Rovers; Goalkeeping Coach Baz Richardson has today called time on a lengthy spell with the club. The longest serving member of Rovers’ coaching staff, Richardson has moved south to take up the role of Goalkeeping Coach at League One rivals Nottingham Forest. The former Lincoln City goalkeeper had his contract cancelled by mutual consent, and will take over the position at the City Ground, recently vacated by Dave Watson’s move to Birmingham City.
Barry Richardson’s move south brings to an end a seven and a half year affinity with the Rovers whom he originally joined as a player in the summer of 2000. A cult hero at his previous club Lincoln City Richardson did not enjoy a similar affinity with Rovers’ fans. Replacing fans’ favourite Andy Warrington between the sticks did not help his cause, but an incident during a match at Telford in which Richardson was heard berating Rovers fans meant the keeper was never really accepted amongst Doncastrians. Richardson left the club after just one season, joining fellow Conference side Halifax Town, but returned to Belle Vue in the summer of 2003 to take on the role of Goalkeeeping Coach, a role which has often seen him hastily given a squad number to provide emergency goalkeeping cover.
The departure of Richardson has also forced Rovers to call an abrupt end to Ben Smith’s loan spell at Lincoln City. Smith had been sue to spend another fortnight at Sincil Bank, but with Neil Sullivan the only remaining senior goalkeeper at the club Smith has been recalled to the Keepmoat Stadium and may well feature on the bench for tomorrow’s match with Carlisle United.