December 21, 1942
One of the early Irish professional footballers to come to this country, Bob Crone, who played for a number of League clubs, and later became a trainer, has died at Barrow-in-Furness.
He and another young Irishman, Jack Taggart, were signed by Middlesbrough in 1889. In 1895 Crone went to West Bromwich Albion, and subsequently played for Notts County (as full-back in 1897) and Burton Swifts. His first club was Belfast Distillery.
As a trainer he was five seasons with Brentford, and later served in that capacity with West Bromwich Albion, Barrow and Swansea, retiring at the outbreak of the last war.
(Nottingham Evening Post: December 21, 1942)