Ryan Kidd

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Ryan Kidd
Personal information
Full name Ryan Andrew Kidd[1]
Date of birth (1971-10-06) 6 October 1971 (age 47)
Place of birth Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Port Vale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1992 Port Vale 1 (0)
1992–2002 Preston North End 259 (10)
Total 260 (10)
Teams managed
2010 Darlington
2016 Bury (joint caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ryan Andrew Kidd (born 6 October 1971) is an English former football defender who is now the youth-team manager at Bury.

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. He went on to coach at Bury, and was temporarily appointed joint caretaker-manager (with Chris Brass) in November 2016.

Playing career[edit]

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.[2]

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.[3][4] 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.[5][6] 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).[7][8] 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.[9]

"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.[10]

Coaching career[edit]

Kidd joined Barnsley in January 2006, where he was the assistant to manager Simon Davey as the club reached the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley in 2008, having knocked out Liverpool at Anfield, then beating Chelsea at home in the quarter finals.[9] 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.[11] He left Barnsley in September 2009 after almost three years, following the sacking of Simon Davey.[12]

In March 2010, Davey and Kidd again teamed up to take over at League Two side Darlington. Davey resigned after just eleven weeks,[13] and on 17 June 2010 Kidd took over as manager of Darlington.[14] He signed a two-year contract,[15] 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.[16] On 21 December 2011, Kidd was named as assistant to Rochdale's caretaker manager Chris Beech.[17] He later began coaching the under-16s at the Blackpool academy.[18]

In February 2014, Kidd was appointed as the under-18's manager at Bury.[19] Kidd and Chris Brass took charge of the club as joint caretaker-managers following the sacking of David Flitcroft in November 2016, and were given the task of managing the club for the rest of the 2016–17 season.[20] The club lost all four games before Brass was given the job on a full-time basis, with Kidd being appointed as his assistant.[21] He remained at Gigg Lane under three different managers since Brass left in February 2017, and served the club as the youth-team manager in the 2018–19 season, working with Mark Litherland.[22]

Personal life[edit]

As of November 2016, Kidd was married to Mirinda, with whom he had two sons.[9]


Playing statistics[edit]


Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Port Vale 1991–92 Second Division 1 0 0 0 3 0 4 0
Preston North End 1992–93 Second Division 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
1993–94 Third Division 36 1 4 0 6 0 46 1
1994–95 Third Division 32 3 0 0 5 0 37 3
1995–96 Third Division 30 0 1 0 5 2 36 2
1996–97 Second Division 35 0 2 0 5 0 42 0
1997–98 Second Division 33 2 4 0 7 0 44 0
1998–99 Second Division 28 3 3 0 2 0 33 3
1999–2000 Second Division 29 0 3 0 6 0 38 0
2000–01 First Division 15 0 1 0 5 0 20 0
2001–02 First Division 6 0 0 0 1 0 7 0
Total 259 9 18 0 41 2 318 11
Career Total 260 9 18 0 44 2 322 11


with Preston North End


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  2. ^ Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 163. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0.
  3. ^ White, Clive (18 May 1995). "Miller brings Rovers their reward". The Independent. Retrieved 26 December 2011.
  4. ^ White, Clive (15 May 1995). "Preston are made to pay for profligacy". The Independent. Retrieved 26 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Brilliant Bolton seal Premiership return". BBC Sport. 28 May 2001. Retrieved 26 December 2011.
  6. ^ "Clockwatch: Bolton 3–0 Preston". BBC Sport. 28 May 2001. Retrieved 26 December 2011.
  7. ^ "Kidd forced to retire". BBC Sport. 14 November 2001. Retrieved 26 December 2011.
  8. ^ "Kidd faces the future". BBC Sport. 20 November 2001. Retrieved 26 December 2011.
  9. ^ a b c "Getting to know Ryan Kidd". buryfc.co.uk. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Kidd forced to retire". BBC Sport. 14 November 2001. Retrieved 20 October 2009.
  11. ^ "Tykes assistant boss fined by FA". BBC Sport. 21 January 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2009.
  12. ^ "Barnsley wait on Robins agreement". BBC Sport. 7 September 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2011.
  13. ^ "Simon Davey defends Darlington decision". BBC Sport. 21 June 2010. Retrieved 26 December 2011.
  14. ^ "Ryan Kidd Appointed Manager". Darlington F.C. 17 June 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2010.
  15. ^ "Ryan Kidd appointed as Darlington manager". BBC Sport. 17 June 2010. Retrieved 26 December 2011.
  16. ^ Barron, Peter (29 June 2010). "Cooper confirmed as new Quakers manager". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 29 June 2010.
  17. ^ "Ryan Kidd to assist caretaker Chris Beech at Rochdale". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 December 2011.
  18. ^ "Staff Directory". blackpoolfc.co.uk. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  19. ^ Nelson, Craig (27 February 2014). "Former Barnsley assistant manager Ryan Kidd joins Bury as Under-18s coach". Bury Times. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  20. ^ McKenzie, Mikael (8 December 2016). "Bury duo Brass and Kidd given until the end of the season". Bury Times. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  21. ^ Nelson, Craig (15 December 2016). "Bury chairman wants 'wins and attractive football' after appointing Chris Brass as new head coach". Bury Times. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  22. ^ "Full list of all staff at Bury Football Club – last edited Monday, 4th February 2019". Bury Football Club. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  23. ^ Ryan Kidd at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)

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