Michael Ricketts

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For the musician, see Michael Ricketts (musician).
Michael Ricketts
Ricketts, Michael.jpg
Ricketts in 2007 while on loan at Walsall
Personal information
Full name Michael Barrington Ricketts
Date of birth (1978-12-04) 4 December 1978 (age 35)
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2000 Walsall 76 (14)
2000–2003 Bolton Wanderers 98 (37)
2003–2004 Middlesbrough 32 (3)
2004–2006 Leeds United 25 (0)
2005 Stoke City (loan) 11 (0)
2005–2006 Cardiff City (loan) 17 (5)
2006 Burnley (loan) 13 (2)
2006–2007 Southend United 2 (0)
2007 Preston North End 14 (1)
2007–2008 Oldham Athletic 9 (2)
2007–2008 Walsall (loan) 12 (3)
2008–2009 Walsall 28 (9)
2009–2010 Tranmere Rovers 12 (1)
Total 349 (78)
National team
2002 England 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:49, 1 February 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:51, 31 January 2008 (UTC)

Michael Barrington Ricketts (born 4 December 1978) is a former English football player. He played as a striker and was capped once by England, in a friendly against the Netherlands in 2002.[1] [2]

Ricketts had a 14-year career which saw him play for Walsall, Bolton Wanderers, Middlesbrough, Leeds United, Stoke City, Cardiff City, Burnley, Southend United, Preston North End, Oldham Athletic and Tranmere Rovers.

Club career[edit]

Walsall[edit]

Ricketts began his career at Walsall, for whom he signed in 1996. He made 76 league appearances for them, scoring 14 times.

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

In July 2000, then First Division side Bolton Wanderers signed him for £400,000.[3] He started his Bolton career in impressive style, scoring 24 times as Bolton won promotion to the Premier League through the playoffs. His finest moments at Bolton Wanderers include sealing victory against Preston North End in the Division One Play-off final in 2001 and scoring the winning goal at Old Trafford in a 2–1 win for Bolton over Manchester United in the 2001–02 Premier League season.[4]

Ricketts continued scoring in his first season in the Premier League, hitting 15 goals by February, and this form led to his call-up for England's friendly against The Netherlands in February 2002. Ricketts played 45 minutes in that game but failed to score, and subsequently did not score for Bolton again all season.[5]

Middlesbrough[edit]

In January 2003, Middlesbrough spent £3.5 million to sign him from Bolton.[6] He failed to recapture his goal-scoring form, netting just four times in 38 matches. While at Middlesbrough he did, however, win the League Cup in the 2003–04 season, coincidentally against Bolton.

Leeds United[edit]

In June 2004, he signed for Championship side Leeds United on a free transfer. Ricketts failed to impress, failing to score in 25 league appearances, although he did manage a solitary goal in the League Cup against Swindon Town.[7]

Loans to Stoke, Cardiff and Burnley[edit]

He was then loaned out to Stoke City in February, but also failed to impress there, and returned to Leeds. He made five more appearances, scoring once against Oldham Athletic, again in the League Cup.[8] He was then loaned out to Cardiff, where he scored four goals in 11 appearances, before returning to Leeds. On 30 January 2006 he signed for Championship side Burnley in a loan deal that would keep him at Turf Moor until the end of the season. Despite scoring twice in his first three matches against Plymouth Argyle[9] and Ipswich Town,[10] he again failed to impress (he did not score again) and returned to Leeds after the season had finished.

Move to Southend[edit]

On 30 June 2006, Ricketts signed a two-year deal with Championship side Southend United with an option to extend for another year. A clause in the contract he signed stated that he was prohibited from playing against Leeds United. However after only a couple of months into the new season, Southend released Ricketts on the basis that he was overweight and had put on weight since joining the club, questioning his level of fitness.

Preston and Oldham[edit]

After leaving Southend, Ricketts joined Preston North End, playing a handful of games for their first team. In March 2007 he scored the winner against Ipswich Town.[11] However, Ricketts' fitness and his inability to break into the first team on a regular basis led to him being released by Preston on 8 May 2007, again leaving him without a club until being picked up by Oldham Athletic, for whom he signed until 2010.[12] He scored two league goals during his time at Oldham, in victories over Swansea City[13] and his former club Walsall.[14]

Walsall loan[edit]

On 2 November 2007, he returned to his first club Walsall on a three-month loan deal from Oldham.[15] He made his second debut for Walsall in a league match against Cheltenham Town on 3 November. On 31 January 2008, transfer deadline day, Ricketts had his contract cancelled by Oldham Athletic.

