Ryan Northmore (born 5 September 1980, in Plymouth, England) is an English former professional football goalkeeper who last played for Conference South side Dorchester Town in 2010. He also played in the Football League for Torquay United, and is the current caretaker manager of Weston-super-Mare in the Conference South.
Northmore began his career as a trainee with Torquay United, having previously been on the books of Plymouth Argyle and Swindon Town. He turned professional in August 1998, making his first team debut away to Gillingham in the Auto-Windscreens Trophy on 7 December 1999. His league debut came on 5 February 2000 in Torquay's 4–0 win at home to Halifax Town after regular keeper, Neville Southall had been injured in the previous league game. Northmore was highly rated by Southall as his understudy, but, when Southall was released at the end of the season, Stuart Jones was signed and took over as first choice keeper. Northmore replaced Jones early in the season and was a regular for the remainder of the season as Torquay struggled to avoid relegation to the Conference. However, Northmore was dropped for the crucial final game of the season, away to Barnet, a game that saw Jones save a penalty and Torquay survive at Barnet's expense.
When Roy McFarland took over as Torquay manager, one of his first signings was Kevin Dearden, whose consistent form kept Ryan on the substitutes bench for most of the season. Leroy Rosenior took over as Torquay manager at the end of the season and Northmore was relegated to third choice keeper after the signing of Jamie Attwell. After his release by the Plainmoor side in October 2002, he became a full-time student at the University of Bath and played for the University side Team Bath in the Western League.
He moved to Conference side Woking in June 2003, but was unable to dislodge another former Torquay keeper Ashley Bayes from the goalkeepers position and was allowed to join Bath City on loan in December 2003 and Yeovil Town on loan in March 2004.
Northmore returned to Team Bath on a free transfer in the 2004 close season, but joined Weston-super-Mare on loan in September 2004. However, Northmore was recalled by Team Bath in December. Later that month Northmore returned to Weston on loan until the end of the season, when he was signed on a permanent basis by Weston. Northmore signed a new contract with Weston in June 2007.
Following his exit from Weston in July 2009, Northmore signed for Dorchester.
Ryan was very popular with his fellow Professionals and shouts such as "Whats the worst that could happen?", "We're proud of you" and "Shower n change" made sure that team morale was always high.Close