- John Richards (footballer)
Football player infobox2
playername= John Richards
fullname = John Peter Richards
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1950|11|9
years = 1969–1983
clubs = Wolverhampton Wanderers
→ Derby County (loan)
caps(goals) = 385 (144)
nationalyears = 1972–1974
nationalteam = England Under 23
England Under 21
nationalcaps(goals) = 006 00(1)
Richards signed for the Molineux club as a trainee in July 1967 and made his debut on
February 28, 1970in a 3-3 draw at West Bromwich Albion. He scored his first league goal for Wolves the following season against Huddersfield Town on September 19, 1970.
In 1971-72, "King John" came of age, scoring 13 league goals and helping Wolves become runners-up in the UEFA Cup. The following season he was even stronger, scoring 36 goals in total (his highest seasonal tally) and, in 1974, he scored the winning goal as the team beat Manchester City to win the League Cup. Richards was leading scorer for Wolves in six of the next seven seasons, culminating in winning a second League Cup medal in 1980 against Nottingham Forest.
During his time with the club, Richards became Wolves’ all-time leading scorer with 194 goals in total, a record that was subsequently bettered by
Steve Bullin 1992. However, he still holds the club record for the most FA Cupgoals, with 24.
Richards eventually left the club and moved to
Portugalin 1983, following a loan spell with Derby County. He played two seasons for C.S. Marítimo, helping the side to promotion.
Richards' goal-scoring prowess was rewarded with a single England cap, against Northern Ireland on
May 12 1973at Goodison Park. The competition for international places was fierce, though, and the acknowledged talent England possessed in the form of Kevin Keegan, Martin Chiversand Allan Clarke ensured Richards became a "one cap wonder".
After retiring as a player, Richards went into local government. However he later returned to Wolves as managing director in 1994, a post he held until 2000. He currently works as company director of Pitchcare, a Wolverhampton-based online service for groundsmen.
cite book | last = Lloyd| first = Grahame| title = One Cap Wonders: The Ultimate Claim to Football Fame| format = Hardback| year = 2001 | publisher = Robson Books| id = ISBN 1-86105-415-7
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