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Chris Short (footballer)

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Full name  Christian Mark Short
1988–1990  Scarborough
Name  Chris Short

Playing position  Defender
Role  Footballer
Years  Team
Position  Defender
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Date of birth  (1970-05-09) 9 May 1970 (age 45)

Place of birth  Munster, West Germany

Christian Mark "Chris" Short (born 9 May 1970) is a former footballer, who played as a defender for Scarborough, Notts County, Huddersfield Town, Sheffield United and Stoke City. He also played non-league football for Pickering Town and Hinckley United.



Born in Münster, West Germany, Short grew up in Yorkshire and followed his older brother Craig from non-league Pickering Town on to Scarborough. He was loaned to Manchester United before joining his brother again at Notts County for £240,000, Scarborough's record sale. He helped Neil Warnock's side reach the top flight in his first season and he stayed there until 1995, when he joined Sheffield United. Brian Little took him to Stoke City on a free transfer in 1998 and impressed as an attacking right back.

However, just a month into his Stoke career he collapsed on the edge of the pitch at Fulham on 8 September 1998 and had to be revived with oxygen. Short went on a number of checks at the hospital but they found no problems with him. He was put on a sodium diet and says that he always felt "tired and out of breath". Eventually he was diagnosed with a circulation disorder and retired from playing after ending his career with Scarborough and Hinckley United.

Personal life

His brother Craig is also a professional footballer. He and his brother now regularly row across the English channel for charity.

Short later worked as a strength and conditioning coach and sports massage therapist and has also worked as a fitness coach with Blackburn Rovers, Crystal Palace, Derby County, Leicester City and Sheffield United. Short joined Neil Warnock's coaching set-up at Leeds United as the first team fitness conditioner on 13 July 2012. Short left the club shortly after the sacking of Neil Warnock, with manager Brian McDermott bringing in his own fitness coach Jon Goodman.

In November 2016 he became the fitness coach at Bradford City.

Career statistics

  • Sourced from Chris Short profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
  • References

    Chris Short (footballer) Wikipedia

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