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Liam Ridgewell

Liam Matthew Ridgewell (born 21 July 1984) is an English Association football who plays as a Defender (association football) for West Bromwich Albion F.C.. Liam Ridgewell is primarily a centre half but can also play at left back. Liam Ridgewell began Liam Ridgewell senior career with Aston Villa F.C., spending a spell on loan at A.F.C. Bournemouth in 2002, before moving to Villa's local rivals Birmingham City F.C. in 2007, where Liam Ridgewell was part of the 2011 Football League Cup Final-winning team.

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Liam Ridgewell biography


Liam Matthew Ridgewell (born 21 July 1984) is an English Association football who plays as a Defender (association football) for West Bromwich Albion F.C.. Liam Ridgewell is primarily a centre half but can also play at left back. Liam Ridgewell began Liam Ridgewell senior career with Aston Villa F.C., spending a spell on loan at A.F.C. Bournemouth in 2002, before moving to Villa's local rivals Birmingham City F.C. in 2007, where Liam Ridgewell was part of the 2011 Football League Cup Final-winning team.

Club career

Early career

Ridgewell was born in Bexleyheath, London. Liam Ridgewell began Liam Ridgewell career with West Ham United F.C., but moved to Aston Villa F.C. in February 2001. Liam Ridgewell was part of the team who won the FA Youth Cup final in May 2002 against Everton F.C. marking Wayne Rooney out of the game.

Aston Villa

The day after scoring for England national under-19 football team in a 2–2 draw against Yugoslavia Under-19s in October 2002, Liam Ridgewell was loaned out to A.F.C. Bournemouth, for whom Liam Ridgewell played five games between 13 October-13 November 2002.

Liam Ridgewell debut for Aston Villa's first team came on 4 January 2003, in a 4–1 defeat to Blackburn Rovers F.C. in the FA Cup, when Liam Ridgewell came on as a substitute (football) to replace Rob Edwards (footballer born 1982) after 69 minutes.

Liam Ridgewell was a regular in England national under-21 football team.

Ridgewell scored Liam Ridgewell first goal of the 2006-07 in English football season against Liam Ridgewell former club West Ham United on 10 September 2006.

Birmingham City

Ridgewell completed a move to Birmingham City F.C. for a fee of £2 million on 3 August 2007, thus becoming the first player to transfer between the bitter rivals since Des Bremner in 1984.

Though concerns were expressed over how some fans might react to a player signing from Aston Villa, Ridgewell's performances won over the doubters.
Liam Ridgewell scored Liam Ridgewell first goal for the club in their 3–2 win against Wigan Athletic F.C. at St Andrew's (stadium),
but then scored an own goal in the Birmingham derby on 11 November 2007, also at St Andrew's.

In April 2009, Ridgewell suffered a broken leg after a challenge by Plymouth Argyle F.C. midfielder Jamie Mackie. Ridgewell returned to the side only five months later, playing in the less familiar position of left back. Liam Ridgewell continued in that role because of the form of preferred centre-backs Roger Johnson (footballer) and Scott Dann, and played there as Birmingham went on a club-record 12-match unbeaten run in the top division and set a Premier League record by fielding the same starting eleven for nine consecutive games. Liam Ridgewell scored a 91st-minute equaliser against Tottenham Hotspur on 30 January 2010 which ensured that Birmingham remained unbeaten at home since the previous September.

Ridgewell continued Liam Ridgewell goalscoring form with a stoppage-time winner against Derby County F.C. to send Birmingham through to the quarter finals of the FA Cup, had a goal disallowed in the quarter-final match against Portsmouth F.C. when the ball had "clearly crossed the line", and scored an equalising goal against Liverpool F.C..

In June 2010, Ridgewell signed a new contract with Birmingham to keep Liam Ridgewell with the club until June 2013. Liam Ridgewell played the full 90 minutes as Birmingham defeated favourites Arsenal F.C. 2–1 in the 2011 Football League Cup Final, thus earning qualification for the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League. In the absence of several midfielders through injury, Ridgewell played in the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Play-off round first leg against Portuguese club C.D. Nacional, Birmingham's first participation in major European competition for nearly 50 years, in an unfamiliar holding midfield position. As the August 2011 transfer deadline approached, Ridgewell submitted a transfer request which was rejected by the club, and despite late interest from Premier League clubs including Newcastle United, Liam Ridgewell remained with Birmingham.

West Bromwich Albion

Ridgewell signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Premier League club West Bromwich Albion on 31 January 2012. The transfer fee was undislosed. On 12 February 2012, Liam Ridgewell made Liam Ridgewell debut as a starter in the 5:1 away win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in a Premier League match.The week later on Liam Ridgewell home debut Liam Ridgewell helped Liam Ridgewell side beat the premier league form side Sunderland 4:0 at the Hawthorns.

Honours

Aston Villa
- FA Youth Cup winner: FA Youth Cup Finals 2001–02: Aston Villa v. Everton (4–1, 0–1)
Birmingham City
- Football League Cup winner: 2011 Football League Cup Final

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liam_Ridgewell

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