Return to Walsall[edit]

On 24 July 2008, Ricketts once again rejoined Walsall and scored nine goals in his third spell there. At the game against Southend United played at Roots Hall on 7 March 2009, Ricketts was sent off in the 14th minute when he attempted to punch Kevin Betsy.[16] At the end of the season he was released.[17]

Tranmere Rovers[edit]

On 14 August 2009, it was announced that Ricketts had signed a one year deal with Tranmere Rovers (his 11th professional club). Ricketts stated playing for John Barnes was a major factor in his decision to join the club.[18] He made his debut for the club as a substitute in a League Cup game against his former club Bolton Wanderers on 25 August. He scored his first goal for Tranmere in a 2–1 defeat at Exeter City on 19 September 2009.[19] On 21 January 2010, Ricketts had cancelled his contract by mutual consent.

Personal life[edit]

On 17 January 2011, Ricketts pleaded guilty to a charge of common assault after punching and headbutting his ex-girlfriend.[20] He was sentenced to a 12-month community order and fined £200 and ordered to pay £85 costs.[20][21]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Walsall 1995–96 Second Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1996–97 Second Division 11 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 12 1
1997–98 Second Division 24 1 2 0 1 0 4 1 31 2
1998–99 Second Division 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
1999–2000 First Division 32 11 2 0 3 0 0 0 37 11
Total 76 14 4 0 6 0 4 1 90 15
Bolton Wanderers 2000–01 First Division 39 19 4 2 1 1 3 2 47 24
2001–02 Premier League 37 12 2 1 3 2 0 0 42 15
2002–03 Premier League 22 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 23 7
Total 98 37 7 4 4 3 3 2 112 46
Middlesbrough 2002–03 Premier League 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
2003–04 Premier League 23 2 2 0 5 1 0 0 30 3
Total 32 3 2 0 5 1 0 0 39 4
Leeds United 2004–05 Championship 21 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 24 1
2005–06 Championship 4 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 5 1
Total 25 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 29 2
Stoke City (loan) 2004–05 Championship 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Cardiff City (loan) 2005–06 Championship 17 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 5
Burnley (loan) 2005–06 Championship 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 2
Southend United 2006–07 Championship 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Preston North End 2006–07 Championship 14 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 16 1
Oldham Athletic 2007–08 League One 9 2 1 0 2 0 1 0 13 2
Walsall 2007–08 League One 12 3 4 2 0 0 0 0 16 5
2008–09 League One 28 9 1 1 1 1 2 1 32 12
Tranmere Rovers 2009–10 League One 12 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 17 2
Career Total 349 78 25 7 23 7 9 4 406 96
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League play-offs, Football League Trophy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England Record". England Football Online. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  2. ^ G. & J. Rollin, Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2003–2004, Headline Book Publishing, 2003, p. 836
  3. ^ "Saddlers net Ricketts windfall". BBC Sport. 4 February 2003. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Ricketts snatches Bolton win". BBC Sport. 20 October 2001. Retrieved 23 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "ANNI MIRABILES (PART II)". guardian.sport. 13 September 2006. Retrieved 18 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Ricketts seals Boro move". BBC Sport. 13 February 2003. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Leeds 1–0 Swindon". BBC Sport. 21 September 2004. Retrieved 23 October 2009. 
  8. ^ "Leeds 2–0 Oldham". BBC Sport. 23 August 2005. Retrieved 23 October 2009. 
  9. ^ "Burnley 1–0 Plymouth". BBC Sport. 4 February 2006. Retrieved 23 October 2009. 
  10. ^ "Ipswich 2–1 Burnley". BBC Sport. 11 February 2006. Retrieved 23 October 2009. 
  11. ^ "Preston 1–0 Ipswich". BBC Sport. 13 March 2007. Retrieved 23 October 2009. 
  12. ^ "Preston boss lets five players go". BBC Sport. 8 May 2007. Retrieved 8 May 2007. 
  13. ^ "Oldham 2–1 Swansea". BBC Sport. 11 August 2007. Retrieved 23 October 2009. 
  14. ^ "Walsall 0–3 Oldham". BBC Sport. 22 September 2007. Retrieved 23 October 2009. 
  15. ^ "Ricketts rejoins Saddlers on loan" BBC Sport Retrieved on 2 November 2007
  16. ^ "Southend United – Match Report – 07 March 2009, Southend 2 – 0 Walsall". Southend United. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  17. ^ "Saddlers release experienced trio". BBC Sport. 5 May 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2009. 
  18. ^ Yahoo! Sport[dead link]
  19. ^ "Exeter 2 – 1 Tranmere". BBC Sport. 19 September 2009. Retrieved 23 October 2009. 
  20. ^ a b Footballer Michael Ricketts sorry for girlfriend attack – BBC News, 17 January 2011
  21. ^ "Football star Michael Ricketts admits head-butting his girlfriend outside restaurant for 'being disloyal'". Daily Mail. 22 December 2010. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 

External links[edit]