Paul Crichton

Paul Crichton

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Torquay United (loan)
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Doncaster Rovers
Grimsby Town
West Brom
Aston Villa (loan)
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York City
Gainsborough Trinity
Stafford Rangers
Leigh RMI
Accrington Stanley
Cambridge United
King's Lynn (loan)
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Paul Andrew Crichton (born 3 October, 1968 in Pontefract) is an English former professional footballer and now goalkeeping coach at Brighton and Hove Albion.


Crichton, a journeyman player, started his career as a trainee at Nottingham Forest, turning professional in May 1986. During his time at Forest he was loaned out to six different clubs to gain first team experience, although he was never given an opportunity at Forest. The first of these loan spells, with local rivals Notts County, gave Crichton his league debut in September 1986. This was followed by further loan spells that season at Darlington (January) and Peterborough United (March). In September 1987 he rejoined Darlington on loan, with further loan spells at Swindon Town in December 1987, and Rotherham United in March 1988. He joined Torquay United on loan in August 1988, playing 13 games at the start of the season, keeping Ken Veysey out of the side. He played well enough to attract attention from other clubs, and moved from Forest to Peterborough United in November that year on a free transfer.

He was released at the end of the following season and joined Doncaster Rovers in August 1990, moving on to Grimsby Town on a free transfer in July 1993 after 77 games for Doncaster. He was an ever-present in his first season at Blundell Park, hardly missing a game for 3 years until September 1996, when he moved to West Bromwich Albion for £250,000, playing under his former Grimsby manager Alan Buckley.

His spell at the Hawthorns was frustrating for Crichton as he spent a lot of time on the bench, playing only 28 games in 2 years with the club, and finding himself playing second fiddle to Alan Miller, a goalkeeper signed for £400,000 shortly after Crichton's arrival. Crichton was again farmed out on loan, first for a week from 7 August 1997 to Aston Villa for whom he did not play. He joined Burnley on loan in August 1998, playing just once, in the opening game of the season, before being recalled to the Hawthorns after just 3 days.

He returned to Burnley in a permanent move on 19 November 1998, costing the Clarets £100,000 and quickly established himself in the Burnley side. He was an ever-present in the 1999–00 season, as Burnley won promotion to Division One, but the following season lost his place to Greek international goalkeeper Nik Michopoulos. His spell at Burnley may be remembered for his part in one of Burnley's worst ever spells in football. In February 1999, Burnley played Gillingham at Turf Moor, Gillingham won 5–0 with Robert Taylor scoring all 5 goals (at the time it was a post-war record for number of goals scored by one person on an away ground). Things went from bad to worst in the following fixture, again at home, this time to Manchester City as City won 6–0. Crichton was in goal for both games, and although the defence was perhaps more to blame than him, it was the most goals he had conceded in two games.

On 22 June 2001 Norwich paid £150,000 to sign him from Burnley. He was signed as a back-up goalkeeper, however, and spent his time playing understudy to Robert Green. After only 6 appearances in three seasons, Crichton joined York City on a free transfer in 2004, although he ended his final season at Norwich with a first division championship medal after the Canaries won promotion to the premiership. However, he was sacked by York in September 2004 after an incident with a supporter, [cite news
title = York ban keeper after crowd incident
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date = 2004-08-31
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] and joined Gainsborough Trinity. [cite news
title = Sacked Crichton joins Trinity
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date = 2004-09-21
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] Later that month he joined Stafford Rangers, playing twice before leaving to seek a move to a club nearer his Norwich home. [cite news
title = Rangers bring in Danks on loan
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date = 2004-09-28
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] However, in early October 2004 he joined Leigh RMI, [cite news
title = Leigh sign up Crichton
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publisher = BBC Sport
date = 2004-10-06
accessdate = 2007-10-14
] for whom he played five times before joining Accrington Stanley in November 2004. [cite news
title = Accrington sign keeper Crichton
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publisher = BBC Sport
date = 2004-11-19
accessdate = 2007-10-14

It was from Accrington Stanley, and following almost twenty appearances, that Crichton returned to league football, joining Gillingham at the beginning of the 2005–06 season. Crichton was signed as back up to Jason Brown, but was also given his first official coaching role. [ [ Keeper Crichton joins Gillingham] ] His one appearance that season came in the home game against Yeovil, where he kept a clean sheet in a 0–0 draw.

On 26 June it was announced that Crichton had left Priestfield and joined Cambridge United as a player coach. [ [ Crichton for Cambridge] ] In January 2007 he was loaned to King's Lynn until the end of the season, [ [ Lynn borrow Crichton and like the look of Diggin] ] but remained as goalkeeping coach at Cambridge United. However, after Cambridge lost 5-0 twice in succession, Crichton was recalled from his loan, and was present in goal during the club record victory on 31 March 2007 (7-0 v. Weymouth). He was released by Cambridge in May 2007 and returned to King's Lynn on a permanent contract for the 2007–08 season, [ [ Crichton becomes a permanent Linnett] ] but was allowed to leave to join Brighton in order to further his career. [ [,,10433~1076355,00.html] ]


As a player

Grimsby Town
*Lincolnshire Senior Cup winner: 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96
*Supporters Player of the Year winner: 1994


External links

*soccerbase|1760|Paul Crichton
* [ Career information at]

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