Kevin Richardson (footballer)

Kevin Richardson
Personal information
Full name Kevin Richardson [1]
Date of birth (1962-12-04) 4 December 1962 (age 55)
Place of birth Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Newcastle United ( Under 18s Coach)
Youth career
Montagu and North Fenham BC
1978–1980 Everton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1986 Everton 109 (16)
1986–1987 Watford 39 (2)
1987–1990 Arsenal 96 (5)
1990–1991 Real Sociedad 37 (0)
1991–1995 Aston Villa 141 (13)
1995–1997 Coventry City 78 (0)
1997–1998 Southampton 28 (0)
1998–2000 Barnsley 30 (0)
2000 Blackpool (loan) 11 (1)
2000 Blackpool 9 (0)
Total 578 (40)
National team
1994 England 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Kevin Richardson (born 4 December 1962) is an English former footballer who played as a midfielder. Richardson featured for English clubs Everton, Watford, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Coventry City, Southampton, Barnsley and Blackpool. He also had a spell in La Liga with Real Sociedad. He was also capped for the England national football team. [2] [3] During October 2009 he was appointed as the assistant manager of Darlington. Richardson is currently a coach at Newcastle United's academy. [4] [5]

Playing career

Richardson was born in Newcastle upon Tyne [2] where he played football for Montagu and North Fenham Boys club. [6] He joined Everton as a schoolboy in 1978 and turned professional in 1980. A versatile midfielder, the young Richardson often had to be content with deputising for the likes of Paul Bracewell, Peter Reid and Kevin Sheedy. However, he still carved out a semi-regular place, and played in the Everton teams that lost the 1984 League Cup Final to Liverpool after a replay [7] and won the FA Cup in 1984. He won a First Division together with that of UEFA Cup Winners Cup winner's medals the following year. He made 113 appearances in all for the Toffees, scoring 16 goals. [8]

He moved at the start of the 1986–87 season to Watford, but only spent a season there before moving on to Arsenal for £200,000. [9] Richardson succeeded Graham Rix on the Arsenal left wing, and played in the 1988 League Cup Final as Arsenal lost to Luton Town, [7] before moving over to the right for Arsenal's 1988–89 title-winning season to cover for the injured Paul Davis. Most notably, Richardson played in Arsenal's dramatic victory at Anfield where they won the title in the last minute of the last game of the season. Now a Championship winner at two different clubs, Richardson continued to be a regular the following season at Arsenal; however, he never totally got on with Gunners manager George Graham [10] and he was transferred to Real Sociedad for £750,000 in the summer of 1990. He made a total of 121 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal, and scored eight goals. [11]

Richardson's time at Real was short. He moved back to England in the summer of 1991, signing for Ron Atkinson's Aston Villa for £450,000, and was an ever-present in his first two seasons at the club. [12] Richardson became Villa's captain, and led the club to runners-up spot in the inaugural season of the Premier League and victory over Manchester United in the 1994 League Cup Final, [7] in which he won the Man of the Match award. [13] While at Villa, he also won his one and only cap for England, in a 5–0 friendly victory over Greece on 17 May 1994. [1]

Richardson followed his old boss Atkinson to Coventry City in 1995, and spent the next two-and-a-half years at the Sky Blues repeatedly fending off relegation under both Atkinson and his successor, Gordon Strachan. [14] He left Coventry in September 1997, having scored once in the League Cup against Hull City, [15] and had spells at Southampton, Barnsley [16] and finally Blackpool. [2] Richardson retired from playing in 2000, his career finishing on a low after Blackpool were relegated to Division Three in his final game.