RICHARD CRESSWELL FACTFILE
Born: Bridlington, 1977 (Age 38)
Career: A striker, Cresswell joined York as a 14-year-old and made his debut three years later in the Second Division against Brentford.
After 24 goals in 111 games for the Minstermen, Cresswell joined Premier League club Sheffield Wednesday for £950,000 in March 1999. However, he scored just three goals 36 appearances (28 of them from the bench) as the Owls were relegated from the top flight.
Cresswell returned to the Premier League following a £750,000 switch to Leicester in September 2000 but was again used rarely, featuring just 13 times before being loaned to Preston - a move made permanent in 2001.
The striker then spent four full seasons at Deepdale, netting 57 goals in 206 games and reaching the 2004-05 play-off final.
Signed by Leeds for £1.5m in 2005, Cresswell’s time was hampered by a serious knee injury that restricted him to just 44 games in two seasons.
When the Whites were relegated in 2007, he joined Tony Pulis’ Stoke City, winning promotion to the Premier League in his first season and playing 34 times in the top flight.
After three years and 83 games for Stoke, Cresswell joined Sheffield United, where he made 141 appearances and lost a third play-off final.
He returned to York in 2012, helping them avoid relegation, before retiring in 2013 to become a coach in the club’s youth system.