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Andy Ritchie
Personal information
Full name Andrew Timothy Ritchie
Date of birth 28 November 1960 (1960-11-28) (age 49)
Place of birth    Manchester, England
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1977–1980
1980–1983
1983–1987
1987–1995
1995–1997
1997–1999
Manchester United
Brighton & Hove Albion
Leeds United
Oldham Athletic
Scarborough
Oldham Athletic
Total
033 0(13)
089 0(23)
136 0(40)
217 0(82)
068 0(17)
027 00(2)
570 (177)   
Teams managed
1998–2001
2005–2006
2007–2008
Oldham Athletic
Barnsley
Huddersfield Town

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Andrew Timothy "Andy" Ritchie (born 28 November 1960 in Manchester, Lancashire) is an English former footballer and manager.

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Playing career

Ritchie started his career in 1977-78 with Manchester United, and later played for Brighton & Hove Albion, Leeds United, Oldham Athletic and Scarborough, making 661 appearances (88 as substitute) and scoring 210 goals. He played his last game, for Oldham, in the 1998-99 season. According to Chris Kamara, Ritchie earnt the nickname "Stitches" during his playing and managerial career. His actual nickname 'Stitch' came from the amount of times Ritchie would pull up whilst training (with Oldham as a player) complaining of a stitch. Ritchie is regarded as one of Oldham's finest ever footballers, and is also an ex-manager of the club. During the 89/90 "pinch me season" when The Latics got to the final of the League Cup and the semi-final of the FA Cup he was the clubs top scorer with 28 goals. Most noteably in the 2-2 draw at Southampton he scored in the dying seconds to keep The Latics in the competition, also the equaliser in the replay of the FA Cup semi final against his former club which forced the game into extra time (although the result ended 2-1 to Man Utd)

He is still very highly regarded by the Latics fans who still chant his name with the song "Andy Ritchie's Magic"

Managerial career

Following the sacking of Graeme Sharp, he returned to Oldham in March 1997 initially as Neil Warnock's assistant, but Warnock left to manage Bury at the end of the following season and Ritchie was appointed Manager. His first season the team struggled with a small budget he had to rely mostly on youth players and the club survived relegation to the first team and the prospect of being the first Founder Members of the Premier League to be relegated to the bottom Division. The following season despite a bad start he managed to turn the fortunes around with some impressive displays, most notably the endings of top of the table Wigan's unbeaten record. The 00/01 season was similar to the previous season with the club recovering from a poor start but the signing of David Eyres and Tony Carss helped steer the club to midtable safety. In the summer of 2001 the club was taken over by businessman Chris Moore, initially the club started the 01/02 season well but following a poor run of results he was dismissed in November.

After a successful spell back at Elland Road in charge of Youth Development, Ritchie left to become Paul Hart's assistant at Barnsley. After Hart was sacked in March 2005, Ritchie's successful spell as caretaker manager led to him being confirmed as full time manager in May 2005.[1 ] In the 2005/06 season, he led the club to the League One playoff final against Swansea City. The match was played on 27 May 2006 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Barnsley's victory on penalties (following a 2-2 draw) secured promotion to the Football League Championship.

Ritchie was approached by Sheffield Wednesday about their vacant manager's position, following the sacking of Paul Sturrock in October 2006. However, the request was turned down by Barnsley.[2 ] Ritchie was sacked by Barnsley on November 21, 2006, with the team in the relegation zone of the League Championship.[3 ]

Ritchie was appointed Huddersfield Town manager on 11 April 2007.[4 ] He left the club by mutual consent on 1 April 2008 after an indifferent season, following the embarrassing 4-1 defeat at the hands of his former club Oldham Athletic on 29 March.[5] He managed the team for 51 games, winning 22, losing 24 and drawing 5. The highlight was undoubtedly the FA Cup run which saw Town win against Birmingham City and before bowing out to Premier League outfit Chelsea in the 5th Round, the first time the club had been that far for 10 years.

He is currently doing punditry for BBC Radio Leeds, and was in the frame for the vacant manager's job at Football League Two side Grimsby Town, following the sacking of Alan Buckley.However Ritchie was overlooked for the job which in turn went to Mike Newell.

Managerial statistics

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Oldham Athletic England 7 May 1998 31 October 2001 179 59 75 45 32.96
Barnsley England 4 March 2005 21 November 2006 88 29 28 31 32.95
Huddersfield Town England 11 April 2007 1 April 2008 51 22 24 5 43.14

Honours

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