Paul Cross (footballer)
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|Date of birth||31 October 1965|
|Place of birth||Barnsley, England|
|1991||→ Preston North End (loan)||5||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Paul Cross was a left back for Barnsley FC from 1983 to 1991. He progressed through the ranks of the youth side, finally achieving first team status under the management of local lad head-hunter, Allan Clarke. The defender owes much of his recognition to Eric Winstanley, a huge influence and early mentor of Cross.
Cross was plagued with injury early in his career but persevered at Barnsley until 1991 before moving to Hartlepool when the chairmanship was under financial scrutiny. Cross was joint-manager of Northern League club Crook Town between September 1997 and October 1998 alongside former Darlington teammate Kevan Smith.
Cross has been a frequent radio commentator on Northern Derby matches between Darlington and Hartlepool, both teams he has played for.