|Full name||Ian Cranson|
|Date of birth||2 July 1964|
|Place of birth||Easington, England]] |
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Easington, County Durham, Cranson began his career with Ipswich Town and made his professional debut away at Aston Villa in 1983–84. He soon began a regular at Portman Road under the management of Bobby Ferguson and was ever present in 1985–86 as Ipswich suffered relegation from the First Division. He played 39 games in 1986–87 and 35 in 1987–88 before he joined Sheffield Wednesday in March 1988. Cranson as a regular in Wednesday's side until manager Howard Wilkinson was replaced by Ron Atkinson and he lost his place in the side. In the summer of 1989 he joined former Ipswich Town teammate Mick Mills at Stoke City for a club record fee of £480,000. He was a number of expensive signings that summer as Stoke looked to mount a push for promotion. However the new signings never gelled and Stoke ended up being relegated and Mills being replaced by Alan Ball. Cranson made 19 appearances in 1989–90 missing most of the campaign due to a knee injury. He had surgery to rebuild his knee in the summer of 1990 only for the problem to flare up again in 1990–91 and he managed only 13 appearances.
Cranson finally recovered from his injury in 1991 and new manager Lou Macari decided to use him as a sweeper and he became a consistent performer for the Potters. He played in 57 matches in 1991–92 helping Stoke to reach the play-offs where they lost to Stockport County although they did beat County in the 1992 Football League Trophy Final. He played 55 times in 1992–93 missing just one match as City claimed the Second Division title. He missed just two in 1993–94 and his performances were rewarded with the player of the year award. He made 47 appearances in 1994–95 and played 27 times in 1995–96 helping Stoke reach the play-offs. However Cranson injured his knee again and missed the play-offs as Stoke lost to Leicester City. He was made captain for the 1996–97 but injured his knee for a fourth time against Barnsley in September and retired on the advice of doctors. He was granted a testimonial at the Victoria Ground against Everton.
After retiring in 1996 Cranson took a year out of the sport before returning to Stoke to work as a coach at the Stoke City Academy before becoming reserve team manager a position he held until he left in 2003. As of November 2010 Cranson is a self-employed coach working for the Wolverhampton Wanderers Academy, for Stafford Borough Council and for the City of Stoke Sixth-Form College at Fenton.
Cranson is currently the head coach of the men's senior football team at Staffordshire University.
- Sourced from The English National Football Archive
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Ipswich Town||1983–84||First Division||8||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||8||0|
|Sheffield Wednesday||1987–88||First Division||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||0|
|Stoke City||1989–90||Second Division||17||2||0||0||2||0||0||0||19||2|
- Ian Cranson at Soccerbase