HISTORY OF THE CLUB
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.