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Sam Ricketts

Samuel Derek "Sam" Ricketts (born 11 October 1981) is a Wales national football team association football who plays for Bolton Wanderers F.C.. Sam Ricketts favoured position is Defender (association football) Full back. Although Sam Ricketts usually played on the right for previous club Hull City A.F.C., Sam Ricketts is equally comfortable on the left.

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Sam Ricketts biography


Samuel Derek "Sam" Ricketts (born 11 October 1981) is a Wales national football team association football who plays for Bolton Wanderers F.C.. Sam Ricketts favoured position is Defender (association football) Full back. Although Sam Ricketts usually played on the right for previous club Hull City A.F.C., Sam Ricketts is equally comfortable on the left.

Early life

Ricketts was born 11 October 1981 in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

Club career

Early career

Ricketts began Sam Ricketts career at Oxford United F.C., making 35 first team appearances (with a further 13 as substitute) in all competitions and scoring one goal. During Sam Ricketts time at Oxford United Sam Ricketts had a brief spell on loan at Nuneaton Borough F.C. before being released from Sam Ricketts professional contract to sign for Conference National side Telford United F.C. in the summer of 2003-04 in English football. Sam Ricketts form for Telford led Sam Ricketts to be selected for the England National Game XI that season.

Swansea City

Telford went out of business at the end of the 2003-04 in English football season, and Swansea manager Kenny Jackett swooped for Ricketts, offering Sam Ricketts a return to the Football League. Ricketts joined Swansea City A.F.C. on 27 May 2004.

Ricketts made such an impact in Sam Ricketts first season with Swansea that John Toshack handed Sam Ricketts Sam Ricketts first Welsh cap on 9 February 2005 in a match against Hungary national football team. Although born in England, Ricketts is qualified to play for Wales national football team through Sam Ricketts Welsh grandfather.

Hull City

Hull City manager Phil Parkinson signed Ricketts from Swansea City A.F.C. on 14 July 2006 for a fee of £300,000 (triggering a minimum fee release clause in Sam Ricketts contract with the Swans). In all competitions, to the end of the 2005-06 in English football season, Ricketts had made 103 appearances for Swansea (with one further substitute appearance) and had scored three goals. Sam Ricketts goals coming in the Football League Trophy against Luton, against Doncaster Rovers in the league, and in the 2006 League One Play Off semi final 1st leg against Brentford.

Ricketts made a good start to Sam Ricketts Hull career, playing every minute of Hull's first ten games. However, Sam Ricketts broke Sam Ricketts cheekbone in the tenth game – a win against Hartlepool United F.C.. The injury required an operation, and Ricketts was ruled out for several weeks. Sam Ricketts made a full appearance in the Football League Championship play-offs victory over Bristol City F.C., taking Hull City to the Premier League for the first-time in the club's 104 year existence. Sam Ricketts scored Sam Ricketts first and what turned out to be only goal for Hull against Southend United in March 2007.

On 23 July 2009, Hull City accepted a £2 million bid for Sam Ricketts believed to be from Bolton Wanderers F.C..

Bolton Wanderers

On 25 July 2009, Bolton Wanderers F.C. confirmed Ricketts had signed a three-year deal at the Reebok Stadium for an undisclosed fee. Sam Ricketts made Sam Ricketts debut in a 1–0 loss to Sunderland A.F.C. on 15 August and has since played in every defensive position for the club. Ricketts snapped Sam Ricketts Achilles tendon in a FA Cup Replay against Wigan Athletic F.C. on 16 February 2011. Sam Ricketts made Sam Ricketts return from said injury, where Sam Ricketts also scored Sam Ricketts first Bolton goal, in the 1–1 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. on 31 December 2011 almost 11 months after Sam Ricketts suffered the injury.

Horseriding

As a teenager, Ricketts was a keen horseman who chose football over equestrianism. Sam Ricketts father is the 1978 world showjumping champion Derek Ricketts, now performance manager of the UK show jumping team, and Sam Ricketts uncle is the former National Hunt racing champion jockey John Francome.

Personal life

Ricketts married model and businesswoman Kimberley Stanworth on 15 May 2010.

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

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