Riccy Scimeca

Date of birth13 June 1975
Place of birthLeamington Spa
NationalityEnglish
Weight80 kg
Height1.85 m
PositionDefender/Midfielder

Having lost the Nottingham Forest captain's armband to Chris Bart-Williams at the start of 2000-01, Riccy went on to retain his first-team place for most of the campaign.

However manager David Platt never seemed sure of his best position and he was tried at full back, in the centre of the defence, and in central midfield before eventually settling on the right-hand side of midfield.

A versatile player with good skills on the ball, the constant changing of roles seemed to affect his confidence somewhat.

Riccy retired in December 2009 due to a groin injury.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Aston Villa 07 Jul 1993 23 Jul 1999
Nottingham Forest 23 Jul 1999 24 Jun 2003
Leicester City 24 Jun 2003 18 May 2004
West Bromwich Albion 18 May 2004 13 Jan 2006
Cardiff City 13 Jan 2006 17 Dec 2009

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1995-96 Aston Villa FA Cup 2
1995-96 Aston Villa League Cup 1
2
1995-96 Aston Villa Premier League 7
10
1
1996-97 Aston Villa FA Cup 3
1996-97 Aston Villa League Cup 1
1
1996-97 Aston Villa Premier League 11
6
1
1997-98 Aston Villa FA Cup 2
1
1997-98 Aston Villa League Cup 1
1997-98 Aston Villa Premier League 16
5
1997-98 Aston Villa UEFA Cup 4
1998-99 Aston Villa FA Cup 2
1998-99 Aston Villa League Cup 1
1998-99 Aston Villa Premier League 16
2
2
3
1998-99 Aston Villa UEFA Cup 1
2
1999-00 Nottingham Forest FA Cup 1
1999-00 Nottingham Forest League Cup 1
2000-01 Nottingham Forest League Division 1 34
2
4
3
2001-02 Nottingham Forest FA Cup 1
2001-02 Nottingham Forest League Cup 2
2001-02 Nottingham Forest League Division 1 35
2
2
2002-03 Nottingham Forest FA Cup 1
2002-03 Nottingham Forest League Cup 2
1
2002-03 Nottingham Forest League Division 1 40
3
4
2002-03 Nottingham Forest League Division 1 Play-Offs 2
2003-04 Leicester City FA Cup 1
2003-04 Leicester City League Cup 1
2003-04 Leicester City Premier League 28
1
1
5
1
2004-05 West Bromwich Albion FA Cup 2
2004-05 West Bromwich Albion League Cup 1
1
2004-05 West Bromwich Albion Premier League 27
6
3
2005-06 Cardiff City League Championship 17
1
1
2
2005-06 West Bromwich Albion League Cup 1
1
2005-06 West Bromwich Albion Premier League 2
2006-07 Cardiff City FA Cup 2
2006-07 Cardiff City League Championship 35
5
1
2007-08 Cardiff City FA Cup
1
2007-08 Cardiff City League Championship 4
5
1
2008-09 Cardiff City FA Cup
1
2008-09 Cardiff City League Championship 2
2
2008-09 Cardiff City League Cup 1
2009-10 Cardiff City League Championship 2
2
2009-10 Cardiff City League Cup 1
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
19 Aug 1995 Aston Villa v Manchester United W 3-1 Premier League
25 Oct 1995 Aston Villa v Stockport County W 2-0 League Cup 3rd round
28 Oct 1995 Aston Villa v Everton W 1-0 Premier League
25 Nov 1995 Manchester City v Aston Villa L 1-0 Premier League
29 Nov 1995 Aston Villa v Queens Park Rangers W 1-0 League Cup 4th round
10 Dec 1995 Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa D 1-1 Premier League
16 Dec 1995 Aston Villa v Coventry City W 4-1 Premier League
23 Dec 1995 Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa L 1-0 Premier League
