Date of birth
N may stand for Newman, but it must also represent no-nonsense in this particular case. Ricky Newman was the epitome of the battle-hardened midfield powerhouse, capable of playing at full-back or in the middle of a back four, but most comfortable flying into tackles in the middle of the park.
Newman began his career at Crystal Palace as a junior before moving on to Maidstone on loan and then a £500,000 move to Millwall.
He made the majority of his first team appearances at Millwall between 1995 and 2000, in total there were 144 league starts, with six more as a substitute. He netted five times in this period, his first coming as part of a 2-1 victory over Burnley in the 1996/97 season.
In March 2000, Newman moved out on loan to Reading until the end of the season, and his spell with the Royals was short but successful.
His Madejski Stadium debut came in our 2-0 win against Jason Roberts’ Bristol Rovers and in April 2000 he scored his first goal for the Royals – the winner in a 2-1 victory at Notts County.
After signing for Alan Pardew permanently that summer, he went on to make 130 appearances for the club, scoring just one more goal in our 2-2 FA Cup draw at York City in December 2000.
After a change of management, Newman was released by Steve Coppell in 2005, he signed for former Royals coach Martin Allen’s Brentford before ending his professional playing days with Aldershot Town whom he helped regain Football League status in 2008.