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Garth Crooks

1980 - 1985

Signed from Stoke City in 1980, Crooks forged a lethal partnership with Steve Archibald in the glory days of the early 1980s.

Crooks had already caught the eye with a hat-trick at England Under-21 level before arriving at the Lane and his pace and clever runs provided the perfect target for the likes of Hoddle and Ardiles in midfield.

A real opportunist in the box, he was almost ever-present in his first two seasons here as we celebrated the FA Cup wins in 1981 and 1982. He scored in the semi-final and final in 1981 and later bagged the winner to end our 73-year hoodoo at Anfield.

Loss of form and the form of the likes of Brazil and Falco saw Crooks lose his place in the 1982-83 season and the arrival of Clive Allen meant he started the 1984-85 campaign in the reserves.

He moved to West Brom for £100,000 in 1985 and then Charlton before injury forced his retirement in 1990. Intelligent and articulate, Crooks took up a post as Chairman of the PFA before forging a new career in TV.

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Garth Crooks
League Appearances
125
League Goals
48
League Cup Appearances
20
League Cup Goals
9
FA Cup Appearances
21
FA Cup Goals
9
European Appearances
16
European Goals
9