Richie Ryan (footballer)

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Richie Ryan
Personal information
Full name Richford Ryan
Date of birth (1985-01-06) 6 January 1985 (age 30)
Place of birth Templetuohy, Republic of Ireland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ottawa Fury FC
Number 6
Youth career
2001-2003 Sunderland
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Sunderland 2 (0)
2005 Scunthorpe United (loan) 0 (0)
2005–2006 Scunthorpe United 13 (0)
2006-2007 Boston United 13 (0)
2007-2008 Royal Antwerp 8 (0)
2008–2011 Sligo Rovers 111 (5)
2012–2013 Dundee United 36 (0)
2013 Shamrock Rovers 9 (0)
2014– Ottawa Fury FC 27 (2)
National team
2010 League of Ireland XI 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:52, 19 July 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 September 2014

Richie Ryan (born 6 January 1985) is an Irish professional footballer who plays for Ottawa Fury FC.


Ryan played his youth days for Belvedere before moving abroad. Ryan started his professional career at Sunderland making two substitute appearances in the Premier League in 2003. His debut came in the Tyne–Wear derby in April 2003 [1]

He signed for Scunthorpe United initially on loan in March 2005.[2] This became a permanent move in June.

The following season he signed for Boston United. He left the club a year later after their double relegation, intending returning to his native Ireland.

Ryan signed for Royal Antwerp in July 2007 making his competitive début in a 4-1 hammering to Kortrijk on 30 September before moving back to Sligo Rovers.

He made his League of Ireland debut for the Bit O' Red in a 1-0 defeat to Cork City at the Showgrounds on 3 August 2008.[3] He scored his first goal for the club in a 2-2 draw with Cork City in the 2009–10 Setanta Sports Cup, Sligo's first ever goal in the competition.

He struggled to get a regular place in the side for his first year and a half as he struggled with fitness but came into his own with a string of highly impressive passing displays in the successful 2010 season. Ryan was Player of the Month in October[4] and won the 2010 PFAI Player of the Year award.[5] He was named as club captain for the 2011 season and captained the club to a second place finish in the league and an FAI Cup, which Sligo won after beating Shelbourne on penalties. This was Ryan's first time winning an FAI Cup as he was suspended for the 2010 Final.

Ryan signed for Scottish Premier League side Dundee United in November 2011. He joined his new teammates in January 2012, making his debut as a substitute in a 2-1 defeat by Aberdeen on 2 January.[6][7]

On 25 July 2013 it was announced that Richie had left Dundee United by mutual consent.[8]

On 7 August 2013 it was announced that Richie had signed for Shamrock Rovers.[9] He made his league debut on the 9th [10]

In September Ryan won his second League of Ireland Cup [11]

Ryan signed with NASL club Ottawa Fury FC on 10 December 2013.[12]



  1. ^ "Magpies see off Sunderland". BBC News. 26 April 2003. 
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  3. ^ " - League of Ireland Sports news, stats, match results, features and news". Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
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  5. ^ "Ryan wins PFAI Player of the Year". RTÉ.ie. 7 November 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "RICHIE RYAN SIGNS FOR UNITED". (Dundee United F.C.). 23 November 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  7. ^ Roache, Ian (3 January 2012). "Dundee United 1 Aberdeen 2: Houston questions match officials' ability to do their jobs". The Courier. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Welcome to Tannadice - Dundee United Football Club". Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Richie Ryan signs". Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Rovers 0:4 St Pat's". Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Rovers 2:0 Drogheda Utd". Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "Home -". Retrieved 1 October 2014. 

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