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Craig McAllister

McAllister whilst at Crawley Town
Personal information
Full nameCraig McAllister
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1.2 in)
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current clubNewport County

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Craig McAllister (born 28 June 1980) is a Scottish footballer who plays for Conference National club Newport County as a striker.

McAllister started his career with Eastleigh as a youth player. He moved to Basingstoke Town towards the end of 2001 02, making his debut in March 2002. McAllister spent three seasons there, making 112 appearances, scoring 66 goals before moving up the national league system to Conference National club Stevenage Borough where he made six appearances, having loan spells at Eastleigh in 2004 and Gravesend & Northfleet in 2004 05. He joined Woking in 2005, spending two full seasons there, and making over 100 appearances. He had a short spell with Grays Athletic, being sent out on loan to Rushden & Diamonds and then another short spell at Oxford United, all during the 2007 08 season. After leaving Oxford in 2008, he took a step up to the Football League for the first time in his career, signing for Exeter City. He went on to score seven goals in his first season, but was loaned out to Barnet and Rotherham United in his second and was eventually released by the club in May 2010. McAllister then dropped back down to non-League football, joining Crawley Town where he played at Old Trafford; his team was defeated 1 0 by Manchester United in their FA Cup fifth round tie. He rejected a new contract from Crawley at the end of the 2010 11 season, subsequently joining Newport County.

Born in Glasgow, and described as an "explosive front man", McAllister won his first major honour in 2011, helping Crawley Town win the Conference National for the first time in their history.

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