Craig Short

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Craig Short
Personal information
Full name Craig Jonathan Short
Date of birth (1968-06-25) 25 June 1968 (age 51)
Place of birth Bridlington, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1986–1987 Pickering Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1989 Scarborough 63 (7)
1989–1992 Notts County 128 (6)
1992–1995 Derby County 118 (9)
1995–1999 Everton 99 (4)
1999–2005 Blackburn Rovers 134 (4)
2005–2007 Sheffield United 23 (0)
2008 Ferencváros 0 (0)
Total 565 (30)
Teams managed
2009–2010 Ferencváros
2010 Notts County
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:56, 22 September 2006 (UTC)

Craig Jonathan Short (born 25 June 1968 in Bridlington, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England) is a former football player who played as a central-defender.

Playing career[edit]

After attending Amotherby primary school and Lady Lumley's School (Pickering) along with his brother Chris, he started his professional career at Pickering Town in the 1986–87 season. In October the following year they moved to Scarborough together, and in June 1989, Notts County together. However, as his brother was dogged by injury, Craig managed to ascend to greater things.

After 4 seasons for Notts County he moved to Derby County at the beginning of the 1992–93 season. He signed for £2.5million – a record for a club outside the top flight, and the highest fee for a defender at the time. He had been subject of a similarly high bid for ambitious Premier League side Blackburn Rovers, but opted to join Derby instead.

He completed more than 100 competitive games for both Derby and his next club, Everton who he joined three seasons later. He left the Merseyside club in 1999, joining Blackburn Rovers for £1.7 million – seven years after they had first tried to buy him.

Short endeared himself to fans as a mainstay in the 2000-01 team which won promotion and established itself back in the top flight.

However, he missed the 2002 League Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur through suspension, a match which Blackburn won 2–1. He did gain European experience in the following season, playing 2 games in the UEFA Cup.

After a 4–0 victory away to Birmingham City on 6 December 2003, manager Graeme Souness labelled Short the "perfect professional" after outplaying City striker Christophe Dugarry, who was sent off for elbowing Short.[1]

In his final league game for Rovers on 7 May 2005 against Fulham, Short was handed the captain's armband by then manager Mark Hughes. However, in an out of character incident, he was sent off for violent conduct against Fulham's Luis Boa Morte after the Portuguese striker dangerously fouled Lucas Neill and Short pushed Boa Morte in the chest. He did however lead the team out for one final time a few weeks later in Tony Parkes' testimonial match, who was also leaving the club.

In the summer of 2005 he was allowed to move on to Sheffield United and was an important member of United's successful promotion campaign. He signed a one-year contract but only made two League Cup appearances that season. He was released at the end of the 2006–07 season and retired from football.[2]


After retirement, Short returned to his sailing business on Windermere, teaching sailing to the public and corporate teams, and delivering boats to their owners. He was featured on Sky Sports series "Where are they now".[3] He also studies pharmacy at the University of Reading.

Return to football[edit]

In September 2008, it was announced that Short had joined Sheffield United's sister club, Ferencvaros, as a player-coach to Bobby Davison. He played his first and only game for Ferencvaros on 29 October 2008, in the League Cup against Fehérvár. He was named on the starting line-up for the game.

On 30 November 2009 Ferencvaros officially signed Short as new manager, however he left the Hungarian club because he did not possess the UEFA Pro Licence required in the Hungarian top division.[4]

On 4 June 2010 he was appointed as the new manager of Notts County.[5] He was sacked on 24 October 2010.[6]

After a break from football, Short returned as Head of Recruitment for Derby County's academy.[7] In 2013 Short was appointed first team coach at Blackburn Rovers where he had enjoyed a six-year spell as a player.[8]

Short was appointed to Darren Wassalls coaching staff at Derby County for the closing stages of the 2015-16 campaign.[9]

Career statistics[edit]


As of 23 October 2010
Team Country From To Record
G W D L Win %
Ferencváros Hungary 30 November 2009 May 2010 21 9 7 5 042.86
Notts County England 4 June 2010 24 October 2010 18 8 1 9 044.44
Total 39 17 8 14 043.59


  1. ^ "Souness keen to keep Short". Sky Sports. 1 January 1970.
  2. ^ "Gillespie offered new Blades deal". BBC News. 18 May 2007.
  3. ^ "Where are they now? Craig Short". The Observer. London. 20 April 2008. Retrieved 21 April 2008.
  4. ^ "Short named Ferencvaros manager". BBC News. 2 December 2009. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
  5. ^ "New Manager confirmed". Notts County fc official website. 4 June 2010. Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2011.
  6. ^ "Short sacked by Magpies". Sky Sports. 24 October 2010.
  7. ^,,10270~2441900,00.html Archived 30 July 2012 at
  8. ^ "Craig Short: Former Blackburn defender returns as coach". BBC Sport. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
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