Stan Rickaby

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Stan Rickaby
Personal information
Full name Stanley Rickaby
Date of birth (1924-03-12)12 March 1924
Place of birth Stockton-on-Tees, England
Date of death 8 February 2014(2014-02-08) (aged 89)
Place of death Perth, Western Australia
Playing position Right back
Youth career
1940–1941 South Bank
1941–1946 Middlesbrough
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1946–1950 Middlesbrough 10 (0)
1950–1955 West Bromwich Albion 189 (2)
1955–1960 Poole Town (player-manager)
1960–1961 Weymouth
1963–1964 Newton Abbot Spurs
National team
1953 England 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Stanley "Stan" Rickaby (12 March 1924 – 8 February 2014) was an English footballer who played as a right back.


Rickaby was born in Stockton-on-Tees. He began his career with South Bank in 1940 and in July of the following year joined Middlesbrough as an amateur. He turned professional with Boro in July 1946. In February 1950 he signed for West Bromwich Albion for a fee of £7,500. He made his only appearance for England on 11 November 1953, in a 3–1 win against Northern Ireland at Goodison Park. A leg injury sustained in the 1954 FA Cup semi-final against Port Vale meant that Rickaby missed the final, but he nevertheless received a winner's medal, having played in all the previous rounds of the competition. He took up the role of player-manager at Poole Town in June 1955 before moving on to Weymouth. Rickaby transferred to Newton Abbot Spurs in August 1963 before retiring as a player a year later.[1]

Rickaby moved to Australia in the late 1960s to work with Aboriginal communities and published his autobiography in 2002.


He died on Saturday 8 February in Perth, Western Australia from natural causes at the age of 89. News of his death only reached the United Kingdom on 3 March 2014.[2] As a tribute to Rickaby, a minute's applause took place prior to West Bromwich Albion's home game against Manchester United on 8 March.[3]


  1. ^ Matthews, Tony (2005). The Who's Who of West Bromwich Albion. Breedon Books. p. 195. ISBN 1-85983-474-4. 
  2. ^ Obituary
  3. ^ Mole, Giles (8 March 2014). "West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United: live". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 

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