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Jim Crawford
Personal information
Full name Jim Crawford
Date of birth 1 May 1973 (1973-05-01) (age 36)
Place of birth    Chicago, United States
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Youth career
1989–1991 Rangers
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Newcastle United
Rotherham United (loan)
Dundee United (loan)
Sporting Fingal
064 (3)
002 (0)
011 (0)
002 (0)
020 (1)
180 (12)
012 (0)
279 (16)   
National team
1993–1994 Republic of Ireland U21 003 (0)
Teams managed
2008 Shamrock Rovers

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Jim Crawford (born 1 May 1973 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American born Irish former footballer


Playing career

Crawford began his career at schoolboy level with Rangers before moving to Bohemian making his debut against Bray Wanderers on 3 November 1991. He soon became a big favourite at Dalymount Park and won the PFAI Young Player of the Year for the 1993/94 season.

Represented Republic of Ireland at the World Student Games in 1993.

This form attracted Newcastle United and he moved to Tyneside in 1995. While playing for Newcastle, Crawford found his first-team opportunities limited (scoring only once in a pre-season game against Derry City) and was sent out on loan to both Rotherham United and Dundee United before signing up for Reading in March 1998, with Tommy Burns at the helm. Burns was sacked and he failed to prove himself under the new managership.

Crawford's next destination was Shelbourne back in Ireland whom he helped to four League of Ireland championships. He signed a new one year contract on 25 February 2007 with Shels as they got their preparations in place for the new First Division season following the FAI's decision to demote the reigning champions[1]. He was swiftly appointed captain by new manager, Dermot Keely[2]. Crawford's last seasons at Shelbourne were hampered by numerous injuries which limited his appearances. After eight immensely successful seasons at Shelbourne, Crawford departed the club in December 2007[3].

Crawford was quoted as saying: [4]

After I signed for Shels I spent some time dwelling on my career in England and it seemed to consist of nothing but injuries. I had three groin operations and bad knees, which looked serious for a while. The last two years were a write-off.

Crawford joined newly formed Sporting Fingal in February 2008, though he retired through injury at the end of their first season. He then took over as interim manager at Shamrock Rovers after Pat Scully's contract was terminated by mutual consent on 16 October[5] until the end of the 2008 season.






  • PFAI Young Player of the Year: 1993–94


  1. ^ Crawford re-signs for Shels →
  2. ^ Keely completes backroom team →
  3. ^ Player Update →
  4. ^ Jim Crawford at
  5. ^ "Rovers make Crawford appointment". 2008-10-16. Retrieved 2008-10-18.  

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