Richard Hill Biography

Boro Manager   Jan 1999 to March 2000

Playing Career

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Richard started his career as a school boy at Leicester City, finally being offered a professional contract with the club after initially not making it onto the Midland’s club YTS programme.  He appeared regularly for the reserve side but never quite managed to break into their first team.

Richard was released at the end of his contract and moved to Nuneaton Boro (now Nuneaton Town). During the close season 1982/1983, Richard went to Christchurch, New Zealand to experience playing in a different country before returning to Nuneaton Boro for the regular season.

After another season playing for Nuneaton, Richard played in the Finnish League with Helsinki before moving to Northampton Town in April 1985.  Richard spent 2 seasons at Sixfields and was an integral part of the team that won the old 4th Division title in the 1986/1987 season.  Richard scored 33 times that season.

Unsurprisingly after his goal scoring exploits, in the summer of 1987, Graham Taylor signed Richard for Watford for a Fourth Division record fee of £258,000.  Richard’s spell at Watford was brief – 3 months, as before he even had a chance to train with his new club, Graham Taylor was appointed Manager of Aston Villa. Things didn’t work out with the new Watford Manager – Dave Bassett and so Richard moved on to Oxford United after only 4 games for a £260,000 fee.

richard hill watfordRichard scored on his debut for Oxford, who at the time were in the top flight of English Football, the old Division 1 with Oxford at one stage sitting 4th in that division, although after a poor run of form they were eventually relegated.

The following season Richard was a regular in the team playing in a variety of different positions and although the club finished comfortably mid table, Richard was transfer listed at the end of that season with 1 year remaining on his contract.

In the next pre- season, still with Oxford United, Richard suffered a terrible knee injury which after 3 operations over a 2 year period resulted in Richard retiring from the professional game.

Richard did have a small stint in Non League with Kettering Town, but due to the inability to train more than once a week because of his knee and having to play in constant pain; Richard reluctantly decided to retire from playing.

Richard had a great strike rate realising 69 goals from 170 Football League appearances.

Managerial Career

 Team Position Year
Reading FC Community officer 1994
Reading FC Youth Team Coach Oct  1996 to Oct 1997
Wycombe Wanders Assistant Manager Oct  1997 to  Jan  1999
Stevenage Borough Manager Jan  1999 to March 2000
Gillingham FC Assistant Manager August 2000 to April 2003
Northampton Town Assistant Manager April  2003 to Oct 2003
Tranmere Rovers Assistant Manager Oct  2003 to Feb 2005
QPR Assistant Manager Sept 2006 to Feb  2007
Ethiopian National Team Technical  Advisor June 2010
FC  Kairat – Kazakhstan Premier League Assistant  Manager June 2011
Eastleigh FC Manager September 2012

 

Boro

1998/1999 Season – The Nationwide Conference
Richard Hill

Whoever took over from Paul Fairclough’s second stint at Boro was always going to have a massive challenge filling the boots of the Boro managerial legend, especially as Paul’s departure had come as a shock to so many.

Richard’s career at Boro started on January 9th 1999 with a 1-0 away defeat at Farnborough Town.   He quickly steadied the ship, guiding the team on a 6 game unbeaten run which saw Boro win the next two games 2-0 at home to Morecambe and 0-1 away at Edgar Street, Hereford.

Four draws followed against Kingstonian (H) 3-3, Leek Town (A) 1-1, Hayes (A) 2-2 and Southport (A) 1-1 before the unbeaten run was brought to an end with a 2-1 away defeat at Rushden and Diamonds.

This set the pattern for the rest of the Conference season with Boro registering only 2 losses in the remaining 12 games –at home to Northwich Victoria 1-3 and Barrow 1-2.  Wins against arch rivals Woking both away 1-2 and impressively 5-0 at Broadhall Way, were joined by four impressive wins over Kettering Town (A) 1-2, Dover Athletic (H) 1-0, Kidderminster Harriers (H) 3-0 and Yeovil Town (A) 1-3.

The remaining fixtures in the last 12 games saw Boro draw four games against Cheltenham (H) 2-2, Welling United (A) 1-1, Doncaster Rovers (A) 0-0 and Hednesford Town (A) 2-2.

Boro finished in 6th position in the Nationwide Conference – A very creditable start to Richard’s managerial reign at Broadhall Way.

FA Cup

Boro were already knocked out of the cup prior to Richard’s appointment as manager.

FA Trophy

Boro left the competition at the 4th round after a replay against Cheltenham Town at Broadhall Way being knocked out on penalties 5-4 after the regulation time and extra time remained goalless.  The original away tie was also goalless.

On his appointment, Boro had already got through the 2nd round beating Uxbridge 4-0 at Broadhall Way. Richard in his early days as Boro manager built on this foundation, guiding Boro to a home 3-1 win against Dover Athletic in the third round.

1990/2000 Season – The Nationwide Conference

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Boro’s start to the season was sensational winning their first 6 games of the season scoring 14 goals in the process and only conceding 1.  The teams beaten in those heady days were Altrincham (A) 0-1, Doncaster Rovers (H) 3-0, Telford United (H) 2-0, Sutton United (A) 0-2, Scarborough (A) 1-3 and Kettering Town (H) 3-0.

The winning streak was broken by Kidderminster Harriers who beat Boro 0-2 at Broadhall Way on the first Saturday in September.

No one would have predicted that after such a stunning start that Richard would lose his job as Boro manager before the end of the season.

Initially all seemed well with Boro drawing their next game 2-2 on the road against Hednesford followed by a solid win against Hereford United 1-2 at Edgar Street.

The next 6 games only realised 1 point – a draw against Northwich Victoria 3-3 again away from Broadhall Way.  A brief upward turn of 3 straight wins towards the end of 1999 saw Boro take maximum points against Hayes (A) 1-2, Doncaster Rovers (A) 1-2 and Dover Athletic (H) 3-1 giving Richard some respite, although he was only to win maximum points 3 more times as Boro manager – Nuneaton Borough (H) 2-1, Woking (A) 0-2 and Northwich Victoria 3-1.

The number of draws and losses began to mount and with the points haul slowing, a decision was made to relieve Richard of his position following successive defeats in March 2000.

FA Cup

Boro were knocked out of the F A Cup in the 4th qualifying round losing to Bath City 1-0 (A) in a replay after the original tie  was drawn 1-1 at Broadhall Way.

FA Trophy

Boro won the F A Trophy 2nd round beating Merthyr Tydfil 4-0 at Broadhall Way in a reply after the original game ended 0-0 in Wales.

Boro left the competition in the 3rd round on the road against Yeovil Town 2-1.

Richard’s Boro Record in Numbers

1998/1999

1999/2000

Total

Conference Games

20

33

53

Win

8

13

21

Draw

8

5

13

Loss

4

15

19

Total points

32

44

76

Points per game Average

1.6

1.33

1.43

Percentage Win

40%

39%

39.50%

FA Cup Games
Win

0

0

0

Draw

0

1

1

Loss

0

1

1

FA Trophy Games
Win

1

1

2

Draw

1

1

2

Loss

1

1

2