Romans Hall of Fame


Richard Owen


Midfielder Richard Owen’s career at Rocester began in the summer of 1988 when someone he knew spotted an advert for new players and suggested that he give it a try.


Richard, who at that time was playing for his local side Hatton United in the Derby Senior League, scored in his trial match and manager Alan Beaman signed him that evening.


After a couple of reserve team outings he was picked for the first team fixture at Paget Rangers on 20th September and scored a memorable 25-yard goal on his debut in a 2-2 draw - this type of goal became something of a trademark for Richard after he went on to score a number of spectacular free kicks and goals from long range during his career.


A great striker of the football with the vision to play a defence-splitting pass, Richard quickly established himself in the heart of the Romans’ midfield where his performances earned him several appearances for the Staffordshire County F.A. representative side.


Throughout the next fifteen years, apart from a brief spell with Armitage, Richard was almost an ‘ever present’ in the side and played a big part in the club’s rise from the old West Midlands League to the Southern League.


Sadly, a routine operation on his knee in May 2003 revealed more serious problems than was expected and his doctor advised him to stop playing.


However, after a short ‘retirement’ he was soon back in action with Brereton Social and didn’t take very much persuading to return to Hillsfield in the early part of the 2005-06 season where he has continued to wear the ‘amber & black’ with pride.


During his 18 years with the club Richard has clocked up more than 750 appearances and scored 76 goals, and honours won with the Romans include West Midlands (Regional) League Runners-Up (1990); Midland Football Alliance Runners-Up (1998); Walsall Senior Cup Finalists (2000 & 2003); Staffordshire Senior Cup Finalists (2001); and Midland Football Alliance Champions (1999).