Richard Young, previously with Notts County and Southend United, started sixteen games (with another twelve appearances from the bench) during Exeter City’s 1989/90 Division Four championship-winning season. Contributing a number of important goals as City closed in on the title, Richard later left the club in unexplained circumstances.
Richard, a big busting forward started his career as a Notts County apprentice in 1985, and having turned professional in August 1986, went on to feature in 35 league games (5 goals) before moving to Southend United in a £25,000 transfer in August 1987. Restricted by a serious thigh muscle injury, he made just five league starts - and a further four outings as substitute - ahead of moving to Exeter City in a £5,000 deal in March 1989.
Making his debut against Cambridge United on 11 March 1989, Richard enjoyed a late-season run in the team as he scored four times from thirteen starts.
Starting the next season on the bench - and playing mainly at the start and finish of the season - Richard nevertheless contributed 16 starts, 12 substitute appearances and six goals to what proved to be Exeter’s championship-winning season. Significantly five of Richard’s goals were in the closing weeks of the campaign against Aldershot, Gillingham, Scarborough, Burnley and Lincoln.
Having now made 42 league appearances for the Grecians, including those from the bench, Richard was only to play another seven games for the club as he was initially sidelined by a back injury. Then, after turning down a move to Hereford, he was involved in a car crash before mysteriously losing contact with the club.
With no word from the player for several weeks City dismissed Richard for a breach of contract in March 1991 and, amidst a spate of rumours, it remains unknown as to what happened to Richard after his disappearance from the club.