Thursday, 28 April 2011
363 Marc Richards
Position : Forward
Played : 2004-05 (on loan from Northampton Town)
Appearances : 5
Goals : 2
Marc was signed on a month’s loan in March from Northampton as part of his comeback from injury. The former England Youth player began his career with Blackburn Rovers in 2000 but never made a first team appearance going out on loan four times to Crewe, Oldham, Halifax and Swansea. It was with the latter that he started scoring with 7 goals in 17 games in 2003. They wanted to sign him on his release that summer but he chose Northampton instead. He had a difficult time at first taking 29 games to score and then his second season was dogged by injury. He was coming back from a ruptured knee ligament when we signed him.
Marc looked a decent player but unsurprisingly took things a little gingerly. He was dropped to the bench after his third outing but came on in the first half at home to Leyton Orient when Paul Tait got injured and scored both goals.
Northampton released him in the summer. He got a short term deal at Barnsley but did well enough to stay there for 2 years, scoring 18 goals in 69 appearances. In 2007 he signed for Port Vale and is pretty much their star player with 49 goals in 143 appearances at the time of writing.