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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:


Full name Michael Barrington Ricketts (*Actual for and against are the goals scored
while the player was on the field.)
Born 4 December 1978 in Birmingham, West Midlands [registered in Birmingham, December 1978].
Married to Susan A. Jones [registered in Sandwell, Staffordshire, April 1992].
Height/Weight 6' 2", 11st. 12lbs [2004].


various Jack Rollins' Sky Sports Yearbooks and various Barry Hugman's PFA Yearbooks.

Club Career

Club(s) Began as a Walsall FC trainee, before signing professionally on 13 September 1996. After 76 league appearances and fourteen goals, he signed for Bolton Wanderers FC for £400,000 on 17 July 2000. Following his solitary England appearance, Ricketts career appeared to freefall, after completing 98 league appearances and 37 goals, transferred to Middlesbrough FC on 31 January 2003 for £2.2 million, where he scored three goals in 32 Premier League appearances. Then signed for Leeds United AFC on a free transfer on 23 June 2004. The 2005-06 season was spent away from Elland Road on loan, firstly, eleven Championship appearances at Stoke City FC, then at Cardiff City FC, where he scored five in seventeen Championship appearances, then from 30 January 2006, at Burnley FC, making thirteen Championship appearances, scoring two. His intermittent Championship appearances with Leeds total 25 league outings, before he joined Southend United FC on 30 June 2006 on a free transfer, before being released after only a couple of months with fitness concerns and only two Championship appearances. Subsequently joined Preston North End FC, scoring once in fourteen Championship appearances, then Oldham Athletic FC on a free transfer on 10 July 2007. He was sent on loan to Walsall FC on 2 November 2007, scoring three goals in twelve league outings. His Oldham Athletic FC contract was cancelled on 31 January 2008, after two goals in nine League One appearances. He then spent trial periods with Southampton FC and MLS-side San Jose Earthquakes, neither came to fruition, and Walsall FC, once more, picked up Ricketts signature on 24 July 2008, and he made another 28 League One appearances, scoring nine. Tranmere Rovers FC signed Ricketts on 14 August 2009 after being out of contract once more, scoring twice in twelve League One appearances. His contract was cancelled by mutual consent on 21 January 2010.
Club honours Football League Cup winner 2003-04;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None


various Jack Rollins' Sky Sports Yearbooks and various Barry Hugman's PFA Yearbooks.

England Career

Player number One of three who became the 1114th players (1115) to appear for England
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 None

England Disgrace

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 bench, 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


Michael Ricketts - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Starts Sub on Sub off Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Capt. Disc.
1 1 0 1 0 1 45 0 0 min 0 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.


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