Richard Cresswell is a striker who once commanded a £1m fee when he signed for Sheffield Wednesday, then a Premier League side, in 1998. On Thursday, Cresswell made his debut for Tadcaster Albion in an NCEL League Cup quarter-final tie against Knaresborough.

Lining up in a side that contained fellow ex-pros Matt Heath, Jonathan Greening and Seb Carole, the 38-year-old front man played a full 90 minutes and laid on one assist in a game that saw Tadcaster progress to the semi-finals.

38-year-old Cresswell, who retired from the professional game in 2013, actually featured in a York League match for Dunnington at the weekend and had been registered by Tadcaster before the NCEL deadline od two weeks ago, the Brewers only revealing that the former Premier League striker had signed days before Thursday’s quarter-final clash.

In the Wetherby News article, Cresswell revealed that he “enjoyed every minute” of his Brewers’ debut, a debut in which he played the whole game and aided with an assist. Speaking further, Cresswell said: “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 where you have to play with a smile on your face.”

The former Leeds frontman, who signed for the Whites from Preston in a £1.3m move at the end of August 2005, was non-commital on whether he’d be seeing further game time saying, “We will see, maybe.”

Cresswell’s time at Elland Road saw him make 41 appearances, scoring nine goals and providing four assists. However, the Bridlington-born striker is now a member of the i2i Sports coaching staff, who are the owners of Tadcaster Albion, and added that: “You can see the lads are doing fantastically well and I said I would be there if they got a couple of injuries.”

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