ALAN RICHARDSON was initially recruited by the North Melbourne Kangaroos in 1986, from the East Burwood Football Club ( Eastern Districts Football League,VIC ). He was unable to break into the North Melbourne Senior Team, and on advice from former Magpie Great, Barry Price, the Collingwood Magpies signed Richardson for the 1987 Season. During the 1987 and 1988 Seasons , he was unable to cement his place in the Magpies Senior Team. He demonstrated his playing ability by winning the 1988 Joseph Wren Memorial Trophy, as the Best and Fairest Player in the Collingwood Reserve Grade Team.
Alan Richardson became a fixture on a Half Back Flank in the Collingwood Magpies Senior Team between 1990 and 1996, playing 114 Career Games, kicking 10 Goals, until his retirement. He was a very under-rated Footballer, maintained a high level of fitnes and superior stamina, which made him a very difficult opponent in contested play. Richardson had enjoyed a fruitful 1990 AFL Season, and a strong 1990 Finals Campaign, which was unluckily soured, when he suffered a cracked Collarbone in the Preliminary Final. Unfortunately, this injury prevented him from taking his rightful place in the 1990 Collingwood Magpies Premiership Team.
On retirement as a Player, Richardson returned to his original Club East Burwood, coaching from the 1997 Season, culminating in a Premiership Double for Seasons 1999 and 2000. He was then appointed Senior Coach of the Coburg Football Club in the Victorian Football League for Seasons 2001 and 2002. Alan Richardson has been widely accepted as a high quality Development Coach, and his progression has been as follows:-
2003- 2005- Assistant Coach- Western Bulldogs,
2006- 2007- Development Manager- Collingwood Magpies,
2008- 2010- Assistant Coach- Essendon Bombers,
2011- 2012- Assistant Coach- Carlton Blues,
2013- Senior Assistant & Director of Coaching- Port Power.
On 14 November 2013 , Alan Richardson was confirmed as the new Senior Coach of the St Kilda Saints from Season 2014. His appointment has been widely acclaimed throughout the AFL Football Community, and is thoroughly deserved. The Saints have been in disarray since the surprise sacking of former Coach, Scott Watters, and Richardson will certainly have his work cut out to build the Saints into a Finals prospect in the short term. It would be poetic justice if he was to be given the time to develop his young Saints group to an elite level, and not just be setting up a highly competitive unit to be handed to another Coach to reap the rewards.