Diminutive outside left Cripsey was born in Hull and joined the Tigers in November 1951 from local amateur side Hull Brunswick, having completed his National Service. He made his City debut a year later and for three seasons he struggled to establish himself as a first team regular ahead of experienced wingers Eddie Burbanks and Brian Bulless. In 1955/56 Cripsey finally became a regular pick and he maintained that status for three years, scoring half a dozen goals in each of his last two seasons.
Early in 1958/59 Cripsey was lured away from his local club, joining North Wales side Wrexham. He spent two seasons at the Racecourse Ground but failed to make his mark, making only 27 league starts for the Robins. In July 1960 he headed back to the East Riding and signed for Bridlington Town. Subsequent spells at Bridlington Trinity and Goole Town preceded Cripsey emigrating to New Zealand, where he played for North Shore United and had a second career as a laboratory technician.
Date/Place of Birth: 26 June 1931, Hull
Hull City First Game: 3 January 1953, Brentford A (Division Two), 21 years, 191 days old
Hull City Final Game: 15 September 1958, Notts County H (Division Three), 27 years, 81 days old
Hull City (1951-1958), Wrexham (1958-1960), Bridlington Town (1960-1961), Bridlington Trinity (1961-1962), Goole Town (1962-1963), North Shore United
Hull City Record
Career: 159 apps, 20 goalsBrian Cripsey