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Richard Rose (footballer)

Full name  Richard Alan Rose
Playing position  Defender, Midfielder
000?–2001  Gillingham
Role  Footballer
Position  Defender
Place of birth  Tonbridge, England
Current team  Free Agent
Name  Richard Rose
Height  1.83 m
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Date of birth  (1982-09-08) 8 September 1982 (age 33)

Richard Alan Rose (born 8 September 1982) is an English professional footballer who plays for Hastings United FC. Rose plays as a defender and has been noted for his versatility having played in both the full back and centre back positions, and occasionally in central midfield.


Playing career

Rose was born in Tonbridge, Kent and joined Gillingham as a youth player. Whilst still a trainee he made his professional debut as a 14th minute sub stitute in Gillingham's 2–1 defeat at Crewe Alexandra on 16 April 2001. Rose went on to play in the final four games of the season in place of the injured Mark Patterson. He made only a handful of Division One appearances for the Gills in the following two seasons, but had a 9 match spell on loan at then Division Three side Bristol Rovers during the 2002–03 season. He was reported to have done well whilst with the Pirates, receiving glowing reports from manager Ray Graydon.

Rose started to establish himself more in the 2004–05 season, during which time he played 20 times (18 in the league), mostly at right or left back. Gillingham were eventually relegated back down to League One at the end of that season. Relegation prompted the departures of Nyron Nosworthy (a right back) and John Hills (a left back), presenting Rose to stake a claim for a regular spot in the starting line-up in League One. Things certainly started according to plan as Neale Cooper gave Rose a permanent right-back spot. With Cooper's departure midway through the season, Rose was out of favour under new manager Ronnie Jepson and only made one more appearance for the first team. He was released on 9 May 2006.

Rose soon found a new home at newly promoted Hereford United where he played initially in centre midfield. He started 15 out of the first 16 matches of the season in League Two and scored his first senior goal in a 2–0 home win over Chester. He was then dropped in favour of loan signings John Eustace and Neil MacKenzie. When he returned to the side he reverted to the defence where he finished the season as third choice centre back.

Rose was used mainly as a full-back during the 2007–08 season and scored the second goal of his career in a superb 5–1 victory over Darlington. He was a regular starter for the Bulls in their promotion-winning season, but was sidelined for six weeks mid-season with a fractured ankle. Rose started 17 of the final 20 league matches of the season as Hereford finished third in League Two.

In August 2011 Rose signed for Dagenham & Redbridge.

In October 2013 Rose signed on a two-month loan at Maidstone United from Conference South side Whitehawk.

In June 2014 he signed for Hastings United FC of the Ryman League South

Personal life

Richard is a cousin of former EastEnders actor Ricky Groves.

Career statistics

As of match played 26 April 2014.


Hereford United

  • League Two: third place, 2007–08
  • References

    Richard Rose (footballer) Wikipedia

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