About Garth Crooks OBE

Garth Crooks OBE, PFA Charity Trustees

Garth Crooks OBE has been an active member of the Professional Footballers' Association throughout his playing career and beyond.

His career saw him play for Stoke City, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, West Bromwich Albion and Charlton Athletic.

In 1988, Crooks became the first black chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association, a position he held for two years before injury forced him to retire from the game.

Crooks made his debut with Stoke City in April 1976 at home to Coventry City becoming the first black player to play for Stoke since Roy Brown in the 1940s.

He moved to White Hart Lane in the summer of 1980 for a fee of £650,000. With Crooks leading the line, Spurs won two FA Cups and the 1984 UEFA Cup.

Crooks went on to play for Manchester United, West Bromwich Albion and Charlton Athletic.

In 1999 he was awarded an OBE for his services to football punditry and can be regularly seen working for the BBC.