Alex Cropley

Date of birth16 January 1951
Place of birthAldershot
NationalityScottish
PositionMidfielder

With Aston Villa, League Cup winner 1977. Despite his slender figure, Alex was a tough tackler in midfield but suffered a succession of injuries while at Arsenal.

In a career blighted by injury, the Aston Villa midfielder joined Newcastle on loan to regain fitness. He is one of the rare English-born players to have represented for Scotland.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Arsenal 01 Dec 1974 01 Sep 1978
Aston Villa 01 Sep 1978 01 Sep 1981

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1974-75 Arsenal FA Cup 2
1974-75 Arsenal League Division One 7
1
1975-76 Arsenal League Cup 2
1
1975-76 Arsenal League Division One 20
4
1976-77 Arsenal League Division One 2
1
1976-77 Aston Villa FA Cup 2
1976-77 Aston Villa League Cup 7
1976-77 Aston Villa League Division One 32
3
1977-78 Aston Villa League Cup 3
1977-78 Aston Villa League Division One 17
2
1977-78 Aston Villa UEFA Cup 5
1978-79 Aston Villa League Division One 15
2
2
1979-80 Aston Villa League Division One 1
1979-80 Newcastle United League Division Two 3


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
07 Dec 1974 Carlisle United v Arsenal L 2-1 League Division One
14 Dec 1974 Arsenal v Leicester City D 0-0 League Division One
21 Dec 1974 Stoke City v Arsenal W 0-2 League Division One
26 Dec 1974 Arsenal v Chelsea L 1-2 League Division One
28 Dec 1974 Sheffield United v Arsenal D 1-1 League Division One
04 Jan 1975 Arsenal v York City D 1-1 FA Cup 3rd round
07 Jan 1975 York City v Arsenal W 1-3 FA Cup 3rd round replay
11 Jan 1975 Arsenal v Carlisle United W 2-1 League Division One
18 Jan 1975 Middlesbrough v Arsenal D 0-0 League Division One
16 Aug 1975 Burnley v Arsenal D 0-0 League Division One
19 Aug 1975 Sheffield United v Arsenal W 1-3 League Division One
23 Aug 1975 Arsenal v Stoke City L 0-1 League Division One
26 Aug 1975 Arsenal v Norwich City W 2-1 League Division One
30 Aug 1975 Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal D 0-0 League Division One
06 Sep 1975 Arsenal v Leicester City D 1-1 League Division One
09 Sep 1975 Everton v Arsenal D 2-2 League Cup 2nd round
13 Sep 1975 Aston Villa v Arsenal L 2-0 League Division One
20 Sep 1975 Arsenal v Everton D 2-2 League Division One
23 Sep 1975 Arsenal v Everton L 0-1 League Cup 2nd round replay
27 Sep 1975 Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal D 0-0 League Division One
04 Oct 1975 Arsenal v Manchester City L 2-3 League Division One
11 Oct 1975 Arsenal v Coventry City W 5-0 League Division One
18 Oct 1975 Manchester United v Arsenal L 3-1 League Division One
25 Oct 1975 Arsenal v Middlesbrough W 2-1 League Division One
08 Nov 1975 Arsenal v Derby County L 0-1 League Division One
15 Nov 1975 Birmingham City v Arsenal L 3-1 League Division One
10 Apr 1976 Everton v Arsenal D 0-0 League Division One
13 Apr 1976 Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers W 2-1 League Division One
17 Apr 1976 Arsenal v Ipswich Town L 1-2 League Division One
19 Apr 1976 Queens Park Rangers v Arsenal L 2-1 League Division One
24 Apr 1976 Manchester City v Arsenal L 3-1 League Division One
21 Aug 1976 Arsenal v Bristol City L 0-1 League Division One
04 Sep 1976 Arsenal v Manchester City D 0-0 League Division One
11 Sep 1976 West Ham United v Arsenal W 0-2 League Division One


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1971-72 Scotland UEFA European Championship 2
1971-72 Scotland Under-23 1
1972-73 Scotland Under-23 1
1973-74 Scotland Under-23 1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
13 Oct 1971 Scotland v Portugal W 2-1 UEFA European Championship Group 5
10 Nov 1971 Scotland v Belgium W 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group 5
26 Jan 1972 Scotland v Wales W 2-0 U23
13 Feb 1973 Scotland v England L 1-2 U23
27 Feb 1974 Scotland v Wales W 3-0 U23


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.