Alan Crawford (English footballer)

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Alan Crawford
Personal information
Full name Alan Paterson Crawford
Date of birth (1953-10-30)30 October 1953
Place of birth Rotherham, Yorkshire, England
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1978 Rotherham United 233+4 (49)
1973 Mansfield Town Loan 1+1 (0)
1979–1982 Chesterfield 88+6 (20)
1982–1985 Bristol City 85+7 (26)
1985–19?? Exeter City 33 (?)
198?–198? Bath City ??
Teams managed
?? Blackpool coach
?? Stockport County coach
?? West Bromwich Albion coach
?? Nottingham Forest coach
?? Rotherham United scout
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Alan Crawford (born 30 October 1953 in Rotherham, Yorkshire) was an English footballer who made over 440 Football League appearances scoring 98 goals playing as an outside left.[1]


Crawford started his football career with Rotherham United and went on to make 169 consecutive appearances for them. He scored 31 Football League goals in their Third Division campaign in 1976–77, which is a Rotherham record for a midfielder. In 2007 he was voted as the greatest ever left-sided midfielder for Rotherham, in a Millers Mad poll.[2]

He later moved to Chesterfield, and scored the winning goal for them in their 1980/81 Anglo-Scottish Cup victory over Notts County.[3] Crawford subsequently played for Bristol City, Exeter City, Bath City and Bristol Manor Farm. He rejoined Bristol City as a youth team coach before retiring from football working as a painter & decorator in Backwell near Bristol in the late 1990s.[4]


In recent years he has established himself as a football coach with clubs such as Blackpool F.C, Stockport County, West Bromwich Albion and Nottingham Forest, working notably for Gary Megson. He is currently a scout for his hometown team Rotherham United.


  1. ^ Hugman, Barry (1998). Football League Players' Records 1946–1998. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 1-85291-585-4. 
  2. ^ "MillersMAD Greatest XI: Midfielders". 12 July 2007. Archived from the original on 28 October 2010. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Fisher, Paul (5 March 2006). "Anglo Scottish Cup Winners 25th Anniversary". Compton Street. Chesterfield Mad. Retrieved 3 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Woods, David; Edwards, Leigh (1997). Bristol City FC – The First 100 years. Redcliffe Press. ISBN 1-900178-26-5. 

External links[edit]

  • Alan Crawford, Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database

He has a brother called Andrew Crawford and a sister called Jackie Crawford who both live in the Jersey Channel Islands.