Ian Craney

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Ian Craney
Personal information
Full name Ian Thomas William Craney
Date of birth (1982-07-21) 21 July 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Conwy Borough
Youth career
1995–2001 Everton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Altrincham 128 (32)
2004–2007 Accrington Stanley 94 (28)
2006–2007 Swansea City (loan) 8 (0)
2007–2008 Swansea City 20 (0)
2007–2008 Accrington Stanley (loan) 13 (3)
2008 Accrington Stanley 23 (6)
2008–2010 Huddersfield Town 34 (5)
2009–2010 Morecambe (loan) 16 (2)
2010–2011 Fleetwood Town 19 (3)
2010–2011 Accrington Stanley (loan) 3 (0)
2011–2012 Accrington Stanley 39 (8)
2012–2013 Rochdale 6 (0)
2013 AFC Telford United 11 (1)
2013–2014 Stockport County 7 (0)
2014 Stafford Rangers (loan)
2014– Conwy Borough
National team
England C ? (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:56, 4 February 2016 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 April 2010

Ian Thomas William Craney (born 21 July 1982 in Liverpool) is an English professional footballer who plays as a Midfielder.

He has most notably had five spells with Accrington Stanley during his career, the latest ending at the end of the 2011-12 season. He has also played in the Football League with Swansea City, Huddersfield Town, Morecambe and Rochdale, as well as spells in Non-league with Altrincham and Fleetwood Town.

Club career[edit]

After starting his career as a junior at Everton, he got his first break in senior football at Conference National side Altrincham, before moving to Accrington Stanley in 2004. He then signed a permanent deal at Swansea City on 9 January 2007 for £150,000 from Accrington Stanley having been on loan since 23 November 2006. He returned to Accrington in early 2008, after an initial loan spell.

Fellow League Two side Morecambe saw two bids rejected for the midfielder in July 2008. But just two games into the 2008-09 season, Accrington accepted an undisclosed fee from League 1 side Huddersfield Town for the midfielder. He took up the vacant number 5 shirt following the sale of David Mirfin to Scunthorpe United. He made his Town debut in their 3-1 defeat by Milton Keynes Dons at the Galpharm Stadium on 23 August 2008. His first goal for the Terriers was the winning goal in their 2-1 win over Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road on 6 September 2008.

Whilst playing for his previous club, Accrington Stanley, he was an England National Game XI international.

On 22 July 2009, Craney joined Football League Two side Morecambe on a season-long loan along with team mate Phil Jevons. He got his first goal for the Shrimps in their 5-2 defeat by Burton Albion on 15 August 2009. Unfortunately, an injury cut short half of Craney's season, and he returned to the Galpharm on 20 April 2010. The following day, his contract at Huddersfield was terminated.

He joined Fleetwood Town for the 2010/11 season. On 25 November 2010 he rejoined former club Accrington Stanley for a third spell, on a short term loan deal until the start of 2011. He returned to Fleetwood Town on 7 January as the clubs failed to agree an extension to his loan deal. On 31 January he rejoined Stanley on a permanent basis, for his third full-time spell with the club. He was released at the end of the 2011-12 season and in July 2012 he began training with Grimsby Town. In August 2012 he joined Rochdale but was released in January 2013 after making seven appearances in all competitions.

He then joined AFC Telford United on 5 February 2013 for the rest of the season. He was also the first signing under the new manager Mark Cooper. On 2 May 2013 he was released by the club.

On 31 May 2013 he joined Stockport County on a free transfer,[1] but fell out of favour and joined Stafford Rangers for the remainder of the season on 17 January 2014.[2]

At the expiry of his Stockport contract, Craney joined Conwy Borough of the Cymru Alliance league on 7 July 2014.[3]

International career[edit]

Whilst playing for his previous club, Accrington Stanley, he was an England National Game XI international.



  1. ^ "Two More". 31 May 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Rangers Borrow Craney". 17 January 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Conwy Borough FC announce Craney capture". 7 July 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 

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