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Gary Crosby (footballer)

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Full nameGary Crosby
Playing positionMidfielder

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Gary Crosby began his senior career at Lincoln United. In his teenage years, he had been one of the most promising players in the Lincoln area and regularly appeared for Lincoln City's youth and reserve sides. A slight but skillful player, it was often felt his physique would prevent him turning professional. He was finally given an opportunity in the professional ranks when he joined Lincoln City on non-contract terms in September 1987. However, in a struggling team he found it difficult to make an impact and made just seven appearances for the Imps before rejoining Lincoln United. In 1988, Crosby came to the attention of Grantham Town manager Martin O'Neill while playing for the Lincolnshire County FA side and was soon signed by Grantham on a free transfer. He made just nine appearances for the Gingerbreads, scoring twice, before joining Nottingham Forest for £20,000 (a club record) in December 1987 where he went on to make 152 appearances, scoring 12 goals, during a seven year career at the City Ground.

During his time at Forest, Crosby spent three games on-loan at Grimsby Town, during the 1993/94 season, before joining Huddersfield Town on a free transfer in 1994. Crosby made just 44 appearances for the club, scoring six goals. His spell at the Yorkshire club included an appearance at Wembley in the playoff final. The 1997/98 season saw him play a handful of times for Rushden and Diamonds and he returned to Lincoln United for the start of the 1998/99 season.

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