|Full name||William Cringan|
|Date of birth||21 April 1890|
|Place of birth||Muirkirk, Scotland|
|Date of death||12 May 1958 68)(aged|
|Place of death||Bathgate, Scotland|
|Douglas Water Thistle|
|1916–1917||→ Ayr United (loan)||53||(2)|
|1919–1921||Scottish League XI||4||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Cringan, a centre half, started his senior career when he joined Sunderland from Douglas Water Thistle in 1910. After five and a half seasons on Wearside, and with English football suspended during World War I, he returned to Scotland with Ayr United on a temporary transfer in January 1916. In the summer of 1917 he left the Black Cats to join Ayr on a permanent basis, signing for Celtic in a £600 transfer deal a few months after that.
Cringan was appointed Celtic captain soon after his arrival, a position he held until his departure. During this time the club won the 1918–19 and 1921–22 Scottish League titles and the Scottish Cup in 1923. He eventually left the Parkhead club in October 1923 when he joined Third Lanark. A year later he moved to Motherwell, where he moved away from top level football following the 1924–25 season, with short spells outside the league with Inverness Thistle and Bathgate before retiring altogether.
Cringan was first selected for the Scottish national side on 26 February 1920, captaining the side in a 1–1 draw against Wales. He was not selected again until 1923 but would eventually win a total of five international caps, three as captain. Cringan also featured in four matches for a Scottish Football League select side.
Cringan married the sister of footballer Peter Nellies; the brothers-in-law played together once for the Scottish League XI in 1919.
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