The Underrated Strikers of Keith Alexander

Marcus Richardson


Courtesy Graham Burrell

I know there will be people who laugh at this, every time I do an article where I mention Marcus, it divides opinion. I think he was sorely underrated at our club, and he had an air of unpredictability about him. If I had to describe him to newer fans, I’d say he was like Ollie Palmer, without the attitude. He never knew what he’d do, and often that was part of his appeal.

Richardson had three stints with the Imps, twice joining on loan from Hartlepool. He was one of Keith’s gambles that paid off, scoring five from ten starts when he first came in. He returned for a loan spell in December 2003, before making the move permanent. He scored another five goals before the end of the season to give him a total of ten from 44 league and cup games.

The following season he found goals, and chances, a little harder to come by, but he still offered a threat when he got a chance. A red card just ten minutes after coming on as a sub against Chester didn’t help him establish a starting role, but just three games later he scored a dramatic last-minute winner against Northampton which kicked off a spell of four in four games including two in a 3-1 over Yeovil. Oddly, after a little incident which we don’t talk about with Ciaran Toner, he left for Rochdale on loan, before joining Yeovil before the end of the season on a short-term deal.

He scored 14 goals for City, ten in his first season, but I always felt he was a good option from the bench. he was never prolific, but he did manage to score against the Imps for Chester the following season, although ten-man City came back to win 3-1.