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8 January 2015

Learn more about loan signing Liam Ridgewell with our 10 facts feature.

  • Learn more about new loan signing.
  • Defender joins on loan from MLS side Portland Timbers.
  • First signing for Malky Mackay.
1. The 30-year-old defender was born in Bexley Heath, the same district of South East London as former midfielder Jimmy Bullard.

2. Made his professional debut on 13 October 2002 aged 18 whilst on loan at AFC Bournemouth.  Came on as an 89th minute substitute against Hartlepool United, up against one-time Latics loanee Tommy Widdrington.

3. In his formative years, Ridgewell represented England Under 19s once, before playing eight times for the Under 21s.

4. Met Latics for the first time on 22 October 2005 as an Aston Villa player.  An Aaron Hughes own goal and a goal from Alan Mahon saw Latics win 2-0 at Villa Park.

5. Ridgewell has played for three Midlands based clubs, Aston Villa (2001-2007), Birmingham City (2007-2012) and West Bromwich Albion (2012-2014).

6. The defender has faced Latics 11 times whilst with those three clubs, scoring three goals (one for Villa and two for Birmingham).

7. Won the League Cup with Birmingham in 2011 as a team mate of former Latics man Jean Beausejour.

8. Joined Portland Timbers in June 2014, making an impact by scoring after a 45-yard solo run against New England Revolution.

9. Ridgewell has made 15 appearances for Portland Timbers, scoring twice.

10. Played in the 2014 MLS All Stars game against Bayern Munich, coming on as a half time substitute in a 2-1 victory.

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