Inside forward George Richardson joined the Tigers in late November 1938 as City attempted to rebuild under manager Ernest Blackburn after the financial difficulties faced by the club in the summer. Richardson made his debut a week later and played three times at inside right before experienced forward Cliff Hubbard returned. In January 1939 Richardson was restored to the inside right shirt, Hubbard moved to the right wing and the benefits were instant as City smashed Carlisle United 11-1, the club’s record victory. with George scoring the second goal to open his Tigers account. Over the next three weeks George scored again in a 2-2 draw at Stockport and a 6-1 win against Accrington Stanley, then a hattrick against Hartlepools at the end of February further sealed Richardson’s importance to the Tigers. He missed only one game in the remainder of the season and hit braces against Rochdale and Rotherham in successive April 1939 fixtures, taking his goal tally into double figures in just over half a season – great start.
Alas the outbreak of World War Two curtailed George’s promising start as the Football League was quickly suspended. George returned to South Yorkshire to play his part in the war effort but was able to return to the Tigers in 1944/45 season for nine wartime fixtures. By 1945 he was based in Lincolnshire and turning out for Newark-based works side Ransome & Marles, who were competing in the Midland League. The Midland League also featured Hull City’s Reserves side and in the summer of 1947 the Tigers, who still retained Richardson’s Football League registration, re-signed Richardson. He was restored to the City first team in early September and scored the first goals of his return in October and November 1947 in successive games against Barrow, Wrexham and Hartlepools. In mid-December 1947 Richardson scored his second Tigers hattrick in a 4-2 FA Cup win over Southern League side Cheltenham Town, however by February 1948 a knee injury kept Richardson out of the first team picture. His first team chances were squeezed further in April 1948 when new manager Raich Carter took over as City’s player-manager and Richardson was given a free transfer a month later.
George Richardson was born in Worksop and played his early football with the Manton Colliery works side. In April 1933 he joined First Division side Huddersfield Town. He made his senior debut for the Terriers in February 1934 against Leicester City, but in May 1934 he switched to Second Division side Sheffield United. He spent four years at Bramall Lane, playing mostly for the reserves. He scored his first goals for the Blades in March 1937 against Plymouth Argyle and played more reguarly in the 1937/38 season. When he left Sheffield United in November 1938 he had made 37 senior appearances and scored nine goals.
In June 1948 Richardson was appointed player-manager at North Wales-based Lancashire Combination and Welsh League side Bangor City. He took charge of Bangor for four seasons, signing ex-Tiger Alan Daley in December 1950 and leaving to return to his Worksop birthplace in May 1952. He died in Worksop in March 1968.
Date/Place of Birth: 12 December 1912, Worksop
Hull City First Game: 3 December 1938, Doncaster Rovers A (Division Three North), 25 years, 356 days old
Hull City Final Game: 14 February 1948, Barrow H (Division Three North), 35 years, 64 days old
Manton Colliery (1932-1933), Huddersfield Town (1933-1934), Sheffield United (1934-1938), Hull City (1938-1939), Ransome & Marles (1945-1947), Hull City (1947-1948), Bangor City (1948-1952)
Hull City Record
Career: 42 apps, 19 goalsGeorge Richardson