Former Valiant John Ritchie passes away

Former Valiant John Ritchie passes away

OVF has received the sad news that former Valiant John Ritchie passed away on Thursday night.

Ritchie described as a “tough, uncompromising full-back” joined the club in 1965. He became a regular in the side and is remembered by those who saw it for his forty-yard “goal of a lifetime” in a 2–1 win at Bradford City.

He was sold to Preston North End for a fee of £17,500 in 1967 and also had spells with Bradford City and Stafford Rangers.

OVF received the sad news from brother-in-law Norman Cleverley who told OVF: “John just passed away last night. We are all devastated. The club he loved to play for most was Port Vale. He never lost touch with the Vale and attended all the old players reunions. He was also an active charity fundraiser on behalf of the club’s disabled supporters.”

Norman is looking for old pictures of John playing for the Valiants so that he can produce a fitting tribute. OVF will be looking through our own site archives but if you can help provide a picture please contact Rob at

OVF would like to pass on our sincere condolences to all John’s family and friends.

John Ritchie – 1944 to 2012 – Forever Valiant

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