Mark lists the Lineker penalty save and the two promotions achieved as his favourite memories from his time at Forest, also paying tribute, as he has often done, to his manager of the first few years of his career. Glenn Whelan's drive pulled a goal back for Wednesday before half-time, but Bradley Wright-Phillips' low shot made it three after 50 minutes. The moment he headed home Chris Brunt’s corner has often been brought up and he looks back on his time in his native South Yorkshire under the management of ex-Forest teammate Brian Laws fondly. At the moment I’m enjoying coaching but yes, one day I’d like to be in the hot seat. Mark’s last game came in January 2010 for Chesterfield in a League Two game with Shrewsbury Town and he retired at the end of last season, almost 23 years after his debut for Forest. Also I played in a game for Fulham at Newcastle that we won 4-1, they had 29 shots on target. If he could only cut out the mistakes Turbo GTF would have one of the better keepers in the league. Southampton: Davis, Ostlund, Lundekvam (Viafara 46), Baird, Bale, Pele, Skacel, Wright, Surman, Rasiak, Jones (Wright-Phillips 46).Subs Not Used: Bialkowski, Idiakez, Dyer. Nord - a person with a substantial amount of lameness. He also scored the first ever Premier League own goal but this is surely outweighed by the fact he was the only keeper to save a Matt Le Tissier penalty, in 1993. Mark recalls a moment where he fell foul of his boss’s temper and his book ‘Big Norm: The Mark Crossley Story’ recounts many more similar tales from his career and life so far. Filter by season: Overall balance 12/13 10/11 09/10 08/09 07/08 06/07 05/06 04/05 03/04 02/03 01/02 00/01 99/00 98/99 96/97 95/96 94/95 93/94 92/93 91/92 90/91 89/90 88/89 At the start of January, Mark Crossley found himself out of work, and out of football, for the first time in 32 years. With Neville Southall and later Paul Jones among his competitors for the number one spot for Wales, national team appearances were difficult to come by, but he played eight times for the country of his heritage and got to cross paths with some famous supporters along the way. "If we can keep playing like that, then we will be in with a shout of going up this season.". For Mark, saving the penalty in that game makes him only one of three keepers to have saved spot kicks in an FA Cup final (aside from shootouts), alongside Wimbledon’s Dave Beasant (1988) and Chelsea’s Petr Cech (2010). Forest’s financial troubles stipulated that Mark’s time at the club would come to an end in 2000 and he moved on to Middlesbrough, where he played intermittently over three seasons under Bryan Robson and Terry Venables (joint) and Steve McLaren. How many goals has Mark Crossley scored this season? He had a loan spell at Manchester Uniteddurin… “It was the best game I’d ever had and I received a 10 out of 10 in the morning papers and all the free Harrods hampers from (club owner) Mr. Al-Fayed!”. ( Log Out /  “That game (was one of the best memories from Fulham), as well as having the pleasure of working with the best goalkeeper in the world Edwin van der Sar. Well the first goal was the result of a shocker from Butler. He combined playing with coaching during his spell in League One with Oldham Athletic from 2007 to 2009 where the manager was former midfield maestro John Sheridan, before linking up again with ‘Shez’ at Chesterfield, where Mark is now the club’s goalkeeping coach. Southampton great Le Tissier ended his career with 47 penalties scored from 48 attempts in the professional game – a staggering record but some accolade for Mark all the same! That game was also a pivotal moment in the career of Paul Gascoigne as the mercurial midfielder hacked down Forest’s Gary Charles and ruptured his own cruciate ligaments in the process, something many feel held him back from ultimately fulfilling his true potential. Change ), The downs and downs of being the worst team in the league, Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Turbo GTF 5; That team…what were they called? A loan at second-tier Stoke City in 2002/03 provided great memories, culminating in a 1-0 final day win over Reading to keep the Potters in the division, Ade Akinbiyi with the decisive goal and Mark with a vital clean sheet. Grzegorz Rasiak shot Saints ahead after 14 minutes and Kenwyne Jones headed a second 12 minutes later. Sturgess drunk in the pub after the game, commented on the awkward silence in the Butlermobileon on the post-match journey, “It was like someone had died. Former Wales international and top flight goalkeeper Mark Crossley has been a supporter of the Stereophonics for many years now and while the five-time UK album chart-toppers sang about ‘the Bartender and the Thief’, it’s a slight reworking of that title when it comes to his story. 