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Richard Dryden
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Personal information
Full name Richard Andrew Dryden
Date of birth 14 June 1969 (1969-06-14) (age 40)
Place of birth    Stroud, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Worcester City
Youth career
1986 Bristol Rovers
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1986–1988
1989–1991
1991
1991–1993
1992
1993–1994
1994–1996
1996–2001
1999–2000
2000
2000–2001
2001–2002
2001–2003
2003
2003–-2007
2007
Bristol Rovers
Exeter City
Manchester City (loan)
Notts County
Plymouth Argyle (loan)
Birmingham City
Bristol City
Southampton
Stoke City (loan)
Northampton Town (loan)
Swindon Town (loan)
Luton Town
Scarborough
Worksop Town
Tamworth
Shepshed Dynamo
13 0(0)
92 (13)
00 0(0)
31 0(1)
05 0(0)
48 0(0)
37 0(2)
47 0(1)
13 0(0)
10 0(0)
07 0(0)
23 0(0)
26 0(0)

23 0(2)
   
Teams managed
2007– Worcester City

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Richard Dryden (born 14 June 1969 in Stroud, England) is an English former professional footballer. He currently manages Worcester City F.C., he was appointed in December 2007. [1]

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Playing career

A very experienced defender, Richard started his career in 1986 as a trainee with Bristol Rovers, joining them as a professional in July 1987. He then joined Exeter City in March 1989 after a brief loan spell with the club, where he first played under manager Terry Cooper.

During Dryden’s time at Exeter City, he made a total of 92 appearances and also spent time on loan with Manchester City. While at Exeter, he played a major part in their 1989–90 Fourth Division title triumph.

Notts County was the next stop (from August 1991) for Dryden before moving on to Birmingham City for £165,000 in March 1993, where he was re-united with Terry Cooper. After Birmingham City, Dryden moved in December 1994 to Bristol City, the rivals of his youth team club, Bristol Rovers.

On the recommendation of Terry Cooper, now Southampton's chief scout, Dryden moved to Southampton in August 1996 for £150,000. He made his debut on 18 August 1996 at home to Chelsea and successfully marked Gianluca Vialli out of the game in a 0–0 draw. Although he featured regularly in the first team under manager Graeme Souness in 1996–97 (making 29 league appearances), the remainder of his time at The Dell was difficult as Southampton had 5 managers during the course of his 5 seasons with the club. He played a total of 54 games for the Premiership club, scoring 4 goals. He will best be remembered at Southampton for the 3 spectacular goals he scored in their 1996–97 Coca-Cola Cup run, especially for one against Oxford United on 26 November, when he received the ball 35 yards from goal, cut inside and curled a shot from 20 yards into the top left corner.

He was also loaned out to Stoke City, Northampton Town and Swindon Town loan while at Southampton.

He was signed on loan for Swindon Town in November 2000 in a bid to tighten a poor defence. Dryden's spell at the club hardly started well - he was credited with an own goal on his debut, during a 3–0 loss at home against Stoke City on 25 November. This was followed by two consecutive victories against Northampton Town and Rotherham United, but his final four appearances for Swindon all ended in defeat.

In February 2001, Dryden joined Luton Town on a permanent contract and moved on to Scarborough in July 2002 after playing for the club on loan earlier in the 2001–02 season.

May 2003 saw him join Worksop Town for a brief spell before moving to Tamworth.

Managerial career

Dryden was appointed assistant manager of Tamworth, when Mark Cooper took charge of the club in April 2004. On 24 January 2007 Dryden's contract with Tamworth was terminated by mutual consent, at the same time as Mark Cooper's contract.

In March 2007, Dryden signed for Shepshed Dynamo.[2] In December 2007, he became manager of Conference North club Worcester City F.C.[1]

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