|Full name Alexander Willoughby|
Name Alex Willoughby
Role Football player
|Playing position |
Died July 14, 2004
|Date of birth (1944-09-17)17 September 1944|
Date of death 14 July 2004(2004-07-14) (aged 59)
Place of birth Springburn, Scotland
Alex willoughby alex ferguson goals v dundee united 1968
Willoughby was born in Springburn, Glasgow, and educated at Petershill Primary School and Colston Junior Secondary School, both located in the Springburn area. He played youth football with his local Boys Brigade team, and then with Drumchapel Amateurs before commencing his career with Rangers as a schoolboy signing at 15 years of age in 1959. He subsequently signed professional terms with Rangers in 1961. He scored in the 1963 Scottish League Cup Final win over Morton, but was omitted from the 1967 European Cup Winners' Cup Final team to the surprise of many, with Roger Hynd preferred, despite Willoughby having scored 17 goals in 14 games in the three months prior.
He joined Aberdeen in 1969, and left Scotland in 1974 to play for Hong Kong Rangers, before spells in Australia and South Africa. He then coached Icelandic side KA.
His cousin was former Rangers and Aberdeen forward Jim Forrest. Willoughby played alongside Forrest at Drumchapel, Rangers, Aberdeen and Hong Kong Rangers. He died in 2004 from cancer, aged 59.