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Ritchie John Humphreys (born 30 November 1977) is an English professional footballer who plays for League One club Chesterfield, where he also serves as a coach. He is chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) and holds a UEFA A Licence coaching qualification.
Humphreys started his career with Premier League side Sheffield Wednesday in 1996. Whilst with the club, he was loaned out to Scunthorpe United and Cardiff City. He also won five caps for England at under-20 and under-21 levels. He left the club in 2001 and joined Cambridge United for a short period, after which he joined Hartlepool United. He joined Port Vale on loan in 2006. He left Hartlepool in July 2013, and moved on to Chesterfield. Whilst at Chesterfield in 2014 he appeared at Wembley in the final of the Football League Trophy and helped the club to the League Two title in 2013–14.
In 12 seasons with Hartlepool he made a club record 544 appearances, and picked up numerous club awards, including two Player of the Year awards from fans, one Player of the Year award from his teammates, as well as the award for Player of the Decade (2000s). He was also recognised at regional and national levels, being named on the PFA Team of the Year twice, and recognised as the North East League Player of the Year in 2006. He helped the club win promotion out of the fourth tier in 2002–03, and again in 2006–07. However he suffered play-off heartbreak with the club on three separate occasions.Close