W. G. Richardson

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W.G. Richardson
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Personal information
Full name William Richardson
Date of birth (1909-05-29)29 May 1909
Place of birth Framwellgate Moor, County Durham, England
Date of death 29 March 1959(1959-03-29) (aged 49)
Place of death Perry Barr, Birmingham, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Centre forward
Youth career
Horden Wednesday
United Bus Company (Hartlepool)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1928–1929 Hartlepools United 29 (19)
1929–1945 West Bromwich Albion 320 (202)
1945–1946 Shrewsbury Town ? (?)
National team
1935 England 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

William "Ginger" Richardson (29 May 1909 – 29 March 1959) often referred to as W.G. Richardson and by the nickname 'Ginger' to avoid confusion with team mate Bill Richardson, was an English professional footballer, who played as a centre forward.

He scored four goals in five minutes for West Bromwich Albion against West Ham United at Upton Park on 7 November 1931, a record that is still in Guinness World Records.

He scored both of West Brom's goals when they won the 1931 FA Cup Final, beating Midlands rivals Birmingham 2–1.[1]

In the 1935-36 season, he scored 39 goals, which is still the West Brom record for top scorer in the top division of the English football league system. Richardson was the nephew of English cricketer, Tom Richardson.

In 2004, he was named as one of West Bromwich Albion's 16 greatest players, in a poll organised as part of the club's 125th anniversary celebrations.[2]


West Bromwich Albion


  1. ^ Wallace, Sam (17 May 2008). "Redknapp's moment of triumph threatened by Welsh upstarts". The Independent. London. 
  2. ^ "The wraps come off 125th anniversary mural". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 4 April 2004. Archived from the original on 2 February 2008. Retrieved 10 May 2008. 

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