Richard Williams

Richard signed for Luton Town from Everton in November 1895.  A goal keeper, he played in the 1893 F.A. Cup Final between Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Fallowfield, Manchester.  The official attendance was 45,000 but it has been estimated that 60,000 were in the ground and round the edge of the pitch.  Wing play was impeded by the crowd so both teams resorted to the long ball.  Unfortunately a hopeful long ball caught Richard out and it sailed into the net for the only goal of the game.  Some reported that Richard blamed the sun in his eyes but he did not mention this in his interview with the Luton Times published on the 22nd November 1895, below.

Like most footballers of the era, Richard had another job.  This could be hazardous as the clip below from the Liverpool Mercury 11th July 1892 shows.

Richard has been a hard man to track down on Ancestry websites.  I will persevere in my search and add anything I find.  He played 78 times for the Straw Plaiters.