Paul Cross (footballer)

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Paul Cross
Personal information
Date of birth (1965-10-31) 31 October 1965 (age 52)
Place of birth Barnsley, England
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1991 Barnsley 119 (0)
1991 Preston North End (loan) 5 (0)
1991–1993 Hartlepool United 74 (1)
1993–1995 Darlington 39 (2)
Guisborough Town
Total 237 (3)
* 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.[citation needed]

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.[1] Cross was joint-manager of Northern League club Crook Town between September 1997 and October 1998 alongside former Darlington teammate Kevan Smith.[citation needed]

Cross has been a frequent radio commentator on Northern Derby matches between Darlington and Hartlepool, both teams he has played for.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Oakwell Legend... Paul Cross". Barnsley F.C. Archived from the original on 13 March 2012.