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03. Liam RIDEHALGH

Position: Defender

Signed (From): 2013 (Huddersfield Town)

Debut: vs. Port Vale (28/09/13)

Former Clubs: Huddersfield Town, Swindon Town (loan), Chesterfield (loan), Rotherham United (loan)

TRFC Achievements: National League Play-off Finalist 2016-17, National League Play-off Winner 2017-18, League Two Play-off Winner 2018-19

A graduate of the Huddersfield Town youth system, Liam made his professional debut against Charlton Athletic on 28th August 2010. After an impressive start to his career at Huddersfield he suffered from a lack of consistent playing time and was sent on loan to various clubs between 2011 and 2014.

A short-term stay at Swindon, a two-spell relationship with Chesterfield and a temporary arrangement at Rotherham United preceded a final loan spell, this time to Tranmere, in 2013. His performances for then boss Ronnie Moore were enough to gain a permanent transfer to Rovers that summer and he has been a part of the squad ever since.

After a 2016-17 season in which Liam made 42 appearances, including scoring the seventh goal in an astonishing 9-0 victory against Solihull Moors and an appearance at Wembley in the 2017 National League Play-off final, he was offered a new contract at Tranmere by Micky Mellon. He signed a new 2-year deal on 22nd May 2017 that would keep him at the Club until the summer of 2019.

With the departure of Jake Kirby at the end of the 2017-18 season, Liam became the longest-serving player within the current squad. It is, however, just one second of that tenure (or any future years) for which Liam is most likely to be remembered.

Ridehalgh was sent off after just 47 seconds of the 2018 National League Play-off final against Boreham Wood, the catalyst for his teammates' 10-man heroics for the remaining 89-plus minutes. Despite this, his contribution to the promotion should not be underestimated, his 41 appearances making him a key component of the Tranmere defence.

As the only member of the 2019-20 squad that played in League One for Tranmere prior to their 2013-14 relegation, Liam's Tranmere journey came full circle in 2018-19. He played 25 matches, including the 2018-19 League Two Play-off Final, as Tranmere returned to League One after a 5-year absence by beating Newport County 0-1 after extra time.

Ridehalgh signed a new 2-year contract on 18th June 2019, completing his own personal return to League One in 2019-20.

Interesting Fact: Liam was sent off after just 32 minutes of his Tranmere debut against Port Vale.