Walsall player 9. Roy Cross


Roy Cross

Personal information
Full name Roy Cross
Date of birth 4 December 1947 (age 68)
Place of birth Wednesbury, England
Playing position Central defender
Senior career
Years                      Team                            Apps (Gls)
1966–1970            Walsall                             12     (0)
1970–1975             Port Vale                       136      (1)
?            ?                Nuneaton Borough      ?          ?
Total                                                                148+   (1+)

Now this one is for Trev, I did not remember Roy playing for Walsall, so when Trev asked me to do him, I thought he had the first name wrong, and I knew of Nicky, I remember and saw him play many times, I also saw Roy play but his name did not stick in my head, apologies !

Now Roy did go to T P Riley school for his education whereas Nicky went to school in Birmingham

Roy Cross (born 4 December 1947) is an English former footballer who had a nine year career playing as a central defender in the Football League with Walsall and Port Vale between 1966 and 1975.

Playing career

Cross began his career at Walsall, who finished 12th in the Third Division in 1966-67 under the under the stewardship of Ray Shaw. New boss Ron Lewin then took the “Saddlers” to a seventh place finish in 1967-68. After a 13th place finish in 1968-69, Bill Moore returned to lead Walsall to 12th place in 1969-70. Cross played just 12 league games in his four years at Fellows Park. He joined Gordon Lee at Port Vale in July 1970. He made his debut on 5 September, in a 1–0 win over Preston North End at Vale Park. He played 42 Third Division Games in the 1970-71 season, and scored his first goal in The Football League on 2 January, in a 2–1 win over Doncaster Rovers at Belle Vue. He was an ever-present in the 1971-72 season, playing all 46 league and five cup games.He made 40 appearances in the 1972-73 season, and ended a series of 134 consecutive appearances from his debut in March 1973 when he wrenched his left knee..He recovered from this injury to play just two games in the 1973-74 campaign, but then he injured his knee ligaments in October 1973 and was out of action for 17 months. managed to play just two games in the 1974-75 season, and was handed a free transfer in May 1975 by new manager Roy Sproson. He went on to play for Southern League side Nuneaton Borough. Upon his retirement as a player, he became a School of Excellence coach at Stoke City.

No pictures seem to be available for Roy, but he was another player who did not play the amount of games which he should have, because of injury!

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