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David Cross - Manchester City FC - Biography of his Man City career.

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Date: 04 April 1983

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      Friday, 08 December 1950
      Bury, England.
  • Coventry City
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 17th November 1973 in a 3-0 defeat at Leeds United (Aged: 22)
    • Club Career
      90 League apps (+1 as sub), 29 goals
  • Manchester City FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 28th August 1982 scoring in a 2-1 win at Norwich City (Aged: 31)
    • Club Career
      31 League apps, 12 goals
  • Norwich City FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 9th October 1971 in a 1-1 draw at Sunderland (Aged: 20)
    • Club Career
      83 League apps (+1 as sub), 21 goals
  • West Bromwich Albion
    • Club Career Dates
      1976-1977, 1984-1985
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 20th November 1976 in a 1-0 defeat at Manchester City (Aged: 25)
    • Club Career
      (During two spells)
      54 League apps, 20 goals
  • West Ham United FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 17th December 1977 in a 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion (Aged: 27)
    • Club Career
      178 League apps (+1 as sub), 78 goals
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David CROSS - Manchester City FC - Biography of his Man City career.


David Cross had the misfortune to sign for City as a replacement for the million pound and Sampdoria-bound Trevor Francis. Described perhaps harshly by many as a journeyman footballer, Cross's main claim to fame prior to his arrival at Maine Road on July 31st 1982 from West Ham United was a career that had already taken in five clubs in thirteen years. It had also taken in the small matter of 166 goals in 439 League games during that time. It was certainly fair to say that Cross knew where the net was, a fact confirmed to City supporters after just two minutes of his debut. In that 2-1 win at Norwich on the opening day of the 1982/83 season, Cross became the scorer of the first goal in the entire League that season and it is believed that he still holds the record for the fastest goal ever scored by a City player in any game. In the next game (against Stoke) Cross once again scored as the Blues ran out 1-0 winners and fans began to think that the loss of Francis was not that great after all.


As if to confirm that point, Cross scored twelve times in the League that season, exactly the same number as the more illustrious Francis had done the last time out. October proved David's most prolific month during his short Maine Road career. He scored in each of four consecutive League matches (against Coventry, Everton, Sunderland and Manchester United) and proved his fondness again for Norwich when he scored twice against them in a 4-2 win at Maine Road in January. Unfortunately, though, Cross's time at Maine Road coincided with too many poor team performances, John Bond's dismissal (to be replaced by his assistant John Benson) and ultimately relegation thanks to that dreadful game against Luton Town. By the time of that game, Cross had left Maine Road and was trying his luck in the NASL with Vancouver Whitecaps whom he joined on April 26th 1983. He scored 13 times in 38 League and Cup appearances for City. On returning to the UK he played for Oldham, West Bromwich Albion, Bolton and his hometown club Bury. (Ian Penney - author of The Legends of Manchester City)



Years             Team                 Games   Goals

1969–1971    Rochdale               63    (21)
1971–1973    Norwich City        101    (33)
1973–1976    Coventry City        103    (32)
1976–1977    W. B.A.                   38    (19)
1977–1982    West Ham United    234    (99)
1982–1983   Manchester City    31    (13)
1983               Vancouver Whitecaps    26    (19)
1983–1984    Oldham Athletic          23    (8)
1984                Vancouver Whitecaps    20    (10)
1984–1985    W.B.A.                           18    (4)
1985–1986    Bolton Wanderers         23    (11)
1985–1986     Bury (loan)                  13    (0)
1986–1987    Aris Limassol