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As a teenager in the 1950s, this dogged warrior was thrown out of British and Irish football – FOR LIFE.


John Crossan’s ‘crime’ was to demand payment for his labour – a proper percentage of his transfer fee when he was due to move from Derry City to Sunderland.


When the ban was eventually lifted the Brandywell man carved out a remarkable career. He captained one of England’s great clubs, Manchester City, scored a hat-trick in a World Cup qualifier, and played in a European Cup semi-final against the mighty Real Madrid team of Di Stefano and Puskas.


This is the story of a passionate football man whose career was intriguing, controversial and never without incident.

THE MAN THEY COULDN'T BAN: The John Crossan Story

  • By Richie Kelly


    • Format: Paperback / Softback
    • Published On: November 2020
    • Publisher: Colmcille Press
    • ISBN / EAN: 9781914009006
    • Page Count: 255
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