Cresswell retires from playing after 20-year career

Richard Cresswell celebrates for York City against Plymouth Argyle as his goals helped the Minstermen beat the drop last season.
Richard Cresswell celebrates for York City against Plymouth Argyle as his goals helped the Minstermen beat the drop last season.

Bridlington-born striker Richard Cresswell has announced his retirement from professional football because of eye and knee injuries.

He enjoyed a 20-year playing career, which began and ended at York City saw him play more than 600 league and cup games, including a spell in the Premier League with Sheffield Wednesday.

The former Bridlington Rangers junior has said he is looking to spend time with clubs at home and abroad as he works towards his coaching qualifications.

In a statement issued by the Bootham crescent club, Cresswell said: “It has been a difficult and emotional decision for me to make, but I feel it is now the right time for me to finish my playing career.

“Due to injury issues, I don’t feel I can perform at the level I would like to anymore and that is very frustrating for me.

“I have had a wonderful career and have reached the highest level playing in the Premier League and can look back on some good times and great achievements.”

The club revealed the 36-year-old has recently suffered from a serious eye complaint, as well as a long-standing knee problem sustained eight year ago, which doctors initially believed would prevent him playing beyond the age of 31.

Cresswell added: “Nothing will compare to the enjoyment I have experienced playing the game I love.

“However, I am now embarking on part two of my professional life and I am focussing on a future career coaching first team football.

“After three years coaching education, I have now achieved my UEFA A License and I’m going to spend the coming months visiting top clubs in this country and overseas to further my development and experience.”

Cresswell joined the Minstermen at the age of 13 and turned professional at 17. He moved to Sheffield Wednesday for almost £1,000,000 in 1999 before spells with leicester city, Preston North End, Leeds United, Stoke City and Sheffield United.

He also won four caps for England under 21s.

Cresswell added: “I would like to thank my wife, Zoe, my four children and all my family for their fantastic support throughout my career.

“Finally, thank you to the York City fans for the unbelievable reception I experienced when I returned to York City.

“It’s my local club and will always have a special place in my heart.

“ I wish the team the very best for the rest of the season.”