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Legends - Steve Cross

16 May 2017

Crossy, as he is affectionately known, first joined Town back in 1976 and still works with the club in a different capacity today.

Steve joined Shrewsbury after he handed in a written trial request. A trial was granted and after impressing he was offered terms as an apprentice in 1976. It wasn’t however until April 1977 that Cross would make his first Shrewsbury appearances – as a substitute against Mansfield Town.

Cross also saw his opportunities limited in the 1977-78 season and it wasn’t until midway through the 78-79 season that Steve would become a regular in Blue and Amber.

Cross had made just one start before March that season, but after injury to Graham Turner, Cross played 13 of the final 14 games of the season as Town marched to the Third Division title.

Cross would stay with Shrewsbury for a decade in total, scoring 33 goals in 262 games before being sold to Derby County for £70,000 after a tribunal. Steve made 73 appearances for Derby and a further 43 for Bristol Rovers before calling time on his professional football career in 1993.

It was his interest in the media which would see him return to Shrewsbury Town. Steve stood in as Stuart Dunn’s co-commentator on BBC Radio Shropshire on a number of occasions before taking on the role on a full-time basis. Steve was well-loved by his enthusiastic commentary style which included him being heard celebrating whenever Shrewsbury scored a goal.

His love for Shrewsbury was clear to see and he gave a fantastic insight when his former boss and fellow legend Graham Turner returned to the club for a second spell in 2010.

Steve left BBC Radio Shropshire a few years back to go on a round the world tour, but has kept in touch with Shrewsbury Town and is now an ambassador for Shrewsbury Town in the Community. His role with the community has seen him attend Meadow Memories sessions alongside fellow legend Ken Mulhearn and at the 2017 End of Season Awards he was presented with an award for his services to the Community.