Richard Wilkins (footballer)

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Richard Wilkins
Personal information
Date of birth (1965-05-28) 28 May 1965 (age 53)
Place of birth Lambeth, England
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Needham Market (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1986 Haverhill Rovers
1986–1990 Colchester United 152 (22)
1990–1994 Cambridge United 81 (7)
1994–1996 Hereford United 77 (5)
1996–2000 Colchester United 127 (11)
Total 437 (45)
Teams managed
2000–2014 Bury Town
2014–2016 Leiston
2017– Needham Market
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Richard Wilkins (born 28 May 1965) is an English former professional footballer who played as a midfielder. He is currently the manager of Needham Market alongside his work at West Suffolk College.


Born in Lambeth in London, Wilkins began his career at non-League club Haverhill Rovers in 1985. On 20 November 1986 he signed for Colchester United. After 150 appearances, he was signed by Cambridge United in July 1990 for £60,000.[1] In 1994, he moved to Hereford United on a free transfer, before being re-signed by Colchester in 1996 for a fee of £30,000. He retired from professional football in 2000 before becoming manager of non-League club Bury Town. He led the club to two promotions, in 2005-06 from the Eastern Counties League, and in 2009-10 from the Southern Football League Division One Midlands. Wilkins stepped down from the role at the end of the 2013-14 season. In July 2014, Wilkins joined fellow Suffolk side Leiston as Steve Ball's assistant. He then took over as manager shortly after and led the side to the top half of the Isthmian League Premier Division in his first season. In his second season the side were challenging for promotion. He then left the club by mutual consent before joining Needham Market as the assistant manager. He became manager of Needham Market at the end of the 2016–17 season.[2]



Colchester United[3][4]


  • Colchester United Player of the Year (1): 1998[5]