The football world was saddened by the loss of Dean Richards on Saturday at the age of just 36. Fittingly, two of his former clubs, Wolves and Spurs will meet next Sunday and he will doubtless receive a warm tribute.
Deano joined Spurs in 2001, arriving from Southampton and following manager Glenn Hoddle. Sadly, much has been made of the fact that he was the most expensive player to not represent England, but many will remember him as a brave centre half who, we occasionally saw the best of, in amongst a run of injuries.
Richards retired from football in 2005 when he should have been coming into his prime and his loss over the weekend is immensely sad. Memories of former games tend to get hazy at times, but I seem to recall a pre-season match against Lazio where he was sticking his head in when boots were flying, giving his all even though it was just a ‘friendly’. What were your favourite memories of him?