Frazer Richardson is an English defender born in Rotherham on October 29th 1982. He operates primarily as a right back and began his career at Leeds United. He made his first Leeds appearance in November 2002 in the UEFA Cup, when he replaced Gary Kelly in the 66th minute at Hapoel Tel Aviv. He was loaned to Stoke City in early 2003 and played 7 games for The Potters during the 2002/03 season.
Richardson made his first Premiership appearance for Leeds in a 0-0 draw against Southampton in August 2003. He was sent to Stoke again in November for his second loan spell at The Britannia Stadium. Richardson scored his first senior goal during that time in a 1-0 at West Ham on December 9th. He returned to Elland Road in the New Year and played four times for a Leeds side that was relegated to the second tier of English football.
After Leeds dropped down a division there was a mass exodus at Elland Road as the majority of players who represented the club the previous season jumped ship. Richardson stayed however and was rewarded with a regular first team spot in Kevin Blackwell's side. He scored Leeds winner in the opening game against Derby County. As well as featuring in his favoured spot of right back, Richardson showed great versatility this season, filling in on the right of midfield and at left back on occasions.
Richardson was subject to a series of bids from Sunderland in the summer of 2005. These were knocked back immediately by Ken Bates who dismissed the offers as derisory. Richardson's 2005/06 season would be interrupted by injury, but the full back still made 28 appearances. He scored for Leeds in the second leg of the play-off semi at Preston, which set up a final at The Millennium Stadium with Watford. Leeds lost that game 3-0, with Richardson being subbed off at half time.
Richardson remained a regular at Leeds for the next three years as the club fell even further when they were relegated to League 1 in 2007. Richardson became captain under Gary McAlister for the 2008/09 season and would remain so even after McAlister was replaced by Simon Grayson. Despite Richardson's desire to stay at Elland Road, he was released in June 2009 when the club broke off contract negotiations with the player. He played his last match for Leeds in a 3-0 home win against Northampton.
Richardson moved down south and signed for Charlton on July 9th 2009, penning a two year deal. He was a regular for The Addicks playing 40 games. He was named in the 2009/10 League 1 team of the year, for a Charlton side that lost out in the play-off semi finals.
Richardson left Charlton for Southampton on July 6th 2010. He got off to the worst possible start, dislocating his shoulder during the pre season tour of Switzerland. Richardson's injury ruled him out for months and wouldn't make his Southampton debut until 30th October, when he lined up in a 3-1 win at Notts County. He replaced Danny Butterfield as first choice right back for the last two months of 2010, and offered the side a great physical presence. After disappointing performances against Notts County and at Tranmere, where he was prone to aimlessly hoofing the ball forward, rather than playing his way out of defence, Richardson was dropped in favour of Danny Butterfield for the FA Cup 4th round tie against Manchester United at the end of January. Butterfield would keep his starting position, limiting Richardson to mainly late sub appearances post January. He was often brought on for Alex Oxlade Chamberlain in the final minutes of matches during February and March. He received his first start in months on April 5th against former club Charlton, and received further opportunities in the following weeks after performing well.
Richardson was one of Southampton's most improved players in the first half of 2011/12. He reinvented his game, making bombarding runs down the right flank, providing Saints with a great deal of width. His crossing and passing were also superb. Richardson provided many assists, helping Nigel Adkins's side to the top of the Championship. His performance against Birmingham on September 18th was particularly impressive. Richardson set up two goals that day, linking up brilliantly with Guly on the right hand side. He also crossed for goals against Brighton and Blackpool. Richardson was still occasionally getting caught out defensively however. He was poor during the second half of the campaign, and was dropped for Danny Butterfield for matches in March and April 2012.
Richardson slipped down the pecking order when Nathaniel Clyne was signed in the summer of 2012. He appeared in cup wins against Steveange and Sheffield Wednesday, and looked decent as a second-half substitute in the 4-1 win against Aston Villa in September 2012. Richardson started at Everton on 29th September, where he was given a tough time against Baines and Pienaar. He suffered an unfortunate injury early on against Fulham in October. He returned for the 3-3 draw with Stoke on December 29th. His only further action came on 9th February, as an impressive 71st minute substitute in the 3-1 win over Man City. Was released in the summer of 2013 when his contract expired.
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