Andy Ritchie

Full Name: Andrew Ritchie
Age: 53 (23.02.1956)
Position: Attacking Midfielder, Second Striker
Born: Bellshill, Scotland
Nationality: Scottish
International Honours: 1 Scotland Under-21 cap (as an overage player)
Height: 6' 1"
Transfer Fee: Swap (Roy Baines for Ritchie and £10,000) - Celtic
Date Signed: _.10.1976
Date Left: _._.1983
Transfer Out: £27,000 - Motherwell
Former Clubs: Celtic, Kirkintilloch Rob Roy [loan], Morton, Motherwell, Clydebank, East Stirlingshire, Albion Rovers
Non Playing Career: Albion Rovers (player/manager), Morton (assistant manager), Hamilton Academical (youth coach), St. Mirren (youth coach), Celtic (youth coach, scout), Derby County (scout), Aston Villa (scout), Manchester City (scout), SPL match observer
Current Employment: Stockport County (scout)
Honours with Morton: 1st Division winner - 1977/78
Personal Honours: Scottish Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year 1979
Miscellaneous: Andy has chapters dedicated to him in Vincent Gillen's Greenock Morton 1874-1999, Graeme Ross' Morton Greats and Stephen McGowan's Flawed Genius: Scottish Football's Self-Destructive Mavericks. English journalist John Riddle has writen an authorised biography titled King Of Cappielow Park.

According to Riddle's biography Ritchie was appointed Morton assistant manager by John Wilson about 1986. However, Allan McGraw - who was manager at the time - didn't know anything about it and insisted Jackie McNamara was given the job. Ritchie was paid by Wilson for six months and even had a company car but did very little. According to Ritchie McGraw told him: "You are a threat to me. If I lose three games in a row the crowd will be shouting for you."

In March 2005 he was voted Morton's all-time cult hero by viewers of the BBC's Football Focus.

Morton career - starts, sub appearances, goals:

Div 1: ? Lge Cup: ? Scot C: ? All Together: 27, 2, 22
Div 1: ? Lge Cup: ? Scot C: ? All Together: 45, 0, 26
Prem Div: ? Lge Cup: ? Scot C: ? All Together: 45, 0, 29
Prem Div: ? Lge Cup: ? Scot C: ? All Together: 44, 0, 27
Prem Div: ? Lge Cup: ? Scot C: ? All Together: 35, 5, 11
Prem Div: ? Lge Cup: ? Scot C: ? All Together: 29, 2, 7
Prem Div: ? Lge Cup: ? Scot C: ? All Together: 22, 8, 6

League: ? Lge Cup: ? Scot C: ?

Overall: 247 Starts, 17 Sub App, 128 Goals

These stats are taken from Graeme Ross' Morton Greats. Vincent Gillen's Greenock Morton 1874-1999 has it as 246 games, 133 goals. Neil Brown's online database has it as 213 games, 100 goals - however, Brown's site only lists statistics for league matches.

Ritchie In A Scotland Shirt


Wikipedia profile: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Ritchie_(Scottish_footballer)

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