Arriving at Boro’ on loan from West Ham in February 2002, Louis Riddle was a tricky left-sided player that could play in defence or midfield. One of a few players that stood out for the better as we dallied near the foot of the table, Riddle made 17 appearances for Boro’ across two spells at the club; 12 of which came during the 2002-3 campaign.
Riddle was a member of a West Ham FA Youth Cup-winning side that included the likes of Joe Cole and Michael Carrick. But he wasn’t quite ready for action there. So, West Ham had the hard choice – to keep the player or not. In the end they didn’t, and he we snapped him up.
Riddle’s second spell with us came after West Ham released him; allowing us to come in and sign him up on a permanent deal. It looked as if he’d be an asset to many sides in the Conference. With good pace and a decent left peg, he could play in a range of positions. There were also signs of skill and trickery, which always goes down well with Boro’ fans.
Author: Scott ‘Sooty’ Taylor