Yep you read that headline right, Peter Crouch stuns fans by joining a former club of his in the National League South (sixth tier).
Crouchy ended his playing career with a short spell at Burnley two years ago, however he is now back in football, the thing he loves most.
After being with Brentford and QPR in his youth days, his senior career officially launched with Premier League side Tottenham and saw him make 585 league appearances for nine different clubs.
He scored 145 league goals and added another 22 goals in 42 England appearances before hanging up his boots at the end of the 2018/19 season at the age of 38.
He didn’t play for Spurs in his first spell there but before joining QPR, where his league career got underway, he had two loans, one with IFK Hässleholm in Sweden but before that he played six times, scoring once, for Dulwich Hamlet and that’s the club he’s now rejoined.
He won’t be putting his boots on though. He’s joined the National League South club as a director, with the club confirming the news on their Twitter account on Tuesday.
Dulwich Hamlet wrote: “We’re delighted to welcome @petercrouch to the board of Dulwich Hamlet.
“The ex-England international, who enjoyed his first professional football at The Hamlet (on loan from Tottenham aged 17) returns to Champion Hill, this time as a director.”
We’re delighted to welcome @petercrouch to the board of Dulwich Hamlet.
The ex-England international, who enjoyed his first professional football at The Hamlet (on loan from Tottenham aged 17) returns to Champion Hill, this time as a director. #DHFC💖💙 pic.twitter.com/JWgwvkMiB7
— Dulwich Hamlet FC (@DulwichHamletFC) June 22, 2021
Crouch said: “I’ll be any kind of help I can be this season. We’re talking about fund raising or that kind of situation but also on th playing side and helping on that side as well.
“I want to let you know that I’m taking it seriously. I know this is people’s lives, people’s livelihoods. I’m not here to mess about. I’m here to enjoy it, definitely, but hopefully I’m here to make an impact.”
Crouch made just six substitute appearances for Burnley before calling it a day, the last of them, his last professional game, coming in the final game of the 2018/19 season against Arsenal when he replaced Chris Wood with thirteen minutes remaining.
1991–1993 – Brentford
1994–1995 – Queens Park Rangers
1995–1998 – Tottenham Hotspur
1998–2000 – Tottenham Hotspur
2000 → Dulwich Hamlet (loan) – 6 games (1 goal)
2000 → IFK Hässleholm (loan) – 8 games (3 goals)
2000–2001 – Queens Park Rangers – 42 games (10 goals)
2001–2002 – Portsmouth – 37 games (18 goals)
2002–2004 – Aston Villa – 37 games (6 goals)
2003 → Norwich City (loan) – 15 games (4 goals)
2004–2005 – Southampton – 27 games (12 goals)
2005–2008 – Liverpool – 85 games (22 goals)
2008–2009 – Portsmouth – 38 games (11 goals)
2009–2011 – Tottenham Hotspur – 73 games (12 goals)
2011–2019 – Stoke City – 225 games (46 goals)
2019 – Burnley – 6 games (0 goals)
Total – 599 games (145 goals)
As mentioned, Peter Crouch stuns fans by joining the National League South club Dulwich Hamlet, see what everyone had to say below…
@brockleylion: That’s great work peter.
@Nyerider: OMG this is massive.
@APJHansard: Crouchfest on the Hill?
@RussWWFC: Wonder if he recalls the game against Aylesbury United when a fan I know called him ‘Rodney Trotter’ only to get a two fingered salute in return 🤣
@SGlover135: Let’s hope his first decision as a director is to read signs 🤔🤣
@AzzaL123: Been feeling bit shite from time to time recently but this has cheered me up 😁
@DannBarfield: This is class
@ambersalamander: You’re not wearing your mask, Peter. There’s a sign.
@Creature_Ben: So, this is massive. In a couple of ways. Hello @petercrouch!
@ceylonandi: My pre-season training just pivoted to robots only.
@Jon_Armstrong73: Lovely bit of business. #DHFC
@Paula_Griffin65: Incredible to meet Rodney again… Crouchy & @DulwichHamletFC are the perfect combination, a player & a club who really get what football is about – fun, friendship & beer not moolah & prawn sandwiches
@hackbridgeharry: Sad to see an England International footballer hit the depths of despair so soon after his career ended. I can only hope that things get better for him sooner rather than later and that one day he can hold his head up high again
@JonCudby: This is the most exciting thing happening in the world of football today.
@RachaelParkman: AMAZING NEWS and looking forward to hearing DHFC mentioned on the podcast!
@Matboy_Slim: Fantastic news…. just have to dig out the actual shirt he wore from his time here. No doubt in one of the many supporters team kits knocking around.
@jimoutoffaf: We (briefly) had the world’s tallest keeper a couple of years ago. Do we now have the world’s tallest director?
@LiamNUFC98: Welcome to my local non league team
@dacey831: Let me tell you something about the board of this club. If there’s a way. They find it. This is unbelievable yet so funny in the best way possible 😂👏🏽 Get your keys ready Peter, corners incoming
1: Announce player registration
2: can we name one end of the ground the Crouch End now?
— Callum (@cal_thornhill) June 22, 2021
— Dulwich Hamlet FC (@DulwichHamletFC) June 23, 2021