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In the Hylands: Meet Steve Richards

PUBLISHED: 14:30 10 May 2016

Hornchurch Athletic icon Steve Richards

Hornchurch Athletic icon Steve Richards

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Hornchurch Athletic's Nathaniel Bastin is writing a blog during the 2016 season

This week, I caught up with new third team captain, and self-proclaimed ‘club legend’, Steve Richards.

Nathaniel Bastin: So Steve, walloped in the first league game. Welcome to third team captaincy!

Steve Richards: “Well, with the notable exception of the second team, I just wanted to ensure we blended in with a catastrophic defeat. Seriously, we did really well to get four sides out, and the youngsters played did fantastically well. The more senior players need to step up and support them.”

NB: Can you give us some background on your time as an Athletic player?

SR: “I like to see myself as a club legend who has the respect of everyone at Athletic. Others like to see me as seldom as possible, and from a distance! It will come as a surprise to anyone who knows me well that, rather than discussing my fantastic record — hundreds in the first team and frankly unbelievable feats of daring over the years — I’m more interested in what I can achieve from now on,”

NB: Surprising indeed, Steve! The thirds had a difficult time last year. Why did you decide to put your name forward for the job?

SR “I think given the relative strength of the club, and the division they were in, the threes did remarkably well. I want to make mention of Mark Speller and the great job he did last year in trying times, as well as for winning the league previously. I want to keep the progression going, especially with our youngsters. That isn’t necessarily going to mean winning the league, but it must mean enjoying our cricket and performing as well as we can.”

NB: Do you have any expectations or goals for the season?

SR: “As skipper, I want to feel that I’ve contributed to the improvement of everyone who plays and that all three players can say they were made to feel welcome, had a chance to play some good cricket and would be available next week for some more.”

NB: Do you see a bright future for the club overall?

SR: “Given what I’ve said, it’s a big yes. When I first played for this club, 21 years ago, we had two sides and no colts. Now we have four and are really looking to see how we can strengthen as we know how tricky it is to build a viable club. It would be great to see if we could develop a girls section too!”

Thanks, Steve, and all the best to you and your team this season.

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