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Richard Walker
Richard walker
Nationality:Eng
Rovers apps (gls)1:143 (46)
Date of birth:8 November 1977
Place of birth:Sutton Coldfield
Height:6 ft 0 in
Position:Forward
Date joined:29 July 2004
Joined from:Oxford United
Date left:30 June 2009
1 League appearances and goals only.

Richard Walker is a striker who was signed for Rovers by Ian Atkins in the summer of 2004. He was the club's top goalscorer in both the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, however a slow start to the 2007-08 campaign saw him relegated to the substitutes' bench, enabling Rickie Lambert and Andy Williams to establish themselves as the first choice strike pairing.

Richard was born in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands, and began his career with local team Aston Villa. He failed to make in impression at Villa though, making just six league appearances in seven seasons, scoring two goals. Prior to joining Rovers in 2004, Richard's single-season goal tally had only once reached double figures when he scored eleven goals for Wycombe Wanderers and Blackpool in 2001-02. Since signing for The Gas he has never failed to reach double figures for the season.

After a poor 2007-08 season, in which Walker failed to keep down a first team, he was told by head coach Paul Trollope that he had become surplus to requirements at Rovers. On July 4th 2008, he joined Shrewsbury Town on a year long loan where he saw out his Rovers contract.

Following his release from Rovers, he signed a two-year deal at Football League newcomers Burton Albion but was let go again on its expiry, having scored four goals in 35 league games for The Brewers. He was picked up by Solihull Moors, managed by ex-Rovers player Marcus Bignot, in the summer of 2011 and also linked up with another former Pirate there in the shape of Craig Hinton, who was assistant manager. He played less than a season of Conference North football with them, opting to move with his family to Devon in April 2012.

He ended the season playing for Beer Albion in the Premier Division of the Devon & Exeter Football Leauge, at level 12 of the league system, some six levels below the team where he had begun the year. Was was recruited for Beer by a work colleague who played for the team, and who convinced Richard to play alongside him.

CareerEdit

SeasonClubLeague
AppsGoals
1995–96Aston Villa 00
1996–97Aston Villa 00
1997–98Aston Villa 10
1998–99Aston Villa 00
1998–99Cambridge United (loan)213
1999–00Aston Villa 52
2000–01Aston Villa 00
2000–01Blackpool (loan)183
2001–02Aston Villa 00
2001–02Wycombe Wanderers (loan)123
2001–02Blackpool 218
2002–03Blackpool 324
2003–04Blackpool 90
2003–04Northampton Town (loan)124
2003–04Oxford United 40
2004–05Bristol Rovers 2710
2005–06Bristol Rovers 4620
2006–07Bristol Rovers 4612
2007–08Bristol Rovers 244
2008–09Bristol Rovers 00
2008–09Shrewsbury Town (loan)275
2009–10Burton Albion 173
2010–11Burton Albion 181
2011–12Solihull Moors ??
2011–12Beer Albion ??


Record against RoversEdit

Richard has played just one competitive match against Bristol Rovers, a League Two match for Northampton Town on boxing day 2003. He scored the winning goal on 86 minutes for a Northampton side which featured two other future Rovers players – Paul Trollope and Chris Carruthers.

DateClubVenueResultNotes
26 December 2003Northampton TownMemorial Stadium2–1 to NorthamptonScored the winning goal, subbed off after 89 minutes.

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