11/12/13, https://turbogtf.wordpress.com/2011/04/07/turbo-gtf-5-that-team-what-were-they-called-111213/, https://turbogtf.wordpress.com/2011/03/24/turbo-gtf-4-or-3-opposition-8/, https://turbogtf.wordpress.com/2011/03/17/turbog-gtf-17-that-other-team-8/. Possibly down to the keepers curse, any mistake nearly always leads to a goal, but rightly earned him DotD ahead of Summerton. Barnsley-born, ‘Big Norm’, as Mark is known, would go on to spend just shy of a further 12 years at The City Ground with unforgettable on and off-pitch moments, also gracing the Premier League with Middlesbrough and Fulham. The "Detailed stats" tab shows a player's total appearances, goals, cards and cumulative minutes of play for each competition, and indicates the season in which it occurred. Nobody seems to be able to match up to Butlers cock-ups, we are yet to see one on the same scale. The Yorkshireman enjoyed a 20-year playing career, including more than 300 Butler idolises his childhood hero Crossley. 606 DEBATE: Give your thoughts on the match. He famously saved a penalty in the FA Cup Final of 1991 from Tottenham striker Gary Lineker and was a firm fan favourite at the City Ground. “My family is most important to me. Goals: Rasiak 14, Jones 26, Wright-Phillips 50. of management take his fancy in the long-term? Mark got his first chance in professional football with the late, great Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest, making his debut in a 2-1 home win over Liverpool in October 1988 as a 19-year-old. Sheff Wed: Crossley, Bullen, Bougherra, Simek, Spurr, Lunt, Whelan, Folly (Andrews 58), Brunt, Tudgay, Burton (MacLean 62).Subs Not Used: Adamson, Coughlan, O'Brien. and in December 2006 Mark scored a last-minute equaliser while on loan with us to earn a 3-3 draw with Southampton at Hillsborough. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, a great club and great supporters, and growing up as a youngster a team I always dreamt of playing for.”. As you can imagine, Big Norm’s slightly more vintage preferences are in stark contrast to the music on offer in the changing room at the League One Spireites. Describing garage and house music as his least favourite, Mark recalls a snippet of the pre-match selection back in those Forest days, from the man who today took temporary charge of the England team! Also Chris Coleman was so understanding when I was having a tough time in my personal life and Frank Clark, who kept faith in me.”. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Strikers Stan Collymore, Nigel Clough (also spent time in midfield), Craig Bellamy, John Hartson and Teddy Sheringham. ( Log Out /  “As for Shez, he likes all the chart music.”. “My favourite group has always been Stereophonics. With a unique time as a player to look back on, Mark has certainly taken to the coaching aspect but does the lure (and unbelievable stress!) “All kinds of stuff that I can’t stand is played – some heavy rap music, some house music, I always turn it off when I walk by it. Mark Crossley plays the position Goalkeeper, is 51 years old and 191cm tall, weights 99kg. Crossley played nearly 400 times for the Reds and he knows all about keeping goal for the club. "We were poor and defensively we were all over the place. Mark Crossley saved over 50% of the penalties he ever faced and became just the second goalkeeper to save a penalty in an FA Cup final. They were big fans of the Welsh national team whilst I played with them, I also got to know the drummer Stuart Cable very well. He heads the list of managers whom Mark enjoyed working with the most after the aforementioned Clough of course who left Forest in 1993. The "Detailed stats" tab shows a player's total appearances, goals, cards and cumulative minutes of play for each competition, and indicates the season in which it occurred. I kept 7 clean sheets in 12 games including one on the last day which kept us in the league. While at Forest, Mark spent time on loan with Manchester United and Millwall but his experiences at his parent club include saving a penalty from Tottenham Hotspur’s Gary Lineker in the 1991 FA Cup final. I also like Roy Orbison, Elvis and Johnny Cash and the first record I ever bought was Adam and the Ants ‘Kings of the Wild Frontier’ album, I would have been about 11 years old.”. Well, Thursday. Also an England Under-21 international before deciding to represent Wales, his choices of the best colleagues he has had on the field in his career are certainly decent company to have plied your trade with! Where to start? The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites. ( Log Out / 

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