On Wednesday 22nd March we are delighted to welcome Mark Crossley for an evening with us at the club.
Goal keeper Mark is probably best remembered for his thirteen years with Nottingham Forest during which he made over three hundred appearances for the club plus eight games for the Welsh National team.
He was born in Barnsley in 1969 and joined the Reds as a trainee in 1987 before making his first team debut two years later. It was non-other than Brian Clough who gave him his first contract at the club and he will doubtless share some of his memories of those days with us. He holds Clough in the highest regard “ I owe him everything.”
He finally left Nottingham Forest in 2000 having had his testimonial in front of 15,000 supporters during the 1999 – 2000 season. He then spent three years with Middlesbrough, four seasons with Fulham and then two campaigns with Oldham Athletic where he also took on a coaching role.
In 2009 he moved to Chesterfield to be part of John Sheridan’s coaching team and when “Shez” moved on, was appointed joint caretaker manager, a role he reprised at Notts County in 2018.
Mark retired from football in 2020 but after a 33 year association with the game, he found it really difficult “ I thought I was ready for a break but when it came and all my life’s structure was taken away, I hadn’t a clue how to handle it”
We look forward to hearing his personal story - It will be the most interesting of nights!