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Malcolm Crosby
Personal information
Full name Malcolm Crosby
Date of birth 4 July 1954 (1954-07-04) (age 55)
Place of birth    South Shields, England
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
York City
Wrexham (loan)
294 (23)
103 0(4)
006 0(0)   
Teams managed
Oxford United (caretaker)

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

Malcolm Crosby (born 4 July 1954) is an English former footballer and manager.




Playing career

Born in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, Crosby played his football for Aldershot, making 258 appearances between 1971 and 1980 and netting 21 goals. In an exchange deal involving Ian MacDonald he moved to York City and was a vital part of their 1984, record breaking, 4th division champions team. He also had a loan spell at Wrexham.

Coaching and management

He became an assistant manager to Denis Smith at York City, and followed Smith when he became manager at Sunderland in 1988.

When Smith was sacked in 1991, Crosby took over as a caretaker manager until a replacement could be found. Sunderland struggled to find a new manager, and during this protracted period, Crosby took Sunderland to only the 4th FA Cup Final in their history. After sympathetic calls from fans, Crosby was formally offered the manager's post. Sunderland lost the final 2–0 to Liverpool. Despite reaching the Cup Final, Crosby failed to inspire Sunderland in the league, and he was sacked in January 1993 to be replaced by Terry Butcher.[1 ]

Crosby has also briefly managed Oxford United where he was also an assistant, worked as an assistant manager at West Brom, and as an assistant to Jim Smith at Derby County.

In July 2004 Steve McClaren appointed Crosby as reserve team manager at Middlesbrough. When McClaren was appointed as England manager in the summer of 2006, new Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate appointed Crosby as assistant manager. He was released by Middlesbrough in June 2009, following their relegation to the Championship[2 ]. In September 2009, Crosby took on a temporary role at Northampton Town[3].



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