Date of birth
Leeds-born Leam came through the Blackburn Rovers academy to earn a professional contract but was sold to Bolton Wanderers at the age of 20 without making an appearance at Ewood Park. He made his Football League debut in August 2000 for Wanderers, playing a part in helping Bolton reach the Premier League in 2001.
He spent the majority of the following season on loan at Notts County, then joined Blackpool, also on loan, in 2002-03, the move being made permanent that summer. He stayed at Bloomfield Road for two more seasons before making the switch across Lancashire to Accrington Stanley in 2005, helping Stanley gain promotion to the Football League alongside Paul Cook.
Having already been in caretaker charge at The County Ground following the departure of John Coleman in January 2012, Cook and Richardson were reunited when Cook returned to manage in February 2012. Cook joined Chesterfield in October of that year, Richardson taking caretaker charge again before being given the job on a permanent basis. However, he rejoined Cook as Chesterfield Assistant in April 2013 and the pair have been working successfully in tandem ever since at The Pro Act Stadium, Portsmouth and now Wigan Athletic.