Craddock during his testimonial game in May 2014
|Full name||Jody Darryl Craddock|
|Date of birth||25 July 1975|
|Place of birth||Redditch, England|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|1993–1994||→ Woking (loan)||7||(2)|
|1999||→ Sheffield United (loan)||10||(0)|
|2007||→ Stoke City (loan)||4||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Craddock broke into league football at Cambridge United in the mid-1990s before spending six years at Sunderland, with whom he won promotion to the top flight. When they were relegated in 2003 he switched to newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers where he eventually became club captain and made 237 appearances during a ten-year stay.
Born in Redditch, Craddock started his career at non-league Christchurch before earning a move to third tier Cambridge United in August 1993 on a free transfer. He made his league debut on 11 December 1993 in a 0–0 draw with Stockport County.
After four seasons at Cambridge, his talent was noted by Sunderland and he joined for £300,000 in August 1997. His second season with the Black Cats saw him help them to promotion to the top level, however, he ended up spending part of their first Premier League campaign on loan at Sheffield United.
He was made captain at the start of the 2006–07 season by new manager Mick McCarthy. He found himself sent to Stoke City on loan in August 2007 though, but this spell was cut short through the emergency 24-hour clause the following month.
His 2008–09 season was interrupted when he broke a metatarsal in his foot in just the second league game, ruling him out for several months. After months of rehabilitation, Craddock was on the verge of a loan move, however injuries and loans meant that he stayed with the club. After a poor run of form for Richard Stearman, Craddock found himself once again in Wolves' first team, where he remained as the side went on to win the division and a return to the Premier League. He lifted the Championship trophy after the final game against Doncaster.
His return to the Premier League brought him a series of goals, as he netted against Stoke City, Arsenal, Bolton Wanderers and Aston Villa to help the club achieve safety. The season ended with him being voted the club's Player of the Season Award winner.
On 14 May 2011, the penultimate Premier League game of the 2010–11 season, Craddock opened the scoring for Wolves in their league game against his old club Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. Wolves won the game 3–1, taking a big step towards Premier League survival. On 22 June 2011, it was confirmed that Craddock had agreed a new one-year deal to stay at Molineux. Craddock was out of selection for the start of the 2011–12 season but on 4 December against Sunderland, Craddock was recalled to the starting XI to replace out of form Roger Johnson. On 20 July 2012, it was confirmed that Craddock had agreed a new one-year deal to stay at Molineux. This contract included him being involved in the first-team, but also coaching younger players in the academy.
He announced his retirement on 17 May 2013 and was granted a testimonial by Wolves as reward for ten years of service.
After his football career ended, Craddock developed as an artist producing portraiture, graffiti and photorealism. His first exhibition of his works, entitles "Le Bellezza Della Fusione", was held in November 2015, at the Antidote Art Gallery in Lutterworth, Leicestershire.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Cambridge United||1993–94||Division Two||20||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||20||0|
|Sheffield United (loan)||1999–2000||Division One||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||10||0|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers||2003–04||Premier League||32||1||3||0||3||1||0||0||38||2|
|Stoke City (loan)||2007–08||Championship||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||0|
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