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Ray Richards
Personal information
Date of birth 18 May 1946 (1946-05-18) (age 63)
Place of birth England
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963 Latrobe
1968 Hollandia
New Lambton
1969 Sydney Croatia
1969-1977 Marconi
1979 APIA Leichhardt 4 (0)
National team
1967-1974 Australia 31 (5)
1967-1975 Australia B 29 (5)
Teams managed
1974-1976 Marconi
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ray Richards (born May 18, 1946 in England) is an Australian former football (soccer) midfielder. He was a member of the Australian 1974 World Cup squad in West Germany and represented the country 60 times in total for 10 goals between 1967 and 1975 as well as representing Queensland and New South Wales.[1]



Richards was born in England and emigrated to Australia as a teenager.

Playing career


Club career

Richards started his football career at Croydon in England before moving to Australia. In Australia Richards played with Queensland club Latrobe. In 1968 he moved to Hollandia. In 1969 he moved to Sydney to play for Sydney Croatia. Between 1969 and 1977 Richards played for Marconi in the New South Wales State League and in the first year of the National Soccer League in 1977. In 1979 Richards played four matches for A.P.I.A. Leichhardt Tigers.[2]

International career

In all Richards played 60 times for the Australian national team. Of this number 31 matches were full international matches.[3]

1974 World Cup

Richards played in Australia's three matches at the 1974 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Richards has the dubious honour of being the first Australian to be sent off in a World Cup match, being sent off in the game against Chile in 1974. He actually received three yellow cards. It wasn't until the reserve official, Clive Thomas, informed the linesman of the mistake four minutes after the third yellow card that the referee, Jafar Namdar, realised his mistake and ordered him off the field.[4][5][6]

Coaching career

Between 1974 and 1976 Richards acted as a player/coach at Marconi Stallions.[2]


Richards is a member of the Football Federation Australia Football Hall of Fame.[7]


  1. ^ Match report, including date of birth
  2. ^ a b "Australian Player Database - R". Retrieved 30 December 2009.  
  3. ^ "The Australian National Men’s Football Team: Caps And Captains". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 30 December 2009.  
  4. ^ Motson, John (2006). "Two Yellows Does Not Necessarily Equal A Red". Motson's World Cup Extravaganza. Robson. pp. 133. ISBN 1861059361.  
  5. ^ "Just the card". The Age. 7 July 2006. Retrieved 30 December 2009.  
  6. ^ Ashdown, John; Dart, James; Smyth, Rob (5 July 2006). "World Cup Knowledge: part five". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 December 2009.  
  7. ^ "Ray Richards". Football Hall of Fame. Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 30 December 2009.  


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