Richie Pitt

Player of the Day: Ritchie Pitt

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'73 FA Cup winner profiled.

1973 FA Cup winning centre-half Ritchie Pitt made 145 appearances for the Black Cats in a six-year stay on Wearside.

The Ryhope-born defender would have made many more appearances in the red and white stripes only for a knee injury to force him to retire at the age of 24.

Pitt was an England youth international who progressed through the ranks at Sunderland and won the FA Youth Cup in 1969.

Months after the cup win, Pitt made his first-team debut against Coventry City, though; his first chance of first-team football would end badly as Alan Brown’s side suffered relegation from the top-flight.

Pitt became more of an ever-present the following campaign and made 37 appearances over the course of the 1970-71 season, scoring his first goal for the club in a 3-2 win over Blackburn Rovers at Roker Park.

By the time of the 1971-72 campaign, Pitt was one of the first names on the team-sheet and he missed only two games over the course of the season – making 48 appearances.

Pitt began to find goal-scoring form during the campaign, bagging six goals including strikes in wins over Preston North End, Hull City and Luton Town.

Injuries and a loan spell at Arsenal meant that Pitt would not make as many league appearances during the 1972-73 campaign, though; he did play six games in the famous FA Cup run including a sterling performance in the final.

However, Pitt would only play five more games for the Black Cats before an innocuous knock to the knee in a game with Luton Town ended his Sunderland career.

Ritchie became a PE Teacher and worked in the Channel Islands before returning to the north-east.