Craig Whitington

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Craig Whitington
Personal information
Date of birth (1970-09-03) 3 September 1970 (age 46)
Place of birth Brighton, England
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
?–1990 Worthing ? (?)
1990–1993 Crawley Town 173 (72)
1993–1994 Scarborough 27 (10)
1994–1995 Huddersfield Town 1 (0)
1995 Rochdale (loan) 1 (0)
1996–1997 Crawley Town ? (?)
1999 Rottingdean United
2005–2007 Whitehawk at least 1 (1)
2007–2008 Brighton North End 25 (12)
2008– Three Bridges 4 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Craig Whitington (born 3 September 1970 in Brighton) is a former professional footballer, who played for Crawley Town,Bridgeport, Scarborough, Huddersfield Town and Rochdale. His father, Eric is also a former professional footballer who played for Chelsea and Brighton & Hove Albion.

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Whitington began his playing career at non-league Worthing in the late 1980s. He then moved onto Crawley in 1991 after he netted a hat-trick against Mead in an FA Cup clash with Worthing.

Crawley Town[edit]

In 1990 Whitington joined Crawley Town, the team his father Eric had been a fan's favourite at some years before. Whitington followed in his Dad's footsteps and became a firm fan's favourite by scoring 75 goals in 173 appearances and this prompted interest in the young striker's talents. Cyprus club Omonicosia wanted to sign him, but they couldn't meet the asking price of £100,000.[citation needed] That was a disappointment, as in the same season they went on to play Juventus in the European Cup. Then in December 1993, Fourth Division Scarborough to pay £50,000 for his services.

Scarborough[edit]

In 1993 Whitington arrived in Scarborough after being signed by former Crawley boss Steve Wicks and in his only proper run in the Football League he scored 10 goals in 26 appearances. Then in the summer of 1994, the then Huddersfield Town manager, Neil Warnock signed Whitington for £20,000 after seeing him in a pre-season Yorkshire Electricity Cup clash against Huddersfield for Scarborough.

Huddersfield Town[edit]

Whitington was placed on the bench for a Coca Cola Cup tie with Scunthorpe United and then the next game against Leyton Orient Whitington made his debut wearing the number 10 shirt alongside Andrew Booth. It turned out to be his only game for the club and he was sent out to Rochdale during the 1994–95 season. Whitington remained at Town until he was sacked in early 1996 for a drugs offence.

Crawley Town (Again)[edit]

Whitington's ban for his drugs offence lasted for 10 months and when the ban was completed the only club that showed any interest were his old club; Crawley Town. However, he failed to live up to his promise and his second spell wasn't as good as the first and he left Crawley in 1997.

Later career[edit]

Whitington left Crawley due to a troublesome knee injury and didn't play football again until 1999 when he began turning out for Rottingdean United in the Brighton League. He also played for Whitehawk from 2005 to 2007. In 2007; a group of mates formed a football team called Brighton North End, Whitington was one of them, and Whitington played striker for the team that in their first season won the treble. They won the Brighton League Division 2, the JW Whittington Cup and The Hove and Worthing Cup. They were subsequently promoted to the Brighton Premier League. Whitington was also secretary when the club was formed, before leaving sometime in 2008 after scoring 12 goals in 25 games over 2007 and 2008. He joined Three Bridges in 2008 and they compete in the Crawley and District Premier League.

References[edit]

  • 99 Years & Counting - Stats & Stories - Huddersfield Town History