Richo's testimonial: We need YOUR help

Last updated : 26 September 2005 By Rob Davies
Long-serving Richardson has kept a reasonably low profile since being released by the club in controversial circumstances at the end of August.

However, it now seems certain that the defender has opted to accept the testimonial offered to him by the club,

With the occasion seemingly in the preliminary stages of development, this could be your chance to influence the organisers as they seek to draw-in as large a crowd as possible to give 'Richo' the biggest and best possible farewell.

For this, NCM readers can help, as speculation as to who'll be featuring at Meadow Lane for the big occasion gets underway.

We want to know who you'd like to see line-up on the hallowed Meadow Lane turf for the testimonial of a modern-day Notts County cult hero.

Which team/players would you like to see in action? What names would make you want to rush down to the 'Lane?

Suggestions may include local rivals Nottingham Forest - with a mixture of past and present players from over the river - whilst Premiership clubs Bolton Wanderers, managed by Richo's former gaffer Sam Allardyce, and Birmingham City - who Richardson began his league career for, have also been discussed.

Other ideas mentioned have included a Barry Fry Xl, with the charismatic former Peterborough boss the man who first signed the tough-tackling defender from non-league Dagenhem & Redbridge.

All ideas, though, are welcomed and should be sent to or posted on the NCM messageboard as soon as possible.

The 35-year-old is now thought to have turned his back on his illustrious playing career, despite the offer of a deal at Burton Albion and trials at a number of League Two clubs - with the London-born player recently enjoying working with the Notts County Football in the Community team.

Richardson made a total of 297 appearences for the Magpies, after signing in March 1996. He also managed the club for seven months of last season, before being released by current boss Gudjon Thordarson, who claimed the veteran - who had a long-standing knee problem - was no longer fit enough for League Two football.

For all the latest news regarding Richardson, be sure to check back to NCM over the next few days.