Ex-Leeds United man Richard Cresswell "enjoys every minute" of Tadcaster Albion debut

Richard Cresswell (Photo: Caught Light Photography)
Richard Cresswell (Photo: Caught Light Photography)

Former Leicester City and Leeds United striker Richard Cresswell revealed his enjoyment at pulling on a Tadcaster Albion shirt during Thursday's NCEL League Cup quarter-final at Manse Lane.

Cresswell lined up with his former York City and England youth teammate Jonathan Greening in the Brewers line-up and bagged one assist during 90 minutes playing up front.

The 38-year-old retired from the professional game at boyhood club York in 2013 but featured in a York League match for Dunnington at the weekend.

Tadcaster registered Cresswell before the NCEL deadline closed two weeks ago but only revealed his signature days before the last eight clash with Knaresborough.

After making his Albion debut, Cresswell said: “I enjoyed every minute.

“It was great to have a kick around with my mates and help Tadcaster get through to the next round.

“What they've done to the place here is great, it's like a family.

“I have played against Jono many time in the Premier League but not together for a long time. It was good fun out there and to keep the ball.

Both of us have got to that time in our lives wheere you have to play with a smile on your face.

“You can see the lads are doing fantastically well and I said I would be there if they got a couple of injuries.”

Asked whether he saw another appearance in the near future, he added: “We will see, maybe.”

Cresswell became a £1million signing for then Premier League side Sheffield Wednesday in 1998 and went on to make four appearances for England Under 21s in 199.

After leaving Wednesday, he went on to represent Leicester, Leeds, Preston North End, Stoke City, and Sheffield United before the end of his career at York.

He was released as a member of the York backroom staff by Jackie McNamara before Christmas but has recently joined the coaching staff at i2i Sports, the owners of Tadcaster Albion.

Cresswell said: “I have known the guys for a couple of year and we've kept in touch.

“Things are progressing at a rate of knots. They've brought me and Jono on board and we're looking to move forward in their plans.”