Richardson was a dominant centreman who had no peer in the 1920’s. He was equally skilled by hand or foot.
He was awarded the 1920 Magarey Medal retrospectively after originally finishing runner-up to Dan Moriarty. The SANFL conducted a countback in in 1998.
Richardson was a member of three premiership teams, captained of the club for four years and won the best and fairest twice. He also represented South Australia ten times, including 1923 as Captain.
An outstanding sportsman he represented South Australia and Australia in cricket, playing 19 test matches between 1924 and 1936. He was vice captain of the Australian cricket teams tour of England in 1930 and was captain of the Australian cricket team during their tour of South Africa in 1935. He is the grandfather of the famous cricketing Chappell brothers.
He played 114 games and kicked 27 goals for Sturt.