Monday, 27 April 2009

Dick Richards

Dick Richards was signed by Syd King, the manager of West Ham United for a fee of £300 in 1922. Richards was the club's outside-right in the 1923 FA Cup final against Bolton Wanderers. He was also an important figure in the team that won promotion to the First Division that year. Richards only played in 9 league games in the 1923-24 season before being sold to Fulham. Richards was also a member of the Welsh team that won the Home Championship in 1924.

I recently had an email from Robert Jarvis, whose wife is related to Dick Richards. He is involved in researching her family history and has uncovered Dick's birth and death certificate. It seems that the club and the Football Association have got their facts wrong.

Richard (Dick) Richards was in fact born in Weston Point, Runcorn on 14th January 1892. His father had been tragically drowned in the dock on the Weaver Navigation before he was born. The family later moved to Glyn Ceiriog (the place that the FA says he was born).

Dick Richards died at Salford Royal Infirmary following an accident while working for a electricity company at the age of 43 on 27th January, 1934.

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