Richard is well-loved within the club and is a very popular and respected member of the wider football and sports broadcasting family. He will be sadly missed by all, and the pain of his passing will be felt by many.
Richard was employed by Chelsea Football Club from July 2009 to last September, has been with the club since 2003 and has been instrumental in directing Chelsea TV’s award-winning and industry-leading production – – It’s a film that covers all of Chelsea’s successes during that time. He was also instrumental in Chelsea TV’s successful transition from radio to digital.
This week, Chairman Bruce Barker recounted his personal recollection of Richard as he shared the sad news with colleagues.
“I’ve had the opportunity to work directly with Richard on many different projects over the years and have always found him to be hard-working, thoughtful and an all-around nice guy,” he said.
“I’ve had the opportunity to talk to some of you about Richard over the past few days and everyone has mentioned ‘the good guy’.”
All of us at Chelsea extend our deepest condolences to Richard’s family at this most difficult time. Players will wear black armbands as a tribute during Sunday’s game against Tottenham.
Richard left his wife Anna and twin daughters Maia and Elsie, 7. His parents John and Jackie, brother Darren and his wife Laura, nephews Zach and Ollie and many others in his extended family survived.
His father John, a founding officer of WWEPA, said: “Ricky was a caring, compassionate man who cared deeply for his family and many of his friends and colleagues. We will all miss him dearly. His popularity is clearly seen in the incredible grief of the loss and the condolence messages we received.”
Until recently, Richard was Head of Content and Production at Chelsea Football Club, where he worked for 18 years.
Richard’s last game for his beloved Rangers is against Sunderland on Saturday 8 January 2022. As a season ticket holder, he attends almost every event at the former Players Association and enjoys hanging out with all his heroes off the court as much as watching them on the court.
WWEPA said in a statement: “Richard was a true fan and will be missed in all aspects of club life. Our thoughts are with our colleague John and of course his family at this horrific time.”