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Former Glossop player tips Hillmen for success
Wednesday 18th October 2017 @ 16:38 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Ben Richardson believes Glossop North End have a great chance of claiming the league title this season.

The former winger, who spent four years at Surrey Street before switching to Ramsbottom United over summer, says Paul Phillips and Steve Halford have what it takes to deliver success this season.

During his spell at Surrey Street, Richardson helped the club to some of its best times in history.

At the end of the 2014-15 season, Richardson was part of a squad which won the North West Counties League Premier Division and the Men United Cup.

The 28-year-old also scored a vital goal in the first leg of the FA Vase semi-final, which subsequently helped the club to the Wembley Stadium final

However, due to illness on the day, he was unable to play under the famous arches.

Reflecting on that difficult period in what was an otherwise glorious time in Derbyshire, Richardson said: “It tore my soul out to be honest, but it’s all part of character building. You become a stronger person for it and you appreciate things a lot more.

“I loved every minute at Glossop, they’re a real family club and you’re part of the furniture after a couple of games.

“It’s very similar to Ramsbottom and Mossley; they’re good clubs, and there’s something special about them – you feel part of a family when you join.

“It got to a stage where I’d spent four years at the club, played over 100 games, so I just felt that I needed a new chapter in my career.

“I spoke to Mark (Fell) and a few other managers as well, but Mark really sold it to me and I’ve enjoyed it at Ramsbottom so far, so hopefully we’ll be successful.”

Having previously played under Phillips and Halford at Ashton United, Richardson believes the duo are more than capable of delivering success this season. He said: They’re experienced managers and they’ve got a lot of experience in and around this level.

“They took Ashton into the playoffs on three consecutive occasions – I actually played for them at Ashton for a while – so I know what they’re about, and there’s no doubt in my mind that they’ll be up there at the end of the season. It’s no more than Glossop deserve.”