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John Crosland

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Full nameJohn Ronald Crosland
Place of birthLytham St Annes, England
Playing positionDefender

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John Ronald Crosland (November 10, 1922 2006) was an English professional football player. He played as a defender, and could switch from centre-half to full-back.

Born in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, Crosland was signed by Blackpool manager Joe Smith from Ansdell Rovers after being awarded the DSC as a pilot in the Fleet Air Arm in World War II. After being unable to break into the first team due to the form of Ron Suart and Harry Johnston, he made his debut on September 18, 1946, in a defeat at Brentford. He played in the next three games, before sitting out the remaining seven months of the 1946 47 campaign.

He made only two league appearances in the 1947 48, but made his FA Cup debut in the 1948 FA Cup Final against Manchester United deputising for the injured Suart, and marking Reds winger Jimmy Delaney.

Despite this appearances, Crosland did not feature at all during the 1948 49 term, but made sixteen appearances in 1949 50. After veteran centre-half Eric Hayward began to succumb to injuries, Crosland became more of a fixture in Smith's teams. In addition, the England selectors capped him at "B" level in 1950 before he was given regular first-team football during 1952 53.

A series of injuries curtailed his Blackpool career, and after 64 league appearances during eight years of service he was sold to Bournemouth in 1954. He was selected to Captain the Third Division South representative side in 1954/55. He made just over one hundred league appearances for the south-coast club before finishing his career with Wisbech Town in the late 1950s.

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