Rohan Ricketts, born December 22nd 1982, started his professional football career with Arsenal, where he won the FA Youth Cup in 2000 & 2001. In 2002, after making his Arsenal debut against Manchester United in the League Cup, Ricketts joined Tottenham Hotspur, becoming only the 4th ever player to make the switch between the north London rivals.
After spending three seasons at Spurs under managers Glenn Hoddle, Jaques Santini and Martin Jol respectively, Ricketts rejoined Glenn Hoddle by signing for Wolverhampton Wanderers. He spent two seasons there under Hoddle and then Mick McCarthy before moving on to Barnsley FC in the Championship in the summer of 2007.
In 2008 Ricketts joined Toronto FC, quickly becoming a fans’ favourite with the Toronto faithful. Rohan grew into somewhat of an ambassador for Toronto FC, participating in various community events and charity work, both for the club and independently. This resulted in a lot of magical moments for Rohan. David Miller, Mayor of Toronto, saw Rohan’s off-the-pitch work as a good example of a role model within the city.
During Rohan’s spell in Toronto, he developed his media career. He appeared as a guest on various networks such as TSN, The Score and Sportsnet. He also made a number of radio appearances – and was given a co-host role for a World Cup show – with The Score. Rohan is now writing a regular column for Fan590 and Sabotage Times. Both have given Rohan the platform to express his thoughts to the public in an articulate, unique and honest way.
In late 2009, Rohan left Toronto due to a change of management and direction for the club. He was keen to return to Europe and test himself again. Shortly after leaving Toronto, he had brief spells in Hungary, Moldova and in 2010/11 season he played in Germany for SV Wilhelmshaven.
From Germany he joined Shamrock Rovers in the summer of 2011 and played a significant role in them winning the League and playing in the Europa League.
Now back in the UK he is training hard while searching for his next club.
The brainchild of Rohan Ricketts, Column 10 is an online magazine like no other. See a whole host of articles, audio and video content from a truly global connection of aspiring journalists, talented writers, bloggers and more established names in the industry. Publishing daily on a whole host of subjects, be the first to read the works of budding new journalists and old favourites. Column 10 was created through the collaboration of contributors who came together via Twitter.
Rohan was inspired by the column he wrote for the Sabotage Times, ‘Diary Of A Pro Footballer’. Writing for the online site introduced him to a wide range of contacts and put him in direct conversation with his readers. Now he wants to pass that opportunity on to others.