Dean Richards (footballer)

Dean Richards (Footballer)

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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.

Playing career

Bradford City

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.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

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...
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