Ruddy at Carrow Road, August 2012
|Full name||John Thomas Gordon Ruddy|
|Date of birth||24 October 1986|
|Place of birth||St. Ives, Cambridgeshire, England|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Current club||Norwich City|
|2005||→ Walsall (loan)||5||(0)|
|2005||→ Rushden & Diamonds (loan)||3||(0)|
|2005–2006||→ Chester City (loan)||4||(0)|
|2006||→ Stockport County (loan)||11||(0)|
|2007||→ Wrexham (loan)||5||(0)|
|2007||→ Bristol City (loan)||1||(0)|
|2007-2008||→ Stockport County (loan)||12||(0)|
|2008-2009||→ Crewe Alexandra (loan)||19||(0)|
|2009–2010||→ Motherwell (loan)||34||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:09, 2 December 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Ruddy was signed by Paul Lambert to play for Norwich in 2010 and, in his first season, was part of the team that finished second in The Championship, gaining promotion to the Premier League. The following year, Norwich finished twelfth in the Premier League, and Ruddy was selected by new England manager Roy Hodgson for the squad for Euro 2012. However, on 25 May 2012, he was ruled out after breaking his finger during training. He made his debut in a 2–1 win against Italy in August 2012.
Born in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, Ruddy began his career at Cambridge United and made his professional debut in the final game of the season at Leyton Orient's Brisbane Road stadium on 8 May 2004, keeping a clean sheet and saving a penalty. Ruddy earned his place as Cambridge's first choice keeper in the 2004–05 season, making 39 appearances. He had a trial at Manchester United in November 2004, before moving to Everton in the summer of 2005 for a fee of around £250,000 that would rise depending on appearances.
Ruddy made his first and only appearance for Everton in February 2006 in unusual circumstances. Nine minutes into the match against Blackburn Rovers, Iain Turner was sent off for handling outside the area. Since Turner was substituting for injured first-choice and second-choice keepers Nigel Martyn and Richard Wright, it meant that Ruddy was the only keeper left who could play. Ruddy went on to keep a clean sheet in a 1–0 victory.
In September 2006, Ruddy went on loan again. A one-month deal was agreed with Stockport County, which was extended to three months after some impressive performances. He then agreed a one month loan with Wrexham in February 2007, but failed to establish a place in the team during his time at the Racecourse Ground and the Red Dragons decided against extending the loan beyond the initial month. On 21 April, Ruddy completed an emergency one-week loan to League One side Bristol City, and helped them move closer to promotion, by playing one game – a 3–1 win over Carlisle United, and later joked he would ask if he were eligible for a runners-up medal as City finished second and won promotion. In January 2009, he went out on loan until the end of the 2008–09 season to Crewe Alexandra.
His numerous loan moves meant that Ruddy had played for eight clubs before his 21st birthday.
On 24 July 2009, Ruddy joined Scottish Premier League side Motherwell on a six-month loan deal, to vie with Michael Fraser and Sebastian Kosiorowski for the number one jersey. When the original loan deal expired in January 2010, the Fir Park club decided that they wanted to keep Ruddy for longer and an extension of a month was agreed with Everton. On 27 January 2010, it was announced that both Ruddy and Everton teammate Lukas Jutkiewicz were to extend their stay at the Scottish Premier League side until May 2010.
On 5 July 2010, Ruddy signed for Championship side Norwich City for an undisclosed fee, and was given the number 1 shirt, last worn by Michael Theoklitos. In 2012, Paul Lambert revealed that on two earlier occasions he had considered signing Ruddy for clubs he'd previously managed: "It is funny but ... [I] ... went to watch him for Crewe at MK Dons ... but he had an absolute stinker. We also saw him when he was at Stockport and ... I decided against him at that time, but when Fraser went and it was clear we wouldn’t be able to get him back again I knew John had had a really good season at Motherwell. There was that clamour to sign Fraser, but with the finances we just couldn’t do that. I wanted somebody with the same stature, a big goalkeeper, and John had that."
Ruddy made his debut for City against Watford in the opening fixture of the 2010–11 season which Norwich lost 3–2 at Carrow Road. He kept his first clean sheet of the season in a 1–0 away win against Scunthorpe United on 14 August 2010. In Ruddy's first season for Norwich he played 45 out of the 46 league games helping City to the Premier League.
Ruddy started the 2011–12 season as the first choice keeper again for Norwich, starting the 1–1 draw at the DW Stadium against Wigan Athletic. He received his only red card of the season in the match again Chelsea after a foul on Ramires.
Ruddy was voted Player's Player of the Season following Norwich's twelfth-place finish. For the 2012-13 season Ruddy found himself first choice again ahead of Declan Rudd, Jed Steer and new goalie Mark Bunn. He kept memorable clean sheets against Arsenal and Manchester United as Norwich won 1-0 on both occasions. However during a 1-1 draw against his former club Everton, Ruddy suffered a thigh injury and underwent surgery, ruling him out for three months However, Ruddy's injury later worsened, with the expectation that he would not be fit again until April. Ruddy returned to action on the 7th of May 2013 in Norwich's 4-0 Premier League win over West Bromwich Albion, which confirmed mathematical safety from relegation.
On 16 May 2012, Ruddy received his first senior international call-up when Roy Hodgson selected him to be a member of the England squad for the 2012 European Championships. However, a broken finger ruled him out of the tournament, with Jack Butland called up to replace him. Ruddy was called up for the friendly against Italy in Bern, Switzerland on 10 August 2012, along with Butland and Joe Hart. He came on at half time for Butland to make his full England debut, and made some key saves as England won the game 2–1, keeping a clean sheet in his first England appearance as Butland conceded in the first half.
- Norwich City Players' Player of the Year: 2011–12
Ruddy married his wife Laura on 2 June 2012. Prior to the Euro 2012 tournament, he jokingly cited breaking his finger as the reason he was able to have his wedding on that date. He is nicknamed "The Iceman".
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