Sheffield United Football Club are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former player Brian Richardson.
Brian was born in Sheffield in 1934 and joined the Blades, first as an amateur, in 1954, going on to make 336 appearances for the club, scoring nine goals over a period that ended when he joined Swindon Town in January 1966.
He spent three years playing for United's nursery club, Oaks Fold, but it was former goalkeeping legend Jack Smith who spotted him playing for the S&H FA youth team and recommended his services to the club, but it would be three years before he would become a first team player under the management of Joe Mercer.
Brian played a major part in what is regarded as one of the finest defences in our history, alongside Joe Shaw, Cec Coldwell, Graham Shaw, Alan Hodgkinson and Gerry Summers. Superb in the air and fearsome in the tackle, his energy and determination were a huge part of what made the team tick, and he was liked and respected by all.
Former team-mate Len Badger said: "I am so sorry to hear of Brian's passing. When I came in to the first team frame at the tender age of 17, he and Joe Shaw took me under their wings. What better grounding could a young lad have in the game - they were chalk and cheese - Joe was sheer class, but 'Richo' was the tireless worker, closing down, marshaling, totally fearless.
"He was a proper player, a Sheffield lad with the heart of a lion, he epitomised what it took to play for Sheffield United and I was really privileged to share the same field as him."
The condolences of all associated with Sheffield United go out to all of Brian's family at this sad time.
Thanks for the memories Brian.