Wolverhampton Wanderers: top 30 players - Number five

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John Richards is one of only a few players to feature in the top 10 of Wolverhampton Wanderers' most appearances and goals lists.


After signing for Wolverhampton Wanderers as a 18-year-old in 1969, it didn't take long for John Richards to make his mark in the first team at Molineux, but it was the 1971-72 campaign that saw the striker really come of age in the Black Country.


Wolves under-performed in the league that season but Richards scored several important goals to help the club to the UEFA Cup final, which they lost to Tottenham Hotspur. Both Richards and Wolves improved in the following campaign, however, with Wolves finishing fifth in Division One and reaching two cup semi-finals, while Richards scored 36 goals - the most scored by a Wolves player in over 25 years.


In 1973-74, Richards played a hugely significant role in Wolves' League Cup triumph, scoring both goals in the semi-finals against Norwich City before scoring a late winner against Manchester City in the final. Wolves' form deteriorated after that success but Richards still found himself at the top of the goalscoring charts for six of the next seven years.


He left the club in 1983 having netted 194 goals in 486 appearances. He also holds the record for the fastest goal scored in a competitive match, with his effort against Burnley during the 1974-75 season taking all of 15 seconds.

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