He was a "tough, uncompromising full-back". After leaving the game Ritchie worked at Her Majesty Prison Werrington. Ritchie played for Whitley Bay, before joining Portuguese Vale in December 1965.
He was sold to Jimmy Milne"s Preston North End for a £17,500 fee in April 1967.
The "Lambs" finished one place above the Second Division zone in 1967-1968, before rising up to 14th place in 1968-1969. They were relegated in last place in 1969-1970 under the stewardship of Bobby Seith, before new boss Alan Ball took Preston straight up as champions of the Third Division in 1970-1971.
Ritchie scored five goals in 93 league games during his time at Deepdale. Both Ritchie and Gerry Ingram were traded to Bryan Edwards"s Bradford City for a £15,000 fee, who were relegated into the Fourth Division in 1971-1972.
He later played in the Northern Premier League for Stafford Rangers.
With Preston North End.