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Michael Ricketts

Bolton Wanderers FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 0 D 1 L 0 F 1: A 1
*(actual F 0: A 1)
50% successful


disciplined: none
minutes played:


  Michael Barrington Ricketts (*Actual for and against are the goals scored
while the player was on the field.)
Birth 4 December 1978 in Birmingham, West Midlands [registered in Birmingham, December 1978].
notes: Birmingham became part of the West Midlands registration county in 1974.
Marriage to Susan A. Jones [registered in Sandwell, Staffordshire, April 1992].


SkySports Yearbook, PFA Yearbooks &

Playing Career

Began as a Walsall FC trainee, before signing professionally on 13 September 1996, he signed for Sam Allardyce's Bolton Wanderers FC for £250,000 on 17 July 2000. Following his solitary England appearance, Ricketts career appeared to freefall, he transferred to Middlesbrough FC on 31 January 2003 for £2.2 million. Then signed for Leeds United AFC on a free transfer on 23 June 2004. Then, on 22 February 2005, Ricketts was sent on loan, firstly, at Stoke City FC, then at Cardiff City FC, then from 30 January 2006, at Burnley FC. His Elland Road career ended when he joined Southend United FC on 30 June 2006 on a free transfer, before being released after only a couple of months with fitness concern. Subsequently, he joined Preston North End FC, then Oldham Athletic FC on a free transfer on 10 July 2007. He was sent on loan to Walsall FC on 2 November 2007. His Oldham Athletic FC contract was cancelled on 31 January 2008. He then spent trial periods with Southampton FC and MLS-side San José Earthquakes, neither came to fruition, and Walsall FC, once more, picked up Ricketts signature on 24 July 2008. Tranmere Rovers FC signed Ricketts on 14 August 2009 after being out of contract once more. His contract was cancelled by mutual consent on 21 January 2010.

An ex-Premier League footballer told a court he was "really sorry" for headbutting and punching his girlfriend after an argument in a restaurant. Former Bolton Wanderers striker Michael Ricketts had been celebrating his 32nd birthday when the row erupted in Amba Bar in Hale, Cheshire, in December. victim Nuala McEwan wrote to Trafford magistrates in his defence, claiming she intended her words to hurt him. Ricketts, of Sutton Coldfield, admitted common assault. The court heard that the pair, who remain a couple, had been drinking when they began talking about past relationships. Alan Pope, prosecuting, said Ricketts had accused Ms McEwan of being involved with someone else and she ordered a taxi to leave. When they got outside he punched and head-butted his girlfriend, who fell to the floor. Police who arrived on the scene had to threaten him with a Taser stun gun when he continued to be aggressive, the court heard. Ms McEwan, who was left with a cut eye, told the court in her letter that before the attack she said things which were "deliberately derogatory" and "intended to hurt him".
Bryan McMahon, defending, told magistrates: "There did seem to be some element of verbal altercation between the victim and Mr Ricketts. He should have walked away. There was an element of provocation. I don't say that, the victim says that. It is totally out of character."
Chris Hall, chairman of the unused, asked Ricketts if he had anything to say. He replied: "I'm very disappointed about what happened and what it led to. I'm really sorry. Conversation stirred up a lot of emotions."
Asked about his potential earnings and his ability to pay the court costs, Ricketts said: "It depends on what club I play for. I have played for various clubs and various leagues... It could be anything from £60,000 to whatever."
Ricketts was sentenced to a 12-month community order, ordered to do 150 hours' unpaid work, fined £200 and ordered to pay £85 costs.
- 17 January 2011, BBC News

League honours
161+13 appearances, 10 goals
four red cards
Walsall FC 1996-2000 31+45 appearances, fourteen goals.
debut (second division): (sub) 4 May 1996 Walsall FC 2 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 1.
Bolton Wanderers FC
2000-03 63+35 appearances, 37 goals
debut (first div.): (sub) 26 August 2000 Bolton Wanderers FC 2 Preston North End FC 0.
Middlesbrough FC 2003-04 twelve+twenty appearances, three goals
debut: 8 February 2003 Middlesbrough FC 1 Liverpool FC 1.
Leeds United AFC 2004-05 nine+twelve appearances
debut (championship): 7 August 2004 Leeds United AFC 1 Derby County FC 0.
Stoke City FC 2005 loan one+ten appearances
debut (championship): (sub) 22 February 2005 Stoke City FC 3 Leicester City FC 2.
Cardiff City FC 2005 loan seventeen appearances, five goals
debut (championship): 10 September 2005 Burnley FC 3 Cardiff City FC 3.
Burnley FC 2006 loan twelve+one appearances, two goals
debut (championship): 31 January 2006 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 0 Burnley FC 0.
Southend United FC 2006 0+two appearances
debut (championship): (sub) 24 September 2006 Southend United FC 0 Cardiff City FC 3.
Preston North End FC 2007 seven+seven appearances, one goal
debut (championship): (sub) Barnsley FC 0 Preston North End FC 1.
Oldham Athletic FC 2007 eight+one appearances, two goals.
debut (league one): 11 August 2007 Oldham Athletic FC 2 Swansea City FC 1.
Walsall FC 2007-08 loan 2008-09 permanent 37+three appearances, twelve goals
debut (league one): 3 November 2007 Walsall FC 2 Cheltenham Town FC 0.
Tranmere Rovers FC 2009 seven+five appearances, two goals
debut (league one): (sub) 22 August 2009 Leeds United AFC 3 Tranmere Rovers FC 0.
last (league one): (sub) 12 December 2009 Southampton FC 3 Tranmere Rovers FC 3.
Club honours Football League Division Two runners-up 1998-99 (8 apps); Division One third place 2000-01 (39); Championship fifth place 2005-06 (4);
Football League Cup winner
Individual honours None
Distinctions None
Height/Weight 6' 2", 11st. 12lbs [2004].


various Jack Rollins' Sky Sports Yearbooks, various Barry Hugman's PFA Yearbooks & ENFA.

England Career

Player number One of three who became the 1114th players (1115) to appear for England
BME number The 41st BME player at Senior level. The least used BME player until 2010, alongside Andy Gray, joined by Anthony Gardner in 2004.
Position(s) Forward
Only match No. 786, 13 February 2002, Netherlands 1 England 1, friendly match at Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, substituted (ht), aged 23 years 71 days.
Major tournaments


Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions Was available to play for United States, birthplace of his father, and Jamaica, birthplace of his mother.


Michael Ricketts - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Starts Sub on Sub off Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
1 1 0 1 0 1 45 0 0 min 0 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.


Michael Ricketts - Match Record - All Matches - By Colour of Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away - White - Friendly 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
All 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0


Michael Ricketts - Match History
 Club: Bolton Wanderers F.C. - 1 full cap

Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson - 1 full capx

Age 23
1 786 13 February 2002 - Netherlands 1 England 1, Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam Fr AD Start off ht 9

1-0 when substituted