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Stephen Brookhouse Richards

 
 
 

Stephen Brookhouse Richards selected for England (Hooker) while playing for Richmond. Born 28th August 1941 in West Kirby. He started his club rugby at Clifton before going to Oxford University in 1959.

 

INTERNATIONAL RECORD: English Caps 1965-67

Career Record: P9, W3, D1, L5, Tries 0, Cons 0, Pen 0, DropG 0

16th Jan 1965 v Wales (Cardiff) (FN) L 14-3

13th Feb 1965 v Ireland (Dublin) (FN) L 5-0

27th Feb 1965 v France (Twickenham) (FN) W 9-6

20th March 1965 v Scotland (Twickenham) (FN )D 3-3

7th Jan 1967 v Australia (Twickenham) L 11-23

 

11th Feb 1967 v Ireland (Lansdowne Road) (FN) W 8-3

25th Feb 1967 v France (Twickenham) (FN) L 12-16

18th March 1967 v Scotland (Twickenham) (FN) W 27-14

15th April 1967 v Wales (Cardiff) L 21-34 (FN)

Standing (L-R): R.J.Bradford, D.F.Saunders, R.A.M.Whyte, S.Richards, M.Wallington, J.G.S.Young, M.McClaren, J.Parrott, T.Garrett. Sitting: M.Skelton, G.Jones (Vice Captain), Col. G.S.Castle (President), M.J.Moss (Captain), R.Blake. On Ground: W.Painter, I.French, A.Lewis.

Above photograph of the 1960-61 Clifton XV with future England Hooker Steve Richards. He had just started at Oxford University.

Standing (L-R): J.A.Collingwood, S.B.Richards, B.M.Stonehouse, P.K.Stagg, I.C.Jones, R.M.Wilcox, D.M.Sachs, P.MW.Stafford. Seated: G.W.Hines, N.Silk, J.J.McPartin (Captain), J.G.Wilcox, M.A.Ware. On Ground: R.H.Lamb, A.J.A.Lewin.

Above the Oxford team of 1962 with ex Clifton player Steve Richards.

Above programme cover and team sheet for the 1962 Varsity match which included Steve Richards on the Oxford side. Cambridge won by 14-0

Back Row (L-R): E.V.Barnes (Touch Judge), C.Allan (Richmond), C.W.Ralston (Richmond), B.M.Stonehouse (Richmond), S.B.Richards (Richmond), V.S.J.Harding (Harlequins), G.A.Sherriff (Saracens), J.H.Kent (Old Millhillians), B.V.Hewitt (Wasps), A.C.Luff (Referee). Seated: C.W.Thorburn (Guy's Hospital), T.C.Wintle (Northampton), J.M.Wyness (Saracens), G.A.MacDonald (London Scottish), J.G.Dawes (London Welsh), H.Keith (Wasps). On Ground: R.Thomas (London Welsh), J.Wilson (Bristol).

Above 1965 Middlesex side with Steve Richards.

Ticket from Steve Richards debut for England V Wales at Cardiff Arms Park on 16th January 1965.

Above programme cover and team sheet for ex Clifton RFC player Steve Richards debut for England V Wales at Cardiff Arms Park on 16th January 1965. Wales won 14-3.

Steve Richards 2nd cap for England v Ireland in Dublin on 13th February 1965. Ireland won 3-0 with a gale force wind.

He was educated at Clifton College and Oxford University where he gained a blue. He also represented England on their 1967 tour of Canada. He was taught rugby at Clifton College by two former England players, the Rev P.W.Brook and J. MacG K. Kendall-Carpenter. He had a dramatic rise to prominence in 1965 winning a regular place for Middlesex and England from Richmond second team.

Standing (L-R): Mr.R.W.Gilliland (Ireland)(Referee), P.E.Judd (Coventry), N.Silk (Harlequins), C.M.Payne (Harlequins), J.E.Owen (Coventry), S.B.Richards (Richmond), D.W.A.Rosser (Cambridge University), A.W.Hancock (Northampton), Group-Captain G.C.Lamb (Toch-Judge). Seated: M.P.Weston (Durham City), D.P.Rogers (Bedford), D.G.Perry (Captain) (Bedford), S.J.S.Clarke (Blackheath), D.Rutherford (Gloucester), A.L.Horton (Blackheath). On Ground: G.P.Frankcom (Cambridge University), P.W.Cook (Richmond).

Above England team that beat France 9-6 on 27th February 1965 with ex Clifton RFC player Steve Richards. England beat France by 12 strikes against the head - a record that has never been exceeded and probably never will be as strikes against the head are very  rare these days due to referring  idiosyncrasies.

Above programme cover and team sheet for Steve Richards 3rd cap for England, and 1st at Twickenham, v France on 27th Feb 1965. England won 9-6.

Above the programme cover and team sheet for the England v Scotland match played on 20th March 1965. The match featured ex Clifton player Steve Richards. It was a 3-3 draw.

