Brian Croft

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Brian Croft
Personal information
Full name Brian Graham Alexander Croft
Date of birth (1967-09-27) 27 September 1967 (age 49)
Place of birth Chester, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
1984–1985 Chester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1988 Chester City 59 (3)
1988–1989 Cambridge United 17 (2)
1989 Grantham Town (loan) 7 (1)
1989–1992 Chester City 114 (3)
1992–1995 Queens Park Rangers 0 (0)
1993–1994 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 4 (0)
1995 Blackpool 0 (0)
1995 Torquay United 1 (0)
1995 Southport 0 (0)
1995–1996 Stockport County 3 (0)
1996 Bath City 1 (0)
2000 Chester City 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 January 2008.

Brian Graham Alexander Croft (born 27 September 1967 in Chester, England) is an English retired professional footballer who played as a winger. The majority of his Football League appearances were made for his hometown club Chester City in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Playing career[edit]

Croft joined Chester as a schoolboy, with his debut coming as a 17-year-old substitute away at Peterborough United on 24 August 1985. Although that was to be his only league appearance during Chester's promotion season from Division Four, he started two matches in the Freight Rover Trophy. Croft became much more involved in first team duty in 1986–87 when he featured in 21 league games, scoring his first league goal in a 3–1 win over Bristol Rovers in November 1986. This same period saw several other youngsters such as Chris Lightfoot and Colin Woodthorpe break through the Chester youth ranks and go on to enjoy long professional careers.

Croft opted to drop into Division Four with Cambridge United in October 1988, but after less than a year away he rejoined Chester. During his spell at Cambridge, Croft was loaned out to Grantham Town.

Back at Chester, Croft was to be a regular in the left wing berth over the next three years. In the summer of 1992 he made a surprise £60,000 move to Premier League side Queens Park Rangers, but he was unable to make the first-team over the next three years. His only league action during this period came during a loan spell with Shrewsbury Town, playing four times midway through their 1993–94 Division Three title success.

Croft's final league season was 1995–96, when he had brief spells with Blackpool, Torquay United, Stockport County and non-league sides Southport and Bath City.

In April 1999 Croft returned to Chester as Football in the Community officer.[1] The following March he registered again as a player.[2] However, he was not included in any first-team matches as Chester were relegated out of the Football League. In October 2001 Croft moved to Macclesfield Town, again for a Football in the Community post. [3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Crofty's Back". chester-city.co.uk (see 20 April). 20 April 1999. Archived from the original on 2 December 2007. Retrieved 5 January 2008. 
  2. ^ "New Signings". chester-city.co.uk (see 23 March). 23 March 2000. Archived from the original on 2 December 2007. Retrieved 5 January 2008. 
  3. ^ "Brian Croft". chester-city.co.uk (see 25 October). 25 December 2001. Retrieved 5 January 2008. 

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  • Sumner, Chas (1997). On the Borderline: The Official History of Chester City F.C. 1885–1997. Yore Publications. ISBN 1-874427-52-6. 
  • Hardman, John (2004). Alliance to Conference 1979–2004: The First 25 Years. Tony Williams Publications Ltd. ISBN 1-869833-52-X. 
  • Hugman, Barry (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946–2005. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 1-85291-665-6.