Jemiah Richards | coach

BORN

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Birmingham

10.5.1986

5ft 10"

PLAYER BIO

An experienced non-league player who was appointed as the Pitmen's first-team coach on November 2020

A former forward with experience at step one and two of the non-league game, Walsall-based Richards started out at the Pitmen's local rivals Stafford Rangers, playing for them in their two years of struggle in the Blue Square Premier that saw them relegated back to step two in May 2008

In July of the same year, Richards chose to leave Stafford and join Worcester City, who had been moved laterally from Blue Square North to Blue Square South for the forthcoming season. The Dragons struggled in their new league, with Richards electing to leave St. George's Lane to join local rivals Bromsgrove Rovers. Alongside Keenen Meakin-Richards and Graham Deakin, step four Bromsgrove struggled to a mid-table position in 2008-2009 before a season of ups and downs in 2009-2010 saw Bromsgrove finish twentieth in the Southern League Division One Central before the club were wound up

A season back at step two followed for Richards in 2010-2011 with a move across town to near neighbours Redditch United. It was another season of struggle, however, for Richards, as the Reds were rooted to the foot of the table for much of the season. He left the Valley Stadium in January 2011 to join Halesowen Town on a deal until the end of the season, reuniting with Meakin-Richards in the process. He was part of the Yeltz side hammered 6-0 by the Pitmen on the final day of the season at the Grove in what wad to be his final game for the club

In September 2011, Richards joined Midland Alliance side Willenhall Town, only to see them struggle for the season and finish bottom of the league. The following season at step six was also a struggle for the Lockmen as Sporting Khalsa had bought and moved into their Noose Lane ground, finishing third-bottom of the West Midlands League in the process

Richards' former Bromsgrove manager Duane Darby finally got his man in the summer of 2013, signing the player for Cradley Town for the 2013-2014 season. This was to prove Richard's final season as a semi-professional footballer at the tender age of twenty-eight as he elected to concentrate on his off-the-field activities

 

Since ending his playing days, Richards has spent much of his time as a sports lecturer at both Dudley College and Sutton Coldfield College, whilst becoming part of Walsall Wood's coaching team in August 2018 under Darren Byfield and doubling up as sports therapist 

Byfield's move to Alvechurch in the summer of 2019 saw Richards follow him to Lye Meadow as part of his coaching team once more. However, Byfield's spell was a short one as results were not as expected and the pair departed the club in December 2019

In March 2020, Richards linked up with Racing Club Warwick as part of the club's coaching team, just before the season was brought to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic

With news of Meakin-Richards and Deakin being named as the Pitmen's new permanent management team in October 2020, Richards linked up with the pair once more in November as the club's new first-team coach, replacing the recently-departed Alex Meechan

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