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Richard Naylor
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Personal information
Full name Richard Alan Naylor
Date of birth February 28, 1977 (1977-02-28) (age 33)
Place of birth Leeds, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Central defender
Club information
Current club Leeds United
Number 6
Youth career
Ipswich Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2009 Ipswich Town 324 (38)
2002 Millwall (loan) 3 (0)
2002 Barnsley (loan) 8 (0)
2009 Leeds United (loan) 4 (1)
2009– Leeds United 38 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:39, 16 March 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Richard Alan Naylor (born 28 February 1977 in Leeds) is an English footballer who currently plays for Leeds United, where he captains the team.

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Club career

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Ipswich Town

He graduated through the Ipswich Town youth academy and played for Ipswich for 14 years. Richard started out his Ipswich career as a robust centre forward making an instant impact in the mid-1990s for the Club. However a number of recurring injuries held Naylor back from achieving his full potential as a striker and he soon found himself behind Alex Mathie, James Scowcroft, David Johnson and later Marcus Stewart in the pecking order at Portman Road.

In 1999–2000 Naylor started in fine form but was once again forced onto the bench, however he would play a key role in Ipswich’s decisive Play Off Final Game against Barnsley (a club he would later join). Naylor came on as a first half substitute in the 2000 Division One Play-off Final against his future loan club Barnsley, for the injured David Johnson, and was widely credited at the time for changing the shape of the match in Ipswich's favour, scoring one and setting up another sending Ipswich back into the Premiership for the first time since 1995.

While Ipswich where riding high in the Premiership, Naylor once again found himself out of favour with then manager George Burley. Naylor continued to make sporadic appearances for Ipswich during 2000–2001 which saw Ipswich qualify for a place in the UEFA Cup. Naylor would score Ipswich’s last goal of the season against Derby County.

In 2001-2001 Naylor was out of Ipswich’s plans, despite having the opportunity to play against Italian giants Inter Milan in the UEFA Cup. He was loaned out to Barnsley and Millwall in 2002 in what seemed to many as the end of his Ipswich career.

However Ipswich where relegated in 2001–2002 by a point and as the promotion push in 2002–03 started to fizzle out, Burley was replaced by Joe Royle as Ipswich manager and with the departure of many players from the Club due to administration, Naylor was back in the picture. Royle decided to switch Naylor back to play as a centre half, a move that saw Naylor improve his performances and ironically increase his goal scoring tally for the club.

Naylor played a key role in Ipswich’s promotion pushes in 2003/04 and 2004/05 where the club would lose in the semi-finals to West Ham and went on to become a staple for Club in the less successful 2005/06. In 2006 Joe Royle left Ipswich and Naylor’s former teammate Jim Magilton took over as manager. On September 1, 2006 he was given a testimonial at Ipswich for 10 years as a professional at the club. 10,000 fans attended the game at Portman Road to see the current Ipswich team play against the Wembley 2000 XI. It finished 3 – 3 with Naylor fittingly scoring a last minute penalty. Naylor remained in the first team at Ipswich playing at the back alongside team captain Jason DeVos in 2006/07 and 2007/08. In 2008/09 his last season with the club, he was made club captain.

Leeds United

On 14 January 2009, Naylor joined his boyhood team Leeds United on loan from Ipswich. The move was made permanent on February 2 2009 when he joined on a free transfer. Naylor was appointed vice-captain of the club and scored his first goal for the club in the 2–0 win over Southend United.[1] Naylor helped rejuvenate Leeds' form after signing for his boyhood club, who had previously conceded several goals from set pieces. Leeds' defence considerably improved, and when Sam Sodje also signed for Leeds on loan they made a formidable centre back partnership at the back, after Leeds had previously had some defence problems. The performances of Naylor and Sodje helped Leeds reach the playoff semi-finals, but they eventually lost out to Millwall after losing 2-1 on aggregate over two legs.

Ian Westlake had revealed in the October/November 2006 issue of the Leeds, Leeds, Leeds magazine about Naylor that "Bam-Bam's a massive Leeds fan – he's got the white rose tattooed on his arm and sings 'Marching On Together' in the shower after training".

In July 2009 he signed for Leeds permanently from Ipswich Town and Naylor was appointed the new permanent captain of Leeds United following former captain Frazer Richardson's departure in the summer [2]. Naylor has had an operation on his back and has missed all of the 2009–10 pre season and has missed several of Leeds games in League 1. During his absence the captain's armband was temporarily passed to Jonny Howson.

Naylor made his comeback from injury playing 61 minutes in Leeds United's Reserves 2–1 win over Middlesbrough Reserves. After recovering from injury Naylor has found himself on Leeds' bench due to the impressive form of Leeds central defensive partnership.

Naylor made his return to first team action on 29 September, by starting in the game at home to Carlisle United. Naylor retained his place in the side against Charlton Athletic. Naylor missed the game against Brighton with an injury. The injury is expected to keep Naylor out of a few games. Naylor returned to the Leeds side against Accrington Stanley in the JPT. During the 2009–10 season Naylor has formed a formidable partnership with Australian International defender Patrick Kisnorbo with the two centre backs being part of one of the best defensive records in the entire English league. Naylor suffered an injury late on in the match against Hartlepool but was fit enough to start against Stockport County. Naylor captained Leeds to victory in the FA Cup 3rd round against Manchester United. After the game he said "It is unbelievable, a tremendous result that has been a long time coming. I am really proud of the lads. I thought we had a few chances to make it 2-0 late on. We dug in when we needed to but we also played some good football."

Naylor missed Leeds' FA Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur on 23rd January 2010 through injury. Leeds earned a replay by getting a 2-2 draw. Naylor also missed Leeds defeat to Swindon Town but returned against Colchester United. Naylor played in Leeds' JPT 2nd leg Norther Area final match against Carlisle United and Naylor was at fault for one of the goals conceded when his error let in Adam Clayton to slot the ball home for Carlisle. Leeds were knocked out of the JPT after losing 6-5 on penalties. After a solid start in defence, Leeds have continued to leak goals with 19 goals being conceded in the 9 games since the Manchester United victory.

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