An avid Forest Green Rovers fan, ‘Joycie’ began his career in football with his boyhood club as their Matchday Media Manager in October 2011, before being appointed their Press Officer in August 2014. He got an opportunity to support Scott Bartlett as a member of his backroom staff during Scott’s caretaker spell as FGR manager at the end of the 2015-2016 season, before combining his Press Officer duties with a role as First Team Video Analyst during the 2016-2017 season, FGR winning the National League playoffs under Mark Cooper.
He joined Hellenic League Premier Division side Brimscombe & Thrupp as an analyst in August 2017, before linking up with Southern League Premier Central side Redditch United at the start of the 2018-2019 season in a similar role.
‘Joycie’ returned to full-time football in October 2018 with Cheltenham Town as their Media & Communications Manager, before leaving at the end of the 2021-2022 season.
He also spent a brief spell with Southern League Division One South side Evesham United during the 2018-2019 season as an analyst.
In June 2022, Richard was appointed joint-first team manager of Hellenic League Premier Division side Thornbury Town, but took sole charge in October of the same year following Andy Parry’s decision to step down.
Joycie arrived at the Seagulls in June 2023 as an Opposition Analyst, and will combine his work with Weston alongside his role at Thornbury.