Lance Cronin

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Lance Cronin
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Personal information
Date of birth (1985-09-11) 11 September 1985 (age 33)
Place of birth Brighton, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Brighton & Hove Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Crystal Palace 0 (0)
2005Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 1 (0)
2005–2006 Oldham Athletic 0 (0)
2006 Shrewsbury Town 0 (0)
2006–2010 Ebbsfleet United 176 (0)
2010–2011 Gillingham 7 (0)
2011–2012 Bristol Rovers 1 (0)
2012Ebbsfleet United (loan) 10 (0)
2012–2013 Macclesfield Town 28 (0)
2014–2015 Whitehawk 2 (0)
Total 225 (0)
National team
2006–2015 England C 7 (0)
Teams managed
2016 Whitehawk (assistant manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:16, 6 June 2015 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:45, 29 December 2008 (UTC)

Lance Cronin (born 11 September 1985 in Brighton) is an English former football assistant manager at Whitehawk, the last club he played for. He is also an English former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper, making seven international appearances for the England C national football team.


Cronin came up through the youth system at Crystal Palace.[1] He joined Wycombe Wanderers on loan during the 2004–05 season, where he made one appearance for the club in League Two.[2] He was released by Crystal Palace at the end of the 2004–05 without playing for the first-team and joined Oldham Athletic on a non-contract basis in November 2005 to provide cover for an FA Cup tie against Chasetown[3] in which he made a substitute appearance.[1] He then joined Shrewsbury Town on non-contract terms in February 2006 to provide cover for regular goalkeeper Joe Hart.[1] Cronin left Shrewsbury in April 2006,[4] and after a trial with Grimsby Town,[5] joined Gravesend and Northfleet (now Ebbsfleet United) to cover a long-term injury to regular goalkeeper Craig Holloway.[6]

After a good start to his first season at Ebbsfleet, Cronin was called up for the England National Game XI (now the England C team) squad for the first time in November 2006,[7] and made his debut against Holland as a substitute nine minutes from time as England won the European Challenge Trophy.[8] Cronin collected a winner's medal when Ebbsfleet won the FA Trophy at Wembley Stadium in May 2008.[9]

In July 2010, he joined Gillingham on a free transfer after a successful trial.[10] He made his debut in a 1–1 draw away to Morecambe on 28 August. Cronin was released from his contract at the end of the 2010–11 season, joining recently relegated Bristol Rovers.[11] He made his Rovers debut in the New Year's Eve match against Crewe Alexandra replacing Scott Bevan at half-time who had conceded four goals in the first half. In February 2012, Cronin re-joined Ebbsfleet United on a month's loan,[12] which was later extended until the end of April 2012.[13] In June 2012 he joined Macclesfield Town having been told he was surplus to requirements at Bristol Rovers.[14] He left the club in May 2013.[15]

In May 2014 he followed his former manager at Macclesfield Town Steve King to Whitehawk, having taken a year out of football to set up his own business.[16] Cronin was appointed Assistant Manager at Whitehawk under Pablo Asensio after King was sacked in January 2016.[17] He left after two games of the 2016-17 season, for personal reasons.



  1. ^ a b c "Shrewsbury snap up keeper Cronin". BBC Sport. 9 February 2006. Retrieved 15 June 2008.
  2. ^ "Games played by Lance Cronin in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 15 June 2008.
  3. ^ "Oldham sign up goalkeeper Cronin". BBC Sport. 3 November 2005. Retrieved 15 June 2008.
  4. ^ "Whitehead agrees to leave Shrews". BBC Sport. 14 April 2006. Retrieved 15 June 2008.
  5. ^ "Grimsby boss offers trials to duo". BBC Sport. 19 April 2006. Retrieved 15 June 2008.
  6. ^ "Gravesend sign ex-Shrews keeper". BBC Sport. 9 August 2006. Retrieved 15 June 2008.
  7. ^ "Cronin shock at England call-up". BBC Sport. 17 November 2006. Retrieved 15 June 2008.
  8. ^ Bradbury, Jamie (29 November 2006). "England take the trophy". The Football Association. Archived from the original on 20 July 2008. Retrieved 15 June 2008.
  9. ^ "Ebbsfleet 1-0 Torquay". BBC Sport. 15 May 2008. Retrieved 15 June 2008.
  10. ^ Gillingham F.C. website Archived 20 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "NEW KEEPER ON BOARD". Bristol Rovers. 29 June 2011. Archived from the original on 2 July 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
  12. ^ "Cronin back to plug the gap". Ebbsfleet United Official Website. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
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  14. ^ "Boro lose Winn to Silkmen". Sky Sports. 10 June 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
  15. ^ "We'll get it right, says Macclesfield Town chief executive". Macclesfield Express. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
  16. ^ "King stays and makes Cronin first signing". The Argus. 30 May 2014. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
  17. ^ Ed Miller (3 May 2016). "Hawks on the horizon". Ebbsfleet F.C. Retrieved 27 July 2016.

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