Swans sign Premiership pair
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Manchester United defender Tate, and Blackburn Rovers striker Richards, arrive at Vetch Field in search of first team football.
The Third Division basement club had lined up the deals last week but delayed completing the signings until after the weekend.
"I had the okay to bring them in off Graeme and Sir Alex last week, but there was no point bringing players in last week," Swans manager Brian Flynn told the club's official website.
"They wouldn't have been able to play in the FA Cup, had the game gone ahead, so we would have had them here for two weeks without a game, which would have been a waste of our money.
"Alan was actually at York on Saturday, hoping to take a look at us in action, and both players are keen to get some regular first team action under their belts."
Flynn is confident the duo can have a decisive impact with the Welsh outfit, and there is also the option of extending the deals after the first month.
He added: "Alan is very much a footballing centre half, he's a good passer, he distributes the ball very well. He's a big lad also, so he's more than capable of coping with the physical side of the game.
"Marc is strong and quick, he works hard and he's got a good goalscoring record at Blackburn at Academy level and now at reserve level. Having the two of them at the club increases our options, and adds to the quality of the squad."
Tate has yet to make his Manchester United debut but spent a chunk of last season on loan at the Red Devils' Belgian feeder club Royal Antwerp.
Richards has made fleeting appearances for Rovers, including in the Worthington Cup this term, but has yet to establish himself in the first team at Ewood Park.