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Richie Foran
Personal information
Full name Richard Foran
Date of birth 16 June 1980 (1980-06-16) (age 29)
Place of birth    Dublin, Ireland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Striker / Winger
Club information
Current club Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Number 9
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1998–1999
1999–2001
1999–2000
2001–2004
2004
2004–2007
2007–2009
2007–2008
2008
2009–
St Patrick's Athletic
Shelbourne
Home Farm (loan)
Carlisle United
Oxford United (loan)
Motherwell
Southend United
Darlington (loan)
Darlington (loan)
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
00 0(0)
28 (11)
24 0(7)
91 (25)
04 0(0)
90 (23)
21 0(1)
12 0(3)
09 0(3)
21 0(7)   
National team2
Republic of Ireland U21

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 17:42, 27 September 2009 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 9 July 2007 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Richard 'Richie' Foran (born on 16 June 1980 in Dublin) is an Irish footballer who plays for Scottish First Division side Inverness CT.

He has also played for St Patrick's Athletic, Shelbourne, Carlisle United, Oxford United, Motherwell, Southend United and Darlington.

Biography

Richie Foran started his career in Ireland with St Patrick's Athletic but failed to make a first team appearance and drifted out of League of Ireland football. In 2000, Foran signed for Shelbourne and finished his first season in the league by winning the PFAI Young Player of the Year award. During Foran's debut season with Shelbourne he scored home and away against Rosenborg in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League, and made his debut for the Republic of Ireland under 21 international team in Cyprus.

In 2001, manager Roddy Collins spent £120,000 to secure Foran's signature for Carlisle United F.C. in England. While at Brunton Park he scored 29 goals, with 16 of them coming in the 2001-2002 season, where he helped United to a respectable mid-table finish, when every season was a struggle to stay in The Football League. In next two seasons Carlisle struggled and Foran found it hard to score goals, he also had a short loan spell at Oxford United during the 2003-2004 season, and after Carlisle's relegation at the end of the 2003-04 season. Also while at Carlisle, he had a fight with Huddersfield Town's Steve Yates due to a series of fouls committed by Foran in the first half. Both were sent off, Yates lost his front tooth and Foran picked up a 5 match ban.

Foran moved to Scottish Premier League outfit Motherwell on a free transfer in 2004, where he scored 23 league goals in 90 league matches. He also played in the 2005 CIS Cup Final against Rangers, but saw Motherwell lose 5-1.

On 31 January 2007 he completed a £200,000 transfer to Southend United. His career at Southend United started with an assist for Freddy Eastwood against Stoke City after coming on as a substitute. He then had a man of the match performance against Crystal Palace and was really setting a great impression but was then sent off for a second bookable offence against Leicester City. His first goal in a Southend shirt came in the 1-0 win against Burnley in the later part of the 2006/07 season.

Foran went on loan to Darlington from Southend, but due to a knee injury he returned to Southend on 2 April 2008. He made a second loan move to Darlington in October 2008 following an injury to striker Liam Hatch.[1]

He did not play for Southend during the 2008-09 season and his contract was terminated in January 2009, just hours afterwards he joined Inverness CT in January 2009 on a contract till the end of the season, making him their first signing under Terry Butcher. Scored his first goal for the club in a 2-0 win over Hibernian. He scored a hat-trick in an emphatic 5-1 win over Ayr United.

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