Richard Cresswell

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Richard Cresswell
Richard Cresswell 03-08-2013 1.jpg
Cresswell playing for York City in 2013
Personal information
Full name Richard Paul Wesley Cresswell[1]
Date of birth (1977-09-20) 20 September 1977 (age 37)[1]
Place of birth Bridlington, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1991–1995 York City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1999 York City 95 (21)
1997 Mansfield Town (loan) 5 (1)
1999–2000 Sheffield Wednesday 31 (2)
2000–2001 Leicester City 8 (0)
2001 Preston North End (loan) 11 (2)
2001–2005 Preston North End 176 (46)
2005–2007 Leeds United 38 (9)
2007–2010 Stoke City 75 (11)
2009–2010 Sheffield United (loan) 9 (2)
2010–2013 Sheffield United 115 (25)
2013 York City (loan) 5 (2)
2013 York City 6 (0)
Total 574 (121)
National team
1999 England U21 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Richard Paul Wesley Cresswell (born 20 September 1977) is an English former professional footballer who played primarily as a striker but could also play as a winger.

Cresswell started his career with York City in their youth system, making his first team debut in 1996. Having scored 19 goals for York in the 1998–99 season he signed for FA Premier League team Sheffield Wednesday in 1999. After their relegation the following year he joined Leicester City of the FA Premier League, but was loaned to First Division side Preston North End in 2001 and played for them in the 2001 Football League First Division play-off Final. He signed for Preston permanently in the summer. He had four full seasons with Preston, scoring a career best 21 goals in the 2004–05 season, which culminated in defeat in the 2005 Football League Championship play-off Final.

He signed for Championship rivals Leeds United in 2005. He had a number of knee injuries while with Leeds and following their relegation to League One in 2007 was signed by Stoke City. With Stoke he won promotion to the Premier League as Championship runners-up, with Cresswell scoring 12 goals in the 2007–08 season. He spent one full season in the Premier League with Stoke before signing for Championship side Sheffield United on loan in 2009, before signing permanently in 2010. United were relegated to League One in 2011, and Cresswell played in their defeat in the 2012 Football League One play-off Final. He was made player-coach at the club in 2012 before rejoining his first club York City in 2013, initially on loan.

Club career[edit]

York City[edit]

Cresswell was born in Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire to George and Denise.[2] He started playing for Bridlington Rangers at the age of eight before joining the York City youth system aged 14 in 1991.[3][4] Having been top scorer for the Northern Intermediate League team for three consecutive seasons, he signed a professional contract on 15 November 1995 and made his first team debut away to Brentford in a 2–0 defeat on 20 January 1996.[1][3] He first scored for York with the second goal of a 2–2 draw away at Bradford City on 2 March 1996.[5] This proved to be his only goal in his debut first team season, in which he made 17 appearances.[5]

Having failed to score in 22 appearances for York in the 1996–97 season, Cresswell joined Third Division side Mansfield Town on loan on 27 March 1997, making his debut in a 0–0 draw away to Exeter City on 29 March.[6][7] He scored his first and only goal for Mansfield in a 1–0 win away to Rochdale on 5 April 1997, before finishing the loan with five appearances.[7] He scored four goals in 30 games for York in 1997–98,[8] and during this season he was barracked by a small section of the York support.[2][9]

Cresswell admitted he had not made the impact he had hoped to in the York first team, but ahead of the 1998–99 season said "I've had some stick from a small number of fans, but hopefully I can prove them wrong. I will prove them wrong. This a big season for me. I want to do it for York City. I want to do it for myself."[9] After a positive start to the season, Cresswell attracted attention from other clubs, with a number of scouts attending matches to watch him play.[10] Manager Alan Little claimed some clubs were making illegal approaches for the player, and that this was having a detrimental effect on his performances.[11] Preston North End manager David Moyes claimed his club had a bid of more than £500,000 for Cresswell rejected, while York chairman Douglas Craig rejected this, saying a formal offer had not been received from any club.[12] He was York's top scorer in the 1998–99 season with 19 goals from 42 appearances.[13]

