|Full name||Matthew Thomas Ritchie|
|Date of birth||10 September 1989|
|Place of birth||Gosport, England|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Right winger|
|2008–2009||→ Dagenham & Redbridge (loan)||37||(11)|
|2009–2010||→ Notts County (loan)||16||(3)|
|2010–2011||→ Swindon Town (loan)||16||(3)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 September 2015 (UTC).
Matthew Thomas "Matt" Ritchie (born 10 September 1989) is a Scottish international footballer who plays for Premier league club Bournemouth as a right winger. He previously played for Portsmouth and Swindon Town before joining Bournemouth in 2013.
Born and raised in England, Ritchie qualified to play for Scotland through his Scottish father. He made his senior international debut on 25 March 2015 against Northern Ireland.
Ritchie had been involved in Portsmouth's academy since he turned 13, previously playing football locally in Gosport, starting at the age of six. After signing his first professional contract with the club, and a positive 2008–09 pre-season campaign, including a hat-trick in a 4–1 victory over hometown club Gosport Borough, After the match, Ritchie said scoring a hat-trick was 'unreal'.
He went on loan to Swindon Town in 2010 but due to Portsmouth's mounting injury list, he was recalled in March and was named on the bench for their 2–0 Premier League loss at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur after making four appearances for Swindon. On 14 April, Ritchie made his debut for Portsmouth in the Premier League game at Wigan Athletic. He played 79 minutes but was then substituted for Frédéric Piquionne. After the match, Ritchie admits making his Portsmouth debut was a dream come true. At the end of the season, with Portsmouth's relegation from the Premier League, Ritchie signed a new two-year deal.
For the 2010–11 season, Ritchie was handed the number 5 shirt and was selected in Portsmouth's starting XI for their first match of the season at Coventry City. However, Ritchie soon found himself out of the Portsmouth line-up and, with the club having disbanded its reserve team, manager Steve Cotterill agreed to loan out the player for fitness reasons.
Loan to Dagenham & Redbridge
Ritchie played reserve and academy football at Pompey until late September and continued to impress until he was taken on a one-month loan deal by League Two club Dagenham & Redbridge. He made his Football League debut against Rotherham United on 27 September 2008, coming on as a late substitute. He scored on his first competitive start for the Daggers in a 2–0 win over Rochdale. He scored again in his next match, a 2–0 win over Barnet.
Still has also made it clear he wishes to extend the loan deal of Ritchie until later on in the season. Dagenham announced on 30 December that Ritchie would remain with the club until the end of the current season. His impressive performances have seen him rewarded with a new two-year deal at Portsmouth, and their young player of the Season Award.
Loan to Notts County
On 28 July 2009, it was reported that Notts County, were on talks with Portsmouth over a six-figure fee for his services, believed to be £100,000. On 1 September 2009, he signed on a loan deal until 31 December. Though want to extend his loan deal,
Loan to Swindon and permanent basis
After Danny Wilson failed to secure Ritchie's services on a permanent deal during the transfer window, it was announced on 11 February 2010 that Swindon Town had signed the midfielder on loan for the remainder of the season. He made his debut on 23 February against Stockport County after coming on for Danny Ward after 25 minutes.
On 7 January 2011, Swindon Town signed Ritchie on a two-and-a-half year deal for an undisclosed fee. Ritchie added to his tally with the goal 2010–11 season against Bournemouth again in a 3–2 loss, 4–1 loss against Southampton, 1–1 draw against Hartlepool United and 2–1 loss against Notts County. Despite Swindon Town relegation to League Two, Ritchie was named the Robins' player of the season.
Under manager Paolo Di Canio in League Two, Ritchie retained his first team place in the starting eleven and scoring form with ten goals this season. During the season, Ritchie was linked with clubs in League One, with the likes of AFC Bournemouth. After Bournemouth's bid for Ritchie was rejected, manager Di Canio said that Ritchie was worth about £2 million. In March, He won the Football League Two player of the year for 2012. With team-mate Paul Caddis he was named PFA League Two Team of the Year.
Ahead of a new season in League One, Swindon turned down a £900,000 offer from a League One club for Ritchie, insisting he would be sold for £2.5 million. Shortly after, Richie signed a new contract, keeping him until 2014.
On 30 January 2013, Ritchie signed for Bournemouth on a three-and-a-half year deal for £400,000. After leaving Swindon Town, Ritchie said he was surprised to leave the club and he had left with a "heavy heart". However, Di Canio claims that the club sold Ritchie behind his back.
He made his debut on 2 February in a 3-0 win over MK Dons. He scored his first goal for his new team on 23 March in a 4-1 win over Bury. That win was the first of an eight match run of successive wins, including a brace for Ritchie in a 3-1 victory over Notts County, that culminated in clinching promotion to the Championship.
Ritchie was key performer for Bournemouth during 2014-15. His form helped the side to top place in the Championship and won him international recognition with Scotland. By April, he had scored 11 goals and provided 13 assists for his team. His form saw him voted the Football League's best player in a poll by FourFourTwo magazine.
Under FIFA eligibility rules Ritchie was eligible for the national teams of either England, where he was born and raised, or Scotland, his father's native land. On 16 March 2015, Ritchie was called up to the Scotland national football team for a friendly against Northern Ireland and a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier against Gibraltar. He made his debut against Northern Ireland on 25 March at Hampden Park, and took the 85th-minute corner which set up Christophe Berra's header for the only goal of the game. On 5 June he scored his first international goal, a 20-yard strike which was the only goal of a friendly victory over Qatar at Easter Road in Edinburgh.
|1.||5 June 2015||Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland||Qatar||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
- As of 2 May 2015
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Dagenham & Redbridge (loan)||2008–09||League Two||37||11||3||1||0||0||1[a]||0||41||12|
|Notts County (loan)||2009–10||League Two||16||3||2||0||0||0||1[a]||0||19||3|
|Swindon Town (loan)||2009–10||League One||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||0|
- Appearances in Football League Trophy
- League Two Player of the Year (1): 2011–12
- League One Player of the Year (1): 2012–13
- PFA League Two Team of the Year (1): 2011–12
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- Coventry 2 – 0 Portsmouth
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- Town land Ritchie
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- Ritchie loaned to Swindon
- Portsmouth winger Matt Ritchie extends Swindon loan
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