Charlie Richards

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Charlie Richards
Personal information
Full name Charles Henry Richards
Date of birth (1875-08-09)9 August 1875
Place of birth Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England
Date of death Unknown
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Inside-right
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
? Gresley Rovers ? (?)
?–1894 Newstead Byron ? (?)
1894–1896 Notts County ? (?)
1896–1898 Nottingham Forest 74 (20)
1898–1901 Grimsby Town 80 (42)
1901–1902 Leicester Fosse 25 (5)
1902–1903 Manchester United 8 (1)
1903 Doncaster Rovers 7 (0)
National team
1898 England 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Charles Henry Richards (9 August 1875 – ?) was a professional footballer most notable for playing almost 100 matches for Grimsby Town.

Born in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England, Richards began his career as an inside right with Derbyshire side Gresley Rovers, he then played for Newstead Byron for a time, before moving on to Notts County in July 1894. However, Richards transferred to Notts County's city rivals, Nottingham Forest, only 18 months later, where he played for a total of three seasons, he made 74 league appearances for Forest, scoring 20 goals.

In December 1898, Richards transferred to Grimsby Town, where he made 80 league appearances and scored 42 goals, including three penalties. In his final season with Grimsby, Richards and the rest of the team won promotion to the First Division by finishing top of the Second Division, he was then picked up by Leicester Fosse in June 1901. In his one season at Leicester, Richards made a total of 25 appearances, and scored five goals.

In August 1902, Richards signed for Manchester United, who had recently been rescued from financial difficulties by a generous benefactor, and renamed from Newton Heath FC; the club was languishing in the Second Division at the time, and was just beginning to get back on its feet. Richards played for United for just one season, scoring just one goal in eight league appearances, he finally moved to Doncaster Rovers in March 1903,[1] where he would play till the end of the season before going into retirement.[2]

Richards won his only England cap on 5 March 1898, in a 3-2 victory over Ireland in the Home Championship.


  1. ^ "United all time transfer list". Retrieved 31 May 2013. Cite web requires |website= (help)
  2. ^ Bluff, Tony (2011). Donny:Doncaster Rovers F.C; the Complete History (1879−2010). Yore Publications. ISBN 978 0 9569848 3 8.
  • Bostock, Adam; Pilger, Sam; Butler, Cliff; Mitten, Andy; Meek, David; Taylor, Frank OBE; Barnes, Justyn; Tyrell, Tom; Ferguson, Jim (2001) [1998]. The Official Manchester United Illustrated Encyclopedia (3rd ed.). London: Manchester United Books. ISBN 0-233-99964-7.

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