Standing (L-R): Mike Titcomb (Referee), T.M.Rutter (Westminster Hospital), J.H.Kent (Old Millhillians), B.M.Stoneman (Richmond), V.J.Harding (Harlequins), G.A.Sheriff (Saracens), C.W.Ralston (Richmond), A.J.Hinshelwood (London Scottish), R.J.A.Thomas (London Welsh), E.V.Barnes (Touch Judge). Sitting: C.W.Thorburn (Guys Hospital), G.J.Keith (Wasps), J.A.D.Wyness (Saracens), W.G.Macdonald (London Scottish) Captain, J.Wilson (Bristol), S.B.Richards (Richmond), J.H.Montgomery (London Scottish).

Above the Middlesex side that won the County Championship final 6-0 v Lancashire on 12th March 1966 with ex Clifton RFC player Steve Richards.

Above programme cover and teamsheet of the 1966 County Championship final Lancashire v Middlesex at Blundellsands

Above programme cover and teamsheet for the England v Australia match on January 7th 1967 with Clifton's Steve Richards and Colin McFadyean. Australia won 23-11.

Above front and back of ticket from the England v Australia match on January 7th 1967 with Clifton's Steve Richards and Colin McFadyean.

Above Dinner held after the England v Australia match on January 7th 1967 with Clifton's Steve Richards and Colin McFadyean.

Above programme cover and team sheet for Colin McFadyean's 5th cap for England v Ireland on 11th February 1967 at Lansdowne Road. England won 8-3. The match also featured ex Clifton RFC player Steve Richards winning his sixth cap for England. This match was won with a lucky bounce and a fast chase for Colin McFadyean to score his first try for England.

Standing (L-R): Mr.H.J.Luxon (Touch-Judge), M.J.Coulman (Moseley), R.D.Hearn (Bedford), D.M.Rollitt (Bristol), J.N.Pallant (Nottingham), D.E.J.Watt (Bristol), J.Barton (Coventry), C.R.Jennins (Waterloo), R.B.Taylor (Northampton), K.F.Savage (Northampton), Mr.D.P.d'Arcy (Referee). Seated: R.D.A.Pickering (Bradford), J.F.Finlan (Moseley), R.W.Hosen (Bristol), P.F.Judd (Captain) (Coventry), S.B.Richards (Richmond), C.W.McFadyean (Moseley).

Above the England v France team That lost 12-16 on 25th February 1967 with ex Clifton players Steve Richards and Colin McFadyean. A team that had 8 Midlands players and 5 with South West connections (3 Bristol and Richards, ex Clifton College and Clifton RFC, and McFadyean, ex Bristol Grammar and Clifton RFC)

Above programme cover and team sheet for the England v France match played on 25th February 1967.

Above programme cover and team sheet from the England v Scotland match on 18th March 1967. Steve Richards 8th cap. England won 27-14 and Colin McFadyean scored 2 tries.

Standing: D.H.Easby (Touch-Judge), R.D.Hearn, D.M.Rollit, J.Barton, D.E.J.Watt, M.J.Coulman, S.B.Richards, D.J.C.McMahon (Scotland)(Referee). Seated: R.Webb, D.P.Rodgers, P.E.Judd (Captain), R.W.Hosen, C.W.McFadyean,. On Ground: K.F.Savage, R.D.A.Pickering, R.B.Taylor, J.Finlan.

Above the England team v Wales on 15th April 1967. Steve Richards last match for England and Colin McFadyean's 8th.

Steve Richards last game for England is memorable as being the debut for Wales of an 18 year old Keith Jarrett. The Newport player had only left Monmouth School a couple of months earlier finding himself selected in the unaccustomed position of full-back. He kicked 7 penalties out of 8 and scored a 50 yard solo try. At the time this equaled the Welsh International record for most points (19) scored in a match.

Above programme cover and team sheet from Steve Richards last match for England v Wales on 15th April 1967

Standing (L-R): Air Commodore G.C.Lamb CBE AFC (RAF) (Referee), A.J.W.Hinshelwood, R.Weaver, M.J.Alder, T.W.Rutter, C.W.Ralston, C.G.Hodgson, M.T.Short, K.R.McIntyre, E.V.Barnes (Touch-Judge). Seated: S.B.Richards, G.A.Sherrif, G.S.Barry MBE (President), C.W.Thorburn (Captain), J.S.Ritchie, B.M.Stoneman, I.C.Jones. On Ground: G.W.James, V.J.Lewis.

Above ex Clifton RFC player Steve Richards wins the 1968 County Championship with Middlesex. Middlesex beat Warwickshire 9-6 in the final.

Above programme cover and teamsheet from the Middlesex v Warwickshire 1968 County Championship Final. This was Steve Richards 17th County cap.

Steve Richards moved to Sheffield and went on to play for Sheffield RUFC and Yorkshire.

Above Steve Richards in 2009 with his grandson Felix.