Liam Ridgewell

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Liam Ridgewell
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Ridgewell in pre-season with Birmingham City in 2011
Personal information
Full name Liam Matthew Ridgewell[1]
Date of birth (1984-07-21) 21 July 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Bexleyheath, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Portland Timbers
Number 24
Youth career
1999–2001 West Ham United
2001-2002 Aston Villa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 Aston Villa 79 (7)
2002 Bournemouth (loan) 5 (0)
2007–2012 Birmingham City 152 (9)
2012–2014 West Bromwich Albion 76 (2)
2014– Portland Timbers 15 (2)
National team
2002 England U19 1 (1)
2004–2005 England U21 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:24, 8 September 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Liam Matthew Ridgewell (born 21 July 1984)[1] is an English footballer who plays for the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer as a defender. He is primarily a centre half but can also play at left back.

Ridgewell began his senior career with Aston Villa, spending a spell on loan at A.F.C. Bournemouth in 2002, before moving to Villa's local rivals Birmingham City in 2007, where he was part of the 2011 Football League Cup Final-winning team. He spent two-and-a-half seasons with West Bromwich Albion, who released him at the end of 2013–14.

Internationally, he has eight caps for England at under-21 level.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Ridgewell was born in Bexleyheath, London.[3] He began his career with West Ham United, but moved to Aston Villa in February 2001.[4] He was part of the team that won the 2002 FA Youth Cup final against Everton, in which he played against Wayne Rooney.[5]

Aston Villa[edit]

The day after scoring for England Under-19s in a 2–2 draw against Yugoslavia Under-19s in October 2002, he was loaned to A.F.C. Bournemouth, for whom he made his debut in the Football League and played five games in his month's loan spell.[6][7]

His debut for Aston Villa's first team came on 4 January 2003, in a 4–1 defeat to Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup, when he came on as a substitute to replace Rob Edwards after 69 minutes.[8]

He was a regular in England's U21 side.[citation needed]

Ridgewell scored his first goal of the 2006–07 season against his former club West Ham United on 10 September 2006.[9]

Birmingham City[edit]

Ridgewell completed a move to Birmingham City for a fee of £2 million on 3 August 2007, becoming the first player to transfer between the bitter rivals since Des Bremner in 1984.[10]

Ridgewell in October 2010

In the absence through injury of regular captain Damien Johnson, Ridgewell was given the captain's armband. He described his appointment as "a real honour".[11] Though concerns were expressed over how some fans might react to a player signing from Aston Villa, Ridgewell's performances won over the doubters.[12] He scored his first goal for the club in their 3–2 win against Wigan Athletic at St Andrew's in October,[13] but then scored an own goal in the Birmingham derby two weeks later, also at St Andrew's.[14]

In April 2009, Ridgewell suffered a broken leg after a challenge by Plymouth Argyle midfielder Jamie Mackie.[15] He made an unexpectedly quick return to the side five months later, playing in the less familiar position of left back.[16] He continued in that role because of the form of preferred centre-backs Roger Johnson and Scott Dann,[17] and played there as Birmingham went on a club-record 12-match unbeaten run in the top division[18] and set a Premier League record by fielding the same starting eleven for nine consecutive games.[19] He scored a 91st-minute equaliser against Tottenham Hotspur on 30 January 2010 which ensured that Birmingham remained unbeaten at home since the previous September.[20]

Ridgewell continued his goalscoring form with a stoppage-time winner against Derby County to send Birmingham through to the quarter finals of the FA Cup,[21] had a goal disallowed in the quarter-final match against Portsmouth when the ball had "clearly crossed the line",[22] and scored an equalising goal against Liverpool in the league.[23]

In June 2010, Ridgewell signed a new contract with Birmingham, to expire in June 2013.[24] He played the full 90 minutes as Birmingham defeated favourites Arsenal 2–1 in the 2011 Football League Cup Final,[25] thus earning qualification for the Europa League. In the absence of several midfielders through injury, Ridgewell played in the play-off round first leg against Portuguese club Nacional, Birmingham's first participation in major European competition for nearly 50 years, in an unfamiliar holding midfield position.[26] As the August 2011 transfer deadline approached, Ridgewell submitted a transfer request which was rejected by the club, and despite late interest from Premier League clubs including Newcastle United, he remained with Birmingham.[27]

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

Ridgewell signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Premier League club West Bromwich Albion on 31 January 2012. The transfer fee was undisclosed.[28] On 12 February, he made his debut in a 5–1 away win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.[29] He made his home debut a week later as West Brom beat Sunderland 4–0 at The Hawthorns.[30] He scored his first goal for West Brom on 7 April in a 3–0 home win against Blackburn Rovers.[31]

On 16 May 2014, West Bromwich Albion announced that they would not take up the option of extending Ridgewell's contract and he was released from the club.[32]

Portland Timbers[edit]

