Photo by Peter Robinson

Nantwich Town are delighted to announce the return of former Dabbers defender Ritchie Sutton to the Swansway Stadium in a player/coach role.

The 36-year-old centre-back previously played for the Dabbers in the 2009/10 season, making 40 appearances before being snapped up by Port Vale to step back into professional football.

His early career was spent on loans away from Crewe Alex, where he started as part of their academy. One of those loan teams, Stafford Rangers, signed Sutton up after his release by the Alex in 2007.

Spells at Northwich Victoria and Halifax followed, then after the Dabbers and Vale, over 150 appearances at Mansfield Town as part of the squad that got into the EFL, and 100+ appearances at Tranmere Rovers where he was part of another National League to League Two promotion.

A loan at Barrow, 2 seasons at Morecambe, and 2 more years at Altrincham, have brought him full circle back to the Dabbers.

Speaking on his return, Sutton said:

“It’s an absolute pleasure, being a local lad and living in the area, I’ve always followed their results since I left 12 years ago. I know some great people here, always kept in touch with the chairman and Dave, it feels good and the right thing to be back.”

Manager Dave Cooke said:

“Ritchie lives locally, he’s recently completed his A licence and I think he has the makings of a great manager in future, plus his knowledge of the club from his previous spell and his years in the EFL means he can bring a wealth of experience to the squad.”

Ritchie is wearing our brand new home shirt, to pre-order one for yourself, visit our Club Shop or order online here.

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