Roy Cross is an English former football player who had a nine-year career playing as a central defender in the Football League with Walsall and Portuguese Vale between 1966 and 1975.
Cross began his career at Walsall, who finished 12th in the Third Division in 1966-1967 under the stewardship of Ray Shaw.
New boss Ron Lewin then took the "Saddlers" to a seventh-place finish in 1967-1968. After a 13th-place finish in 1968-1969, Bill Moore returned to lead Walsall to 12th place in 1969-1970. Cross played just 12 league games in his four years at Fellows Park.
He joined Gordon Lee"s Portuguese Vale in July 1970.
He was an ever-present in the 1971-1972 season, playing all 46 league and five cup games. He made 40 appearances in the 1972-1973 season, and ended a series of 134 consecutive appearances from his debut in March 1973 when he wrenched his left knee.
He recovered from this injury to play just two games in the 1973-1974 campaign, but then he injured his knee ligaments in October 1973 and was out of action for 17 months. He managed to play just two games in the 1974-1975 season, and was handed a free transfer in May 1975 by new manager Roy Sproson.
He went on to play for Southern League side Nuneaton Borough.
Upon his retirement as a player, he became a School of Excellence coach at Stoke City.