Crouch only missed four Premier League matches during his second season with Stoke City and added eight goals to his career total, one of which was in the FA Cup competition. In 2013/14 he continued to be a regular in the Stoke team, appearing in 34 of the 38 Premier League matches and scoring eight times. He added two more goals in four domestic cup-ties. On the last day of 2014/15 he scored the last goal of Stoke's 6-1 win over Liverpool, setting a Premier League record of 47 headed goals surpassing Alan Shearer. It was his tenth goal of the season,justifying Mark Hughes's decision a few months earlier to offer him a two year contract extension. 2015-26 was frustrating for him however as he fell down the pecking order and made only four league starts. His two goals came in the cups and although he asked to be considered for a move away in January Hughes retained his services as Stoke fought on three fronts.
In November 2017 Crouch set a record for Premier League substitute appearances when he came off the bench for the 143rd time. Although Stoke were relegated to the Championship he remained with them for 2018-19. 21 of his 23 Championship appearances in the first half of that season were as a substitute, so it was a huge surprise on 31st January 2019, a day after his 38th birthday, that Crouch was back in the Premier League by joining Burnley. All six of his appearances between then and the end of the season were from the bench and his spell was also interrupted by appendix surgery.
Although a contract extension at Burnley was on offer, Crouch decided to call time on his playing career in July 2019 and signed a deal to co-present a new weekly Premier League TV show on Amazon Prime alongside John Bishop and Gabby Logan.
|5||West Ham United|
|2||West Ham United|
|22||England Premier League|
|2||World Club Championship|
|Total||Goal minute period|
|1||26.07.2005||FBK Kaunas||Dar. & Girenas St.||Europe|
By Jimmy Rice at liverpoolfc.tv.
An interview in The Guardian from 6th of October 2007.
Match report by Dominic Fifield for The Guardian on Liverpool - Galatasaray on 27th of September.
From the Mirror on the origins of "Crouchinho".
Redknapp in the Daily Mail - An excellent feature on "Crouchinho".
Peter Crouch finally scored after failing to find the target in 18 games. How does he compare with other forwards in Liverpool's history?
Match report from The Guardian on Deportivo Saprissa - Liverpool from 15.12.2005.
Liverpool 3, Portsmouth 0 from Daily Post Nov 21 2005. By Ian Doyle At Anfield
Interesting article by Niall Quinn in October 2005 explaining how best to utilize Crouch's strengths for Liverpool.
BBC report on Kaunas 1-3 Liverpool on 26 July 2005.
"Peter has been superb for us since the first day he came. He was playing really well even when he wasn't scoring, he was doing well for the team and I wonder where all the critics are now who were on his back. They are probably hiding or just shaking their heads as they watch him now, they are no doubt asking themselves why they said what they did. It was only a matter of time before he scored. He's definitely England quality. I know the England fans were on his back a little bit which was sad to hear. But he is proving to everyone that he is England class and I'm sure he has a bright international future. I certainly hope he has."
Steven Gerrard on the criticism in Crouch’s early career at Liverpool
"He's marvellous, it's great for me to have him as a team-mate, to play with him up front. He runs all the time, he makes himself available, he wins headers and he's creating opportunities for me to capitalise on. I am pleased to be playing alongside him because he does a huge amount of work."
Morientes on Crouch in Dec 2005
"I had a big slice of luck with the first one obviously. It was on target but went a bit higher than I planned. If it goes to the dubious goals committee I'll be telling them that it's definitely mine. I am a buoyant person by nature but if I'm honest this goal drought as been getting me down at times. I've been getting a bit of stick lately but it's great to get the goals today and hopefully I can go on from here and score more."
Crouch's reaction after his first goals for Liverpool
"When you are playing at a high-profile club like Liverpool and also at international level, there are a lot of chances for people to see what you can do. I'm playing Champions League football, we're challenging for things at club level and I am playing international football. Sometimes, I do feel as though I need to do a little bit more than others but that's something I have to live with. As long as I'm doing well and scoring goals, I don't think people can criticise."
Crouch in 2006 after having scored 27 goals in 48 games for club and country.
"There was a lot of fun, a lot of stuff being thrown, a lot of shouting, but it's not often you get to the final of the Champions League and the boys were enjoying themselves, that's for sure. George Gillett came into the dressing room but I don't think he saw much because his glasses kept steaming up. We tried to throw him in the bath at one point, so he's had a real welcome to English football!"
Crouch lifts the lid on the post-match celebrations at Anfield after the 2007 semi-final win in the Champions League
"Crouch has the stature to lead the line, his very existence sets an unusual problem for defenders, and the combination of his spidery limbs, surprisingly delicate control and patient approach allow him to hold the ball up quite effectively."
Richard Williams in The Guardian
"Had I not become a footballer, I think I would have been a virgin."
Peter Crouch's honest answer in a Soccer AM interview
|Club||Season||Club rank||League apps||League goals||Total apps||Total goals|
|Tottenham||1998-2000||England Premier League||0||0||0||0|
|Dulwich Hamlet||1998-2000||Isthmian League||6||1||6||1|
|IFK Hässleholm||2000-01||Division 2 - Södra Götasland||8||3||8||3|
|QPR||2000-2001||England First Division||42||10||47||12|
|Portsmouth||2001-2002||England First Division||37||18||39||19|
|Aston Villa||2001-2002||England Premier League||7||2||7||2|
|Aston Villa||2002-2003||England Premier League||14||0||18||0|
|Aston Villa||2003-2004||England Premier League||16||4||18||4|
|Norwich City||2003-2004||England First Division||15||4||15||4|
|Southampton||2004-2005||England Premier League||27||12||33||16|
|Portsmouth||2008-2009||England Premier League||38||11||48||16|
|Tottenham||2009-2010||England Premier League||38||8||47||13|
|Tottenham||2010-2011||England Premier League||34||4||44||11|
|Tottenham||2011-2012||England Premier League||1||0||1||0|
|Stoke City||2011-2012||England Premier League||32||10||40||14|
|Stoke City||2012-2013||England Premier League||34||7||38||8|
|Stoke City||2013-2014||England Premier League||34||8||38||10|
|Stoke City||2014-2015||England Premier League||33||8||38||10|
|Stoke City||2015-2016||England Premier League||11||0||18||2|
|Stoke City||2016-2017||England Premier League||27||7||29||10|
|Stoke City||2017-2018||England Premier League||31||5||34||6|
|Stoke City||2018-2019||England Championship||23||1||26||2|
|Burnley||2018-2019||England Premier League||6||0||6||0|