1922, William Richards

William, of Sheffield was described as a "strapping young blade" when he joined Exeter in 1922/23.

“Exeter City yesterday signed on another half-back in William Richards, from Scunthorpe United, a clubmate last season of John Ackroyd, one of the new Grecian full backs. Richards is a hefty young man of about 24 years, for he is only one inch below six feet in height, and he weighs 12st. Fair haired, he rather resembles John Mitton in appearance on the football field.
Manager Arthur Chadwick has seen him play in Midland League football, and con siders him a very promising man. Three other Southern Division clubs have been angling after him, but Richards fancied his chance of advancement at Exeter That he is highly thought of in the North is proved
by the fact that he has played for the Midland League against the champion club”
British Newspaper Archive

He had had a season with Sheffield United and also Scunthorpe.

He played in both public practices in August as a wing-half, making his debut for the resreves against Bath City in the opening game of the season, suffering a head injury, returning to the field of play swathed in bandages and plaster.


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