Jimmy Crapnell

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Jimmy Crapnell
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Full nameJames Scrymagour Crapnell
Date of birth 4 June 1903
Place of birth Paisley, Scotland
Date of death 24 December 1991(1991-12-24) (aged 88)
Place of death Paisley, Scotland
Height 5 ft 5 in (165 cm) [1]
Playing position(s) Right back
Senior career*
Cambuslang Rangers
1926–1933 Airdrieonians  227 (1)
1933–1937 Motherwell  41 (0)
National team
1929–1932 Scotland 9 (0)
1929–1932 Scottish League XI 5 (0)
Teams managed
1945–1946 Alloa Athletic
1947–1953 St Johnstone
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

James Scrymagour Crapnell (4 June 1903 – 24 December 1991) [2] was a Scottish football player and manager. He played as a right back for Airdrieonians and Motherwell at club level, and represented both Scotland and the Scottish League XI. [3]



Crapnell, who was born in Paisley, began his club career in the junior leagues with Cambuslang Rangers. [4] He was already 23 when he moved to Airdrie in 1926 as a replacement for Alex Dick who had been advised to stop playing, [5] but within three years he had become the Diamonds club captain and achieved international recognition, receiving all of his caps while with Airdrie. [5]

Motherwell signed him in January 1933 for a fee of £2,000. [4] He helped them reach the 1933 Scottish Cup Final, [6] but they lost 1–0 to Celtic. [4] He retired in 1934 to try a career in insurance. [4] [5] After a brief comeback in the Motherwell reserve team, he retired again. [4]

Crapnell was 5 feet 5 inches tall, which was small for a defender. [1] He had a "reputation for tenacity", however, and won nine Scotland caps between 1929 and 1933, only finishing on the losing side once [1] and captaining the team in four of those appearances. [7] He is the most capped player in Airdrieonians' history. [1] [5] Crapnell also represented the Scottish League XI five times (all victories) between 1929 and 1932. [8]

Crapnell became a manager after the Second World War, working for Alloa Athletic and then St Johnstone. [4] He died in December 1991, aged 88. [6]

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