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

He made a move to FA Premier League side Sheffield Wednesday on a four-year contract on 25 March 1999,[2] with the £950,000 fee being the highest received for a York player.[14] On his transfer, Cresswell said: "This move is no disrespect to York, it's just that I have always wanted to play at a much bigger club and as high as possible".[2] Manager Danny Wilson described Cresswell as "one for the future" after admitting the player "is not the striker people may perceive as the big one we were chasing".[15] His debut came in Wednesday's 2–1 home defeat to Coventry City on 3 April 1999, before scoring his first goal with an 87th minute winner at home to Liverpool in a 1–0 win on 8 May.[16] He finished the 1998–99 season with one goal in seven games for Wednesday.[16] Cresswell completed the 1999–2000 season with two goals in 25 appearances, having been given few opportunities in the team, as Wednesday were relegated to the First Division.[17][18]

Leicester City[edit]

Cresswell struggled to establish himself at Wednesday under manager Paul Jewell early in the 2000–01 season,[19] before he resumed playing in the FA Premier League after signing for Leicester City on 1 September 2000 for a fee of £750,000.[1][18] Leicester were managed by Peter Taylor, who previously worked with Cresswell previously in the England under-21 team.[19] He made his debut in their 1–1 draw at home to Red Star Belgrade in the UEFA Cup on 14 September 2000.[20] He scored once in 13 appearances for Leicester, his goal coming against former club York in a 3–0 home win in the FA Cup third round on 6 January 2001,[20] having failed to establish himself in the team.[21]

Preston North End[edit]

Cresswell joined First Division club Preston North End on loan for the remainder of the 2000–01 season on 10 March 2001 and scored five minutes into his debut, a 2–0 win at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers on 14 March.[20][22] He came on as an 82nd minute substitute in their 3–0 defeat to Bolton Wanderers in the 2001 Football League First Division play-off Final at the Millennium Stadium on 28 May 2001.[20] After scoring two goals in 14 appearances he signed for Preston permanently on a four-year contract for a fee of £500,000 on 14 July 2001.[20][23]

Cresswell was Preston's top scorer in his first two permanent seasons with Preston, scoring 15 goals in 44 appearances in 2001–02 and scoring 16 in 46 games in 2002–03.[24][25] He was also named Preston's Player of the Year for the 2001–02 season.[26] He received the first red card of his career in Preston's 4–1 defeat away at Coventry City on 17 March 2004 after he was judged to have kicked out at opponent player Calum Davenport, although both managers later admitted David Healy was the culprit.[27][28] He scored three goals in 47 appearances in the 2003–04 season.[27]

Cresswell drew praise from manager Billy Davies during the 2004–05 season, "Richard is very capable of that and it is important that we keep creating chances for Cressy as we know that he will put the ball in the back of the net", although he admitted the team were over reliant on Cresswell's goals.[29] He enjoyed his best goal return in the 2004–05 season, top scoring for Preston with 21 goals in 52 games.[30] This helped Preston reach the 2005 Football League Championship play-off Final, where they were beaten 1–0 by West Ham United at the Millennium Stadium.[30] Cresswell played poorly in the first half, but had a number of chances on goal during the second half.[31][32]

Leeds United[edit]

Cresswell playing for Leeds United in 2005

Cresswell was bought by Championship rivals Leeds United on a four-year contract on 24 August 2005 for a fee of £1.15 million, after rivals Sheffield United had a £1 million bid accepted.[33] After the signing was completed, manager Kevin Blackwell said "To get a player of Cresswell's quality is amazing", while Cresswell cited his desire to win automatic promotion with Leeds.[33] He first found the net with two goals in Leeds' League Cup 2–0 away victory against Rotherham United on 20 September 2005.[34] However, Cresswell suffered knee ligament damage in a match against Derby County eight days later.[35] This injury kept Cresswell out of action for seven weeks, making his return in Leeds' 1–0 defeat away to Wolves on 17 December 2005, and scoring in his second match back against Coventry City in a 3–1 home win on 26 December.[34] Another knee injury picked up during a training session in February 2006 kept him out of the team until he entered Leeds' 1–1 draw with former club Preston in the Championship play-off semi-final first leg as a 78th minute substitute on 5 May 2006.[34][36] However, he was sent off in the 2–0 win in the second leg, meaning he was suspended for the 2006 Football League Championship play-off Final, which Leeds lost 3–0 to Watford at the Millennium Stadium.[34][37][38] He finished the 2005–06 season with 21 appearances and seven goals.[34]

