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Full Name: Stephen Crawford
Born: 09 January 1974
Came from: Dunfermline Athletic Went to: Dundee United
First game: 07 August 2004 Last game: 28 December 2004
Appearances: 27 (20/7) Goals: 7
Crawford began his career with Raith Rovers, winning the Scottish League Cup and receiving a call-up to the Scotland squad, before moving to Millwall for one season. Returning to Scotland with Hibernian, his goals helped them gain promotion to the Premier League after which he joined Dunfermline, initially on a season long loan. He scored over 70 goals in nearly five seasons with the Pars and helped them reach the UEFA Cup and Scottish Cup Final. Eager to play again in England he chose to move to Argyle but, despite some impressive form, he returned to Scotland with Dundee United after just six months due to homesickness and family problems. Crawford had just one season at Tannadice, moving on to Aberdeen and then back to Dunfermline. After two more seasons there he was released and moved to East Fife, becoming player-manager towards the end of his first season.
Crawford remained as Fifers' player-manager for just over a year before resigning as manager in October 2010. Twelve months later he was appointed assistant manager of Falkirk, where he stayed for three years before taking up the same role at Heart of Midlothian in 2014, working with Robbie Neilson. In December 2016 he followed Neilson to England and MK Dons, to become his assistant manager at the League One club.
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From John Pickford in Sainghin-en-Melantois, France on 10/01/2018 ...
Not many Argyle players provide the answer on 'Question of Sport' - indeed Steve Crawford may be unique in this respect. The question...'Who is the first player to be capped by Scotland while playing for Plymouth Argyle?'
As an exile I only managed to see Steve Crawford twice in the home games against Burnley - 1-0 with a Wotton last minute penalty, and Gillingham - 2-1 with two Friio goals in injury time. By the time I was next able to see Argyle in the return match against Gillingham - 0-1 with Scott Taylor up front, Steve Crawford had gone back to Scotland.
Signing Steve Crawford showed admirable ambition by Bobby Williamson for 2004-5, Argyle's first season back in the second tier or Championship as we were getting to know it. You could say he was a Ron Blindell signing - someone who had played at a higher level ready to make an impact at Home Park. I really rated him, albeit on the evidence of just those two games. He had pace and skill, could do the fetch and carry spadework just behind the strikers and play a solid up-front game himself. He brought a different dimension to the shape of Argyle's attacking options. Had he stayed there was every chance he would have been a 15-goal-a-season player and players like Micky Evans and perhaps even Nathan Lowndes could have really developed the range of their games. Steve Crawford was genuinely a class act.
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