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Andy Ritchie

Andy Ritchie

Clubs played for: Manchester United, Brighton & Hove Albion, Leeds United, Oldham Athletic, Scarborough, Oldham Athletic (1977-1999)

Born: 1960

Birthplace: Manchester, Lancashire

Position: Midfielder /Forward

Biography: A Manchester born striker who was marked down as an outstanding prospect from an early age. He progressed through the ranks into the first team and made his league debut against Everton in December 1977. But had to wait until the 1978-1979 season for another chance and bagged a brace against Derby County in his first appearance. He went on to score 10 goals in his first 17 games, he netted two hat tricks against Leeds United and Spurs but despite this, he was unable to win a regular place in the United starting line. In a complete mystery to United fans, the then manager, Dave Sexton, accepted a £500,000 bid from Brighton & Hove Albion in October 1980 to take him to the South Coast. When he hung up his boot, Ritchie initially moved into coaching with one of his former clubs, Leeds United, and then accepted the role as Assistant Manager to Paul Hart at Barnsley. Went on to manage Oldham Athletic, Barnsley and Huddersfield Town, but since 2008 he has been doing pundit work for BBC Radio Leeds and has also worked as a football consultant.

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