01 Jan 1996 Middlesbrough v Aston Villa W 0-2 Premier League
06 Jan 1996 Gravesend and Northfleet v Aston Villa W 0-3 FA Cup 3rd round
13 Jan 1996 Manchester United v Aston Villa D 0-0 Premier League
21 Feb 1996 Aston Villa v Arsenal D 0-0
Agg: 2-2
League Cup Semi-final 2nd leg
24 Feb 1996 Wimbledon v Aston Villa D 3-3 Premier League
28 Feb 1996 Aston Villa v Blackburn Rovers W 2-0 Premier League
03 Mar 1996 Liverpool v Aston Villa L 3-0 Premier League
06 Mar 1996 Aston Villa v Sheffield Wednesday W 3-2 Premier League
09 Mar 1996 Aston Villa v Queens Park Rangers W 4-2 Premier League
13 Mar 1996 Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa W 0-1 FA Cup Quarter-final
16 Mar 1996 Sheffield Wednesday v Aston Villa L 2-0 Premier League
08 Apr 1996 Aston Villa v Southampton W 3-0 Premier League
14 Apr 1996 Newcastle United v Aston Villa L 1-0 Premier League
17 Apr 1996 Aston Villa v West Ham United D 1-1 Premier League
21 Aug 1996 Aston Villa v Blackburn Rovers W 1-0 Premier League
04 Sep 1996 Everton v Aston Villa W 0-1 Premier League
19 Oct 1996 Aston Villa v Leeds United W 2-0 Premier League
23 Oct 1996 Leeds United v Aston Villa W 1-2 League Cup 3rd round
23 Nov 1996 Coventry City v Aston Villa W 1-2 Premier League
26 Nov 1996 Wimbledon v Aston Villa L 1-0 League Cup 4th round
30 Nov 1996 Aston Villa v Middlesbrough W 1-0 Premier League
04 Dec 1996 West Ham United v Aston Villa W 0-2 Premier League
07 Dec 1996 Southampton v Aston Villa W 0-1 Premier League
22 Dec 1996 Aston Villa v Wimbledon W 5-0 Premier League
26 Dec 1996 Aston Villa v Chelsea L 0-2 Premier League
28 Dec 1996 Arsenal v Aston Villa D 2-2 Premier League
11 Jan 1997 Aston Villa v Newcastle United D 2-2 Premier League
14 Jan 1997 Notts County v Aston Villa D 0-0 FA Cup 3rd round
18 Jan 1997 Liverpool v Aston Villa L 3-0 Premier League
22 Jan 1997 Aston Villa v Notts County W 3-0 FA Cup 3rd round replay
25 Jan 1997 Derby County v Aston Villa L 3-1 FA Cup 4th round
29 Jan 1997 Aston Villa v Sheffield Wednesday L 0-1 Premier League
01 Feb 1997 Aston Villa v Sunderland W 1-0 Premier League
22 Feb 1997 Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa D 0-0 Premier League
22 Mar 1997 Blackburn Rovers v Aston Villa W 0-2 Premier League
11 May 1997 Aston Villa v Southampton W 1-0 Premier League
23 Aug 1997 Newcastle United v Aston Villa L 1-0 Premier League
27 Aug 1997 Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa L 3-2 Premier League
13 Sep 1997 Barnsley v Aston Villa W 0-3 Premier League
20 Sep 1997 Aston Villa v Derby County W 2-1 Premier League
04 Oct 1997 Bolton Wanderers v Aston Villa W 0-1 Premier League
15 Oct 1997 West Ham United v Aston Villa L 3-0 League Cup 3rd round
18 Oct 1997 Aston Villa v Wimbledon L 1-2 Premier League
21 Oct 1997 Athletic Bilbao v Aston Villa D 0-0 UEFA Cup 2nd round 1st leg
26 Oct 1997 Arsenal v Aston Villa D 0-0 Premier League
01 Nov 1997 Aston Villa v Chelsea L 0-2 Premier League
04 Nov 1997 Aston Villa v Athletic Bilbao W 2-1
Agg: 2-1
UEFA Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
08 Nov 1997 Crystal Palace v Aston Villa D 1-1 Premier League
22 Nov 1997 Aston Villa v Everton W 2-1 Premier League
25 Nov 1997 Steaua Bucuresti v Aston Villa L 2-0 UEFA Cup 3rd round 1st leg
29 Nov 1997 West Ham United v Aston Villa L 2-1 Premier League