Having damaged his knee ligaments during the play-off semi-final, Cresswell missed the start of the 2006–07 season, making his first appearance in Leeds' 4–0 home defeat to Stoke City on 14 October 2006.[39][40] However, he sustained a knee injury in November 2006, after scoring his first goal of the campaign in Leeds' 3–0 home win over Colchester United on 11 November.[40][41] His return from injury came as a 68th minute substitute in a 2–1 victory at home to Crystal Palace on 10 February 2007.[40] Cresswell scored in successive games against Sheffield Wednesday and Luton Town in March 2007, but Leeds were eventually relegated to League One.[40] He finished the season with four goals in 23 games.[40]

Stoke City[edit]

Leeds were resigned to losing their senior players after going into administration,[42] with Championship side Stoke City signing Cresswell on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee on 2 August 2007, after Hull City had pulled out of a deal after expressing concerns following his medical.[43] He made his debut in a 1–0 win at Cardiff City on 11 August 2007, before scoring in his second appearance with an equaliser during stoppage time of extra time in a 2–2 draw away to Rochdale in the League Cup first round on 14 August, although Stoke lost 4–2 in a penalty shoot-out.[44] He scored the last ever goal at Colchester United's Layer Road ground in a 1–0 win.[45] Cresswell made 46 appearances for Stoke in the 2007–08 season, scoring 12 goals, as the club won promotion the Premier League as Championship runners-up.[44] He was regularly used on the left wing by Stoke manager Tony Pulis, even though his natural position is as a striker.[46] He was quoted as saying he enjoyed playing as a winger, saying "I do my best, and I am quite a fit lad so I get through quite a bit of mileage".[46] During the 2008–09 season Cresswell played on the wing and as a striker,[47][48] featuring in 34 games and scoring one goal.[49]

Sheffield United[edit]

Cresswell playing for Sheffield United in 2011

Having struggled for appearances with Stoke since their promotion to the Premier League, Cresswell joined Championship outfit Sheffield United on a three-month loan on 29 September 2009 and made his debut the same day as a 76th minute substitute against Ipswich Town in a 3–3 home draw.[50][51] Starting the following game he scored a 65th minute equaliser against Doncaster Rovers in a 1–1 draw at home on 3 October 2009.[51] He joined United permanently on a one-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee on 5 January 2010,[52] going on to finish the 2009–10 season as top scorer with 14 goals.[53] He was rewarded with a new three-year contract with the club in June 2010.[54] He scored five goals in 36 games in the 2010–11 season as United were relegated to League One.[55]

With United now in League One, Cresswell formed a striking partnership with Ched Evans, making 51 appearances and scoring 10 goals in 2011–12.[56][57] The club failed to achieve promotion however, being beaten 8–7 in a penalty shoot-out by Huddersfield Town in the 2012 Football League One play-off Final at Wembley Stadium on 26 May 2012, in which Cresswell was substituted for Chris Porter in the 85th minute.[57] As a result of financial circumstances Cresswell and Nick Montgomery were made available for transfer during August 2012, with manager Danny Wilson explaining that "They were both fit, they were left out for financial reasons".[58][59] Towards the end of the transfer window however United agreed a revised deal to change his role to that of player-coach and as such he would be remaining at Bramall Lane for the foreseeable future.[60] On his return to the side, Cresswell came on as a substitute and scored a header in United's 5–3 victory over Bournemouth on 1 September 2012.[61]

Return to York City[edit]

