Crossley, John (James)

Birth Date

1st to 1st January 1970


Belfast, Northern Ireland



Biographical Text

The former Cliftonville player was a guest for Exeter City during the 1944-45 season, making his debut for the Grecians in a 6-2 win at Yeovil in February 1945.

He was stationed locally and was a Chief Petty Officer in the Royal Navy. He made his debut at St James Park against the Royal Marines on Saturday 17th February 1945.

He signed for Portsmouth in April 1945, with a number of clubs, including Exeter City and Lincoln City pursuing his signature. John played a total of  7 games for Pompey in the 1944/45 and 1945/46 seasons. 

He married a girl from Portsmouth and had 2 sons.

A little over year later in July 1946 he signed for Reading, where he played 1 game at full back. He also played for Distillery, in Northen Ireland.

In July 1954 as 31 year old he was signed by Sandown in the Hampshire league, as a player-coach. He played at centre-half for Sandown.

John died on November 27th 2001




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