Johnny Crossan

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Johnny Crossan
Personal information
Full name John Andrew Crossan
Date of birth (1938-11-29) 29 November 1938 (age 76)
Place of birth Derry, Northern Ireland
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Inside forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1958 Derry City ? (5)
1958 Coleraine 0 (0)
1958–1959 Bristol City 0 (0)
1959–1961 Sparta Rotterdam 20 (5)
1961–1962 Standard Liège 33 (6)
1962–1965 Sunderland 82 (39)
1965–1967 Manchester City 94 (24)
1967–1970 Middlesbrough 56 (7)
1970–1975 KSK Tongeren 105 (4)
Total 370 + (80 +)
National team
1959 Northern Ireland B 1 (0)
1959–1967 Northern Ireland 24 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

John Andrew Crossan (born 29 November 1938), commonly known as Jobby or Johnny Crossan, is a Northern Irish author, radio sports analyst, entrepreneur, and former football player. His brother Eddie was also a player.

Club career[edit]

Crossan began his career playing for Derry City, where he played as an inside forward. His talent was spotted by several leading English clubs, including Arsenal FC and Sunderland FC. When the latter made a substantial offer, Derry City offered Jobby a payment deal which he rejected, offering his own. When the Sunderland negotiations broke down, Derry City dropped Jobby, who signed for Coleraine. Derry City, still aggrieved by Jobby's actions, reported themselves to the Football League authorities for technical breaches of regulations, thus ensuring that Jobby would face disciplinary action.

In January 1959, a commission of inquiry imposed small fines on Derry and Coleraine, but banned Jobby from all forms of football for life. A partial lifting of the ban was allowed following an appeal, in May 1959 the inside forward signed for Dutch Champions Sparta Rotterdam,[1] where he was first called up to the Northern Ireland squad.

He went from there to Standard Liège, where he played in the semi-final of the European Cup against Real Madrid. In 1963, Jobby returned to football in the UK (following the lifting of his 'life-time' ban) when he was signed by Sunderland, with whom he made it to the old First Division. He then signed for Manchester City who were playing in the old Second Division. As team captain, he helped them make their way into the old First Division, before being sold to Middlesbrough after a loss of form following a car crash and other health problems.

International career[edit]

Internationally, he was capped 24 times by Northern Ireland and scored 10 goals.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Northern Ireland's goal tally first.

# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
1 28 November 1961 Belfast, Northern Ireland  Poland 2–0 UEFA Euro 1964 qualifying
2 20 November 1963 London, UK  England 3–8 1964 British Home Championship
3 29 April 1964 Belfast, Northern Ireland  Uruguay 3–0 Friendly match
4 29 April 1964 Belfast, Northern Ireland  Uruguay 3–0 Friendly match
5 14 October 1964 Belfast, Northern Ireland  Switzerland 1–0 1966 FIFA World Cup qualification
6 17 March 1965 Belfast, Northern Ireland  Netherlands 2–1 1966 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 7 May 1965 Belfast, Northern Ireland  Albania 4–1 1966 FIFA World Cup qualification
8 7 May 1965 Belfast, Northern Ireland  Albania 4–1 1966 FIFA World Cup qualification
9 7 May 1965 Belfast, Northern Ireland  Albania 4–1 1966 FIFA World Cup qualification
10 2 October 1965 Belfast, Northern Ireland  Scotland 3–2 1966 British Home Championship


After his playing days, Jobby had a spell in management and took the top job at League of Ireland club, Sligo Rovers. He resigned soon after.

Media career[edit]

He also commentates for BBC Radio Foyle when they cover Derry City games.


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