Cresswell rejoined his first club York City, playing in League Two, on a one-month loan on 19 March 2013.[62] He marked his second York debut by scoring a 73rd minute penalty kick on 23 March 2013 away at Torquay United in a 2–1 defeat.[61] He played an important role as York fought against relegation,[63] scoring twice in five appearances,[61] before being recalled by new United caretaker manager Chris Morgan on 15 April 2013.[64] In July 2013 new United manager David Weir stated that Cresswell would be leaving the club,[65] before he signed for York permanently on a one-year contract on 16 July 2013.[66] His first appearance after signing permanently came in the first game of the 2013–14 season, a 1–0 home win over Northampton Town on 3 August 2013.[67] Cresswell retired from playing on 5 December 2013, as a result of an eye complaint and a knee injury.[68] He made eight appearances for York in the 2013–14 season.[67]

International career[edit]

Cresswell was called up to the England national under-21 team while with York, making his debut in a 2–1 home victory over France in a friendly on 9 February 1999.[69] He continued to play for the under-21s after joining Wednesday, and scored his first goal for them in a 3–0 home win over Sweden in a 2000 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification match on 4 June 1999.[69][70] Cresswell finished his under-21 career with four caps and one goal.[69]

Post-playing career[edit]

Cresswell returned to York as a commercial, academy and community development consultant in April 2014, having previously intended to pursue a career in coaching.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Cresswell married his wife Zoe at Christ Church, Bridlington in June 2003, with former York City teammate Jonathan Greening being his joint best man.[71] He took part in a 170 mile bike ride during 2012 to raise money for a charity which helps children with Dravet's syndrome, after his twin nieces were diagnosed with the disorder.[72]

Career statistics[edit]

Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
York City 1995–96[5] Second Division 16 1 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 17 1
1996–97[6] Second Division 17 0 1 0 3 0 1[a] 0 22 0
1997–98[8] Second Division 26 4 2 0 1 0 1[a] 0 30 4
1998–99[13] Second Division 36 16 3 3 2 0 1[a] 0 42 19
Total 95 21 6 3 6 0 4 0 111 24
Mansfield Town (loan) 1996–97[7] Third Division 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Sheffield Wednesday 1998–99[16] FA Premier League 7 1 0 0 0 0 7 1
1999–2000[17] FA Premier League 20 1 3 0 2 1 25 2
2000–01[20] First Division 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 31 2 3 0 2 1 36 3
Leicester City 2000–01[20] FA Premier League 8 0 2 1 1 0 2[b] 0 13 1
Preston North End (loan) 2000–01[20] First Division 11 2 0 0 0 0 3[c] 0 14 2
Preston North End 2001–02[73] First Division 40 12 2 2 2 1 44 15
2002–03[74] First Division 42 16 0 0 4 0 46 16
2003–04[27] First Division 45 2 1 1 1 0 47 3
2004–05[30] Championship 46 16 0 0 3 4 3[d] 1 52 21
2005–06[34] Championship 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 187 48 3 3 10 5 6 1 206 57
Leeds United 2005–06[34] Championship 16 5 2 0 1 2 2[d] 0 21 7
2006–07[40] Championship 22 4 0 0 1 0 23 4
Total 38 9 2 0 2 2 2 0 44 11
Stoke City 2007–08[44] Championship 43 11 2 0 1 1 46 12
2008–09[49] Premier League 30 0 0 0 4 1 34 1
2009–10[51] Premier League 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
Total 75 11 2 0 6 2 83 13
Sheffield United (loan) 2009–10[51] Championship 9 2 1 1 0 0 10 3
Sheffield United 2009–10[51] Championship 22 10 2 1 0 0 24 11
2010–11[55] Championship 35 5 0 0 1 0 36 5
2011–12[57] League One 42 9 4 0 2 1 3[e] 0 51 10
2012–13[61] League One 16 1 3 0 0 0 1[f] 0 20 1
Total 124 27 10 2 3 1 4 0 141 30
York City (loan) 2012–13[61] League Two 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
York City 2013–14[67] League Two 6 0 1 0 0 0 1[f] 0 8 0
Total 11 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 13 2
Career total 574 121 29 9 30 11 2 0 17 1 652 142
  1. ^ a b c d Appearance in Associate Members' Cup
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Cup
  3. ^ Appearances in First Division play-offs
  4. ^ a b Appearances in Championship play-offs
  5. ^ One appearance in Football League Trophy, two in League One play-offs
  6. ^ a b Appearance in Football League Trophy

Honours[edit]

Stoke City

Individual

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