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886 Sam Ricketts


Sam Ricketts was an important part of Phil Parkinson’s Tiger legacy that saw the club elevated to the Premier League a year and a half after he was jettisoned by Paul Duffen. An energetic attacking right back, who could also play down the left, Ricketts was an immediate first team fixture and during his first two seasons he assisted the club in avoiding relegation then crashing through the play-offs and into the Premier League. He played an impressive part in City’s first ever top flight season but by the summer of 2009 Ricketts was on terms that had been penned in different circumstances and he decided to cash in and leave for a superior contract.

Born in Aylesbury to a showjumping family, Ricketts emerged from the Oxford United youth system and made the first team debut a few days before his 19th birthday. However he dropped into the fifth tier in 2003 when he joined Telford United, a setback that kickstarted his career. A year later he signed for Swansea City, two years later he made his move to the KC Stadium.

In July 2009 Ricketts signed for Bolton Wanderers where he spent four years, two in the top flight and two in the Championship. He had some injuries at Bolton and in 2013 he was released and switched to Wolves. After two seasons at Molineux Ricketts had a single further season at Coventry City before ending his playing career. After a period of coaching Sam was appointed Wrexham’s manager in May 2018 and in six months at the helm he took the North Wales side to the top three in the Conference National. In December 2018 he was appointed manager at Shrewsbury Town, struggling at the bottom end of League One, and immediately masterminded an unlikely FA Cup win against Championship big spenders Stoke City.

Although born and raised in England (he played matches for the non-league representative England C side while at Telford) Ricketts was available to the Welsh national team through his grandmother and made his senior debut against Hungary in February 2005. Over 9 seasons he assembled 52 international caps.


Nationality: Wales
Date/Place of Birth: 11 October 1981, Aylesbury
Hull City First Game: 5 August 2006, West Bromwich Albion A (Championship), 24 years, 298 days old
Hull City Final Game: 24 May 2008, Manchester United H (Premier League), 27 years, 225 days old


Oxford United (1999-2003), Nuneaton Borough (2002-2003, loan), Telford United (2003-2004), Swansea City (2004-2006), Hull City (2006-2009), Bolton Wanderers (2009-2013), Wolverhampton Wanderers (2013-2015), Swindon Town (2015, loan), Coventry City (2015-2016)

Hull City Record

Career: 129 apps, 1 goals

Sam Ricketts
2006/0740 (0)12 (0)03 (0)0----
2007/0844 (0)0--1 (1)0--3 (0)0
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Five debuts in 2018/19 season opener

Five new signings made their senior Tigers debut against Aston Villa on 6th August 2018.  They are:

  • Reece Burke (1052)
  • Jordy de Wijs (1053)
  • Todd Kane (1054)
  • Eric Lichaj (1055)
  • David Milinkovic (1056)

Check out their player pages using the player menu above or the All Hull City Players link to the right.

Two more City debuts

Two new players joined the City fold during an ugly 0-5 drubbing at Derby County on 8 September 2017.  Nouha Dicko (player number 1047) started the game up front, while Jackson Irvine (1048) came on as substitute in the second half.

You can look at the details for these players using the player menu above or using the search function.

Nine City debutants in Doncaster cup tie

No fewer than nine City academy players made their debut in the 0-2 defeat in the Carabao Cup against Doncaster tonight.  Seven youngsters made their debuts in the starting XI with a further two coming off the bench.  Midfielder Daniel Batty (pictured) gave a Man of the Match performance.

The players are:

  • Will Annan 1036
  • Daniel Batty 1037
  • Josh Clackstone 1038
  • Brandon Fleming 1039
  • Tyler Hamilton 1040
  • Will Mannion 1041
  • Robbie McKenzie 1042
  • Ellis Barkworth 1043
  • Ben Hinchliffe 1044

Larsson makes City debut

New City signing Sebastian Larsson made his City debut during the Tigers’ impressive 4-1 home win against Burton Albion.  He is City player number 1034.

View his page under the Players menu and make your comments.

Four new signings debut for Hull City

On the first day of the 2017/18 season four new players made their senior competitive debut for the Tigers:

  • Ola Aina (1030)
  • Max Clark (1031)
  • Michael Hector (1032)
  • Ondrej Mazuch (1033)

View their pages under the Players menu and make your comments.