A diminutive midfield player with a silky touch and tenacious tackle, Cropley was a League Cup winner and twice Drybrough Cup winner with the 'Turnbull Tornado's' in the early 70s.
National team Scotland
International debut 13th October 1971 (versus Portugal)
Born in the garrison town of Aldershot in 1951 where his father was playing for the local side, Alex Cropley along with Bob Wilson of Arsenal, became the first players born in England to represent the full Scottish side when they were selected to play against Portugal in the European Championship qualifier at Hampden in October 1971.
A product of Edina Hibs, Cropley was the first player to make the step up to senior level from the juvenile side. Signed by manager Bob Shankly in 1968 he made his first team debut later that year, but it was under the guidance of manager Eddie Turnbull he blossomed into international quality.
The diminutive midfield player with a silky touch and tenacious tackle was a League Cup winner and twice Drybrough Cup winner with the 'Turnbull Tornadoes' in the early 70's, but it was only a matter of time before he made the journey south to England. Signed by Arsenal in a big money move in 1974 his Highbury career was interrupted by a serious leg break. Transferred to Aston Villa in 1976, he was a League Cup winner with the midland side in 1977.
After a short loan spell at Newcastle United, he had a season in North America with Toronto Blizzard before ending his playing days with Portsmouth in 1983. Cropley made one other appearance for Scotland in the match against Belgium, again a European Qualifier, in November 1971 before being named an unused substitute against West Germany in a friendly in Frankfurt in 1974.
Full name Alexander James Cropley
Date of birth 16th January 1951
Place of birth Aldershot, England