Craig Fagan was a creative forward player that spent five and a half years at City, interspersed with a short spell at Derby County, following a £125,000 transfer from Colchester United in February 2005. His debut saw him come on as a late substitute at Tranmere and Craig scored a fine goal. Although in truth Fagan’s game was based more on hard work running the channels and bringing others into attacks, rather than pure predatory finishing. He was a first team regular for a season and a half as City built a squad ready to take on the week o week challenges of the Championship, but in January 2007 Fagan made a £1m move to Premier League-bound Derby County. He rejoined City on loan in March 2008, a victim of new boss Paul Jewell’s clearout, and that move was made permanent on City’s elevation to the Premier League two months later. Fagan was a full part of the City first team squad throughout the club’s first two years in the top flight, although injury curtailed his first season after Newcastle thug Danny Guthrie hoofed Fagan up the arse and broke a tibia, as City cruised to victory at St James’ Park. Fagan was injured throughout Cty’s return to the Championship in 2010/11 and left the club that Summer. Fagan at times divided opinion amongst City fans, but few could doubt his all-action style and willingness to run all afternoon. And he contributed some important goals along the way too.
Born in Birmngham and raised in Bromsgrove, Fagan was raised by Birmingham City and made his Blues debut in October 2002. But his career at St Andrews did not progress and he signed for Colchester United in June 2004 after a successful loan spell at Layer Road the previous season. His first season as a permament Colchester player was a success as he contributed 14 goals by mid-February, adding to the 10 he scored during the previous loan season. It was this form that attracted City’s attention.
Fagan was released by City on a free transfer in May 2011 and he signed a two year deal with Bradford City. But he left the Bantams after only one season and saw out the remainder of his career spending short periods of time at Bury, Gillingham and Singaporean S League side Brunei DPMM. Between 2018 and 2019 Fagan was employed by Hull City in various coaching roles within the youth team structure, before joining Southend United as under-23s manager in August 2019. He was elevated to assistant manager in March 2021 by his former City boss Phil Brown as the Shrimpers battledto avoid relegation out of the Football League. While that mission failed Brown and Fagan were appointed as manager and assistant for the 2021/22 season but both were dismissed by Southend in October 2021 after a poor run of results.
Date/Place of Birth: 11 December 1982, Birmingham
Hull City First Game: 5 March 2005, Tranmere Rovers A (League One), 22 years, 84 days old
Hull City Final Game: 28 September 2010, Burnley A (Championship), 27 years, 291 days old
Birmingham City (2000-2004), Bristol City (2003, loan), Colchester United (2003-2004, loan), Colchester United (2004-2005), Hull City (2005-2007), Derby County (2007-2008), Hull City (2008, loan), Hull City (2008-2011), Bradord City (2011-2012), Bury (2013), Gillingham (2013-2014), Brunei DPMM (2015)
Hull City Record
Career: 151 apps, 20 goalsCraig Fagan
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|2006/07||27 (0)||6||-||-||2 (0)||0||-||-||-||-|
|2007/08||4 (4)||0||-||-||-||-||-||-||0 (3)||0|
|2008/09||15 (7)||3||3 (0)||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2009/10||20 (5)||2||-||-||1 (0)||0||-||-||-||-|