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Johnny Crossan

Johnny Crossan

Clubs played for: Derry City, Coleraine, Bristol City, Sparta Rotterdam, Standard Liege, Sunderland, Manchester City, Middlesbrough, KSK Tongeren (1954-1975)

Born: 1938

Birthplace: Derry, Northern Ireland

Position: Inside-forward

Biography: A versatile inside forward he was at the centre of one of the biggest scandals in Irish football in 1959 & played football on the continent before returning to England in 1962.He won 24 caps for Northern Ireland scoring 10 goals.On finishing his playing career he returned to Londonderry.He had a brief period as manager of Sligo Rovers before buying a pub and after that a sports shop which he has had for many years. Now in his 70's he still plays five a side football.

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Crossan, Johnny Used to pop in and have a chat with him when he had his sports shop in Pennyburn, Derry. Frequently seen at Derry city home matches. Had a good laugh at some of his stories he told me when Alan Brown was Manager at Sunderland and he said he shared a room with Monty when playing away from home also when Cloughie used to phone him. Haven't been back to Derry since my wife passed away 3 years ago and greatly miss it. Crackin place crackin people.
13-02-23 John Davison

Crossan, Johnny He was my first football hero when he was captain of Man City. He literally had the lot. A good passer of the ball, vision and tenacity and also scored a few goals.
22-05-22 Tony Craddock

Crossan, Johnny As a young boy mum took me to the local bowling alley where some Sunderland players were. My hero Johnny Crossan sang Hippy Hippy Shake to me.
27-06-21 John Kassim

Crossan, Johnny A great player also in Belgium where I admired him for 5 seasons with KSK Tongeren. A hard working midfielder!
19-07-20 Dany Van Craesbeek

Crossan, Johnny Johnny was a real hard man on the pitch. At half time Charley Hurley would say "Johnny, sort out number so and so". Johnny would reply "OK CHAS" and the request was always carried out.
18-06-19 Dennis Dalzell

Crossan, Johnny Wonderful player. Never thought he got on too well with Malcolm Allison though
Richard Lyons

Crossan, Johnny John 'Jobby' Crossan had terrific technique, wonderful vision, clever feet and canny awareness - he could find the target too - played for Belgium side Standard Leige who reached the S\F OF the European Cup, Man.City & Sunderland - was capped 24 times for Northern Ireland scoring 10. Derry's best ever player.
Neil Murray

Crossan, Johnny Johnny sat on the backseat of the sunderland coach sharing a bottle of lemonade with ambrose fogarty after a 3-3 draw at middlesbrough

Crossan, Johnny He was a wonderful player, last goal he scored was against Leeds United, put there team on its back side and scored, city won 2-1.

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