John RITCHIE

John Ritchie - Stoke City FC - League appearances.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 15 September 1973

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    • POSITION
      Forward
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Saturday, 12 July 1941
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Kettering, England. Died 23rd. February 2007 Aged 65.
  • CLUBS
  • Stoke City FC
    • Club Career Dates
      1962-66, 1969-75
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 9th August 1969 in a 3-1 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers (Aged: 28)
    • Club Career
      (During two spells)
      261 League apps (+9 as sub), 135 goals
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John RITCHIE - Stoke City FC - League appearances.

The late John Ritchie is pictured above during Stoke's  1-1 draw with Ipswich Town.

 

Transferred from Kettering Town in June 1962.


Ritchie took a drop in his pay to join Stoke, as he had been working in a local shoe factory and playing football part-time.

 
Stoke City:   1962-1963     Played   3     Scored   0   goals   (Division 2)
     1963-1964     Played   29     Scored   18   goals   (Division 1)
     1964-1965     Played   41     Scored   25   goals   (Division 1)
     1965-1966     Played   23     Scored   13   goals   (Division 1)
     1966-1967     Played   14     Scored   8   goals   (Division 1)
 
Transferred in November 1966 for £70,000
 
Sheffield Wed.:   1966-1967     Played   24     Scored   10   goals   (Division 1)
     1967-1968     Played   41     Scored   19   goals   (Division 1)
     1968-1969     Played   24     Scored    6   goals   (Division 1)
 
Transferred in July 1969 for £25,000
 
Stoke City:   1966-1967     Played   24     Scored   10   goals   (Division 1)
     1967-1968     Played   41     Scored   18   goals   (Division 1)
     1968-1969     Played   24     Scored    6   goals   (Division 1)
     1970-1971     Played   27     Scored   13   goals   (Division 1)
     1971-1972     Played   32     Scored   12   goals   (Division 1)
     1972-1973     Played   31     Scored   14   goals   (Division 1)
     1973-1974     Played   30     Scored   14   goals   (Division 1)
     1974-1975     Played    7     Scored     4   goals   (Division 1)
 

Ritchie continued to play for Stoke until he broke his leg in September 1974 ending his career. He scored a club record 176 goals in 347 appearances for Stoke  - League & Cup games ).

After retiring John ran a pottery business in the Potteries where he had flourished as a player

He died on 23rd. February 2007, aged 65.

He was survived by his wife Shirley, two sons and a daughter.