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FRANK RICHARDSON

Born: 29 January 1897

Came from: Barking Town   Went to: Stoke City

First game: 27 August 1921   Last game: 10 March 1923

Appearances: 67 (67/0)   Goals: 42

Joining Argyle for the club's second campaign in League football, Richardson was one of a trio of players signed from Barking Town in the summer of 1921 (Jack Leslie and Alf Rowe being the others). Unlike his colleagues from East London, the centre-foward made an immediate impact; in his first season he was almost ever-present and chalked up 31 goals. He spent less than two seasons at Home Park, but in that time achieved a historic pair of firsts: the first Argyle player to score a League hat-trick, away at Bristol Rovers in August 1921, and the first Argyle player to score a FA Cup hat-trick when he scored four at home to Bradford Park Avenue in February 1923. Richardson was Argyle’s first truly great goalscorer in League football, and with a better than one-in-two record, it was no surprise when other clubs showed their interest. He was lured away by Stoke City, with whom he completed the remainder of the 1922-23 season, before returning closer to home with West Ham United later in 1923. Remaining prolific throughout his career, Richardson later played for Swindon Town and Reading before a second spell back at Swindon prior moving to his last club, Mansfield Town.

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APPEARANCE DETAILS  [reselect competitions]

The details below reflect appearances in the following selected competitions: Southern & Western Leagues, Football League, FA Cup, League Cup, Minor Cups

Excluded: Football League (1939), War Leagues

We're grateful to Andy Chapman, Paul Roberts, Steve Rhodes and Mark Lovell for their help in writing GoS-DB's player pen-pictures, and to the PAFC Media Team and Colin Parsons for their help with photos. Thanks also to staff at the National Football Museum, the Scottish Football Museum and ScotlandsPeople for their valuable assistance.

The following publications have been particularly valuable in the research of pen-pictures: Plymouth Argyle, A Complete Record 1903-1989 (Brian Knight, ISBN 0-907969-40-2); Plymouth Argyle, 101 Golden Greats (Andy Riddle, ISBN 1-874287-47-3); Football League Players' Records 1888-1939 (Michael Joyce, ISBN 1-899468-67-6); Football League Players' Records 1946-1988 (Barry Hugman, ISBN 1-85443-020-3) and Plymouth Argyle Football Club Handbooks.

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