Norwich City’s Canadian FA Cup hero Errol Crossan is mourned

Terry Bly with Canadian winger Errol Crossan, left, in March 1959.

Terry Bly with Canadian winger Errol Crossan, left, in March 1959. - Credit: Archant

Errol Crossan, who played a key role in Norwich City's famous FA Cup run of 1958-59, has died at the age of 85.

The Canadian right winger played in all 11 games as the Canaries reached the semi-finals of the competition as a third-tier side before being beaten by Luton in a replay.

He weighed in with four goals as Archie Macaulay's side made national headlines by overcoming the odds to come within touching distance of Wembley, netting in the 3-0 win over Manchester United in the third round and also scoring the goal that earned City a replay in the quarter-finals at Sheffield United.

Born in Montreal on October 6, 1930, Crossan moved with his family to the Isle of Man at the age of eight and played for Manchester City, Gillingham and Southend before joining Norwich in September, 1958.

He went on to make 116 appearances for the club in an eventful spell that also included promotion to the old Division Two in 1960, scoring 32 goals in the process.

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He was transfered to Leyton Orient in February 1961 before moving back to his native Canada, where he finished his playing career and later worked as a supervisor for Canadian Forest products before retiring.

Crossan was inducted into Norwich City's Hall of Fame in 2002 having earlier received a similar accolade in his homeland where he was named in the best national team of players who represented the country between 1912 and 1962.

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A statement on City's official website said: 'The thoughts of everyone at Norwich City are with Errol's family and friends at this time.'

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