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Former Professional Footballer Is Now A Cab Driver In Edinburgh

A determined Aston Villa fan tracked down the legendary midfielder Alex Cropley and found that he was working as a taxi driver in the city of Edinburgh. Cropley played for Villa in the late 1970s and quickly established himself as a fan favourite thanks to his tenacious midfield play coupled with his underrated skills. Cropley was given the name ‘Braveheart’ by Villa fans but his hard tackling approach cost him dearly as he received two broken legs and a variety of other injuries during his time at Villa Park. It was this accumulation of injuries that caused the player to retire relatively young.

The Villa fan, Brian Sigston, tracked him down after discovering he worked for a black cab firm in Edinburgh. Cropley played in Villa’s 1977 league cup win but found his Villa career cut short in 1980, just before Villa won the league and subsequently, the European cup. The fan was just as impressed with the midfield maestro in person as he was when seeing him on the pitch. He said that Cropley was exceedingly polite, humble and seemed genuinely pleased to be recognised by a fan so many years after leaving the game.

Sigston met his footballing idol at a department store where they had coffee and spoke about football. Although he didn’t get to play out his career because of injuries, Cropley did play for a number of other prestigious clubs besides Villa, including Newcastle, Arsenal and Hibernian. He signed memorabilia for Sigston which included a match programme from his own testimonial.

The duo have continued to stay in touch after the meeting. Sigston stated that Cropley’s genuine love for Aston Villa and its supporters was clear from the way the legend spoke. Cropley said that he felt welcome in the midlands from day one and immediately believed he made the right move. Sigston hopes that the Edinburgh cabbie is honoured by Aston Villa and claims that the midfield general deserves a place in the club’s hall of fame.

Source: birminghammail.net