A junior at Tottenham Hotspur, Jamie never broke through into the youth system, but went on to play at non-league level with a large number of clubs.
He went to Aylward School in Bush Hill Park, Enfield, where football was his main focus and he was invited to join the Spurs academy for younger players. He spent five years at the club, but an injury denied him the opportunity to join the senior ranks at the club and he moved from one non-league club to another. He served Enfield, St Margaretsbury, Leyton Pennant, East Thurrock United and Arlesey Town, before the fast forward signed for Braintree Town then Hayes, St. Albans City, back to Braintree before joining another of his previous clubs, Enfield in 2004. Moved back to East Thurrock and then for Rymans Premier League side AFC Hornchurch in 2008. On the move again, Jamie went across Essex to play for Harlow Town and in the summer of 2009, he found himself signing for Boreham Wood.
When he was released by Tottenham, Richards had to find a career to bring in some money and moved into the world of banking and then accounting in an insurance firm. Was living with his parents in Edmonton, North London in 2002 and drove a Renault Clio.
We put his case to Simon Farrant, head of
specialist advisory services at Towry Law, Mark
Loydall, director of Cambourne Financial
Planning and Jennifer Storrow, managing director
of Gee and Co
Name: Jamie Richards
Occupation: Accounts cashier at London insurance broker
Education: Aylward School, north London
Salary: £17,000 a year from work; £3,600 a year from playing semi-professional football
Property: None. Living with parents in Edmonton, north LondonMotoring: Renault Clio