy Collins spent £120,000 to secure Foran's signature for Carlisle United, in England. While at Brunton Park he scored twenty-nine goals, with sixteen of them coming in the 2001–2002 season, helping Carlisle to a respectable mid-table finish – despite the club's recent history of battling to stay in The Football League. Over the next two seasons, Carlisle struggled and Foran found it difficult to score goals. He had a short loan spell at Oxford United during the 2003–2004 season, but at the end of the campaign, Carlisle United were relegated. During his time at Carlisle, he had a highly publicised 'fight' in the tunnel with Huddersfield Town's Steve Yates after a series of fouls committed by Foran in the first-half. Both were sent-off, Yates lost a front tooth and Foran picked up a five-match ban.

Motherwell[edit]

Foran moved to Scottish Premier League outfit Motherwell on a free transfer in 2004, where he scored twenty-three league goals in ninety matches. He also played in the 2005 Scottish League Cup Final against Rangers, but Motherwell lost the match 5–1.

Southend[edit]

On 31 January 2007 he completed a £200,000 transfer to Southend United. His career at Southend started with an assist for Freddy Eastwood against Stoke City, after coming on as a substitute. He then had a man-of-the-match performance playing against Crystal Palace. However, his early, impressive start was somewhat tarnished when he was sent-off for a second bookable offence during a game against Leicester City.[3] His first goal in a Southend shirt came in the 1–0 win against Burnley in the later part of the 2006–07 season.[4] His only other goal for the club came in a Football League Trophy tie against Dagenham & Redbridge.[5]

Foran went on-loan to Darlington from Southend, but due to a knee injury, he returned to his 'parent' club.
Nevertheless, he made a second loan-move to Darlington in October 2008 following an injury to their striker Liam Hatch.[6] He did not play for Southend during the 2008–09 season and his contract was terminated in January 2009.

Inverness[edit]

Soon afterwards he joined Inverness CT on a deal until the end of the season, making him their first signing under manager Terry Butcher. Foran made his debut in a goalless draw against Celtic and scored his first goal for the club in a 2–0 win over Hibernian. He also netted a hat-trick for Inverness in an emphatic 5–1 win over Ayr United.

Following Inverness' relegation to the First Division in 2010, Foran became the club captain. He was involved in most of the games during the club's promotion back to the Scottish Premier League.

In January 2012, he signed a new-deal to keep him at the club until 2014.[7] On 12 September 2013, Foran was awarded the SPFL Player of the Month for August.[8]

Due to a complicated knee injury, he missed the latter part of the 2013–14 season and the entire 2014–15 campaign where he watched from the sidlines as Inverness lifted their first major honour with the Scottish Cup and finished the season in third place. Foran made three substitute appearances in the 2015–16 season before he suffered a calf muscle tear in February 2016. .[9]

It was reported that he could miss the rest of the season but he managed to make a surprise return in March he was an unused substitute a 1-1 draw at Easter Road In The Scottish Cup Quarter Final against Hibernian and the following league game away To St Johnstone F.C. He came off the bench in the 65th minute in a home 1-0 defeat to Hamilton Academical F.C. he impressed Yogi Hughes enough that he gave Foran a surprise start in the 2-1 Quarter Final replay home defeat to Hibernian.He made a late substitute appearance in the 3-0 Highland derby win in Dingwall.

He was an unused substitute through the majority of April and did not make an appearance till the last day of the month a substitute appearance away to Partick Thistle F.C an emphatic 4-1 away win for the Caley Jags.

May was a better month for the Irishman making substitute appearances in the last 3 games of the season a 3-2 home loss against Dundee United F.C. and a 1-0 away win at Hamilton. He Scored a penalty during the final day of the season against Dundee F.C. in a battle for seventh place after Liam Polworth got brought down in the box. He scored the resulting penalty it was the fourth goal it was his also his first goal since November 2013 the game ended 4-0 a result that secured 7th place in The SPFL. Another reason fans knew it was a special moment as Foran stated 24 hours before that he would like regular first team football if he were to continue being a football player and felt he would not get that at Inverness. Leading to speculation that he would leave along with David Raven who was nearing the end of his contract Raven had fallen out with manager John Hughes. It did turn out to be his final goal not just for Inverness Caledonian Thistle but his last ever goal as a player.

