Alex Cropley, who it is said was Hampshire born can count Pompey and Villa as two of his clubs.
Indeed, in August 1982, the European Cup was paraded around Fratton Park, when the then holders Villa played Pompey in Cropley’s testimonial match.
In fact, Cropley also played for Arsenal, signing for them from Hibernian in the early 1970s before he went to Villa Park in the mid 1970s. A loan period followed at Newcastle before he spent a year in Canada in the early 1980s, playing for Toronto Blizzard, a club that attracted a wealth of talent under its many guises during the 70s and 80s before they folded.
Despite it being said that Cropley was Hampshire born he still qualified for Scotland and was capped twice by them, firstly in 1971.
The ‘local lad’ spent a spell with Hampshire’s finest Pompey at the end of his career, when the previously mentioned European Cup was seen at Fratton Park.
He is now a taxi driver in Edinburgh.
Written by NinjaTim.
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