Vital Football

Latest Stoke City News

Potters' legend passes away

Potters' legend passes away

John Ritchie, Stoke City's top goal scorer of all time, has passed away at the age of 65.

The legendary striker scored 171 goals for the Potters in 343 appearances in two periods for the club between 1962 and 1975 - an astonishing average of a goal every two games.

He was signed by Tony Waddington from Kettering Town in June 1962 for just £2,500 without the Potters' manager even seeing him play. But was surprising sold to Sheffield Wednesday in 1966 but bought back by Waddington in 1969. He was an integral part of the great Stoke side of the early 1970's which culminated in two FA Cup semi final appearances and winning the League Cup.

After a brief stint at Stafford Rangers he retired from football in 1976 setting up a pottery distribution business within half a mile of the Victoria Ground and was also a keen golfer, playing at Wolstanton Golf Club for many years.

Sadly, recent times have seen him suffering from Alzheimer's and Vital Stoke passes on its condolences to his wife and family.

He will be sorely missed.

Stoke City are planning to have a minute's silence before the start of the home game against Barnsley on Monday night.


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Chris Baldwin
Date:Saturday February 24 2007
Time: 12:53PM

Best of Vital Network

Login to post a comment

Recent Stoke City Articles

Six Clubs Set 2015/16 Premiership Records

Who were the six clubs to register a record breaking or equalling 2015/16 campaign?

2016/17 Premier League Fixtures Released Tomorrow

The Premier League fixtures for the 2016/17 season will be announced early tomorrow morning (Wednesday).

Stoke Fans To Travel 4,874 Miles In 2016/17

With the make up of Premier League known for the coming 2016/17 season with the curtain drawn on the 2015/16 year and all Play Off winners announced, here is how far Stoke City fans...

Average League Position In Last 50 Yrs

Have you ever wondered what the average league positions would be for sides historically?

Archived Vital Stoke Articles

Vital Stoke articles from

Site Journalists

Tom Barker
no email
Profile
Matthew Forrester
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MOTM v West Ham
Suggested By:
Given9%
Cameron0%
Shawcross30%
Wollscheid0%
Pieters1%
Whelan2%
Imbula46%
Walters0%
Bojan5%
Arnautovic0%
Joselu0%
Diouf1%
Bardsley1%
Adam5%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 38 23 12 3 81 32
2 Arsenal 38 20 11 7 71 29
3 Spurs 38 19 13 6 70 34
4 Man City 38 19 9 10 66 30
5 Man Utd 38 19 9 10 66 14
6 Southampton 38 18 9 11 63 18
7 West Ham 38 16 14 8 62 14
8 Liverpool 38 16 12 10 60 13
9 Stoke 38 14 9 15 51 -14
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 50 6
11 Everton 38 11 14 13 47 4
12 Swansea 38 12 11 15 47 -10
13 Watford 38 12 9 17 45 -10
14 WBA 38 10 13 15 43 -14
15 Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 42 -12
16 AFC Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 42 -22
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 39 -14
R Newcastle 38 9 10 19 37 -21
R Norwich 38 9 7 22 34 -28
R Aston Villa 38 3 8 27 17 -49
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Stoke City Results (view all)

Stoke City Fixtures (view all)