Dean Ivor Richards
(9 June 1974 – 26 February 2011) was an English footballer
who played as a defender
. He began his career at hometown club Bradford City
before a four year stay with Wolverhampton Wanderers
. He left to play Premier League
football with Southampton
and finally Tottenham Hotspur
. He also made four appearances for England under-21s
Richards retired from playing in 2005 due to health concerns, but later returned to the game as a coach at Bradford.
Richards was born in Bradford
, where he attended Rhodesway School. As a central-defender, he started his career at his home town club Bradford City
. He played 86 league games for the Bantams, scoring four goals, and playing 102 games in all competitions.
Richards moved on loan to promotion-chasing Wolverhampton Wanderers
in March 1995, making his debut on 1 April in a 1–0 win at Southend
. A permanent deal was quickly arranged for a then-club record fee of £1.85 million in the close season, shortly after the club had lost in the play-offs.
Richards made four England under-21
appearances at the Toulon Tournament
in 1995, making his debut as captain against Brazil. England reached the semi-final of the competition but lost to hosts France.
During the 1995–96 season he was elevated to the role of club captain but, in January 1996, he was in a car crash that initially seemed... Read More