Ridgewell was signed as a Designated Player for the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer on 25 June 2014.[33] He made his MLS debut on 18 July, the 62nd consecutive sellout at Providence Park, and a comeback 2-1 victory over the visiting Colorado Rapids.[34] Ridgewell was named in the MLS All-Star team for the 2014 MLS All-Star Game against Bayern Munich as a replacement for the injured Kyle Beckerman.[35] Ridgewell scored his first Timbers goal, the equaliser against the New England Revolution on 16 August 2014, after a 45-yard (41 m) solo run.[36]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 30 August 2014
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Aston Villa 2002–03[7] Premier League 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2003–04[37] Premier League 11 0 0 0 2 0 13 0
2004–05[38] Premier League 15 1 1 0 1 0 17 1
2005–06[39] Premier League 32 5 2 0 3 0 37 5
2006–07[9] Premier League 21 1 1 0 3 0 25 1
Aston Villa total 79 7 5 0 9 0 0 0 93 7
A.F.C. Bournemouth (loan) 2002–03[7] Division Three 5 0 5 0
Birmingham City 2007–08[13] Premier League 35 1 1 0 1 0 37 1
2008–09[40] Championship 36 1 1 0 2 0 39 1
2009–10[41] Premier League 31 3 5 1 1 0 37 4
2010–11[42] Premier League 36 4 2 0 5 1 43 5
2011–12[31] Championship 14 0 1 0 0 0 4[a] 0 19 0
Birmingham City total 152 9 10 1 9 1 4 0 175 11
West Bromwich Albion 2011–12[31] Premier League 13 1 13 1
2012–13[43] Premier League 30 0 1 0 1 0 32 0
2013–14[44] Premier League 33 1 0 0 0 0 33 1
West Bromwich Albion total 76 2 1 0 1 0 78 2
Portland Timbers 2014[45] Major League Soccer 7 1 0 0 7 1
Career total 319 19 16 1 19 1 4 0 358 21
  1. ^ Appearances in Europa League

Honours[edit]

Aston Villa

Birmingham City

Individual

  • MLS All-Star: 2014

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Player Profiles: Liam Ridgewell". Birmingham City F.C. Archived from the original on 29 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Liam Ridgewell". Sky Sports. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Ridgewell relishes Hammers return". West Ham United F.C. 9 June 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Wright, Chris (15 May 2002). "Final misery for boy Blues". Daily Post (Liverpool) – via NewsBank. 
  6. ^ "Villa ace Liam set for Cherries debut". Bournemouth Echo. 12 October 2002. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "Games played by Liam Ridgewell in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  8. ^ Jawad, Hyder (6 January 2003). "Barry bright spot as Yorke makes it dark day for Villa" (reprint hosted at NewsBank). Birmingham Post – via NewsBank. 
  9. ^ a b "Games played by Liam Ridgewell in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  10. ^ Jawad, Hyder (3 August 2007). "Ridgewell arrival put in shade as Ghaly deal collapses". Birmingham Post. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  11. ^ Tattum, Colin (13 August 2007). "Ridgewell: My pride over captaincy". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "Ridgewell a big hit with Blues fans". Birmingham Post. 26 September 2007. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Games played by Liam Ridgewell in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  14. ^ "Birmingham 1–2 Aston Villa". BBC Sport. 11 November 2007. Retrieved 12 November 2007. 
  15. ^ "Ridgewell undergoes leg operation". BBC Sport. 14 April 2009. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  16. ^ Walker, Andy (23 September 2009). "Sunderland 2 Birmingham City 0 – match report". Birmingham Post. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  17. ^ Walker, Andy (7 December 2009). "Future's looking healthy for Liam Ridgewell" (reprint hosted at NewsBank). Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  18. ^ "McLeish proud of Blues". Sky Sports. 9 January 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  19. ^ Tyler, Martin (12 January 2010). "The cold rush". Sky Sports. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  20. ^ Soneji, Pranav (30 January 2010). "Birmingham 1–1 Tottenham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  21. ^ Ornstein, Harry (13 February 2010). "Derby 1–2 Birmingham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  22. ^ Barwick, Brian (8 March 2010). "Game's governors wrong to dismiss the merits of goal-line technology in football". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  23. ^ Ashenden, Mark (4 April 2010). "Birmingham 1–1 Liverpool". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  24. ^ "Liam Ridgewell signs new Birmingham City contract". BBC Sport. 10 June 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  25. ^ McNulty, Philip (27 February 2011). "Arsenal 1–2 Birmingham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  26. ^ Tattum, Colin (19 August 2011). "Nacional 0, Birmingham City 0". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  27. ^ "Magpies bid for Ridgewell". Sky Sports. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  28. ^ "Baggies bring in Ridgewell". Sky Sports. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  29. ^ Phillips, Owen (12 February 2012). "Wolves 1–5 West Brom". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  30. ^ Rostance, Tom (25 February 2012). "West Brom 4–0 Sunderland". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  31. ^ a b c "Games played by Liam Ridgewell in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  32. ^ "Baggies confirm five departures". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 16 May 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  33. ^ "Portland Timbers sign Designated Player Liam Ridgewell". Timbers.com. 25 June 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  34. ^ "Quotes & Notes | Portland Timbers 2, Colorado Rapids 1 | July 18, 2014". Timbers.com. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  35. ^ "All-Star: Portland Timbers DP defender Liam Ridgewell in for injured Kyle Beckerman on MLS roster". MLSsoccer.com. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  36. ^ Costello, Brian (18 August 2014). "The Log Roll: Portland Timbers' Liam Ridgewell explains his first MLS goal and celebration". Timbers.com. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  37. ^ "Games played by Liam Ridgewell in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  38. ^ "Games played by Liam Ridgewell in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  39. ^ "Games played by Liam Ridgewell in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  40. ^ "Games played by Liam Ridgewell in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  41. ^ "Games played by Liam Ridgewell in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  42. ^ "Games played by Liam Ridgewell in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  43. ^ "Games played by Liam Ridgewell in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  44. ^ "Games played by Liam Ridgewell in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  45. ^ "Liam Ridgewell". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 

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