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Ricardo Fuller
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Personal information
Full name Ricardo Dwayne Fuller
Date of birth 31 October 1979 (1979-10-31) (age 30)
Place of birth Kingston, Jamaica
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Stoke City
Number 10
Youth career
1999-2001 Tivoli Gardens
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001 Crystal Palace 8 (0)
2001-2002 Tivoli Gardens 16 (12)
2001-2002 Hearts (loan) 27 (8)
2002-2004 Preston North End 58 (27)
2004-2005 Portsmouth 31 (1)
2005-2006 Southampton 31 (9)
2006 Ipswich Town (loan) 3 (2)
2006- Stoke City 126 (37)
National team
1999– Jamaica 60 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:05, 16 January 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 08:33, 21 October 2009 (UTC)

Ricardo Dwayne Fuller (born 31 October 1979) is a Jamaican football player who currently plays as a striker for Premier League club Stoke City and for the Jamaica national football team.


Club career


Tivoli Gardens and Crystal Palace

Fuller was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and began his career with Tivoli Gardens before moving to English club Crystal Palace in February 2001 for £1million, after impressing on trial during January. Despite this he played just eight games for Palace (having suffered from knee problems; fans nicknamed him 'Glass-Knees'), and after failing to settle, he returned to Tivoli at the end of the campaign.


Fuller spent the next season (2001–02) on loan at Scottish Premier League club Hearts. Fuller had an instant impact, scoring 8 goals in 27 appearances. However, the Edinburgh-based club could not afford to sign Fuller on a permanent basis, and so English league side Preston North End stepped in to sign the striker, paying £500,000.

Preston North End

Fuller scored on his Preston debut, a 2–1 defeat at home to old club Crystal Palace, and soon became a vital team player. He had an explosive scoring rate, but unfortunately he suffered knee ligament damage in early December, which ended his season prematurely. He had scored 11 goals in only 20 appearances for the club.

A fit again Fuller began the 2003–04 season on fire, including a run of six goals in five games, but his form tailed off as his knee troubled him once more. Despite this, he still scored 19 goals that season.


Both Leeds United and Portsmouth then displayed their interest, however, Fuller's knee problems meant both clubs withdrew their offers after he failed medicals. However, Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp was still keen on the Jamaican and Pompey negotiated a 'pay-as-you-play' deal with Fuller, meaning they would not lose a great deal of money should his recurring knee injuries force him to miss long periods of seasons. Fuller moved to Fratton Park in August 2004 for £1 million, after scoring 31 goals in only 63 appearances for Preston.[1]

Fuller failed to make a huge impact in the Premier League, falling down the pecking order as the season progressed. Despite the sale of some of his fellow strikers at the end of the season, the return from long-term injury by strikers Vincent Pericard and Svetoslav Todorov, and the purchase of Collins Mbesuma, meant Fuller was not guaranteed first team football at Portsmouth and new manager Alain Perrin agreed to let Fuller go. A move to Sunderland fell through when Fuller failed a medical.[2] Instead he was re-united with Harry Redknapp, who signed him for Southampton for £90,000. He scored once in his time at Portsmouth, in a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace.[3]

Southampton and Ipswich Town

His start at Southampton was fairly dramatic, scoring Saints' only goal at Coventry on 29 August 2005, and scoring again at Derby on 18 September. After that his career at Saints declined. His perceived lack of effort and his history as a former Portsmouth player, combined with the general air of dissatisfaction at St. Mary’s led to Fuller receiving a considerable amount of abuse from large sections of the home crowd.

In February 2006, he went on loan to Ipswich, where he had an eventful time. In three games, he scored two goals, collected two yellow cards and one red card in the 2–2 draw at Crystal Palace (one of his former clubs), for a hand gesture at the crowd. He returned to Southampton at the end of March.

On his return to Southampton, he was a changed player and in the final six games of the season he scored six goals to bring his tally for the season to nine. Unfortunately, he didn't fit into George Burley's plans for 2006–07 and was transferred to Stoke City on transfer deadline day, 31 August 2006.

