Rich, Leonard

Birth Date

3rd November 1912


Camelford, Cornwall



Biographical Text

Camelford-born  Leonard Rich appeared for Exeter City during the final season before the Second World War. Starting at Plymouth Argyle, he joined the Grecians from Luton Town and left to sign for Stockport County where his career was immediately put on hold by the outbreak of war. He returned to St James’ Park to play in ‘war time’ games in 1945.

Described as being 'able to play on either wing with a turn of speed', Rich first played as an amateur for Torpoint in the Plymouth and District League, where he was spotted and signed by Plymouth Argyle in 1935. Rich only made three league appearances for Argyle though, scoring one goal, before moving to Luton Town where he added a further 19 league outings and five goals.

Exeter had tried to sign Rich on more than one occasion, but were not successful until the close season of 1938. He made his debut against Cardiff City at Ninian Park in August 1938 and scored in the 2-1 win. Rich only stayed at St James’ Park for one season though and signed for Stockport County where he played two league matches. However, he did appear for the Grecians in the wartime seasons of 1944-45 and 1945-46. He became coach of Plymouth United in 1948-49.







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