Sam & Alex Compton
Age 30 (20 February, 1988) Height 5ft 10in (1.78M)
Previous Club: Dover Athletic Born: Dagenham
Ricky joined BTFC in June 2017 from National League side, Dover Athletic. An established player at National League level, he provides pace and trickery on the left wing. In flying form for the Blues, his performances saw him become the first BTFC player to become an international footballer. In November 2017, appearing for Grenada, he made a goal-scoring debut in a 2-2 draw v Trinidad & Tobago.
Ricky brings electric pace on the left-hand side, has the ability to beat his man, and deliver highly accurate crosses. Although noted for his regular assists, Ricky also offers a goal threat, hitting 11 goals last season, including several spectacular long-range efforts. A team player, with a strong work ethic, he makes a strong contribution to the defensive side of the game when out of possession.
Ricky is a former Arsenal and Charlton Athletic youth player. In 2007, he joined the Chelmsford City academy set-up and progressed into the first XI. In 2009, after a series of impressive performance on the wing, he was voted the club’s young player of the year. During his time with the Clarets, Ricky twice reached the National South play-off semi-finals and the FA Cup 2nd round (2010 and 2011). Over four seasons, he made 92 League appearances, scoring 8 goals, and played alongside, summer 2010 arrival, Billy Bricknell. Although offered new terms, Ricky sought a fresh challenge and left Chelmsford City.
In June 2012, he signed for National South side, Dover Athletic, spending five successful seasons at the Crabble. With 150 appearances for the Whites and 22 goals, every season proved to be eventful. After another unsuccessful play-off in 2012-13, the following season Ricky reached the National League. He fired Dover to victory with two semi-final goals and set up the winner in the Final. During 2014-15, Ricky progressed to the 3rd round of the FA Cup. In a 0-4 reverse v Premier League side, Crystal Palace, Ricky entered the field as a late substitute. After the heartbreak of a narrow defeat in the 2015-16 semi-final play-off and missing out on the play-off places in 2016-17, Ricky accepted an offer from BTFC.
2017-18: League 31 (7) – 5 Goals; Cup 9 (8) – 6 Goals
19 August, 2017: 1-3 v Dulwich Hamlet (A)
23 September, 2017: 1-0 v Tooting & Mitcham (H)