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In Profile: Craig Hignett

24 May 2013

We take a look at the career of the new Pools' Assistant Manager

It was in October 1988 that Craig Hignett burst on to the football scene when he made his debut for Crewe Alexandra at the tender age of 18. 

He quickly became a key member of the line-up at Gresty Road and went on to score an impressive 57 goals in 150 appearances which secured him a move to Premier League Middlesbrough in 1992. 

Hignett enjoyed an eventful six years on Teesside which included two promotions and an appearance in both the FA Cup Final and the League Cup Final in 1996/97. 

As well as that, the talented attacker secured his place in Middlesbrough folklore when he scored the first-ever goal at The Riverside Stadium in a 2-0 win over Chelsea at the start of the 1995/96 season. 

In 1998 he moved on to Aberdeen but within a year Barnsley paid £800,000 to bring him back south of the border - it proved inspired business as Hignett fired twenty goals in his first season with The Tykes to help them to the Play-Off Final. 

After scoring 35 goals in 66 outings for Barnsley he was attracting interest from bigger clubs and Blackburn Rovers stumped up £2.2million to take him to Ewood Park in 2000. 

Hignett helped Rovers regain their top flight status and then celebrated League Cup success when they beat Spurs in the 2002 final at Wembley. 

Following his departure from Blackburn, Hignett played short spells with various clubs including Leicester City and Darlington before turning out twice for Pools in 2007. 

More recently, the 43-year-old has been connected with the coaching set-up at Middlesbrough, whilst also acting as summariser for their games on BBC Tees.

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