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Romain Larrieu
Personal information
Full name Romain Larrieu
Date of birth August 31, 1976 (1976-08-31) (age 33)
Place of birth Mont-de-Marsan, France
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Plymouth Argyle
Number 1
Youth career
1994–1996 Montpellier
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 Montpellier 0 (0)
1998–2000 ASOA Valence 1 (0)
2000– Plymouth Argyle 262 (0)
2007 Gillingham (loan) 14 (0)
2007 Yeovil Town (loan) 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:51, 28 December 2009 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Romain Larrieu (born 31 August 1976 in Mont-de-Marsan, Landes) is a French footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for English Football League club Plymouth Argyle.

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Playing career

Larrieu started his career in his native France at Montpellier, but finding it impossible to dislodge the experienced French international Bruno Martini, he decided to move on. His next club was ASOA Valence where he played with another future Plymouth player, David Friio, until their relegation into the French Third Division when Larrieu was released along with Friio in the summer of 2000.

Following a six-month break he was recommended to Argyle's manager, Paul Sturrock and was signed on a one-month trial contract, making his debut on December 6, in the Football League Trophy versus Bristol City. Having been signed as a back-up keeper, he played 14 league games following injury to regular goalkeeper Jon Sheffield and despite obvious rustiness and nerves he was rewarded with a permanent contract.

Larrieu was surprisingly made first choice for the 2001–02 season but this decision proved to be a masterstroke. Plymouth became champions of Division Three (now League 2) with Larrieu conceding only 28 goals, keeping 27 clean-sheets (a club record) and pulling off many a fine save. He was also named in the PFA Division Three team of the year[1]. He was again first choice for the 2002–03 season as he became a fan favourite at Home Park. After that he was linked with a shock move to then Premiership champions Arsenal. But his 2003–04 season was cut short after 6 games after sustaining damaged knee ligaments. Argyle won promotion from Division 2 (now League 1) that season, and in 2004–05 he shared goalkeeping duties with Luke McCormick in the Championship.

The following season (2005–06) Larrieu resumed duties as first choice goalkeeper playing in 45 of the 46 league fixtures again putting in impressive displays. In the 2006–07 season, he suffered with testicular cancer, and after his recovery,he was allowed to go out on loan to Gillingham.

He made his debut for Gillingham in a 2–0 away defeat to Swansea City on 23 January 2007. What was originally intended to be a short term loan was extended until mid-April, because of injury to Gillingham goalkeeper Kelvin Jack.

The 2007–08 season was another disappointment for Larrieu. With McCormick continuing to be the first choice goalkeeper, Larrieu was sent on loan to Yeovil Town for a month long loan, where he made six appearances in the league for them. After some impressive form he returned to Plymouth and established himself as the number one goalkeeper until Christmas, where a second bout of ill health ended up ruling him out for the rest of the season, meaning he was only able to play 15 games for Plymouth all year.

Larrieu began the 2008–09 season behind former Arsenal man Graham Stack, but returned to the side in the 2-1 win at Watford and kept his place for the remainder of the season, proving to be as influential as ever in his 40 league appearances. In recognition of his performances throughout the season, Larrieu was voted as Plymouth Argyle Player of the Year by the clubs supporters.[2] As of the 2009–10 season he will be club captain.

Career statistics

Club League Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Montpellier Ligue 1
1996–97 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1997–98 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
ASOA Valence Ligue 2
1998–99 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999–00 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Plymouth Argyle Third Division
2000–01 15 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 17 0
2001–02 45 0 4 0 1 0 1 0 51 0
Second Division 2002–03 43 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 48 0
2003–04 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
Championship 2004–05 23 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 24 0
2005–06 45 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 46 0
2006–07 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Total 183 0 10 0 3 0 3 0 199 0
Gillingham League One
2006–07 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Total 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Yeovil Town
2007–08 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 7 0
Total 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 7 0
Plymouth Argyle Championship
2007–08 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
2008–09 41 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 42 0
2009–10 23 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 26 0
Total 79 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 83 0
Career Total 283 0 13 0 4 0 4 0 304 0

Updated to matches played as of 13th January 2010.

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