349 Cyril Crawshaw

Biography

Forward Crawshaw had a short Tigers career but will forever inhabit a small niche in the annals of Hull City history. Crawshaw had the distinction of scoring the club’s first goal at the new Boothferry Park home, in the club’s second home game against Crewe Alexandra (the first home game that season ended 0-0). Crawshaw also scored in the next game, a 1-3 defeat at Southport, but despite this goal-a-game record he never played again for the Tigers, retired from professional football in January 1947 and joined non-league side Ashton United.

Crawshaw was born in Barton Upon Irwell, a village near Salford in Greater Manchester where a fine steel aqueduct carries the Bridgewater Canal over the Manchester Ship Canal, which at this location follows the course of the River Irwell. He began his career in local football before signing for Rochdale in November 1936, where he made his league debut. He spent part of 1938/39 season in the Scottish Leagues with Dumfries-based side Queen of the South, and signed for Exeter City in August 1939 weeks before the start of World War Two. Like so many players of his age, his best years as a footballer were denied to him by the war, though he played a couple of games for Exeter City in 1945/46 prior to joining the Tigers.

Later in life Crawshaw returned to the area of his birth and died in Worsley, a few miles north of Barton Upon Irwell, in 2003.

Details

Nationality: England
Date/Place of Birth: 2 March 1916, Barton Upon Irwell
Hull City First Game: 2 September 1946, Crewe Alexandra H (Division Three North), 30 years, 184 days old
Hull City Final Game: 7 September 1946, Southport A (Division Three North), 30 years, 189 days old

Clubs

Rossendale United (1935-1936), Rochdale (1936-1937), Fleetwood (1937-1938), Rossendale United (1938), Queen of the South (1938-1939), Stalybridge Celtic (1939), Exeter City (1939-1946), Hull City (1946-1947), Ashton United

Hull City Record

Career: 2 apps, 2 goals

Cyril Crawshaw
SeasonLGE
App
LGE
Gls
FAC
App
FAC
Gls
FLC
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FLC
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EUR
App
EUR
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OTH
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OTH
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