Wednesday, 15 December 2010
221 Craig Whitington
Position : Forward
Played : 1994-95 (on loan from Huddersfield)
Appearances : 1
Goals : 0
Only a handful of Dale fans saw Dave Sutton's very last signing as he only played in the manager's final game away at Hartlepool where the small away contingent spent the game jeering at both Sutton and Docherty. Craig made his name at Crawley Town then got his chance in the League when Scarborough paid £50,000 for him in December 1993. Inexplicably at the time Scarborough accepted £20,000 from Huddersfield for him just eight months later. Craig found it hard to break into the first team and had only made one appearance for them before he was loaned out to us.
He could hardly have found a worse game to play in, a demoralised team with a discredited manager and down to ten men when Richard Sharpe was sent off in the second half. I remember him winning a few headers but that's all. Docherty wasn't interested in him at all and he didn't even make the bench for the rest of his loan spell.
Shortly after he returned to Huddersfield he tested positive for cannabis and though the club stood by him he was sacked on the spot when the same thing happened 12 months later. Only Crawley were preparted to employ him when his ban expired in 1997 but he picked up a knee injury and left after a handful of games. He didn't play at all for two years but since 1999 has been playing for teams in the Brighton and Crawley Leagues.