Bridlington’s FA Vase- winning manager dies

Colin Richardson
Colin Richardson

The manager who guided Bridlington Town to the FA Vase at Wembley in 1993 has died at the age of 71.

Colin Richardson who led The Seasiders to the most memorable day in the club’s history passed away in hospital on Saturday night.

He was held in high esteem by the non-league football fraternity in the North-East, where he played for and managed a number of clubs.

Everton’s assistant manager Graeme Jones, who played in Bridlington’s FA Vase winning team, told the Free Press: “I first met Colin Richardson at Newcastle Blue Star as an 18-year-old player.

“He was a larger than life character, full of charisma with a tough streak but a great knowledge and love for the game.

“After a successful spell, he moved to North Shields as manager and not long after he paid £1,800 for my signature.

Following another successful period for Colin he then took over as manager of Bridlington Town where we teamed up again. Three trophies later and his second FA Vase triumph speaks volumes for the manager.

“But his biggest strength lay as a person, kind, considerate, loyal, passionate, empathetic, caring, honest, diligent - all the things I’ve taken into management every day.

“He will be sorely missed by his family, friends and football.”

As a player, Richardson was a member of the successful Spennymoor United side in the 1960s and also had spells with Ferryhill Athletic and Willington, but it was his success as a manager that made him a legend.

In 1981 he guided Wearside League Whickham to Wembley success in the FA Vase and went on to manage Newcastle Blue Star and North Shields.

In 1992 he became manager of Bridlington Town and achieved his second Wembley success and also won the HFS Loans League Division One title by 10 points and lifted the East Riding Senior Cup.