Richard Dryden

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Richard Dryden
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Personal information
Full nameRichard Andrew Dryden [1]
Date of birth (1969-06-14) 14 June 1969 (age 51) [1]
Place of birth Stroud, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) [1]
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Barrow (assistant manager)
Youth career
0000–1987 Bristol Rovers
Senior career*
1987–1989 Bristol Rovers 13 (0)
1988–1989Exeter City (loan) 6 (0)
1989–1991 Exeter City 86 (13)
1991Manchester City (loan) 0 (0)
1991–1993 Notts County 31 (1)
1992Plymouth Argyle (loan) 5 (0)
1993–1994 Birmingham City 48 (0)
1994–1996 Bristol City 37 (2)
1996–2001 Southampton 47 (1)
1999Stoke City (loan) 3 (0)
2000Stoke City (loan) 10 (0)
2000Northampton Town (loan) 10 (0)
2000–2001Swindon Town (loan) 7 (0)
2001–2002 Luton Town 23 (0)
2001–2002Scarborough (loan) 4 (1)
2002–2003 Scarborough 22 (1)
2003 Worksop Town
2003–2007 Tamworth 23 (2)
2007 Shepshed Dynamo
Teams managed
2007–2010 Worcester City
2015–2016 Notts County (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Richard Andrew Dryden (born 14 June 1969) is an English former professional footballer turned manager and coach.


Playing career

Born in Stroud, Gloucestershire, Dryden started his career as a trainee with Bristol Rovers, joining them as a professional on 14 July 1987. [1] He then joined Exeter City on loan on 22 September 1988 before signing permanently on 8 March 1989 for a fee of £10,000, [1] where he first played under manager Terry Cooper. During Dryden's time at Exeter, 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 for Dryden, joining on 9 August 1991 for a fee of £250,000. [1] He moved on to Birmingham City for £165,000 on 19 March 1993, [1] where he was re-united with Terry Cooper. After Birmingham, Dryden moved on 16 December 1994 to Bristol City for a fee of £140,000, [1] the rivals of his first club, Bristol Rovers.

On the recommendation of Terry Cooper, now Southampton's chief scout, Dryden moved to Southampton on 6 August 1996 for £150,000. [1] 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 FA Premier League side, scoring 4 goals in all competitions. Three of these goals came in Southampton's run in the 1996–97 League Cup. This included a goal against Peterborough United [2] and two against Oxford United; one in the original tie [3] and another in the replay. [4] His only other goal for Southampton came against Nottingham Forest in the league. [5]

He was also loaned out to Stoke City, Northampton Town and Swindon Town while at Southampton. Whilst at Stoke he played as a substitute as they won the 2000 Football League Trophy Final. [6] He signed on loan for Swindon on 24 November 2000. [1] 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.

On 2 February 2001, Dryden joined Luton Town on a permanent contract. [1] He moved on to Scarborough on 11 July 2002 after playing for the club on loan in the 2001–02 season. [7]

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

Managerial and coaching 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 Cooper's contract.

In March 2007, Dryden signed for Shepshed Dynamo. [8] In November 2007, he became manager of Conference North club Worcester City [9] but left this post after being sacked on 17 January 2010. [10] He was subsequently appointed assistant manager at Darlington, but was dismissed together with Mark Cooper on 14 October 2011. [11]

Dryden was appointed as York City's head of youth team coaching in July 2012, working alongside youth team coach Steve Torpey. [12] [13] He left in December 2014 after a reorganisation of the club's youth coaching structure. [14]

In October 2015, he was officially confirmed as the new under 21s manager at Notts County. Following the departure of Ricardo Moniz as manager in January 2016, he was appointed caretaker manager of the first team. [15] Following Mark Cooper's appointment as Notts County manager in March 2016, he became a part of Cooper's backroom team in the first team set-up once again. [16]

In June 2016, he joined Indian club East Bengal as assistant coach. [17] [18] In May 2021, Dryden followed Mark Cooper again to be his assistant at Barrow. [19]

Career statistics

Source: [20]

ClubSeasonLeagueFA CupLeague CupOtherTotal
Bristol Rovers 1986–87 Third Division 6000001070
1987–88 Third Division60202010110
1988–89 Third Division1000100020
Exeter City 1988–89 Fourth Division 210000000210
1989–90 Fourth Division307105100368
1990–91 Third Division416102140487
Notts County 1991–92 First Division 291202020351
1992–93 First Division2010000030
Plymouth Argyle (loan) 1992–93 Second Division 5000001060
Birmingham City 1992–93 First Division110000000110
1993–94 First Division340104000390
1994–95 Second Division3000100040
Bristol City 1994–95 First Division191100000201
1995–96 Second Division181103030251
Southampton 1996–97 Premier League 291006300354
1997–98 Premier League130001000140
1998–99 Premier League4000000040
1999–2000 Premier League1000000010
2000–01 Premier League0000000000
Stoke City (loan) 1999–2000 Second Division130000020150
Northampton Town (loan) 2000–01 Second Division100000000100
Swindon Town (loan) 2000–01 Second Division7010000080
Luton Town 2000–01 Second Division200000000200
2001–02 Third Division3010101060
Career Total3261711028515038022

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