Richard Paul Wesley Cresswell (born 20 September 1977) is an English semi-professional footballer who plays for Northern Premier League Division One North club Tadcaster Albion. He primarily plays as a striker but can also play as a winger.
Cresswell started his career with York City in their youth system, making his first-team debut in a Second Division match in 1996. Having scored 19 goals for York in the 1998–99 season, he signed for Premier League club Sheffield Wednesday in 1999. After their relegation the following year, Cresswell joined Leicester City of the Premier League, but was loaned to First Division club Preston North End in 2001 and played for them in the 2001 First Division play-off Final. He signed for Preston permanently later that year. He had four full seasons with Preston, scoring a career best 21 goals in 2004–05, which culminated in defeat in the 2005 Championship play-off Final. Cresswell signed for Preston's Championship rivals Leeds United in 2005, and endured a number of knee injuries while with them. He missed their defeat in the 2006 Championship play-off Final through suspension.
Following Leeds' relegation into League One in 2007, he signed for Championship club Stoke City. He won promotion with them into the Premier League as Championship runners-up in 2007–08, with Cresswell scoring 12 goals. He spent one season in the Premier League with Stoke before joining Championship club Sheffield United on loan in 2009, signing permanently in 2010. United were relegated into League One in 2011, and Cresswell played in their defeat in the 2012 League One play-off Final. He was made player-coach at the club in 2012 before rejoining his first club York in 2013, initially on loan. Cresswell retired from playing later that year, before joining York's backroom staff in 2014. He had a short spell as the club's caretaker manager in 2015, and resumed his playing career in non-League football with Tadcaster Albion the following year.Close