A new book about Hibernian legend Alex Cropley discussing his playing career and tales from his personal life.
Author Tom Wright, Hibernian Official Club Historian and curator of the Hibernian Historical Trust, received unprecedented access to Alex Cropley to help create this fascinating book.
Author Tom Wright received unprecedented access to Alex Cropley to help create this fascinating book
Alex Cropley has played for Hibernian, Arsenal and Aston Villa football clubs, among others. Born in Aldershot to a family of semi-professional football players, he also played for the Scottish national side in the 1970s. Two dreadful leg-breaks resulted in many English First Division games being missed before his move to Aston Villa. Affectionately known as 'Studs' at Villa because of his ferocious tackling, Cropley retired due to injuries during his tenure there.
Alex Cropley had just left school when he was picked up as one of Scotland's latest football talents. Signed to Hibernian aged just 16, Cropley soon made his name as a player on the team's legendary Turnbull's Tornadoes side.
Over the 1970s, he played for Hibernian, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Newcastle United, Toronto Blizzard and Portsmouth, before a number of injuries forced him off the pitch. From a football-mad kid playing on the streets of Edinburgh to a member of the Scottish national team, his career epitomises both the aspirations and the bitter disappointments surrounding the game on the pitch.
Alex Cropley was a member of the Scottish national team
Cropley's tale of his time on (and off) the pitch isn't just the tale of one man's odyssey, however, but rather offers a glimpse into the footballing landscape of the time, with an engaging and often wry depiction of the larger-than-life characters who went on to become the greats of Scottish football.
More than just the tale of one man and his football, Crops is a testament to the passion of generations for the beautiful game, as well as a heart-wrenching account of the sacrifices that commitment to life on the pitch can lead to.
Filled with frank recollections of personal triumphs and despair, Crops is also peppered with anecdotes about the footballing legends Cropley played alongside and captures the spirit of football in the seventies. Whether readers remember Cropley's more famous goals with warmth or recognise themselves in the football-crazed kid playing on the streets, this is a must-have for any football fan.
A frank but warm-hearted account of the hopes and despair of the great game, Crops will delight football fans of all ages.
Crops: The Alex Cropley Story will be available from November 2013.