Wednesday, 27 April 2011

362 Marcus Richardson

Position : Forward

Played : 2004-05  ( on  loan  from  Lincoln )

Appearances : 2

Goals : 0

Marcus arrived in February possibly as a free gift, after being involved in a training ground fight with another future Dale man, Ciaran Toner. Marcus’s career began around 1999 with stints at non-league clubs Burnham, Slough and Harrow Borough before signing for Cambridge in March 2001. He scored twice in 16 appearances and was sold to Torquay for £5,000 just months later. He scored a respectable 8 in 39 appearances despite being mainly a substitute then moved to Hartlepool a year later. He scored 5 in 27 appearances and went on loan to Lincoln twice before they signed him permanently. He was doing OK with 8 goals in 39 appearances before the incident which was apparently a follow-on from an evening out although of course the tiresome Howard Kirks of the internet were quick to speculate that it was racist. Both players were immediately shipped out on loan.

Marcus looked quite lively when he came on as sub at Macclesfield and that got him a start in the next game at home to Kidderminster. Oh dear. Marcus’s performance in that game is a definite contender for the worst individual display in a Dale shirt I’ve ever seen. He played like he’d just stumbled out of the pub and been given a shirt . He won no headers and displayed the control of a concrete post. He wasn’t called upon again and later apologised saying his mind hadn’t been on the game.

When his month was up he returned to Lincoln but a move was quickly arranged to Yeovil. He failed to impress in 4 games there and was released in the summer. He joined Chester but only managed 4 goals in 34 games and finished the season on loan at Macclesfield. Despite scoring twice in the final game to ensure Macc stayed up he wasn’t signed up and moved on to Weymouth. Since then he has been a nomad with spells at Cambridge again, Crawley , Bury( just the one game in 2008) , Farnborough (where he found some form scoring 32 in 88 appearances), Henley, Windsor & Eton and currently, Reading Town

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