Player of the Day: Kieran Richardson

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Kieran Richardson made 149 appearances for the Black Cats in a five year stay on Wearside between 2007 and 2012.

After progressing through the youth ranks at Manchester United, Richardson made 69 first team appearances for the Red Devils before moving to Wearside ahead of the 2007-08 campaign.

A back injury limited Richardson to just 18 appearances in his first campaign with the Black Cats but he did make a notable contribution with a match-winning double in a 2-0 victory over Portsmouth at the Stadium of Light.

It was the following season where Richardson would stamp his mark on Wearside when he bagged the match-winner in the Wear-Tyne derby in October 2008.

He lifted the roof of the Stadium of Light with his rocket of a free-kick that was in the back the net before Newcastle stopper Shay Given could even stretch an arm out! 

The following campaign under Steve Bruce saw Richardson played an ever-present part in a Sunderland side which finished 13th in the Barclays Premier League.

The Greenwich-born midfielder made 32 appearances and scored one goal; a late strike against his former youth club as the Black Cats came from 2-0 down to draw with West Ham United in October 2009.

Richardson continued to impress during the 2010-11 campaign making 29 appearances and scoring four goals as the Black Cats broke into the top ten.

The England international’s four goals came in a three-game period between January and February when he bagged a double in a 2-0 win at Blackpool, and score one in defeats at both Chelsea and Stoke City.

He added a further 34 appearances in his final campaign on Wearside, notching three goals, including a strike in a 2-0 FA Cup victory over Arsenal at the Stadium of Light.

Richardson left for Fulham ahead of the 2012-13 campaign and has since made 18 appearances for the Cottagers.