Richie Partridge

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Richie Partridge
Personal information
Full name Richard Joseph Partridge
Date of birth (1980-09-12) 12 September 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
19xx–2000 Stella Maris[1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Liverpool 0 (0)
2001 Bristol Rovers (loan) 6 (1)
2002–2003 Coventry City (loan) 27 (4)
2005–2006 Sheffield Wednesday 18 (0)
2006–2007 Rotherham United 33 (3)
2007–2009 Chester City 65 (5)
2009–2010 Milton Keynes Dons 5 (0)
2009 Kettering Town (loan) 2 (1)
2010 Stockport County 22 (1)
2010–2011 The New Saints 26 (11)
2012–2013 Airbus UK Broughton 11 (1)
Total 219 (27)
National team
1996 Republic of Ireland U17 1 (0)
1997–1999 Republic of Ireland U18 12 (1)
1999–2000 Republic of Ireland U21 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Richard Joseph "Richie" Partridge (born 12 September 1980) is a retired Irish footballer who played as a midfielder. Active in senior football between 2000 and 2013, he was capped at Under 17, 18 and Under 21 level by the Irish national team, called up by the senior national team in 2002, and played for nine English clubs before finishing his career in the Welsh Premier League. He is currently the Physiotherapist for Liverpool's Under 21 team.[2]

Football career[edit]

Club career[edit]


Born in Dublin, Partridge started playing football as a trainee with Liverpool on 1 August 2000. He suffered many injuries during his spell at Liverpool and failed to make a Premier League appearance. However, he played in three League Cup ties for Liverpool, the first being an 8–0 demolition of Stoke City in November 2000.

On 20 March 2001, he was loaned to Bristol Rovers where he made six appearances and scored a goal against Wrexham.[3] The loan deal lasted until 7 May.

While at Anfield, Partridge spent an entire season, from 27 September 2002 to 1 April 2003, on loan at Coventry City and was voted fans player of the season 2003–04.[4] Partridge was released by Liverpool at the back of the 2004–05 season.

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

Partridge signed for Sheffield Wednesday on a free transfer on 29 July 2005. However, on 4 May 2006, it was announced that, after failing to hit a consistent run of form, his contract would not be renewed upon expiry at the end of the season. He scored once for Wednesday, in a League Cup tie with Stockport County.[5]

Rotherham United[edit]

He subsequently joined Rotherham on 30 June 2006[6] and played 36 times for the Millers in 2006–07. He was released at the end of the season.

Chester City[edit]

He subsequently signed for Chester on 21 June 2007[7] making his competitive club debut in a 0–0 draw with Chesterfield on 11 August 2007, with his first goal coming against Crewe Alexandra in the Football League Trophy the following month. In the following weeks he enhanced his reputation as a lively winger with an eye for goal, most notably after scoring two very well taken goals in Chester's 2–1 win at Stockport County on 20 October. However, he managed just two more goals during the rest of the season and struggled to establish a first–team starting place in the 2008–09 season, as Chester were relegated from The Football League.

Milton Keynes Dons[edit]

On 21 July 2009, Partridge joined Milton Keynes Dons on a one-year contract. Partridge then joined Kettering Town on loan alongside fellow MK Dons player Sol Davis on 26 November 2009.[8] He scored his only goal for Kettering in a match against Luton Town[9] and went on to make a total of 4 appearances for the club while on his loan spell.

Stockport County[edit]

On 18 January 2010 MK Dons announced that Partridge had been released and was to join Stockport County for the remaining six months of the season alongside fellow released player Danny Swailes.[10] All four MK Dons players who had joined on 18 January, plus David Perkins who had joined from Colchester United on loan started the match on 19 January against Swindon Town.[11] On 31 August 2010 it was announced by Stockport that an agreement had been made regarding early settlement of player's contract and as a result he had left the club. [12]

The New Saints[edit]

In September 2010, Partridge joined Welsh Premier League side The New Saints.[13] In his first six Welsh Premiership matches, he scored six times including a hat-trick on 10 October 2010 against Aberystwyth Town.[14] After his impressive start to the season he was awarded the Welsh Premier's player of the month award for October 2010.[15] In March 2011 he signed a contract extension keeping him with the club until June 2012.[16] In August 2011 it was announced that he had been forced to retire after failing to recover from a persistent knee injury.[17]

Airbus UK Broughton[edit]

In November 2012, Partridge came out of retirement and joined Welsh Premier League side Airbus. He made 15 appearances for the club - 10 as a substitute, scoring one goal.

International career[edit]

Partridge is a former Republic of Ireland Under-18 international where he was a member of the team that won the European Under 18 Football Championship[18] in 1998 beating Germany 4–3 on penalties in the final in Cyprus. He scored for the side in the first group match against Croatia in a 5–2 win, and played in the third match and the final.[19]

He was also capped as an Under-21 international. He was called up to the senior Irish international team in November 2002 whilst at Coventry City for a friendly match versus Greece[20] but did not play.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Partridge is the brother-in-law of Michael Owen and son-in-law of former Chester striker Terry Owen.

Physiotherapy career[edit]

He studied at the University of Salford for a degree in Physiotherapy and graduated in 2009[21] with a first class degree. Following the completion of his Physiotherapy degree, he became a director at a physiotherapy clinic in Chester[22] and also works for Liverpool F.C Academy as a physiotherapist[18] where he oversees the medical department from Under-9 to Under-16 level[23] He then studied for a 2-year part-time master's degree in Football Rehabilitation at Edge Hill University[18][22] which he completed with a distinction.[24]

He is currently under 21 Physiotherapist for Liverpool FC.


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  2. ^ "Staff profile: Richie Partridge". Liverpool FC. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bristol Rovers 4–0 Wrexham". BBC. 5 May 2001. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Stockport 2–4 Sheff Wed". BBC. 23 August 2005. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Millers sign Partridge & Wiseman". BBC Sport. 30 June 2007. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Partridge completes Chester move". BBC Sport. 21 June 2007. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Busy day for Harper". Non-League Daily. 27 November 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  9. ^ "Luton 0–1 Kettering". BBC Sport. 2 December 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  10. ^ "Four set for Stockport". MK Dons. 18 January 2010. Archived from the original on 21 January 2010. Retrieved 18 January 2009. 
  11. ^ "Stockport 0 -1 Swindon". BBC Sport. 19 January 2010. Retrieved 21 January 2009. 
  12. ^ "Three Out, One in". Stockport County F.C. 31 August 2010. Archived from the original on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  13. ^ "Partridge becomes part of the Saint' family". 10 September 2010. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 
  14. ^ "The New Saints 5–0 Aberystwyth Town". The New Saints. 10 October 2010. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  15. ^ "Richie is league's player of the month". The New Saints. 6 November 2010. Retrieved 18 November 2010. 
  16. ^ "Richie Partridge extends contract with The New Saints". BBC Sport. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  17. ^ "Richie forced to hang up his boots". The New Saints. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  18. ^ a b c d "Success by degrees for Anfield graduate Partridge". The Irish Independent. 20 December 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  19. ^ "The 1998 European U-18 Championships". Waterford United. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  20. ^ "Withdrawals, injuries weaken Ireland for soccer friendly". Kathimerini (English edition). 20 November 2002. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  21. ^ My Graduation – July 2009" booklet published by University of Salford, July 2009
  22. ^ a b "Meet Richie ...". 10 Bridge Physiotherapy Clinic. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  23. ^ McDonnell, Daniel (30 April 2011). "'It sounds daft, but you can be well respected as a club physio'". Irish Independent. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  24. ^ "linkedin profile". LinkedIn. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 

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