Ricardo Fuller

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Ricardo Fuller is a Jamaican Striker who was born in Kingston, Jamaica on 31st October 1979. Fuller began his career with Tivoli Gardens, where he scored goals for fun. On February 19th 2001 the international striker joined English Division One side Crystal Palace for 1,000,000. Fuller made his debut for Palace on 20th February 2001, but struggled to make much of an impact, failing to score in 8 matches. He returned to Tivoli in July 2001.

Fuller joined Hearts in October 2001 on loan until the end of the season. He had a successful spell in Scotland, scoring 10 times for the Edinburgh club. 7 of those goals came in a 6 match run between December and January. On 13th June 2002 Preston paid 500,000 to bring Fuller to Deepdale. The Jamaican front man scored against his former club Crystal Palace in his North End debut on 10th August 2002. Fuller made a tremendous start for the Lancashire side, scoring 11 times in 21 games. His season was cut short in December when he suffered knee ligament damage. Fuller remained prolific on his return in 2003/04, bagging 19 goals for Preston.

On 20th August 2004 Fuller signed for Premiership outfit Portsmouth. The former Preston man was set to sign for the club a month earlier, but failed a medical. Pompey agreed to sign Fuller on a pay-as-you-play basis. He struggled to make the step up to the Premiership after making his debut on 30th August against Fulham. His only goal for the club came in his second match against Crystal Palace on 11th September 2004. Fuller was given plenty of opportunities at Fratton Park, but failed to capitalise, making little impact.

In June 2005 Sunderland agreed a deal to bring Fuller to the Stadium of Light, but pulled out of the deal after the Jamaican failed a medical. Instead Fuller joined Southampton in July 2005 for £90,000. Saints were managed by the man who also took him to Portsmouth, Harry Redknapp. He made his debut on 6th August 2005 in a 0-0 draw with Wolves. After Fuller netted his first for the club on 29th August 2005, he struggled in front of goal and received criticism from fans who had never warmed to him due to his Pompey connections. Things got so bad one match that some supporters chanted "Fuck off Fuller" when the former Preston striker was substituted. It wasn't all bad however. On 18th September Fuller scored a superb long range lob at Derby, catching Rams keeper Lee Camp off his line. With only three goals in a Saints shirt by February 2006, Fuller was loaned to Ipswich. He enjoyed a fine spell at Portman Road, and got his season back on track with 3 goals in 3 games. He was also sent off for the club, in his final appearance against Crystal Palace. He returned to Southampton reinvigorated in April, and scored 6 in 6 before the conclusion of the 2005/06 campaign, finally winning over the St Marys faithful. Not long after the season had ended, Fuller lined up for Jamaica at Old Trafford in their 6-0 defeat to England.

Fuller started Southampton's first match of 2006/07 at Derby on August 6th, but was soon deemed surplus to requirements by George Burley, who brought in Bradley-Wright Phillips as a replacement. On 31st August 2006 Fuller joined Stoke City in a deal worth £500,000. He made his Potters debut on 23rd September at Wolves. Fuller had a solid first season at The Britannia, scoring 11 goals, his first coming on September 30th against former club Preston. He also picked up two red cards during his first campaign under Tony Pullis, in matches against Coventry and Luton.

In 2007/08 Fuller became a vital part of the Stoke City side which won promotion to the Premiership after a 2nd place Championship finish. The ex Saint scored 15 times for the Staffordshire outfit, penning a new deal which would keep him at the club until 2011. One of Fuller's goals came at his former St Mary's home on August 25th 2007, in a 3-2 defeat to Southampton.

Fuller had learned his lesson from his previous disappointing Premiership experience with Portsmouth back in 2004/05. The Jamaican striker proved all the doubters wrong and never looked out of place in the top flight as Stoke in a respectable 12th place. Fuller's 11 goals went a long way to ensuring the clubs survival. He scored Stoke's first goal of the season against Bolton on 16th August 2008. Fuller also scored in big wins against Arsenal, Aston Villa and Hull. On December 28th 2008 The Jamaican striker was sent off at West Ham after slapping his own team mate Andy Griffin in the face after a disagreement over a goal conceded.

Fuller made a slow start to 2009/10, which led to his boss Tony Pullis asking him to lose weight. After he netted the winner against former club Portsmouth on 22nd November however, Fuller returned to form. He scored a brace as Stoke downed Arsenal 3-1 on 24th January 2010, and completed a fine solo effort at West Ham on 27th March 2010, one of the goals of the season. In 2010/11 most of Fuller's appearances in a Stoke shirt came as a substitute, following the arrivals of Jon Walters and Kenwyne Jones. He had been linked to a January 2011 move to Sunderland, but no deal ever came to fruition. Fuller scored four goals that season, against Tottenham, Liverpool, Birmingham and Newcastle. He made just 18 appearances during 2011/12, scoring once against Besiktas. Fuller was sent off for stamping on Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic on 10th March 2012.

On 21st August 2012 Fuller signed for Charlton on a free transfer.