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Frazer Richardson: A Football Background

28 June 2014

A look back over the career of the new defender...

A vastly experienced professional, Frazer Richardson is another summer recruit who is well versed with The Championship.

Coming through the youth ranks at Leeds United, Richardson graduated to first team level making his debut against Hapoel Tel Aviv during the 2002–03 UEFA Cup campaign. 

After loan spells at Stoke City he made forged his way into the Leeds United first team where he played a handful of games in the Premier League.

Following Leeds’ relegation to The Championship he made a starting position his own making 41 appearances in all competitions, scoring the winner on the opening day victory over Derby County.

The following season saw Leeds narrowly miss out on a return to the Premier League after defeat to Watford in the play-off final, and Richardson was part of the side that suffered heartache in Cardiff.

In 2009 Richardson left Elland Road after appearing over 150 times for Leeds in three divisions. He signed for Charlton in 2009 and helped them to the League One play-off semi-finals before losing to Swindon Town.

In 2010 he joined Southampton for a fee believed to be close to £500,000 but missed the start of the campaign through injury. After battling his way back to fitness he ended the season in the side as the Saints gained automatic promotion from League One.

Richardson as a cornerstone of Southampton’s continued success when they made it back-to-back promotions after finishing second in The Championship.

After a handful of games back in the Premier League he joined Middlesbrough in 2013 and last season enjoyed a loan spell at Ipswich Town.

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