Ricketts began his career at Oxford United, making 35 first team appearances (with a further 13 as substitute) in all competitions and scoring one goal. During his time at Oxford United he had a brief spell on loan at Nuneaton Borough before being released from his professional contract to sign for Conference National side Telford United in the summer of 2003. His form for Telford led him to be selected for the England non-League XI that season.
Telford went out of business at the end of the 2003'04 season, and Swansea manager Kenny Jackett swooped for Ricketts, offering him a return to the Football League. Ricketts joined Swansea City on 27 May 2004. Ricketts made such an impact in his first season with Swansea that John Toshack handed him his first Welsh cap on 9 February 2005 in a match against Hungary. Although born in England, Ricketts is qualified to play for Wales through his Welsh grandmother.
Hull City manager Phil Parkinson signed Ricketts from Swansea City on 14 July 2006 for a fee of £300,000 (triggering a minimum fee release clause in his contract with the Swans). In all competitions, to the end of the 2005'06 season, Ricketts had made 103 appearances for Swansea (with one further substitute appearance) and had scored three goals. His goals coming in the Football League Trophy against Luton, against Doncaster Rovers in the league, and in the 2006 League One Play Off semi final 1st leg against Brentford.
Ricketts made a good start to his Hull career, playing every minute of Hull's first ten games. However, he broke his cheekbone in the tenth game ' a win against Hartlepool United. The injury required an operation, and Ricketts was ruled out for several weeks. He made a full appearance in the Championship play-off final victory over Bristol City, taking Hull City to the Premier League for the first-time in the club's 104 year existence. He scored his first and what turned out to be only goal for Hull against Southend United in March 2007.
On 23 July 2009, Hull City accepted a bid believed to be in the region of £2 million for Sam Ricketts from Bolton Wanderers.
On 25 July 2009, Bolton Wanderers confirmed Ricketts had signed a three-year deal at the Reebok Stadium for an undisclosed fee. He made his debut in a 1'0 loss to Sunderland on 15 August and has since played in every defensive position for the club. Ricketts snapped his Achilles tendon in a FA Cup Replay against Wigan Athletic on 16 February 2011. He made his return from said injury, where he also scored his first Bolton goal, in the 1'1 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 31 December 2011 almost 11 months after sufferring the injury. Ricketts' contract expired at the end of the 2011-12 season but, despite Bolton being relegated from the Premier League, he signed a new two-year deal with the club in the summer of 2012.
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|Date of Birth:||11/10/1981|
|Place of Birth:||Aylesbury, England.|
|Current Club:||Bolton Wanderers|
|Former Clubs:||Oxford United, Nuneaton Borough (Loan), Telford United, Swansea City, Hull City|
|First Cap:||Hungary 2004-05.|
|Age at First Cap:||23 years 121 days|
|Domestic Club :||Bolton Wanderers|
|Eligibility :||Welsh Grandmother|
|1st Cap :||Hungary 2004-05.|
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|INt. No: :||639.|