Justin Richards Player Profile
Debut: Margate (H, 1-3), 14/12/2002
Justin Richards was one of a select few that survived a mass cull of first teamers upon the arrival of Graham Westley in early 2003; perhaps as unnerving a situation as was the desperate one that greeted the player’s signature when Richard Pacquette’s loan spell at Boro’ was ended in 2002.
Wayne Turner was still in desperate need of a striker having allowed Kirk Jackson to move to eventual champions Yeovil Town. Justin Richards was brought in from Bristol Rovers on loan, and his hattrick against Farnborough after Turner had been sacked helped his cause to be awarded a permanent deal after Graham Westley took over.
However, chances became less and less easy to come by with Dino Maamria and Anthony Elding being preferred in the striking berths. As inevitable Richards’ departure may have come, the striker was yet another player to cross partisan lines for Woking in recent years before moving onwards to the Football League.