William Cringan

William CringanWilliam started his career with Lanarkshire side Douglas Water Thistle, whom in later years would be somewhat of an unofficial feeder club to Motherwell F.C providing the talents of Pat Delaney and Willie McCallum amongst others who perhaps wouldn’t make such a huge impact like those two. Surprisingly the Ayrshire, Centre Half opted to head to Wearside where he would start his senior career with Sunderland, a club who he would give five and a half years’ service before returning North to join Ayr Utd in January 1916, which was on a temporary transfer. A year later he officially left the Black Cats when Celtic snapped him up for £600. His time at Parkhead would see William win the league titles of 1917, 1919 and finally 1922.

Now very much in the latter stages of his career, he joined Motherwell for the 1924/25 season as the side were hoping to improve upon the 10th place finish of the last campaign. More or less a fringe player, William would only make 14 appearances as the side stuttered in the league and drab performances seen them finish in a lowly 3rd bottom position. The club had finished on the same points as Third Lanark and Ayr United below them, but thankfully ‘Wells goal difference saved them from relegation. On 4th October 1924 Cringan netted his one and only goal against Hearts at Tynecastle, the game finished 2-2. After Motherwell William had a brief stint with Third Lanark before retiring. He died 12th May 1958.

Name: William Cringan
Date of Birth: 21st April 1890
Place of Birth: Muirkirk, Ayrshire
Position: Centre Half
Nationality: Scottish

Football Career:

Sunderland 1910 1915
Ayr United 1915 1917
Celtic 1917 1923
Third Lanark 1923 1924
Motherwell 1924 1925

Well Career:

Apps Goals
16 1
Scottish Cup:
League Cup:
16 1