Richie Pitt

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Richie Pitt
Personal information
Date of birth (1951-10-22) 22 October 1951 (age 69)
Place of birth Ryhope, County Durham, England
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1975 Sunderland 126 (7)
Blyth Spartans
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Richie Pitt (born 22 October 1951) is a former professional footballer, born in Ryhope, County Durham, who played in the Football League as a defender for Sunderland,[1] and was part of the club's 1973 FA Cup Final-winning team.

Pitt was an England schoolboy international, played in Sunderland's 1969 FA Youth Cup-winning side, and made his first-team debut in the First Division as a 17-year-old, on 4 March 1969 in a 3–1 defeat away at Coventry City.[2][3] He was part of the Sunderland team, by then playing in the Second Division, which beat Leeds United, FA Cup-holders and in their ninth season as a top-four side,[4] in the 1973 FA Cup Final. After only a few more games, and only in his early twenties, Pitt sustained an apparently minor knee injury which proved to be a cruciate ligament injury and effectively ending his professional career. He went on to play for non-league club Blyth Spartans, and trained as a teacher[3] working at Thornhill School, later becoming assistant head of Duncan House. In 2013, he was working as a mathematics teacher and head of year at Seaham School of Technology.[5]


  1. ^ "Richie Pitt". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 9 November 2009.
  2. ^ "Player details Richie Pitt". The Stat Cat. Archived from the original on 31 August 2006. Retrieved 9 October 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Past Players (N–Q)". Sunderland A.F.C. Archived from the original on 4 November 2006.
  4. ^ "Leeds United". Football Club History Database. Richard Rundle. Retrieved 25 November 2009.
  5. ^ "Bay follow Wearside way". The Northern Echo. 28 March 2008. Retrieved 25 November 2009.

External links[edit]

  • Richie Pitt at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database