Walsall player 258. Christopher “Chris” Crowe

Christopher “Chris” Crowe (11 June 1939 – May 2003) was an English international footballer.
Crowe began his career with Leeds United, signing as an amateur in October 1954, and making his first team debut on 20 October 1956 in a goalless draw at Burnley. He quickly became a regular in the Leeds side and made 98 appearances in total during four seasons, scoring 27 times.
He lost his place in the side after having to undertake National Service in early 1960, during which time the club found his understudy Billy Bremner to be more than capable. Crowe was sold to Blackburn Rovers in March 1960 for £25,000, where he played for almost two years.
In February 1962 he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers for £28,000. He scored on his club debut, a 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur on 3 February 1962, and managed 7 goals in his 14 appearances in the remainder of the campaign. He scored 11 in the following season as Wolves finished fifth in the First Division. He spent just two full seasons at Molineux, but notched 24 goals in his 85 appearances.
He moved to Nottingham Forest in August 1964, for £30,000. He remained at Forest for two-and-a-half seasons before signing for Bristol City in January 1967.
He headed abroad to join Australian club Auburn in May 1969, but returned to England just four months later with Walsall, where he spent the1969-70 season, his final before retiring from the game. He briefly came out of retirement in 1971 though, to represent non-league Bath City.
He died in May 2003, aged 63
Crowe earned one cap for the England national team, playing in a 1-1 draw against France in European Championship qualifier on 3 October 1962.
He won four caps at England under-23 level (scoring twice), and, owing to being raised in Scotland, also represented Scotland at schoolboy level.

Below page, is from England Football online.

Players Index

Chris Crowe

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 0 D 1 L 0 F 1: A 1
50% successful


disciplined: none
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Full name Christopher Crowe
Born 11 June 1939 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland [no registration found].
Attended St. John’s Primary School, Portobello
Died May 2003 in Bristol, Gloucestershire, aged 63 years [registered in Bristol, May 2003]. Death registration confirms birthdate.
Height/Weight 5′ 7″, 11st. 0lbs [1963].


Douglas Lammings’ An English Football Internationalist Who’s Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Club Career

Club(s) He was brought up in Edinburgh and so played football for the Edinburgh Schools and junior level. It was Leeds United AFC that signed him as an amateur in October 1954, turning professional in June 1956. He lost his place after 98 league appearances, scoring 27 goals. Blackburn Rovers FC signed him in March 1960 for a £25,000 fee and made 51 league appearances, scoring six goals. In January 1962, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC obtained his signature for £30,000 and went on to play 83 league appearances, scoring 24. And Nottingham Forest FC paid the same fee in August 1964, making 73 league appearances, scoring twelve. Bristol City signed him in January 1967 for £15,000. After 67 league appearances and thirteen goals, Sydney’s Auburn FC bought him for £4000 in May 1969, but he returned to England when Walsall FC paid £1000 for him in September 1969. He made only thirteen league appearances, scoring once and he did retire in 1970, but a year later, he appeared for Bath City FC.
Club honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None


Douglas Lammings’ An English Football Internationalist Who’s Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of four who became the 807th players (808) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-right
Only match No. 363, 3 October 1962, England 1 France 1, a European Nations Cup preliminary match at Hillsborough Stadium, Owlerton, Sheffield, aged 23 years 115 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours England U23 (four appearances, two goals), Scotland Schoolboy
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Around 1970, was a Leeds licensee for a time, later working as a newsagent in Bristol. – An English Football Internationalists’ Who’s Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.80.
Youth career
Edinburgh Schools
1954–1956 Leeds United
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1956–1960 Leeds United 98 (27)
1960–1962 Blackburn Rovers 51 (6)
1962–1964 Wolverhampton Wanderers 83 (24)
1964–1967 Nottingham Forest 73 (12)
1967–1969 Bristol City 67 (13)
1969 Auburn (-)
1969–1970 Walsall 13 (1)
1970–1971 Bath City 6 (1)
Total 382 (83 )
National team
1959–1961 England U23 4 (2)
1962 England 1 (0)

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