Rohan Ricketts

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Rohan Ricketts
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Personal information
Full name Rohan Anthony Ricketts[1]
Date of birth (1982-12-22) 22 December 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth Clapham, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Attacking midfielder/Striker
Youth career
2000–2001 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Arsenal 1 (0)
2002–2005 Tottenham Hotspur 55 (3)
2004–2005 Coventry City (loan) 6 (0)
2005 Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 7 (1)
2005–2007 Wolverhampton Wanderers 49 (3)
2007 Queens Park Rangers (loan) 2 (0)
2007–2008 Barnsley 13 (0)
2008–2009 Toronto FC 39 (6)
2010 Diósgyőri VTK 2 (0)
2010 Dacia Chişinău 4 (0)
2011 SV Wilhelmshaven 12 (4)
2011 Shamrock Rovers 14 (3)
2012 Exeter City 6 (0)
2012 Dempo 12 (3)
2013 Quevedo 13 (1)
2014 PTT Rayong 10 (2)
National team
2000 England U18 8 (1)
2002 England U20 + 21 6 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 June 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Rohan Anthony Ricketts (born 22 December 1982 in Clapham, England) is an English footballer, who last played for PTT Rayong in the Thai Premier League.[2]

Ricketts has played professionally in England, Canada and the United States, Hungary, Moldova, Germany, Republic of Ireland, India, Ecuador and Thailand.

Career[edit]

Arsenal[edit]

Ricketts started out with Arsenal, with whom he won the FA Youth Cup in 2000 and 2001.[3] He made one appearance for them, in the League Cup, against Manchester United.[4]

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

In 2002 he made the unusual step of joining Arsenal's rivals Tottenham Hotspur,[5] and became just the fourth player to make the switch from Arsenal to Tottenham Hotspur[6] and only the twelfth to appear for both sides since their formation.[7]

Ricketts did not play a single game in his first season, but was a first-team regular in 2003–04 and his form saw him agree a one-year contract extension with the club in December 2003.[8] Tord Grip was impressed with his ability and there was talk of him being called up to the senior England squad, but following on from Glenn Hoddle's sacking as Tottenham manager, Ricketts found his first team opportunities limited, despite being named Player of the Month in August and September for Tottenham. He scored one league goal during his time at Spurs, in a 2–1 win over Aston Villa in November 2003.[9] He also scored once in the League Cup for Spurs, in a game against Coventry City.[10]

Loan spells[edit]

The following season, under Jacques Santini and then Martin Jol, he found appearances harder to come by and had two loan spells, first at Coventry City, and then Wolverhampton Wanderers, linking up with his former manager, Glenn Hoddle. He scored once for Wolves, in a 2–1 win over Reading on 30 April 2005.[11]

Wolverhampton Wanderers[edit]

In the summer of 2005 he moved to Molineux on a permanent basis. He had a loan spell at Queens Park Rangers in 2007 and was released by Wolves in May of the same year.

Barnsley[edit]

Ricketts signed a two-year deal with Championship side Barnsley in July 2007 but was released on 11 April 2008.[12] That same day he was signed by Toronto FC of Major League Soccer.

Toronto FC[edit]

Rohan Ricketts scored his first two goals for Toronto FC against the Colorado Rapids on 14 June 2008. In 2008 Ricketts made 26 starts (27 total appearances) and scored four goals in the regular season; he added two more goals in the Canadian Championship.

In 2009, Ricketts was pushed down Toronto FC's depth chart due to the arrivals of Canadian international Dwayne DeRosario and young American Sam Cronin; in June, Toronto released Ricketts, clearing the salary cap space necessary for the club to sign Canadian international Ali Gerba.[13]

Following his release from Toronto, Ricketts reportedly spurned interest from several English clubs to go on trial with Aberdeen in August 2009.[14] Ricketts reportedly impressed during his trial—in particular in Aberdeen's 1–0 win over Hull City in a preseason friendly match—but budgetary constraints reportedly complicated the potential signing, and Ricketts ultimately did not remain with the club.[15]

Diósgyőri VTK[edit]

In early 2010 during the winter transfer market in Europe, Ricketts signed for Hungarian club Diósgyőri VTK. For DVTK first team Rohan Ricketts made one appearance in the League but with no goal. For DVTK's "B team" Rohan played in four matches with one goal. After his first season with DVTK, they were relegated from Hungary's top professional league to the NB2

FC Dacia Chişinău[edit]

In August 2010 Ricketts signed for FC Dacia Chişinău of the Moldovan National Division. He made his debut the same month in a 0–0 draw against FC Academia UTM Chişinău. On 10 November 2010 Rohan Ricketts announced on talksport radio that he had parted ways with Dacia and still hadn't been paid by the club at the time and that he was going to Germany to take part in trials.[16]

SV Wilhelmshaven[edit]

On the last day of the Winter transfer window on 31 January 2011, Ricketts signed for German club SV Wilhelmshaven. He stated on 3 May 2011 that he would like to return to England, to play in either the Premier League, or the Championship. He left the club at the end of the 2010–11 season.[17]

