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Jim Crossan

Name: James Crossan
Born: c.1941, Londonderry
Height: 5.08 ft
Weight: 10.07 st
Position: Right-Back

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 1 Amateur Caps (1964).
Club Honours: (with Derry) Irish League Champion 1964/65; Irish Cup Winner 1963/64.

Club Career:
FA Cup
FL Cup
Derry City

Although small for a defender, Jim Crossan was strong and determined in the tackle. Also blessed with good pace, he won his only amateur cap as right-back, though shortly before this he had established himself as Derry City's regular centre-half. Indeed it was as "pivot" that he claimed an Irish Cup winner's medal in 1964 when the Candytripes defeated Glentoran 2-0.

In 1964 Crossan also aided Derry to a Gold Cup success and the following season the club claimed their first Irish League title. These successes brought European football to the Brandywell for the first time and Crossan played in the Cup Winners' Cup against Steaua Bucharest (a 5-0 aggregate defeat) and in the Champions' Cup in 1965 they defeated Lynn Oslo 8-6 over two legs, with Crossan among the scorers. After a 9-0 defeat by Anderlecht in the first leg of the following round UEFA refused to allow the Brandywell to stage the second leg and Derry withdrew from the competition.

A railway fireman during his playing days, Crossan managed Derry City on their joining the League of Ireland in 1985, over a decade after they had left the Irish league. He left early in that first season.

Northern Ireland Amateur Cap Details:
08-02-1964 Scotland A D 2-2

Summary: 1/0. Won 0, Drew 1, Lost 0.

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