Defender   1917-1918


Full name : –  Warneford CRESSWELL

Born on 5th November 1897 in South Shields, County Durham, England.

Height :  1.76m  (5′ 9 ½“)

Weight :   71.76kg  (11st  4lbs)


Right back Warney Cresswell was a schoolboy star playing for Durham, South Shields and England Schools and signed for North Shields Athletic before WWI and was associated with Tottenham by the eleven guest appearances he made during that conflict.  He made his name playing for a South Shields boy’s team, but was attracted to a similar side on the north of the Tyne, who signed him for 2 shillings and sixpence (12½p).  

He was associated with Manchester United and was a gym instructor at an Army base in London, where he came to Tottenham’s attention and they asked him to fill in for the full back berth vacated by Tommy Clay.  Cresswell’s coolness on the ball helped him deal with his distribution and his athletic assets helped him deal with flighty wingers he came up against, but he was only able to play for Tottenham for one season and eleven appearances, as he was moved to undertake his Army service in Scotland, guesting for Heart of Midlothian, Hibernian and Morton.

At the end of the war, he returned to the North-East to play for South Shields, with his ability bringing him to the notice of the Football League selectors, winning a place in an XI v the Scottish League.  Just two days later, he was in the England team to face Wales.

Many clubs were keen on taking him away from South Shields, but the club held on to him until March 1922, when Sunderland bought him for £5,500.

Played for the Roker Park club with his brother Frank, won two more Football League selections and one cap a year for his five years at Sunderland. His liking for moving forward with the ball and timing his tackles, rather than relying on strength, Warney moved to Everton in February 1927 when he was nearly 30 for £7,000.  When many thought his best years were behind him, he stayed at Goodison Park for nine years.  Making over 300 appearances, many as the club captain, he was instrumental in Everton winning the League title in 1928 and 1932, the Second Division Championship in 1931 and the FA Cup in 1933.  He made the Football league side twice more and won another England cap in October 1929.

Retiring in May 1936, Cresswell went into management at Port Vale, but was only there a year before taking over at Northampton Town.  The Second World War stopped his managerial career, as he re-joined the services as a Physical Training instructor.   After peace was declared, Warney took a manager’s job at Dartford, but was only there for six months before taking over a pub.

Warney Cresswell died on 20th October 1973 in South Shields, County Durham, England.



Career Record

Club Signed Fee  Debut Apps Goals
North Shields Athletic 1914 12.5p   ???
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1917 Guest 15.09.1917 v Brentford (London Football Combination) (a)  lost 2-5 11 0
Heart of Midlothian Guest   ???
Hibernian Guest   ???
Morton Guest   ???
South Shields May 1919   ??? 99 ??
Sunderland March 1922 £5,500   ??? 182 ??
Everton February 1927 £7,000   ??? 306 1


Tottenham Hotspur career
11  War-time League appearances; 0 goals

England international
7 full caps; 0 goals
Debut : – 14th March 1921 v Wales (away)  (Home Nations Championship) (Ninian Park)
1 Schoolboy cap; 0 goals

First Division Champion  1927-1928, 1931-1932  (Everton)
Second Division Champion  1930-1931  (Everton)
FA Cup winner  1933  (Everton)

3 Football League appearances


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