He first played for Drumchapel Amateurs in Glasgow, but began his professional career at West Bromwich Albion in 1967. During his time with West Brom, the team won the 1968 FA Cup Final (although he did not play in the final), were beaten FA Cup semi-finalists in 1969 and reached the League Cup final in 1970.
A proposed transfer to Don Revie’s Leeds United in November 1971 was cancelled, when the Leeds doctor found that Hartford had a hole in-the-heart condition during a pre-transfer medical examination. He was eventually transfer listed by then West Brom coach Don Howe, alongside favourites Len Cantello and Jeff Astle, in April 1974. Hartford moved on to Manchester City for £210,000, making his debut for City in a 4–0 victory against West Ham. He helped City win the 1976 League Cup Final.
At the beginning of the 1979–80 season he was transferred to Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest (to replace Archie Gemmill) for £500,000, only to be sold on to Everton for £400,000 after just three games with Forest. In October 1981 John Bond brought him back to Manchester City for £375,000. His second stint with City was less successful, as he suffered an ankle injury and the club were relegated in 1983. Hartford left City in 1984 and signed for American club Fort Lauderdale Sun.
He returned to English football soon afterwards with Norwich City. In the 1985 League Cup Final, Hartford’s shot was deflected by Sunderland’s Gordon Chisholm for the only goal of the match. They were relegated in the same season.
- Full Name: Richard Asa Hartford
- Position: Midfield
- Date of Birth: 24.10.1950
- Birthplace: Clydebank
- Nation: Scotland
- Club Career: Manchester City
- Period: 1974-1979
- League Games, 185
- League Goals, 22
- Previous Club: West Bromwich Albion
- Transfer Fee: £ 210 000
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