For one thing, the game at The Showgrounds took place on a Saturday night, despite Richardson having requested a Sunday afternoon kick-off as clubs did not have to travel more than 170 miles for night games if they so wished. Going against their own rulebook, the FAI claimed to have consulted legal advice and the game went ahead on the Saturday.
Money was in short supply. Richardson, effectively operating with a squad of 14 first-team players, wanted chairman Pat O’Donovan to provide investment, but it was not forthcoming.
“It was an immense regret,” Richardson said. “The potential was enormous, it was a group of very talented individuals who had a terrific love of the club and I think it was the best unit around at the time. There was a tremendous determination to bounce back after losing to Shamrock Rovers the previous season.”
“As the representative of the team and the fans in the boardroom, I found myself in a difficult situation and when it became an impossible situation I had to go.”