Richard Shaw (footballer)

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Richard Shaw
Personal information
Full name Richard Edward Shaw [1]
Date of birth (1968-09-11) 11 September 1968 (age 52) [1]
Place of birth Brentford, England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) [2]
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
0000–1987 Crystal Palace
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1987–1995 Crystal Palace 207 (3)
1989Hull City (loan) 4 (0)
1995–2006 Coventry City 317 (1)
2006–2008 Millwall 59 (0)
Total587(4)
Teams managed
2007 Millwall (caretaker)
2012 Coventry City (assistant manager)
2012 Coventry City (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 14:18, 25 June 2012 (UTC)

Richard Edward Shaw (born 11 September 1968) is an English former professional footballer who played for Coventry City and Crystal Palace. He was coach of the Crystal Palace under-23 side from 2013 to 2019. Shaw is the founder and co owner of Tornado. [3]

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As a player, he was a defender from 1986 until 2008, notably in the Premier League for Crystal Palace and Coventry City. He also played in the Football League for both Hull City and Millwall.

Playing career

Club

Shaw started his career at Crystal Palace, coming up through their youth system. He enjoyed a brief loan spell to Hull City before becoming a major part of the first team, playing in the 1990 FA Cup Final. Crystal Palace were a yo-yo-club at the time after a promising start to the 1990s, where they also finished third in the league a year after reaching the FA Cup final. They were relegated in 1993, promoted in 1994 and relegated again in 1995, with Shaw being established as a regular player by the time they were in this period of instability. They also reached a further two League Cup semi-finals and an FA Cup semi-final in the five seasons which followed their FA Cup final appearance.

One of his more infamous moments in a Palace shirt came in January 1995, during the Eagles' home fixture against Manchester United. United midfielder Eric Cantona attempted to get on the end of a long clearance by Peter Schmeichel and was obstructed by Shaw, who had very effectively marked him out of the game. The Frenchman retaliated by kicking Shaw and was sent off. On his way from the pitch Cantona launched a 'kung-fu' style kick against a Crystal Palace fan, Matthew Simmons, followed by a series of punches. [4] The event has become a famous part of English football's history for the wrong reasons.

Despite Shaw's best efforts throughout the season (for which he was named "Player of the Year"), Palace were relegated back to Division One. They had reached the semi-finals of both cups that season.

Shaw began the 1995-96 season still with Palace in Division One, but he signed for Coventry City in November 1995 for £1m. He performed consistently well for Coventry over 10 years, making over 350 appearances and scored his first and only goal for Coventry after over 250 games against Gillingham in May 2004. [5] He won the "Player of the Year" award at the club in 1998/99 and the "Players' Player of the Year" award in 2002/03. Having spent a decade at Coventry where he had gained much respect from the fans, his testimonial match against Celtic in April 2006 was a big success, with the Sky Blues ending as 3–1 winners over the Scottish champions, [6] before he was released at the end of that season.

He then moved back to south London, signing for League One side Millwall. He made himself an ever-present in the side over the next season, winning the club's "Player of the Year" award in the process, the third club at which he had won this accolade.

International

Whilst at Crystal Palace Shaw was called up to the England squad by Terry Venables as cover for the Umbro Cup in 1995. [7] However, he was ultimately never capped by the senior side.

Coaching career

In October 2007, while still a player, Shaw was appointed caretaker manager of Millwall after the sacking of Willie Donachie. [8] The club appointed Kenny Jackett as manager on 6 November 2007, after which Shaw played very little. [9] Approaching his 40th birthday, he retired at the end of the 2007–08 season and took up a coaching role with the South London club.

Prior to the start of the 2012–13 season, Shaw left Millwall to take up the assistant manager's position at his previous club Coventry City, working under his former Crystal Palace teammate Andy Thorn. The Midlands side had removed their previous assistant manager Steve Harrison following the club's relegation from the Championship. [10] After the club drew their opening three games of the League One season, Thorn was sacked and Shaw was appointed caretaker manager, working alongside first-team coach Lee Carsley. [11] His first game in charge saw Coventry defeat local rivals Birmingham City 3–2 in the League Cup. [12] At this time Shaw succeeded in reaching the final shortlist for the permanent manager's post alongside Mark Robins and Paul Ince. [13] Shaw managed five further Coventry matches, winning a Football League Trophy tie against Burton Albion on penalties, but losing four consecutive league games. On 19 September, the day after the last of those matches, a 4–1 defeat at recently promoted Shrewsbury Town, Robins was appointed permanent manager of Coventry. [14] [15] Shaw returned to his position of assistant manager, but Steve Taylor, Robins's colleague at Barnsley and Rotherham, was appointed first-team coach and Shaw's contract was ultimately terminated 27 days after the appointment of the new manager. [16] [17] [18]

By January 2013, Shaw was a under-23 coach at Crystal Palace. [19] In October 2019, the club issued a statement announcing that Shaw was to leave "to pursue other opportunities". [20] Shaw joined Watford in January 2021, working as under-23 assistant coach under Omer Riza. [21]

Honours

With Crystal Palace

Personal honours

With Crystal Palace

With Coventry City

With Millwall

Other endeavours

Richard Shaw is the founder and co owner of Tornado football. [3]

Career statistics

Source: Richard Shaw at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeague FA Cup League Cup OtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Crystal Palace 1987–88 Second Division 3000100040
1988–89 Second Division14000102 [lower-alpha 1] 0170
1989–90 First Division 21050403 [lower-alpha 1] 0330
1990–91 First Division36130506 [lower-alpha 1] 0501
1991–92 First Division100000000100
1992–93 Premier League 3301040380
1993–94 First Division34210402 [lower-alpha 2] 0412
1994–95 Premier League4108070560
1995–96 First Division15040190
Total20731803001302683
Hull City (loan) 1989–90 Second Division4040
Coventry City 1995–96 Premier League21030240
1996–97 Premier League3504030420
1997–98 Premier League3303040400
1998–99 Premier League3703030430
1999–2000 Premier League2901020320
2000–01 Premier League2401030280
2001–02 First Division3201020350
2002–03 First Division2902020330
2003–04 First Division1911010211
2004–05 Championship 3301030370
2005–06 Championship2502000270
Total31712202303621
Millwall 2006–07 League One 41040101 [lower-alpha 3] 0470
2007–08 League One180000000180
Total590401010650
Career total58744405401406994
  1. 1 2 3 Appearances in Full Members' Cup
  2. Appearances in Anglo-Italian Cup
  3. Appearances in Football League Trophy

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