Andy Ritchie joined his hometown club of Manchester United from
school - and was to score a hat-trick against Leeds before being
released from Old Trafford. He built himself a good reputation in
two and a half years at Brighton before a swap deal brought him to
Elland Road with Terry Connor heading in the other direction. He
was always a combative player and he scored his fair share of
goals, and it was a shame to see him move to Oldham in 1987. He
stayed at Oldham as a player for 8 years, spent 18 months with
Scarborough and then returned to Boundary Park where he became the
Although he was nominally only the manager, he still found
himself on the pitch in the LDV Final in 2001, coming on to the
park 42 days beyond his 40th birthday after the squad had been
decimated by illness. After being booted out of Oldham, Andy
returned to Leeds where he is a key man in the Academy setup.
Andy Koziol says: Andy thanks for the fantastic memories at OAFC
all the very very very best at Leeds Utd.
Dave Buckley (ex OAFC) says: I thought Andy was treated
abysmally by Oldham Athletic whom he served so well as both a
player and a manager. I have not been near Boundary Park since this
ludicrous ruthless sacking. All the best at Leeds Andy - I believe
the Leeds youth set up is excellent.
Nick says: Ritchie you are the king!!
Martin Beanlands says: Shared a four pack of John Smith's with
Andy, on the Kings Cross to Leeds train on a Friday afternoon back
in the Mid Eighties (Feb or March 1986 I think?) Andy was on his
way back after failing a medical at Portsmouth, (dodgy knee) I was
one of the first to find out which was exciting when I read it in
the papers over the following weekend. The failing of Portsmouth to
sign Andy came back to haunt Pompy very soon after our meeting, as
if I remember correctly Andy scored twice down at Fratton Park as
Leeds won 3 - 2. Super Leeds!
MW says: I played against him as a schoolboy in 1976. He was
head and shoulders above everyone on the pitch. I have been in the
States for 20 odd years and was just wandering what ever happened