Richard Brindley

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Richard Brindley

Colchester United

Right back


British (Grenada)

Richard Brindley is English, but of Grenadan and Egyptian descent. Born in Norwich, he joined his home town club as an academy player.

Released by Norwich City in the summer of 2012, Richard would make in the region of 30 appearances for Conference South club Chelmsford City before catching the eye of then League Two club Chesterfield in the winter of 2013. It was only twelve appearances in the Football League for Richard before he made another quick step up the league ladder; joining League One's Rotherham United on a two year contract prior to the commencement of the 2013/2014 season. A remarkable twelve months for Richard was completed; released from the Premier League to competing in the Conference South, League Two and League One.

An energetic, technically gifted right back Richard made 16 appearances in League One as the Millers sealed promotion to the Championship and was a valuable member of the squad at all times (a substitute on 26 occasions). Richard started the first leg of the 2013/2014 play-off semi-final against Preston, but an injury would mean he missed the second leg. Fit enough to be named as a substitute for the Wembley final against Leyton Orient, Richard was introduced to the game in the 53rd minute with his side losing 2-0 at the time; the flow of the game changed and Rotherham fought back to draw 2-2 and eventually seal promotion via a penalty shoot-out.

2014/2015 thus heralded a big season for Richard; the rise from the sixth flight of English football to the second had been completed in 18 months. Richard made his Championship debut as a substitute on the 23rd August 2014, away to Millwall and, ironically, his first full start in the Championship came at Carrow Road on the 4th October - against Norwich City the club he spent all of his formative years at. Richard performed well in that game, helping Rotherham to a very creditable 1-1 draw against the League leaders.

On the 25th November Richard returned to League One, joining Scunthorpe United on loan. He made his debut for the Irons on the 13th December, playing 90 minutes in a 2-1 home win against Crewe. After three impressive performances for Mark Robins' side, Rotherham recalled Richard on the 31st December and on the 3rd January 2015 he went straight in to Rotherham's starting line up for their FA Cup game against Bournemouth. That game would prove to be memorable ; only ten minutes in to his Rotherham return Richard scored not only his first goal for the Millers but also his first professional goal. On the 29th January 2015 Richard would start another loan spell ; this time joining Oxford United on a month's loan in League Two. As the loan window closed on 26th March, Richard was back in League One - joining Colchester United on loan for the remainder of the season. His Colchester debut arrived on 4th April, as Richard excelled in a vital away win at Port Vale. A few days later Colchester made it back to back wins - beating Barnsley 3-1 on Richard's home debut.

As Colchester battled - ultimately successfully - to avoid relegation, Richard became a key player for Tony Humes' side. Stand out performances in the last two games against Swindon and Preston particularly caught the eye, and his 8 game loan spell proved to be extremely successful for him and club alike. Colchester moved quickly to retain Richard's services on a longer term basis, and on the 1st June 2015 Richard put pen to paper on a two year contract at the U's.

Richard started the 2015/2016 season with a solid performance on the opening day draw against Blackpool and followed it up with a stand out effort against Championship side Reading in the League Cup a few days later. He was arguably Colchester's man of the match in the next two fixtures against Peterborough and Oldham, as he started the season in the fine form that he ended the previous season. Sadly, an injury in his fifth game of the season kept Richard out for three months and he did not return until 28th November against Burton. A star performance came on 9th January 2016, as Colchester knocked Championship Charlton out of the FA Cup and Richard scored his first goal for Colchester on the 25th March 2016 at home to Doncaster. Sadly, Colchester were relegated to League Two and Richard's season, due to injuries, had been limited to 21 League appearances.

The 2016/17 season saw Richard put in regular, strong performances - a virtual ever present clocking up more League appearances than in any season prior in his career - scoring his first goal of the season (a superb free kick) in April 2017 and regularly contributing assists with his attacking wing-back play.

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