Colin Cramb

Colin joined the Rovers in December 1995 for a reported £25,000 fee.  Still only 21, he had begun his career at Hamilton where he was considered one of Scotland’s brightest prospects on scoring twice on his debut as a 16 year old.  Moves to English Premier League side Southampton and Scottish Premier Clubs Falkirk and Hearts followed, but the talented striker never really established himself at that level and joined a Rovers team going well, and in the third division play-off places.

Signed as a strike partner to the clubs leading scorer Graeme Jones, Cramb immediately settled into the role, with his ability to bring others into play with some quality touches helped Rovers to a 4-1 win on his debut.  Inevitably, the clubs promotion challenge faltered but Cramb showed his worth scoring 7 times in 20 league games.

The following season saw Cramb feature as the clubs leading striker with Jones having moved on, and the Scot delivered the goals that were expected from him finding the net 21 times in all competitions during the season, which included 18 league goals, which made him the first Rovers player to find break the 20 goal barrier for some 20 years.

With the club struggling financially, Cramb became one of a number of key first team players to leave the club during the summer of 1997 with a £125,000 move to Bristol City serving as his reward for such a fruitful season among the goals.  He enjoyed promotion at Ashton Gate before a £200,000 move to Crewe and subsequently played in Holland with Fortuna Sittard before returning with spells at Shrewsbury and Grimsby.  He moved back to Hamilton in 2005, also enjoying successful time with Stenhousemuir, Stirling and East Stirlingshire before retiring in 2009 having scored well over 100 goals.

His goals mad him a big favourite with the Belle Vue crowd, providing them with a goal scorer at long last.  The tall Scot was never a physical, bustling striker though he had something of a temper, but he had skill in abundance and always had an eye for a spectacular goal (notably scoring a superb long range effort in the team’s excellent home win against a free scoring Wigan side).  Sometimes displaying an uninterested nonchalance on the pitch, he had the ability and the knack of suddenly coming to life to find a goal from nothing.  He made 61 league appearances for the club, during which he found the net 25 times.

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