Former Spurs defender Dean Richards dies at 36

2011-02-26 14:54

London – Former Tottenham Hotspur, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Southampton defender Dean Richards had died aged 36 after a long-term battle with a serious illness, Wolves said today.

“Everyone at Wolves was saddened to hear of the death of Dean Richards, who passed away this morning,” the Premier League club said on their website (

Richards, who won four England under-21 caps, joined Wolves from Bradford City in 1995 and made 145 appearances in four years at Molineux.

“Remembered for his trademark skilful breaks out of defence as well as his ability in the air, Richards will always be fondly remembered by Wolves fans who continued to follow his career closely when he moved on to Southampton and Tottenham,” the club said.

Richards joined Southampton in May 1999 and two years later moved on to Tottenham Hotspur in an £8.1 million (R91 million) transfer.

He played 81 times for Spurs, but was forced to retire in 2005 due to suffering frequent dizzy spells and headaches.

His last role was a youth team coach back at League Two (fourth division) Bradford, the city of his birth.

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