Dick Richards (footballer)

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Dick Richards
Personal information
Full name Richard William Richards
Date of birth (1890-02-14)14 February 1890
Place of birth Glyn Ceiriog, Wales
Date of death 27 January 1934(1934-01-27) (aged 42)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
? Bronygarth ?
? Chirk ?
? Oswestry United ?
1913 – 1922 Wolverhampton Wanderers 88 (22)
1922 – 1924 West Ham United 43 (5)
1924 – 1925 Fulham 21 (2)
? Mold ?
1927 – 1928 Colwyn Bay United ?
National team
1920 – 1925 Wales 9 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Richard 'Dick' William Richards (14 February 1890[1][2] – 27 January 1934[3]) was a Welsh footballer. Richards was born in Glyn Ceiriog[4] and he played as an amateur for Bronygarth, Chirk and Oswestry United. Upon turning professional, Richards played for English teams Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Ham United and Fulham.

Biography[edit]

During his time at Wolves, Richards played 88 League games either side of World War I, scoring 22 goals.[2] He gained five caps for Wales while with the club, scoring in a 2-1 win against England during the 1920 British Home Championship.

He joined West Ham United in 1922 for a fee of £300[3] and made 43 League appearances for them.[2] He also made 10 cup appearances for the club, including the 1923 FA Cup Final loss to Bolton Wanderers.[5] Richards picked up more international caps at the 1924 British Home Championship, which saw victories for Wales against all three other teams.

Richards left for Fulham in 1924 and made 24 appearances for the west London club, scoring twice, but his time there was hampered by injury. He went on to play for Welsh teams, Mold,[6] where he gained the last of 9 caps, and Colwyn Bay United, where he finished his career. He then went to work for an electricity company in Cheshire, where he sustained a back injury which led to his death, age 42.

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Dick Richards Profile at Westhamstats.info
  2. ^ a b c Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Soccerdata. ISBN 1-899468-67-6. 
  3. ^ a b Spartacus Educational profile
  4. ^ According to most of the listed sources, although Who's Who of West Ham United gives his birthplace as Chirk
  5. ^ Dick Richards' West Ham stats at westhamstats.info
  6. ^ Sources vary as to whether the club was named Mold F.C. or Mold Town F.C.
  • Hogg, Tony (2005). Who's Who of West Ham United. Profile Sports Media. p. 176. ISBN 1-903135-50-8. 
  • Belton, Brian (2006). The Lads of '23. SoccerData. p. 76. ISBN 1-899468-91-9. 
  • Since 1888. Retrieved on 7 June 2008