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Alex McCrae

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Alexander McCrae 2 January 1920 – 8 October 2009 was a Scottish footballer, who played for Hearts, Charlton Athletic, Middlesbrough and Falkirk during his career


  • 1 Playing career
  • 2 After football
  • 3 Honours
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Playing career

McCrae began his career at Hearts in 1941 He later moved to London to play for Charlton Athletic but was unable to settle and was snapped up by Middlesbrough for £10,000 in October 1948

The versatile frontman could play in any forward position but favoured the inside left role He began his career with the club in the 1948–49 season in the absence of Wilf Mannion, but his form was poor and soon he was dropped from the side Eventually, he was recalled alongside Mannion, where he showed his pace, accurate passing and sublime ball skills

After scoring 16 goals in the 1949–50 season, including the winner in a home 1–0 victory over Newcastle United on Boxing Day, he became a fans favourite He topped the scoring charts the next season, scoring three hat-tricks before Christmas, but injury robbed him from helping the side finish higher than sixth in the table that season McCrae then scored 21 goals in the 1950/51 season As of 2009, he was the last player to score 20 goals in a season for Middlesbrough while playing in the top division of the English football league system

He left the club for Falkirk in 1953, and followed this with a spell in Northern Ireland with Ballymena During his stint with Ballymena, McCrae made one appearance for the Irish League representative team

After football

After retiring from playing, he became Middlesbrough's scout in Scotland, where he recommended future legend Jim Platt to the club


  • Stirlingshire Cup : 1960-61, 1963–64


  1. ^ a b "Alex McCrae" Barry Hugman's Footballers Retrieved 14 April 2017 
  2. ^ Falkirk FC Managers
  3. ^ a b Ponting, Ivan 17 October 2009 "Alex McCrae: Striker who remains the last man to score 20 top-flight League goals in a season for Middlesbrough" The Independent Retrieved 31 December 2014 
  4. ^ http://wwwballymenaunitedcouk/history/alex_mccraehtml
  • "Heroes: Alex McCrae 1948–53" mfccouk Archived from the original on 17 August 2007 Retrieved 2007-09-19 

External links

  • Alex McCrae at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
  • Obituary in The Herald

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