26 Dec 1997 Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur W 4-1 Premier League
28 Dec 1997 Leeds United v Aston Villa D 1-1 Premier League
03 Jan 1998 Portsmouth v Aston Villa D 2-2 FA Cup 3rd round
10 Jan 1998 Aston Villa v Leicester City D 1-1 Premier League
14 Jan 1998 Aston Villa v Portsmouth W 1-0 FA Cup 3rd round replay
01 Feb 1998 Aston Villa v Newcastle United L 0-1 Premier League
07 Feb 1998 Derby County v Aston Villa W 0-1 Premier League
14 Feb 1998 Aston Villa v Coventry City L 0-1 FA Cup 5th round
18 Feb 1998 Aston Villa v Manchester United L 0-2 Premier League
21 Feb 1998 Wimbledon v Aston Villa L 2-1 Premier League
28 Feb 1998 Aston Villa v Liverpool W 2-1 Premier League
03 Mar 1998 Atlético Madrid v Aston Villa L 1-0 UEFA Cup Quarter-final 1st leg
11 Apr 1998 Coventry City v Aston Villa W 1-2 Premier League
25 Apr 1998 Aston Villa v Bolton Wanderers L 1-3 Premier League
15 Aug 1998 Everton v Aston Villa D 0-0 Premier League
23 Aug 1998 Aston Villa v Middlesbrough W 3-1 Premier League
09 Sep 1998 Aston Villa v Newcastle United W 1-0 Premier League
12 Sep 1998 Aston Villa v Wimbledon W 2-0 Premier League
15 Sep 1998 Aston Villa v Strømsgodset IF W 3-2 UEFA Cup 1st round 1st leg
29 Sep 1998 Strømsgodset IF v Aston Villa W 0-3
Agg: 2-6
UEFA Cup 1st round 2nd leg
20 Oct 1998 Celta Vigo v Aston Villa W 0-1 UEFA Cup 2nd round 1st leg
28 Oct 1998 Chelsea v Aston Villa L 4-1 League Cup 3rd round
21 Dec 1998 Charlton Athletic v Aston Villa W 0-1 Premier League
26 Dec 1998 Blackburn Rovers v Aston Villa L 2-1 Premier League
28 Dec 1998 Aston Villa v Sheffield Wednesday W 2-1 Premier League
02 Jan 1999 Aston Villa v Hull City W 3-0 FA Cup 3rd round
09 Jan 1999 Middlesbrough v Aston Villa D 0-0 Premier League
18 Jan 1999 Aston Villa v Everton W 3-0 Premier League
23 Jan 1999 Aston Villa v Fulham L 0-2 FA Cup 4th round
30 Jan 1999 Newcastle United v Aston Villa L 2-1 Premier League
06 Feb 1999 Aston Villa v Blackburn Rovers L 1-3 Premier League
17 Feb 1999 Aston Villa v Leeds United L 1-2 Premier League
21 Feb 1999 Wimbledon v Aston Villa D 0-0 Premier League
27 Feb 1999 Aston Villa v Coventry City L 1-4 Premier League
10 Mar 1999 Derby County v Aston Villa L 2-1 Premier League
13 Mar 1999 Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa L 1-0 Premier League
21 Mar 1999 Aston Villa v Chelsea L 0-3 Premier League
16 May 1999 Arsenal v Aston Villa L 1-0 Premier League


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1995-96 England UEFA Under-21 1
1996-97 England UEFA Under-21 4
1997-98 England B International 1
1997-98 England UEFA Under-21 4


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
02 Sep 1995 Portugal v England L 2-0 UEFA Under-21 Group 6
31 Aug 1996 Moldova v England W 0-2 UEFA Under-21 Group 2
08 Oct 1996 England v Poland D 0-0 UEFA Under-21 Group 2
08 Nov 1996 Georgia v England W 0-1 UEFA Under-21 Group 2
12 Feb 1997 England v Italy W 1-0 UEFA Under-21 Group 2
09 Sep 1997 England v Moldova W 1-0 UEFA Under-21 Group 2
10 Oct 1997 Italy v England W 0-1 UEFA Under-21 Group 2
13 Nov 1997 Greece v England L 2-0 UEFA Under-21 Play-off
17 Dec 1997 England v Greece W 4-2 UEFA Under-21 Group
10 Feb 1998 England v Chile L 1-2 B International


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.