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Lance Cronin
Full nameLance Cronin
NationalityEng England
Rovers apps (goals)a1 (0)
PositionGoalkeeper
Date of birth11 September 1985
in Brighton
Height6 ft 1 in
Joined
1 July 2011 from Gillingham
Left
30 June 2012
Senior clubs
Crystal Palace
Wycombe Wanderers
Oldham Athletic
Shrewsbury Town
Ebbsfleet United
Gillingham
Bristol Rovers
Ebbsfleet United
Macclesfield Town
a League appearances and goals only
Last updated by Gasheadsteve on 10/07/2013

Lance Cronin joined Rovers as part of the massive squad overhaul overseen by newly-arrived manager Paul Buckle in the summer of 2011. The club had already signed Scott Bevan as the first choice keeper and brought in Lance to provide both backup and competition for the number 1 spot.

He made his only appearance for The Gas on 31 December 2011, when he came on as a half time substitute for an injured Bevan in a 5–2 thumping at the hands of Crewe Alexandra. The next day, after it had become clear that Bevan would require a spell on the sidelines, Michael Poke was brought in on loan, leaving Cronin to continue in his role as the backup 'keeper. After Bevan had recovered sufficiently to take a spot on the bench in mid-February Lance found himself surplus to requirements for the time being and was sent out on a month-long loan to his former club Ebbsfleet United on 20 February 2012, a deal later extended until the end of the season.

On his return to Bristol from loan he was informed that his contract would not be renewed and he was released at the end of the 2011–12 season, eventually signing for Macclesfield Town in time for the next season.

CareerEdit

Lance came through the youth setup at Crystal Palace, eventually earning a promotion to the club's professional ranks in the early 2000s. He was never to make his senior debut for The Eagles however, as after a brief loan spell with Wycombe Wanderers in 2005 he was released without having played a single game for the London side. He found himself without a full-time club for the 2005–06 seasons and had spells as a non-contract player for Oldham Athletic, for whom he made a single substitute FA Cup appearance, and Shrewsbury Town, where he didn't play at all.

He was able to get his career back on track when he signed for Ebbsfleet United in the summer of 2006. During his four-year stay with The Fleet he made over 150 appearances in the Conference and was capped by the part-time England national team, then called the England National Game XI. His record in non-league football earned him a return to The Football League in 2010 when he was picked up by Gillingham, but after playing just seven League Two games for them a 7–4 defeat to Accrington Stanley on 2 October 2009 saw him dropped from the starting lineup, never to return. He was eventually released at the end of the 2010–11 season and was picked up by Rovers.

Career statsEdit

SeasonClubLeague
AppsGoals
2002–03Crystal Palace 00
2003–04Crystal Palace 00
2004–05Crystal Palace 00
2004–05Wycombe Wanderers (loan)10
2005–06Oldham Athletic 00
2005–06Shrewsbury Town 00
2006–07Ebbsfleet United 430
2007–08Ebbsfleet United 380
2008–09Ebbsfleet United 450
2009–10Ebbsfleet United 440
2010–11Gillingham 70
2011–12Bristol Rovers 10
2011–12Ebbsfleet United (loan)100
2012–13Macclesfield Town 280

Record against RoversEdit

Lance made his debut in senior football against Bristol Rovers while on loan with Wycombe Wanderers in 2005 in a game that ended in a 1–0 victory for The Gas, thanks to a 12th-minute winner by Richard Walker. To date this is the only time that Lance has faced Rovers in a competitive first team match.

DateClubVenueResultNotes
7 May 2005Wycombe WanderersThe Memorial Stadium1–0 to RoversDanny Senda also in Wycombe's lineup