Roger Cross (footballer)

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Roger Cross
Personal information
Full name Roger George Cross[1]
Date of birth (1948-10-20) 20 October 1948 (age 68)
Place of birth East Ham, London, England
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1964–1966 West Ham United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1969 West Ham United 8 (1)
Leyton Orient (loan) 6 (2)
1969–1972 Brentford 62 (20)
1972–1973 Fulham 40 (8)
1973–1977 Brentford 145 (52)
1977 Seattle Sounders 8 (2)
1977–1979 Millwall 18 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Roger Cross (born 20 October 1948) is an English former footballer who played as a forward.


As well as being a professional footballer he could have made a living as a first class cricketer having been on the books of Essex County Cricket Club.[citation needed]

Cross' association with West Ham began with his signing as an apprentice in July 1964. He was the reserve team top scorer in two consecutive seasons, but he failed to establish himself in the Hammers first team, and was loaned to Leyton Orient during the 1968-1969 season. In 1969, after 8 appearances and a single goal, he moved to Brentford for £12,000. Cross went on to play for Fulham, who signed him for £30,000, and he scored ten goals in 46 league and cup appearances for the west London club. He had a second spell at Griffin Park, and took his Bee's tally to 228 appearances and 79 goals. He then joined Millwall for £8,000. In 1977, Cross moved to the United States to play for the Seattle Sounders of the North American Soccer League.


In 1979, he became youth team manager at Millwall. After a period on the coaching staff at Queens Park Rangers, he moved to Spurs, where he later became assistant manager to Gerry Francis. He rejoined West Ham as reserve team coach in the summer of 2001 later going on to become chief scout. In April 2011 West Ham sacked Cross from this role.[2]


  1. ^ "Barry Hugman's Footballers - Roger Cross". Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Taylor, Declan (2011-04-13). "West Ham ditch chief scout as club moves to cut costs". talkSPORT. Retrieved 2011-04-27. 
  • Hogg, Tony (2005). Who's Who of West Ham United. Profile Sports Media. p. 56. ISBN 1-903135-50-8. 

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