Hartlepool Utd legend Ritchie Humphreys’ proud day at Wembley for Chesterfield

Ritchie Humphreys after the final at Wembley
Ritchie Humphreys after the final at Wembley

RITCHIE Humphreys achieved much as a player – most notably playing in the Premier League for Sheffield Wednesday and winning promotions for Hartlepool United.

But there was one thing missing from his CV – Wembley.

The Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final ended in defeat last month to Peterborough, but it remained a proud day for the 37-year-old and the Humphreys family.

“I’ve played professional football for getting on for 20 years and had never been to Wembley,” he told SportMail.

“When I was at Pools we got to the League One play-off final but Wembley was being rebuilt at the time.

“So to get there in the Johnstone’s Paint final was fantastic.

“The result didn’t go the way we would have liked but it was a great occasion.

“It was a tremendous final between two teams who were trying to play football the right way.

“On another day it might have gone our way but it was still a proud moment.”

But one thing drives on Humphreys - the love of crossing the white line every Saturday.

“In football and in life you have ups and downs,” he said.

“It has been an amazing year.

“My son was born, we’ve got to Wembley, we’re going for promotion and I was made PFA chairman.

“But I’m just enjoying still being involved in football and still playing. Hopefully that will continue.”