Stopper Crossley recalls Wednesday days

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MARK CROSSLEY’S goal for Sheffield Wednesday back in 2006 ensured he’d go down in Hillsborough folklore.

The larger than life keeper, now part of the coaching set-up at League Two leaders Chesterfield, didn’t have an ordinary career by any stretch of the imagination.

A renowned penalty stopper, Crossley became only the second ever keeper to save a spotkick in an FA Cup Final, when he saved from Gary Lineker in 1991 and he is also the only man to have denied penalty taking king Matt Le Tissier from 12 yards.

In a career spanning two decades, Hoyland-born Crossley also played for England Under 21s and was capped eight times for Wales before hanging up the gloves.

All the incidents on Crossley’s colourful career will be available to be read, in his soon to be released book and he told The Star that his goal for the Owls against Southampton was “right up there” in his list of achievements.

“I’d have to say that that goal was on a par with the other things that I achieved,” he said. “I didn’t know what to do when I was scored. I had a hamstring injury at the time and I was worried about making it all the way up the other end to get back in goal!”

Crossley’s header that day earned the Owls a point and he only wishes he had spent more of his career playing in his native south Yorkshire.

“I enjoyed it immensely at Sheffield Wednesday,” he admitted. “They are a huge club and I would have liked to have spent more time there.

“As for Barnsley, it’s sad that I never played for them either. They overlooked me when I was a youngster so I ended up going to Forest.”

His book, ‘Big Norm The Mark Crossley Story’ is set to be released in September and can be pre-ordered through visiting www.bignorm.co.uk