Ricky Hill

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Ricky Hill
Personal information
Full name Ricky Anthony Hill
Date of birth (1959-03-03) 3 March 1959 (age 56)
Place of birth Paddington, London, England[1]
Playing position Midfield
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976-1989 Luton Town 436 (54)
1989-1990 Le Havre 20 (1)
1990-1991 Leicester City 16 (1)
1992 Tampa Bay Rowdies
Chertsey Town
Cocoa Expos
National team
1982-1986 England 3 (0)
Teams managed
2000 Luton Town
2003-2005 San Juan Jabloteh
2011-2014 Tampa Bay Rowdies[2]

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

Ricky Hill (born 5 March 1959) is a former English footballer, most recently the head coach of Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Early life[edit]

Hill attended John Kelly Boys' Technology College in Neasden, where he was spotted playing for his school team by then Luton Town reserve coach David Pleat.

Playing career[edit]

Hill joined Luton in 1975, and made 436 League appearances, scoring 54 goals in the process, from 1976 to 1989.[3]

He earned 3 full England caps during this time, making his debut on 22 September 1982[1] as a substitute for Bryan Robson in England's 2-2 draw with Denmark in Copenhagen - the nation's first match under the management of Bobby Robson. He was only the fourth black player to represent England at the highest level.[1] He was capped three times in total for England, with his last appearance being against Egypt on 29 January 1986.[1]

He helped Luton win promotion to the First Division in 1981-82 as Second Division champions, and in 1987-88, he was part of the team that won their first - and only to date - major trophy as they achieved a thrilling 3-2 win over Arsenal in the Football League Cup final. In 1989, he moved on a free transfer to French club Le Havre.[3]

In 1990, he transferred to Leicester City for £100,000, rejoining David Pleat for a brief spell, before heading abroad to be player/coach with the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the US. As a player-coach where he took them to two national championships and was named 1992 'Coach of the Year'.[3]

On his return to England, Ricky had a brief spell as a player with non-league Chertsey Town and Hitchin. He returned to the US for two seasons at Cocoa Expos, before moving into coaching in England.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

In 1996, he was appointed the youth team coach (under-19) at Sheffield Wednesday again by David Pleat. He then had a spell coaching youth (under-17) at Tottenham Hotspur.

Hill returned to Luton Town as manager in July 2000, but it was an unsuccessful stint in which he won only two games of a Luton side now playing in Division Two, and he left the post in November 2000. Luton finished the season relegated.[4]

On 18 January 2011, Hill was announced as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League.[5] In 2012, Hill led the Rowdies to the league championship with a win in Soccer Bowl 2012.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c England stats at thefa.com
  2. ^ Formerly known as FC Tampa Bay through 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d James Garley. "Where Are They Now?". Luton Town Official Site. Retrieved 31 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Ricky Hill management career stats at soccerbase
  5. ^ Brian Quarstad (18 January 2011). "the Tampa Bay Rowdies Announce New Coach Ricky Hill". IMSoccer News. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  6. ^ NASL. "Tampa Bay Wins NASL Championship Series After Penalty Shootout - Rowdies Lift Soccer Bowl Trophy In Dramatic Fashion". North American Soccer League.