Ritchie Sutton

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Ritchie Sutton
Personal information
Full name Ritchie Aidan Sutton[1]
Date of birth (1986-04-29) 29 April 1986 (age 27)[2]
Place of birth Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[2]
Playing position Defender[2]
Club information
Current club Mansfield Town
Number 2
Youth career
1997–2005 Crewe Alexandra
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Crewe Alexandra 0 (0)
Leek Town (loan)
Leek Town (loan)
2006 Stafford Rangers (loan) 2 (0)
2006–2007 Stafford Rangers (loan) 37 (0)
2007–2008 Stafford Rangers 40 (0)
2008–2009 Northwich Victoria 4 (0)
2008 Halifax Town (loan)
2009 Halifax Town
2009–2010 Nantwich Town
2010–2011 Port Vale 11 (0)
2011– Mansfield Town 66 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 21 April 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ritchie Aidan Sutton (born 19 April 1986) is an English footballer who plays for Mansfield Town as a defender. He can operative as a centre-back or a full-back.[3]

Beginning his career at Crewe Alexandra, he never made the first team, and instead enjoyed loan spells at non-league Leek Town and Stafford Rangers. He was released by Crewe in 2007. He returned to the non-league scene with Northwich Victoria, Halifax Town and Nantwich Town. In summer 2010 he signed with Port Vale, before making the switch to Mansfield Town the following year. He won the Conference National title with Mansfield in 2012–13.

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Sutton started as a youth team player at Crewe Alexandra, turning professional in the summer of 2005. His first season was spent on two separate loan spells at local side Leek Town, of the Northern Premier League Premier Division.[4] In March 2006 he joined another local non-league side, Stafford Rangers, on loan.[5] Rangers achieved promotion from the Conference North through the play-offs at the end of the season.[6]

In May 2006 he was offered a new one-year contract by manager Dario Gradi.[7] At the start of the 2006–07 season he was sent out on loan back to Stafford Rangers, now in the Conference National.[8] The loan deal was initially only a month long,[9] but ended up being extended to the end of the season,[10] despite Sutton spending a month out to undergo knee surgery.[11] However when he returned to Gresty Road he was informed that he would not be offered a new contract,[12] at which point he signed with Rangers permanently. By the end of the season he was an occasional captain.[13] He made 79 Conference appearances for the club over all his spells.[14]

In the summer of 2008 he moved on to Conference club Northwich Victoria, though joined Halifax Town of the Northern Premier League Division One North on loan in December of that year.[15] In January 2009 he joined Halifax on a permanent basis,[16] though would only remain at the club for the rest of the season.

He signed for Nantwich Town in June 2009,[17] and had to turn down an offer of a trial at Football League club Port Vale in the summer of 2009 because of this contract.[18] Manager Pete Hall felt Sutton could play professionally again, but warned of the player's disciplinary record.[19] He made forty appearances for the "Dabbers" in 2009–10; signing a new, more flexible contract in summer 2010.[20] During the season he saw four red cards.[21] Throughout the season he also worked at a Crewe-based accident management company.[22]

Port Vale[edit]

In July 2010, he had a successful trial at League Two Port Vale,[23] and was offered a short term deal.[24] This meant a return to professional football, as he gave up a full-time job to join the Vale.[25] He was suspended for the opening six games of the season due to his record of four red cards in the previous season (this suspension included a previously unserved three match ban).[26] He made his debut in the Football League Trophy on 31 August 2010, in a 2–1 win over Rochdale at Vale Park.[27] In December he signed an extension to keep him at the club until the end of the season, despite having made just five appearances, manager Micky Adams felt Sutton performed well when called upon.[28] Sutton had also shed two stone within six months.[29]

Mansfield Town[edit]

In June 2011, he was unveiled at Conference club Mansfield Town, having signed on one-year contract a free transfer.[30][31] Manager Paul Cox said that "I've had my eye on Ritchie since his days at Crewe. He is a big strong 'unit' who will hopefully be a good acquisition for the club."[32] He was one of three Mansfield players injured in a pre-season 'friendly' with Ilkeston,[33] and so missed the start of the season.[34] He made his debut from the bench on 27 August, in a 3–0 home win over Kettering Town, before he was given his first start in a 1–0 win against Stockport County two days later. He played the next twenty consecutive league and FA Cup games, until a second yellow card picked up in a 3–1 defeat at Southport saw him suspended for one game.[35] The "Stags" reached the play-off semi-finals, however Sutton was sent off at Field Mill for a late challenge on York City's Matty Blair, and watched from the sidelines as his team were knocked out of the play-offs in extra time.[36] Mansfield won promotion into the Football League as Conference champions in 2012–13, though Sutton was largely confined to the bench following the arrival of James Jennings in January.[37] His contract was extended by a further year in the summer.[38]

Personal life[edit]

Sutton supports Port Vale, and has been a season-ticket holder at the club.[39] He spent the first six years of his life in Burslem, before his family relocated to Crewe.[22]

As of June 2011 he is studying to complete a degree in Professional Sports Writing and Broadcasting at Staffordshire University, alongside former Port Vale teammates Gareth Owen, Adam Yates, and Justin Richards.[40]

Statistics[edit]

As of 21 April 2013.
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Other[41] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2005–06 Crewe Alexandra Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Leek Town Northern Premier League 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2006–07 Crewe Alexandra League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007–08 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Stafford Rangers (loan) Conference North 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2006–07[42] Stafford Rangers Conference National 37 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 40 0
2007–08[43] 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 40 0
Total 79 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 82 0
2008–09[44] Northwich Victoria Conference National 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2010–11[45] Port Vale League Two 11 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 13 0
Total 11 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 13 0
2011–12[2][46] Mansfield Town Conference National 41 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 45 0
2012–13[47] 25 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 28 0
2013–14[48] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 66 0 5 0 0 0 2 0 73 0
Notes

Honours[edit]

with Stafford Rangers
with Mansfield Town

References[edit]

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  41. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Football League Trophy and play-offs.
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