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Alex Parker
Personal information
Full name Alexander Hershaw Parker
Date of birth 2 August 1935(1935-08-02)
Place of birth    Irvine, Scotland
Date of death    7 January 2010 (aged 74)[1]
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Fullback
Youth career
1950–1952 Kello Rovers
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1952–1958
1958–1965
1965–1968
1968–1969
1970
Falkirk
Everton
Southport
Ballymena United
Drumcondra
121 (2)
198 (5)
076 (0)   
National team
1955–1958 Scotland 015 (0)
Teams managed
1970–1971 Southport

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Alexander Hershaw Parker (2 August 1935 – 7 January 2010) was a Scottish football player and manager who played for Falkirk, Everton and Scotland, amongst others. Parker was named in Falkirk's Team of the Millennium and Everton's Hall of Fame.[2]

Parker, a fullback, began his career with Kello Rovers, turning semi-professional when he joined Falkirk in 1952. The highlight of Parker's time with the Bairns was their 1957 Scottish Cup victory, as they defeated Kilmarnock in a replayed final.[1] He also became a Scotland international during this period, earning his first cap against Portugal in 1955.[1] He was selected in the squad for the 1958 FIFA World Cup, making one appearance against Paraguay.[1] This also transpired to be his final national team cap, which is regarded as "perverse"; former teammate Alex Young stated that Parker was still the best player in his position in Britain.[2]

Parker moved to Merseyside in 1958 when Everton paid £18,000 for his transfer,[2] although his Toffees debut was delayed by his requirement to fulfil National Service in Cyprus.[1] He eventually became a stalwart in the side which won the 1962-63 league championship, finishing six points ahead of runners-up Tottenham.[1]

After this triumph, however, hamstring injuries started to trouble Parker,[2] and he left Goodison Park in 1965 to join Southport, for £2,000. After 3 years with the Sandgrounders he moved to Northern Ireland to become player-manager of Ballymena United. He joined Drumcondra as a player in 1970 but left for Southport after only three months, where he was given a coaching role. Two months later he was promoted to manager but this appointment lasted only a single season.

After his retirement from the footballing world, Parker became a publican in Runcorn. He then lived in Gretna, Dumfriesshire.

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