Ricketts went on trial at Southend United ahead of the 2011–12 season, scoring a hat-trick in a 5–0 pre-season friendly victory over Great Wakering Rovers on 12 July 2011.[17][18] Ricketts stated that he would permanently join Southend if he was offered a "fair deal".[19] However, after continual negotiations between both Ricketts and Southend, Ricketts stated that a "deal had not been struck" between the pair, and that he now wanted to "entertain other opportunities"[20] — going on trial at League One club Stevenage after a number of conversations with manager Graham Westley.[21] Ricketts played 45 minutes in Stevenage's 1–0 friendly defeat to an Arsenal XI side on 23 July 2011.[20][21] He stated that his time at Stevenage was a "shock to his body" due to Stevenage's training regime.[20]

Shamrock Rovers[edit]

On 31 August 2011, Ricketts signed for League of Ireland champions Shamrock Rovers.[22] He made his first team debut away to Dundalk on 3 September and was involved in both goals, providing the cross for the first goal and the pass to win a penalty for the second goal in a 2–1 win. Ricketts played in the UEFA Europa League in a 3–1 defeat against former club Tottenham Hotspur. He was released from Shamrock Rovers in December 2011, as he was not offered a new contract.

Exeter City[edit]

On 22 March 2012, Ricketts signed for League One side Exeter City on a contract until the end of the 2011–2012 season. However, after just one substitute appearance for the Grecians, Ricketts left the club on 16 April.

Dempo[edit]

Rohan signed for defending I-League champions Dempo on 20 August 2012.[23] He announced on Twitter in January 2013 that he had resigned from Dempo, after he was suspended by the club for an outburst on Twitter.[24][25]

Depotivo Quevedo[edit]

On 7 January 2013, it was announced that Ricketts had signed for Club Deportivo Quevedo. [26] Ricketts made his debut for Deportivo Quevedo in a 1 – 1 draw against the reigning champions Barcelona.[27] Ricketts had his contract with Depotivo Quevedo terminated at the end of July 2013 after making 9 appearances for the club. [28]

PTT Rayong[edit]

On 25 February 2014 it was confirmed that Ricketts had signed for PTT Rayong of the Thai Premier League.[29] On 17 June 2014, Ricketts and PTT Rayong mutually agreed to terminate his contract.

International[edit]

Ricketts was capped by England at Under-18 and Under-20. He played for England at the Under-20 level in the Toulon Tournament, France in 2002.

Personal[edit]

During the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Ricketts co-hosted 'The Hardcore Footy Show: South Africa 2010' with Brendan Dunlop, on Hardcore Sports Radio, Sirius 98 and was a regular on TSN for football. On 24 August 2010, Rohan joined the team of Canada's largest sportsradio network, CJCL, (Fan 590). He is currently a sports columnist with them. He also signed to write for online magazine, the Sabotage Times, on 29 August. [30][31]

In May 2011, Ricketts launched his own online-only magazine, Column 10. The magazine, which includes a host of features on sport, music, film, fashion and more, has included exclusive interviews with football journalist Henry Winter, official FIFA Agent Charles Collymore and DJ Spoony.

Ricketts had been a regular guest on World Football Daily offering insights and entertaining football talk to fans in America.

Honours[edit]

Arsenal

Toronto

Shamrock Rovers

Individual

Career statistics[edit]

As of 25 March 2014
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2001–02 Arsenal Premier League - - 1 0 - 1 0
2002–03 Tottenham Hotspur 0 0 - - - 0 0
2003–04 24 1 - 4 1 - 28 2
2004–05 6 0 - 2 0 - 8 0
2004–05 Coventry City Championship 6 0 0 0 - - 1 0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 7 1 - - - 7 1
2005–06 25 0 0 0 1 0 - 26 0
2006–07 19 0 3 0 1 0 - 23 0
Queens Park Rangers 2 0 - - - 2 0
2007–08 Barnsley 10 0 1 0 - - 11 0
Canada League Voyageurs Cup League Cup North America Total
2008 Toronto FC MLS 27 4 4 2 - - 31 6
2009 12 0 1 0 - - 13 0
Hungary League Hungarian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2009–10 Diósgyőri VTK Soproni Liga 1 0 0 0 - - 1 0
Moldova League Moldavian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2010–11 Dacia Chişinău National Division 4 0 0 0 - - 4 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
2010–11 SV Wilhelmshaven Regionalliga Nord 12 1 0 0 - - 12 1
Republic of Ireland League FAI Cup League of Ireland Cup Europe Total
2011 Shamrock Rovers Premier Division 9 2 1 0 - 2 0 12 2
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2011–12 Exeter City League One 1 0 - - - 1 0
India League Durand Cup League Cup Asia Total
2012–13 Dempo I-League 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 1
Ecuador League Cup League Cup South America Total
2013 Deportivo Quevedo Ecuadorian Serie A 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Thailand League FA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2014 PTT Rayong Thai Premier League 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Total England 99 1 4 0 9 1 0 0 113 2
Canada 39 4 5 2 - - 44 6
Hungary 1 0 0 0 - - 1 0
Moldova 4 0 0 0 - - 4 0
Germany 12 1 0 0 - - 12 1
Republic of Ireland 9 2 1 0 - 2 0 12 2
India 10 1 0 0 - - 10 1
Ecuador 9 0 0 0 - - 9 0
Thailand 7 0 0 0 0 0 - 7 0
Career total 191 8 10 2 9 1 2 0 212 11

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