The Colchester United match programme for the clash with Wigan
on 12th February 1999, provided details of two young U's who had
signed four year School of Excellence contracts that would keep
them at Colchester until 2002. Both Springett and John
White played for the Colchester Under-13s.
Richard started playing football as an Under 8 with Tempest FC
and trained with Norwich City. The following season, he joined
Colchester. He also played for the Gilberd School and for the
Colchester & North East Essex District side.
Richard is now with Heybridge Swifts' Under-18 side