Martin Cranie

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Martin Cranie is an English defender who was born in Yeovil on 23rd September 1986. Cranie began his career at Southampton, and was a member of the academy side that won the league championship in 2005. Cranie had a nightmare Saints debut on 1st May 2004, scoring an own goal in a 4-0 loss at Chelsea.

After one Carling Cup appearance for Southampton in 2004/05, Cranie was loaned to Bournemouth for one month at the end of October. He returned to make a few Premiership appearances for Harry Redknapp's Saints at Christmas time. His only start after New Year's Day 2005 came in the 4-0 FA Cup quarter final defeat to Manchester United on 12th March 2005.

In 2005/06 Cranie appeared sporadically throughout the campaign, putting in mainly passable performances. The following season Cranie made just one League appearance before being loaned to hometown club Yeovil in November 2006. The defender returned to St Marys in January and came off the bench on 6th January 2007 in an FA Cup tie at Torquay. He returned to Yeovil in March for another short loan spell. Cranie was a surprise starter in Southampton's play-off semi final second leg tie at Derby on May 15th 2007, and put in by far his best ever performance in a Saints shirt.

On June 26th 2007 Cranie was reunited with his former Southampton manager Harry Redknapp when he moved down the road to local rivals Portsmouth. His move to the Premiership soon won him international recognition. On 16th August 2007 Cranie made his England under 21 debut against Romania. The former Saints man started for Pompey for the first time on August 15th 2007 in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United, but was subbed at half time. He made just two further appearances at Fratton Park, before joining QPR on loan in October. Cranie's stay at Loftus Road was cut short when he broke his leg in November 2007.

On 1st September 2008 Cranie joined Charlton on loan until the end of the year. He had 19 games with the Championship strugglers before returning to Portsmouth in January. Cranie started in Pompey's FA Cup games with Bristol City and Swansea in January 2009, but was frozen out of the side after that. In June 2009 Cranie helped England reach the 2009 U21 European Championship final, and scored in the semi-final of the competition against Sweden.

On 13th August 2009 Cranie joined Coventry City for an undisclosed fee on a three year contract. He made his Sky Blues debut on 15th August 2009 at Barnsley. Cranie's first ever goal at club level came on 15th September 2009 in a 3-2 win over Sheffield United. He remained a regular at The Ricoh Arena as Coventry struggled in lower mid table in his first two seasons. Cranie and the club were relegated to League 1 in 2011/12

On 20th August 2012 Cranie signed for Barnsley on a one year deal.