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Richards: Died after long battle with illness

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Former Bradford, Wolves, Southampton and Spurs central defender Dean Richards has died aged 36.

The powerful defender died on Saturday morning following a long-term battle with serious illness.

He began his career with his home town club before moving to Wolves in a £1.85 million switch in 1995 and then moved onto Southampton in 1999 to play in the Premier League.

He subsequently followed his Saints boss Glenn Hoddle to Spurs in 2001 in a £8.1 million switch before retiring in March 2005 aged 33 after suffering from dizzy spells and headaches while at White Hart Lane.

He then returned to the Bantams in 2007 on a part-time basis to coach the club's youth players.

A statement on the Bradford website said: "The football club are truly devastated to hear of the death of former Bradford City fans' favourite Dean Richards."

Wolves have announced a tribute will be paid to the defender ahead of next Sunday's game with his former club Spurs.


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Everyone at Tottenham Hotspur was saddened to hear of the death of our former player Dean Richards, who passed away this morning at the age of 36 after a long-term battle with serious illness.

Dean started his career at Bradford City and then moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers before establishing himself in the Premier League with Southampton.

The centre-half joined the Club from Southampton in September 2001 and made an immediate impact by scoring on his Spurs debut against Manchester United at White Hart Lane.

In total the former England Under-21 defender went on to play 81 games in our colours and scored four goals before being forced to retire at the age of 30 on medical grounds.

There will be a tribute paid to the defender ahead of our fixture next Sunday at Molineux against his former club Wolves.

We extend our sincere condolences to the family of Dean Richards at this very sad time.

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