Managerial and coaching career[edit]

On 30 May 2016, Foran was appointed manager of Inverness CT on a four-year contract. Former manager John Hughes had left the club after a fall-out with the board Foran was odds on favourite to replace him he managed to sign a few signings during the transfer window Billy King on a season-long loan deal from Hearts F.C.. Former Scotland international and former Cardiff City and Aberdeen first team player Kevin McNaughton from Wigan Athletic F.C.. Jake Mulraney From QPR and Scott Boden from Newport County. .[10] When he was appointed manager, Foran also announced his retirement from playing. Inverness's 4-0 home win against Dundee F.C on the last day of the season back in May was his last appearance as a player. [11]

Foran managed to get off to a winning start in his managerial career in July a 2-1 away win to Cowdenbeath F.C. in the revamped Scottish League Cup. Group Stages were introduced in July with a penalty shoot out after 90 minutes for an extra point Inverness Drew Dundee United Dunfermline Athletic F.C. Cowdenbeath And Arbroath F.C.. Inverness Drew Dundee United at home 1-1 but lost out in the penalty shoot out but things turned around for Caley managing to get the results they needed to finish first in the group and progress to the last 16 knockout rounds. a 5-1 away win against Dunfermilne and a 7-0 home thrashing of Arbroath ended July on a positive note.

In August he lost his first league game in charge a 2-0 away loss to Partick Thistle F.C. things did not get better for Inverness A shock 1-0 away loss To Alloa Athletic F.C. followed knocking Caley out of the League Cup. He then lost his first Highland derby in charge a 3-2 home defeat to Ross County things went from bad to worse away to Tynecastle Stadium a 5-1 deafeat to Hearts ended August on poor form Foran took blame for the loss to Hearts and promised to get better results and a few more players in to strengthen the squad.

During The International break Foran signed Lonsana Doumbouyawho had just ended his contract with Cercle Brugge K.S.V.. He then signed two players on transfer deadline day Brad McKay who had just been released by St Johnstone and Larnell Cole on a loan deal from Fulham F.C. until January

Inverness Got their first win of the Season after the international break in early September a 2-1 home win against St Johnstone F.C. a late goal from Josh Meekings scrambling the ball over the line after a chaotic corner sealed the three points. The next weekend the North derby away at Aberdeen ended in a 1-1 draw with Iain Vigurs scoring a great strike from 25 yards leveling the score-line. Inverness sustained Aberdeen pressure throughout the game saves from Inverness goalkeeper Owain Fôn Williams denied the Dons and made sure Caley got something from the game.

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Inverness CT

Individual[edit]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 15 April 2017[12]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 30 May 2016 Present 40 8 14 18 20.00

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Richie Foran". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 22 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "International Roll Of Honour". www.belvederefc.com. 2 February 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Southend 2–2 Leicester". BBC Sport. BBC. 3 March 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Southend 1–0 Burnley". BBC Sport. BBC. 13 March 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Southend 2–2 Dag & Red". BBC Sport. BBC. 4 September 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Foran makes Quakers return". Sky Sports. BSkyB. 31 October 2008. Retrieved 1 November 2008. 
  7. ^ "Foran inks Caley deal". Sky Sports. 27 January 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Foran lands August award". spfl.co.uk. 12 September 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Richie Foran; Further injury misery for Inverness CT captain". BBC Sport. BBC. 13 February 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 
  10. ^ "Inverness Caledonian Thistle: Richie Foran given four-year contract". BBC Sport. BBC. 30 May 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 
  11. ^ "Richie Foran to retire from playing after becoming Inverness manager". 
  12. ^ "Richie Foran". Soccerbase. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 

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