Stoke City - Potters' legend passes away
UK time is: 15:54:05
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

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.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!


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

The Journalist

Writer: Chris Baldwin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 24 2007

Time: 12:53PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Stoke City Articles

Archived Stoke City Articles

List All Vital Stoke Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. lloyd_17 11
2. chrisb 1

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
6. Spurs 37 18 7 12 4 61
7. Southampton 37 18 6 13 23 60
8. Swansea 37 16 8 13 -2 56
9. Stoke 37 14 9 14 -2 51
10. Everton 37 12 11 14 -1 47
11. West Ham 37 12 11 14 -1 47
12. Crystal Palace 37 12 9 16 -5 45

Breaking League News

Chelsea v Sunderland: Team Sheet
Sunderland : 24/05/2015 14:53:01
Chelsea v Sunderland - Team-Sheets
Chelsea : 24/05/2015 14:19:01
Newcastle v West Ham - Team-News
West Ham : 24/05/2015 14:14:01
Survival Sunday
Newcastle : 24/05/2015 14:14:01
Newcastle v West Ham - Team Line-Ups
Newcastle : 24/05/2015 14:13:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Which CB do you want in your squad next season?
Suggested By:  
Huth 89%
Wollscheid 11%