|Full name||Mark Geoffrey Crossley|
|Date of birth||16 June 1969|
|Place of birth||Barnsley, England|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Current club||Sheffield Wednesday
(Academy Goalkeeping Coach)
|1990||→ Manchester United (loan)||0||(0)|
|1998||→ Millwall (loan)||14||(0)|
|2002||→ Stoke City (loan)||1||(0)|
|2003||→ Stoke City (loan)||11||(0)|
|2006–2007||→ Sheffield Wednesday (loan)||17||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
As a player he was a goalkeeper from 1988 until 2011 and he has previously played for numerous clubs in England's top flight, notably for Nottingham Forest, where he became the only goalkeeper to stop a Matthew Le Tissier penalty kick. He has also played for Manchester United, Milwall, Middlesbrough, Stoke City, Fulham, Sheffield Wednesday, Oldham Athletic and Chesterfield. He earned 8 international caps playing for Wales between 1997 and 2004.
Crossley was born in Barnsley and began his career with Nottingham Forest in 1987 as a trainee. He started the 1988–89 season as fourth choice but Hans Segers and Paul Crichton were transferred in quick succession to Wimbledon and Grimsby Town respectively, and when Steve Sutton fell ill, Crossley found himself thrust into the first team, playing in league wins over Liverpool and Newcastle United and a League Cup win over Coventry City before Sutton's return. He had a loan spell at Manchester United during the 1989–90 season but was never selected for the first team, although he played several games for the reserves. He had 2 spells in Forest's team, firstly when Sutton was injured and later when Sutton suffered a loss of form.
He was a huge favourite with the fans, despite being prone to occasional mistakes, and made over 300 appearances in thirteen years with the club, becoming first-choice 'keeper at the start of the 1990–91 season. This was strengthened by Steve Sutton's move to Derby County in 1992. Crossley played in the 1991 FA Cup Final loss to Tottenham Hotspur. He missed a run of games including the Full Members Cup and Football League Cup finals against Southampton and Manchester United respectively due to a breach of club rules. Andrew Marriott wore the gloves in his place, although Crossley regained his place for the next league game after the second final. He also has the dubious distinction of scoring the first Premier League own goal, in Forest's 4–1 defeat at Blackburn Rovers on 5 September 1992.
He was granted a testimonial match during the 1999–2000 season by Nottingham Forest, which was played in front of 15,000 supporters. During that season, Crossley found himself on the bench numerous times, playing second choice 'keeper to Dave Beasant. He was finally released from Forest, in 2000 as the club's financial troubles required them to reduce the wage bill.
Crossley joined Middlesbrough on a free transfer to provide competition as well as cover for the number one spot at the club. He made seven appearances in the 2000–01 season, but was sent off against Arsenal in November 2000, and did not play again for the rest of the season. He played 18 more games in the 2001–02 season. He was loaned out to Stoke City on 29 November 2002 and played against Gillingham the next day. However he was recalled by Boro until he re-joined Stoke towards the end of the 2002–03 season. He played in 11 matches helping the club avoid relegation from the First Division.
Frustrated by not playing many games at Boro, Crossley joined Fulham for £500,000 in 2003 and made his debut against Wigan Athletic at the JJB Stadium on 23 September 2003. He was mainly the second-choice goalkeeper during his time at the club, although he did have more opportunities to play in the first team during the 2005–06 season due to the sale of former number 1 goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar. His finest match that season came when, deputising for the injured Finnish international Antti Niemi, he kept a clean sheet against champions Chelsea in a 1–0 victory, producing many saves as Chelsea piled pressure on late in the game. Before joining Sheffield Wednesday on loan, he was the number 3 'keeper to Niemi and Czech goalkeeper Jan Laštůvka at Fulham.
Former team mate and Sheffield Wednesday manager Brian Laws made Crossley his first signing in November 2006, bringing him in on loan. Crossley impressed, with a string of fine performances and the loan deal was extended to the end of the season. On 23 December 2006, Crossley scored a dramatic late equaliser for Sheffield Wednesday in a 3–3 draw with Southampton at Hillsborough, in his 481st career match, after coming up for a late corner. However Iain Turner was brought in on loan and Crossley returned to Fulham.
After being released by Fulham at the end of the 2006–07 season, Crossley signed for League One side Oldham Athletic. He also took a coaching role at the club. He played most of the games available, despite being injured for 6 games in March.
Crossley signed a one year extension to his current contract, he was contracted at Latics until the end of the 2008–09 season. After the final game of the season, the club reported that he and an assistant coach had parted with the club.
In the summer of 2009 he joined Chesterfield as part of John Sheridan's new coaching team, as well as signing playing terms making him the club's second choice goalkeeper. In February 2011 Crossley announced he would be retiring from football at the end of the 2010–11 season.
In July 2012 Crossley was approached by Birmingham City to become the club's new goalkeeping coach for the 2012–13 season, however the move fell though when Chesterfield could not agree on a compensation fee. Following John Sheridan's dismissal from Chesterfield, Crossley was appointed caretaker manager alongside Tommy Wright. In September 2012, despite having retired from playing in 2011, Crossley was named as an unused substitute in Chesterfield's 2–2 draw at York City, taking the number 26 shirt. He left Chesterfield on 29 April 2013. On 13 August 2013, Crossley joined Sheffield Wednesday as the Owls’ academy goalkeeper coach.
Crossley was a regular in the Welsh international squad, but served as understudy to Neville Southall, and then Paul Jones. He started only eight games. His most memorable moment with the national team was Wales' 4–0 win over Scotland. Prior to representing Wales, Crossley played for the England U21 team in a tournament in Toulon, France, in 1990.
- Sourced from The English National Football Archive
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Nottingham Forest||1988–89||First Division||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||3||0|
|Millwall (loan)||1997–98||Second Division||13||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||13||0|
|Stoke City (loan)||2002–03||First Division||12||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||12||0|
|Sheffield Wednesday (loan)||2006–07||Championship||17||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||19||1|
|Oldham Athletic||2007–08||League One||38||0||5||0||2||0||1||0||46||0|
- A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Anglo-Italian Cup, Full Members Cup, Football League Trophy and UEFA Cup.
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- "Crossley joins Potters". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
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- Crossley extends Owls' loan deal
- "Sheff Wed 3–3 Southampton". BBC. 23 December 2006. Retrieved 16 August 2009.
- Fulham release striker Radzinski
- Oldham recruit veteran Crossley
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- "Birmingham move has fallen through". Nottingham Post. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
- "Chesterfield manager John Sheridan relieved of duties". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
- "York 2-2 Chesterfield". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
- "Chesterfield: Tommy Wright and Mark Crossley leave club". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
- Ingle, Sean. "Please could you name the England U-21 team that played in the Toulon tournament in 1990?". Guardian Knowledge Unlimited. Retrieved 25 June 2012.