Originally from the Swan Districts juniors (WA Football League), Stephen Richardson joined the Army, and played in NSW and Queensland, before transferring to Victoria. He played one VFL game for Essendon in 1983.
After leaving the Army he returned to Swan Districts in 1984 and made 66 appearances over three seasons. He had been a key member in the 1984 Grand Final win, and in 1985 played interstate football for W.A. against S.A. on the Subiaco Oval.
Richardson approached Norwood at the end of the 1986 season, disillusioned with the way Western Australian football was heading. He made his debut for the Redlegs in an 1987 Escort Cup match against Port Adelaide.
An athletic and skilful utility, Richardson played his 100th game of league football in April 1988 - against North Adelaide at Football Park. Earlier that year, Richardson had been involved in an ugly incident at Victor Harbor. He had a car jack hurled at him from a passing vehicle while attending a Norwood pre-season weekend fitness camp.
Richardson played his last senior game at The Parade in the middle of the 1989 season. He returned to Swan Districts where he played out the rest of the season. The following year he transferred to East Perth, and played 41 games over three seasons. In 1993 he once again returned to Swan Districts, and played another 20 matches for the club, for a career total of 92.
Twin brother Mike played for the Brisbane Bears, Collingwood and Essendon in the VFL, as well as Swan Districts in the WAFL
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