This season Prostate Cancer UK is the official charity of The
Football League. To celebrate, we've asked bloggers from each of
the 72 clubs to count down their top five strikers to have worn the
No9 shirt, in recognition of the fact that prostate cancer
affects one in nine men.
Tubbs thumping: Matt Tubbs proved his worth with a 40-goal season. Photo courtesy of Action Images
Here blogger Warren Lucy, of warrenlucy.blogspot.co.uk,
selects Crawley's five best No9s… and one to forget!
5. Charlie MacDonald
Charlie Mac joined Crawley after his release from Stevenage and
didn't take his time to start finding the back of the net on a
regular basis. A key figure in our Dr Martens League success, with
over 20 goals, Charlie went down in Reds history by scoring the
first ever Conference goal in the 2-1 win over Leigh RMI. Injuries
saw him released at the end of the season, yet he's still one of
4. Brian Gregory
In his 72 appearances in a red shirt, Brian Gregory's precise
finishing notched him an astonishing 52 goals. He joined the club
from Dartford and finished top scorer in his two seasons at
Crawley, helping the Reds gain promotion to the Southern League
Premier Division in 1984 in the process.
3. Craig Whittington
Craig followed in the footsteps of his father Eric by playing for
Crawley. Joining as a 20-year-old, Craig made just over 170
appearances for the Red Devils scoring 75 goals. He joined
Scarborough for £50,000, before doing the rounds at Huddersfield
and Rochdale. Returning to Crawley after a difficult time at
Huddersfield Town, he failed to recapture his sensational
2. Terry Robbins
Robbins made a big impression during his two-year stint at
Crawley. Joining from Maidstone in 1984, Terry went on to score a
then record 33 goals in his first season at the club. His second
season in West Sussex saw him hit 24 goals; the third and final
campaign saw him score three times before he joined Welling United
in a £8,000 deal.
1. Matt Tubbs
Although he was only around for two years, Tubbsy made a huge
impact. Signing from Salisbury for around £70,000, Matt immediately
started banging in the goals, scoring twice in the game that
confirmed promotion for Reds at Tamworth. Finishing the season with
a record 40 goals in all competitions, he easily made the step up
to League Two and hit the winning goal against Hull in the FA Cup -
a final goodbye as he was sold to Bournemouth two days later for a
reported £800,000. Legend.
Jefferson Louis epitomises the word 'journeyman'. Having joined
Crawley from Wrexham, fans of his former clubs knew Louis would be
very poor; or be decent in the first few games, get a longer
contract and then do little else. For us, however, it was the
former. He was lazy, workshy, uninterested... I could go on and on!
He didn't last long, fortunately, and 18 appearances later, joined
Rushden on loan.
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