Frank Richardson (footballer)

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Frank Richardson
Personal information
Full nameFrank Richardson[1]
Date of birth(1897-01-29)29 January 1897[1]
Place of birthBarking, England
Date of death19 May 1987(1987-05-19) (aged 90)[1]
Playing positionForward
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
Barking Town
1921–1922Plymouth Argyle63(37)
1922–1923Stoke14(3)
1923–1924West Ham United10(2)
1924–1925Swindon Town53(33)
1925–1929Reading91(44)
1930–1931Swindon Town38(11)
1931Mansfield Town0(0)
Total269(130)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Frank Richardson (29 January 1897 – 19 May 1987 ) was an English footballer who played in the Football League for Reading, Plymouth Argyle, Swindon Town, West Ham United and Stoke.[1]

Career

Richardson was born in Barking and played for the local club Barking Town before joining Plymouth Argyle in 1921. In his first season as a professional he scored 31 goals in 41 matches as Plymouth finished in 2nd place in the Third Division South which included a hat-trick on his debut. He signed for First Division Stoke in March 1923 but only scored once as Stoke were relegated at the end of the 1922–23 season.[1] He scored just twice in 1923–24 and was sold to West Ham United where he gain struggled in the top flight and he decided to return to the Third Division South joining Swindon Town.[1]

He soon rekindled his goalscoring ability scoring 15 in 35 appearances in 1924–25 and then an impressive 18 in 19 in 1925–26 which also included 10 in 4 FA Cup matches. Mid way through the season he joined Reading scoring 12 goals in the last 13 matches which saw the "Royals" win the Third Division South title. In 1926–27 he again had a good season in the cup scoring nine goals in ten as Reading reached the semi final losing out to Cardiff City. He left Elm Park in the summer of 1930 having scored 55 goals in 103 matches. He then spent 1930–31 at Swindon scoring 11 goals in 39 matches and had a short spell at Mansfield Town before deciding to retire.

Career statistics

Club Season League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Plymouth Argyle 1921–22 41 31 2 0 43 31
1922–23 22 6 2 4 24 10
Total 63 37 4 4 67 41
Stoke 1922–23 8 1 0 0 8 1
1923–24 6 2 0 0 6 2
Total 14 3 0 0 14 3
West Ham United 1923–24 10 2 1 0 11 2
Total 10 2 1 0 11 2
Swindon Town 1924–25 34 15 1 0 35 15
1925–26 19 18 4 10 23 28
Total 53 33 5 10 58 43
Reading 1925–26 13 12 0 0 13 12
1926–27 36 18 10 9 46 27
1927–28 31 11 2 2 33 13
1928–29 10 3 0 0 10 3
1929–30 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 91 44 12 11 103 55
Swindon Town 1930–31 38 11 1 0 39 11
Total 38 11 1 0 39 11
Career Total 269 130 23 25 292 155

Honours

Reading

References

External links

  • Plymouth Argyle career details
  • Plymouth Argyle career details
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