Tributes flood in for Dean Richards
Tributes have been flooding in for Dean Richards following his tragic death.
The former Bradford City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur defender passed away on Saturday aged just 36, following a long-term battle with illness.
Richards began his career with hometown club Bradford before moving to Wolves for £1.85million in 1995, and four years later switched to the Saints.
His form earned him an £8.1million move to White Hart Lane in 2001, but he retired in 2005 aged 30 after suffering from dizzy spells and headaches.
He then returned to his first club as a part-time coach in 2007, and the Bantams released a statement on their official club website following his tragic death:.
“The football club are truly devastated to hear of the death of former Bradford City fans' favourite Dean Richards,” read the statement.
A statement on the Wolves website said: "Remembered for his trademark skilful breaks out of defence as well as his ability in the air, Richards, who won four England Under 21 caps, will always be fondly remembered by Wolves fans who continued to follow his career closely when he moved on to Southampton and Tottenham."
Spurs followed this up with the following statement: "Everyone at Tottenham Hotspur was saddened to hear of the death of our former player. We extend our sincere condolences to the family of Dean Richards at this very sad time."
And the Saints issued this statement on their website: "Dean was a whole-hearted and popular player with fans and colleagues alike, who made 78 appearances during his spell with Saints between 1999 and 2001. The thoughts of everyone at the club are with his family and friends at this difficult time."
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