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Richard Martin
Personal information
Full name Richard William Martin [1]
Date of birth 1 September 1987 (1987-09-01) (age 22)
Place of birth Chelmsford, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Yeovil Town
Number 15
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Brighton & Hove Albion 00 (0)
2005–2006 Kingstonian (loan) 13 (0)
2006 Dorchester Town (loan) 11 (0)
2007 Folkestone Invicta (loan) 12 (0)
2007–2009 Manchester City 00 (0)
2009 Burton Albion (loan) 00 (0)
2009– Yeovil Town 03 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:00, 29 December 2009 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Richard William Martin (born 1 September 1987) is an English footballer who is currently playing for Yeovil Town.[2]

Career

Born in Chelmsford, Essex, Martin grew up in Liverpool and progressed successfully through the youth ranks at Brighton and was awarded a professional contract in September 2004 on reaching his 17th birthday. During this time the highly rated 'keeper was a target for a number of premiership clubs including Liverpool[3] with whom he trialled in 2004 and Everton[4][5] in 2006.

Martin made his first team debut for Brighton in a pre-season friendly against Le Havre AC and went on to feature in four more ties including starts against Oxford United F.C. and A.F.C. Bournemouth. During the course of the 2005/6 season he made fourteen appearances on the substitute bench as understudy to Irish international Wayne Henderson and also had a successful loan spell at Kingstonian helping them move from 18th to 7th position in the league before being recalled by the club.

At the beginning of the 2006/07 season Martin was sent on a season-long loan to Conference South side Dorchester Town, making eleven appearances and helping Dorchester challenge for a playoff place before being recalled by Brighton after suffering an injury. Martin then went out on loan to Folkestone Invicta at the end of February 2007 and helped the club avoid relegation playing in every one of their remaining games.

Richard was released at the end of his contract in May 2007 his departure coinciding with that of long time goalkeeping coach, John Keeley. In August 2007 two weeks before the start of the the new Premiership season Martin, still without a club, was invited to train with Manchester City[6] for a week by goalkeeping coach Eric Steele. However, injuries to Joe Hart and Andreas Isaksson resulted in Martin unexpectedly playing for City that weekend. After impressing in the friendly fixture Martin was given a month long contract. Martin continued to impress in subsequent premier reserve team fixtures, including a victory over Manchester United. This didn't go unnoticed as City boss Sven-Göran Eriksson saw fit to extend Martin's contract to the end of the season. At the end of the Premier League 2007-08 season Martin made his Manchester City first team debut in the Pok Oi Charity Cup against a South China Invitational XI.

Martin joined Conference National league-leaders Burton Albion on an emergency loan on 17 April 2009, after Kevin Poole suffered an injury.[7 ]

Manchester City decided against renewing Martin's contract and he was released at the end of the 2008–09 season.[8]

Martin made his debut for Yeovil Town in their 2–1 away defeat against Bournemouth on 1 September in the Football League Trophy.[9]

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