Baldacchino, Ryan

Winger Ryan Baldacchio was born in Leicester on 31 January 1981. He started his career as a junior with Blackburn Rovers and helped them in 1998 to the FA Youth Cup final losing to Everton and to Under 17 Premier League championship 1999. He turned professional Ewood Park in August 2000 and played for Wolves Reserves against Rotherham United on 28 January 2001 in a Central League (Premier Division) fixture. He then signed for Bolton Wanderers and became a regular in the Reserve team but wanting first team football on a regular bases signed for Carlisle United in August 2002. He stayed at Brunton Park and made 31 appearances then signed for Scottish Third Division team Gretna. By the time he left Gretna in May 2008 he had helped them in to the Scottish Premier with three promotions in three seasons. He is one of only four players to play for Gretna in four division’s with the others being Kenny Deuchar, Gavin Skelton and Chris Innes. He was sent-off once for Gretna against Stirling Albion in August 2005 and scored in their UEFA Cup second leg fixture at Derry City. He made 112 appearances netting 16 goals before their demise in 2008. In November 2007 he had a loan spell with Ayr United making five appearances and in May 2008 he signed for Australian’s Victoria’s state team Melbourne’s Altona Magic. In March 2009 he was training with Greenock Morton and played in a fixture against Dumbarton. He has gone on to play for Bonnyrigg White Eagles, Forest Hill Milford Utd and Hume City. Due to his Grandfather being from Santa Venera, Ryan is of Maltese descent.