10 Questions With
Former Town defender Ian Cranson tells me his toughest opponent, how he occupies himself now and more.
What was your most memorable match?
Quite a few up there, beating Man Utd at Old Trafford in my 1st season, Autoglass Final at Wembley for Stoke purely because we won and 80% of the crowd were Stokies!
But going to go for gaining promotion as Champions for Stoke at home to Plymouth.
Who was the best player you played with and why ?
Difficult one- going to say David Seaman purely because of what he went on to achieve in his career.
Who was your toughest player and why?
Ian Rush was someone who always seemed to score even when he was having a quiet game- always worked you. Tony Cascarino of Millwall cut me twice in one game when at Ipswich so the Doc wasn't happy as he’d stitched me at half time then had to do it again after the game.
What was your favourite ground you played at and why?
Anfield even though I never won there, best was a couple of draws, but atmosphere was always electric.
Who was the best manager you played under and why?
Didn't get the opportunity to work under Sir Bobby at senior level so would have to say probably Lou Macari though didn't realise it at the time. He got me fitter than I’d ever been after my injuries and he was a good judge of player and character- knowing the players he could trust and the others he would have to keep an eye on.
What was your pre match routine? eg luck item, superstitions
Right shin pad on first then went around team wishing everyone the best before the game by numbers but leaving my fellow CH ‘til last.
Do you follow Ipswich's progress or attend any of their games?
Continue to look at results but not seen a game for a few years now because of work commitments.
Do you keep in touch with any of your former team mates and if so who?
Bump into Nigel Gleghorn if Stoke have any functions. I attended the ex-Ipswich players do a few years ago. Last person I spoke to was Ian Atkins last season and Steve McCall a couple of years ago.
Now you are no longer playing football how do you occupy yourself?
Still involved in coaching at Wolves Academy and with the Local Council. I have my own Parcel Delivery round.
If you could go back and do one thing differently, what would it be?
Avoid the challenge with Mark Bright at Wembley just after moving to Sheffield Wednesday that ruptured my Cruciate Ligament and caused me problems thereafter!!
Ian picks the best 11 players he has played with during his career.