Errol Crossan

Errol Gilmour Crossan (6 October 1930 – 23 April 2016) was a Canadian professional soccer player, active primarily in England, who played as a right winger.

Errol Crossan
Personal information
Full name Errol Gilmour Crossan[1]
Date of birth (1930-10-06)6 October 1930[1]
Place of birth Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Date of death 23 April 2016(2016-04-23) (aged 85)
Place of death Langley, BC, Canada
Playing position Right winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1949 Marpole Athletic Club
1953 New Westminster Royals
1954–1955 Manchester City 0 (0)
1955–1957 Gillingham 76 (16)
1957–1958 Southend United 40 (11)
1958–1961 Norwich City 102 (28)
1961 Leyton Orient 8 (2)
1961 Toronto City
1962 New Westminster Royals
Total 226 (57)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Early and personal life

Crossan was born in Montreal. His family moved to the Isle of Man when he was eight, before returning to Canada in 1949, where he began his career with the Marpole Athletic Club.[1]


Crossan played three seasons in his first Pacific Coast League stint with the New Westminster Royals, helping the Royals capture the 1952-53 league title and then the 1953 Canadian championship.[2]

After a proposed move to England to play for Liverpool in 1953 fell through,[1] Crossan joined Manchester City in January 1954. He later played for Gillingham, Southend United, Norwich City and Leyton Orient, scoring 57 goals in 226 games in the Football League.[3][4][5]

Crossan played a significant role in Norwich's 1959 FA Cup run, when the team from the Third Division reached the semifinal, beating Manchester United along the way. Crossan played in all 11 ties, scoring four goals.[6]

He later returned to Canada to play for Toronto City, before ending his career with the New Westminster Royals in 1962.[7]

Crossan was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Norwich City Hall of Fame in 2002.[1]

He died on 23 April 2016 in Langley, British Columbia.[8]




  1. "Errol Gilmour Crossan". Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 18 June 2011.
  2. Norm Gillespie (19 August 1953). "New Westminster cops soccer tie". Google. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  3. "Errol Crossan". Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database. Neil Brown. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  4. "59er Crossan still "so tied" to Norwich City". Canada Soccer. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  5. Jones, Ken (14 April 1999). "Football: Golden Canary memories". The Independent. London. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  6. Walsh, Peter (3 May 2016). "Tributes to joker in Norwich City's famous 1959 FA Cup run side". Eastern Daily Press. Norwich. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  7. Jukich, Roy (23 June 1962). "Crossan, Woods banned 2 years for pay rebellion". The Vancouver Sun. p. 16. Retrieved 13 June 2011.
  8. "Honoured hero Crossan, 85, passes away". Canada Soccer. 1 May 2016. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
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