Stoke City

Fuller joined Stoke City for a fee of around £500,000. However a significant percentage of the fee depends on the amount of appearances that Fuller makes for the Potters. In his first season at Stoke he was the top goalscorer with 11 goals, but he also had the worst disciplinary record, accumulating two red cards and 10 yellow cards.

In the 2007–08 season, Fuller weighed in with 15 goals including a hat-trick against West Bromwich Albion at the Britannia Stadium. He has also seemingly controlled his discipline further this season becoming a firm fan favourite in the process. Fuller missed Stoke's home game against Hull City as he was attending the funeral of his grandmother in his home nation of Jamaica.[4]

Fuller scored Stoke City's first-ever Premier League goal, a late consolation in a 3–1 defeat to Bolton Wanderers on the opening day of the 2008–09 season. He followed this up with another goal in Stoke's 3–2 win over Aston Villa in their first ever Premier League home match.[5] This goal won Match of the Day's 'Goal of the Month' for August.[6]

Fuller was sent off for violent conduct on 28 December 2008 against West Ham. Following West Ham's equaliser, Fuller argued with team-mate Andy Griffin, before slapping the Stoke captain's face. Referee Michael Jones gave Fuller a straight red for violent conduct and West Ham went on to win the match 2-1.[7] On 1 January 2009, Tony Pulis confirmed that Fuller and Griffin had "kissed and made up" after a team meeting. Fuller said Griffin had been "very rude and disrespectful", but accepted that his actions had been worse. He bounced back with lively performances v Aston Villa and a goal against Bolton and has been on great form in recent games against West Ham. [8]


Fuller was arrested on 25 February 2009 in suspicion of driving offences.[9]

Career statistics


Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Total
2000-01 Crystal Palace First Division 8 0 - - 8 0
Scotland League Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup Total
2001-02 Heart of Midlothian (on loan) Premier League 27 8 2 2 - 29 10
England League FA Cup League Cup Total
2002-03 Preston North End First Division 18 9 - 2 2 20 11
2003-04 38 17 2 2 1 0 41 19
2004-05 Championship 2 1 - - 2 1
2004-05 Portsmouth Premier League 31 1 2 0 4 0 37 1
2005-06 Southampton Championship 30 9 1 0 - 31 9
2005-06 Ipswich Town (on loan) Championship 3 2 - - 3 2
2006-07 Southampton Championship 1 0 - 1 0 2 0
2006-07 Stoke City Championship 30 10 2 1 - 32 11
2007-08 42 15 2 0 - 44 15
2008-09 Premier League 34 11 - 3 0 36 11
2009-10 20 1 1 1 1 1 22 3
Total England 236 70 9 3 12 3 257 76
Scotland 27 8 2 2 - 29 10
Career Total 263 78 11 5 12 3 286 86


  1. ^ "Pompey bag Fuller". BBC Sport. 20 August 2004. Retrieved 16 August 2008.  
  2. ^ "Fuller fails Sunderland medical". BBC Sport. 2 July 2005. Retrieved 16 August 2008.  
  3. ^ "Portsmouth 3-1 C Palace". BBC. 11 September 2004. Retrieved 5 December 2009.  
  4. ^ "Hull held as Stoke miss Fuller". Mail Online. 01 January 2008. Retrieved 01 May 2009.  
  5. ^ Owen Phillips (16 August 2008). "Bolton 3-1 Stoke". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 August 2008.  
  6. ^ "Goal of the Month". BBC Sport. 11 April 2009. Retrieved 01 May 2009.  
  7. ^ Julian Shea (28 December 2008). "West Ham 2-1 Stoke". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 December 2008.  
  8. ^ Julian Shea (1 January 2009). "West Ham 2-1 Stoke". soccernet. Retrieved 1 January 2009.  
  9. ^ Alan Dawson (25 February 2009). "Stoke City striker Ricardo Fuller arrested". Retrieved 25 February 2009.  
  10. ^ Career statistics

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