Dean Crombie

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Dean Crombie
Personal information
Date of birth (1957-08-09) 9 August 1957 (age 59)
Place of birth Lincoln, England
Playing position Defender, Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Wigan Athletic (scout)
Youth career
Lincoln United
Adelaide Park
Lincoln City Juniors
Ruston Bucyrus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1978 Lincoln City 33 (1)
1978–1987 Grimsby Town 320 (4)
1987 Reading (loan) 4 (0)
1987–1991 Bolton Wanderers 95 (1)
1991 Lincoln City 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Dean Crombie (born 9 August 1957) is an English former professional footballer currently workIng at Wigan Athletic as their opposition analysis report (OAR) assessment scout.

Playing career[edit]

Crombie came through the youth ranks of local side Lincoln Utd and played Sunday football for Adelaide Park also playing for LIncoln City juniors and Ruston Bucyrus 1st team before joining Lincoln City managed by Graham Taylor in 1977 as a professional player. He later transferred to Grimsby Town where he spent nine years as a regular player in the first team winning a promotion and a championship with Grimsby.[1] After leaving Grimsby in 1987 he was signed by Bolton Wanderers managed by Phil Neal gaining promotion and scoring at Wembley in the Sherpa Van final with Bolton winning 4-1 he finished his career with Bolton Wanderers, in 1991 although he did have a brief spell as Assistant player manager at Lincoln City FC where he made one appearance before returning to Bolton to take up a coaching position.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

After a long playing career Crombie continued to work at Bolton Wanderers taking up several positions within the club initially as youth coach before moving into a senior coaching position with the 1st team and then taking on the role of chief scout. He then left Bolton to become a football agent for 2 years before returning to Bolton to recruit players for the Academy. He then moved to Wigan Athletic as the Centre of Excellence Manager. Crombie returned to Bolton after 3 years at Wigan to take up the role of Head of Academy Recruitment where he spent a further 6 years before rejoining Wigan Athletic as their 1st team opposition analysis report (OAR) assessment scout in August 2014 working for managers Uwe Rosler, Malky Mackay, Gary Caldwell, Warren Joyce and more recently Graham Barrow.


Grimsby Town[edit]

  • Supporters Player of the Season: 1980

3rd Division Champions

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

Scoring the third goal in a 4-1 victory. Player of the year 1989


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