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
25 Sep 1976 Aston Villa v Leicester City W 2-0 League Division One
02 Oct 1976 Stoke City v Aston Villa L 1-0 League Division One
16 Oct 1976 Sunderland v Aston Villa W 0-1 League Division One
20 Oct 1976 Aston Villa v Arsenal W 5-1 League Division One
23 Oct 1976 Aston Villa v Bristol City W 3-1 League Division One
27 Oct 1976 Aston Villa v Wrexham W 5-1 League Cup 4th round
30 Oct 1976 Liverpool v Aston Villa L 3-0 League Division One
06 Nov 1976 Aston Villa v Manchester United W 3-2 League Division One
10 Nov 1976 West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa D 1-1 League Division One
20 Nov 1976 Aston Villa v Coventry City D 2-2 League Division One
27 Nov 1976 Norwich City v Aston Villa D 1-1 League Division One
01 Dec 1976 Aston Villa v Millwall W 2-0 League Cup Quarter-final
11 Dec 1976 Leeds United v Aston Villa W 1-3 League Division One
15 Dec 1976 Aston Villa v Liverpool W 5-1 League Division One
18 Dec 1976 Aston Villa v Newcastle United W 2-1 League Division One
01 Jan 1977 Manchester United v Aston Villa L 2-0 League Division One
08 Jan 1977 Leicester City v Aston Villa W 0-1 FA Cup 3rd round
22 Jan 1977 West Ham United v Aston Villa W 0-1 League Division One
01 Feb 1977 Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa D 0-0 League Cup Semi-final 1st leg
05 Feb 1977 Aston Villa v Everton W 2-0 League Division One
12 Feb 1977 Ipswich Town v Aston Villa L 1-0 League Division One
16 Feb 1977 Aston Villa v Queens Park Rangers D 2-2
Agg: 2-2
League Cup Semi-final 2nd leg
22 Feb 1977 Aston Villa v Queens Park Rangers W 3-0 League Cup Semi-final replay
26 Feb 1977 Aston Villa v Port Vale W 3-0 FA Cup 5th round
12 Mar 1977 Everton v Aston Villa D 0-0 League Cup Final
02 Apr 1977 Bristol City v Aston Villa D 0-0 League Division One
05 Apr 1977 Aston Villa v Middlesbrough W 1-0 League Division One
09 Apr 1977 Derby County v Aston Villa L 2-1 League Division One
13 Apr 1977 Aston Villa v Everton W 3-2 League Cup Final 2nd replay
16 Apr 1977 Coventry City v Aston Villa W 2-3 League Division One
20 Apr 1977 Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur W 2-1 League Division One
23 Apr 1977 Aston Villa v Norwich City W 1-0 League Division One
25 Apr 1977 Arsenal v Aston Villa L 3-0 League Division One
30 Apr 1977 Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa L 3-1 League Division One
04 May 1977 Aston Villa v Manchester City D 1-1 League Division One
07 May 1977 Aston Villa v Leeds United W 2-1 League Division One
10 May 1977 Birmingham City v Aston Villa L 2-1 League Division One
14 May 1977 Newcastle United v Aston Villa L 3-2 League Division One
16 May 1977 Aston Villa v Stoke City W 1-0 League Division One
20 May 1977 Aston Villa v Queens Park Rangers D 1-1 League Division One
23 May 1977 Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion W 4-0 League Division One
20 Aug 1977 Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa W 1-2 League Division One
24 Aug 1977 Aston Villa v Manchester City L 1-4 League Division One
27 Aug 1977 Aston Villa v Everton L 1-2 League Division One
31 Aug 1977 Exeter City v Aston Villa W 1-3 League Cup 2nd round
03 Sep 1977 Bristol City v Aston Villa D 1-1 League Division One
10 Sep 1977 Aston Villa v Arsenal W 1-0 League Division One
14 Sep 1977 Aston Villa v Fenerbahçe W 4-0 UEFA Cup 1st round 1st leg
17 Sep 1977 Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa L 2-0 League Division One
23 Sep 1977 Aston Villa v Wolverhampton Wanderers W 2-0 League Division One
28 Sep 1977 Fenerbahçe v Aston Villa W 0-2
Agg: 0-6
UEFA Cup 1st round 2nd leg
01 Oct 1977 Aston Villa v Birmingham City L 0-1 League Division One
05 Oct 1977 Leeds United v Aston Villa D 1-1 League Division One
08 Oct 1977 Leicester City v Aston Villa W 0-2 League Division One
15 Oct 1977 Aston Villa v Norwich City W 3-0 League Division One
19 Oct 1977 Aston Villa v Górnik Zabrze W 2-0 UEFA Cup 2nd round 1st leg
22 Oct 1977 West Ham United v Aston Villa D 2-2 League Division One
26 Oct 1977 Aston Villa v Queens Park Rangers W 1-0 League Cup 3rd round
29 Oct 1977 Aston Villa v Manchester United W 2-1 League Division One
02 Nov 1977 Górnik Zabrze v Aston Villa D 1-1
Agg: 1-3
UEFA Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
05 Nov 1977 Liverpool v Aston Villa W 1-2 League Division One
12 Nov 1977 Aston Villa v Middlesbrough L 0-1 League Division One
19 Nov 1977 Chelsea v Aston Villa D 0-0 League Division One
23 Nov 1977 Aston Villa v Athletic Bilbao W 2-0 UEFA Cup 3rd round 1st leg
29 Nov 1977 Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa L 4-2 League Cup 4th round
10 Dec 1977 Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion W 3-0 League Division One
09 Dec 1978 Chelsea v Aston Villa W 0-1 League Division One
31 Jan 1979 Everton v Aston Villa D 1-1 League Division One
07 Mar 1979 Aston Villa v Bolton Wanderers W 3-0 League Division One
10 Mar 1979 Middlesbrough v Aston Villa L 2-0 League Division One
04 Apr 1979 Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa L 4-0 League Division One
07 Apr 1979 Coventry City v Aston Villa D 1-1 League Division One
11 Apr 1979 Aston Villa v Derby County D 3-3 League Division One
14 Apr 1979 Leeds United v Aston Villa L 1-0 League Division One
16 Apr 1979 Aston Villa v Liverpool W 3-1 League Division One
21 Apr 1979 Norwich City v Aston Villa W 1-2 League Division One
25 Apr 1979 Aston Villa v Arsenal W 5-1 League Division One
28 Apr 1979 Aston Villa v Chelsea W 2-1 League Division One
02 May 1979 Aston Villa v Ipswich Town D 2-2 League Division One
05 May 1979 Bolton Wanderers v Aston Villa D 0-0 League Division One
08 May 1979 Liverpool v Aston Villa L 3-0 League Division One
11 May 1979 Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion L 0-1 League Division One
15 May 1979 Manchester City v Aston Villa W 2-3 League Division One
22 Aug 1979 Aston Villa v Brighton and Hove Albion W 2-1 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.