Scott Crabbe

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Scott Crabbe
Personal information
Full name Scott Crabbe
Date of birth (1968-08-12) 12 August 1968 (age 45)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Tynecastle Boys Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986-1992 Heart of Midlothian 116 (31)
1992-1997 Dundee United 63 (6)
1997-2000 Falkirk 129 (40)
2000-2001 Livingston 31 (5)
2000 Cowdenbeath (loan) 1 (0)
2001 Raith Rovers (loan) 16 (6)
2001-2002 Ayr United 25 (3)
2002-2004 Alloa Athletic 45 (5)
2004-2005 Albion Rovers 25 (2)
2005-2006 Raith Rovers 39 (2)
2006-2007 East Fife 10 (0)
National team
1989 Scotland U21[1] 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Scott Crabbe (born 12 August 1968 in Edinburgh) is a retired Scottish footballer.

Career[edit]

A veteran of many clubs, Crabbe started his career with Heart of Midlothian and made his debut for the club shortly after the team famously just missed winning the Scottish league championship and Scottish Cup in 1986. A big Hearts fan, he started as a midfielder but the switch to striker transformed his career. He joined Hearts from Tynecastle Boys Club in 1986 and made his league debut against Clydebank F.C. in January 1987.

He was a regular at the Gorgie club for a couple of years forming a partnership with club legend John Robertson. Honours came his way and he was selected for the Scotland under-21 team and awarded the Scottish PFA Young Player of the Year.

However he decided to leave Hearts in 1992 to join Dundee United who still had Jim McLean as their manager. His time at Tannadice though was not the best of times. He was injured for their 1994 Scottish Cup win and in 5 years at the club played about 60 matches scoring just 6 goals which was hardly prolific.

In 1997 he joined Falkirk, and this came at just the right time for the player who played in the team's famous Scottish Cup run. He managed an appearance against Kilmarnock in the final which Falkirk lost 1-0 thanks to a goal by Paul Wright to bring the 1997 trophy back to Rugby Park.

He was at Falkirk for a couple more year before he became a journeyman playing for a host of clubs without realising the potential that he had at such an early age.

He played for Livingston, being part of the team to win the First Division in 2000-01. He would play no part in the SPL though and he moved to Ayr United after a brief spell at Raith Rovers on loan. Once again he made the right decision to move to a so-called 'wee' team and was part of the team to make the run to the Scottish Cup Semi-Final against Celtic which Ayr lost 3-0. Crabbe himself put out former club Dundee United in the Quarter-Final and was able to make an appearance at the famous Hampden Park.

He then went on to play for Alloa Athletic, Albion Rovers and Raith Rovers again, where he was released in the summer of 2006, subsequently joining East Fife in the Third Division. He retired on 1 June 2007 after playing just 10 times for the Fifers.

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