RICHARD CRESS­WELL FACTFILE

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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.

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