|Full name||Alexander Hershaw Parker|
|Date of birth||2 August 1935|
|Place of birth||Irvine, Scotland|
|Date of death||7 January 2010(aged 74)|
|Place of death||Gretna, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|1955||Scotland B vs A trial||1||(0)|
|1955–1958||Scottish League XI||9||(0)|
|1958–1960||SFA trial v SFL||3||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Alexander Hershaw Parker (2 August 1935 – 7 January 2010) was a Scottish football player and manager. Parker played for Falkirk, Everton and Scotland, amongst others. Parker was named in Falkirk's Team of the Millennium and Everton's Hall of Fame.
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.
Parker moved to Merseyside in June 1958 when Everton paid £18,000 in a double signing of Parker and Eddie O'Hara both from Falkirk. Parker's Toffees debut was delayed by his requirement to fulfil National Service in Cyprus. He eventually became a stalwart in the side which won the 1962–63 league championship, finishing six points ahead of runners-up Tottenham.
He joined Southport for £2,000. He stayed 3 years with the Sandgrounders.
Parker next moved to Northern Ireland to become player-manager of Ballymena United.
He signed for Drumcondra F.C. in December 1969 and made his League of Ireland debut at Tolka Park on 4 January 1970 in a 3–1 defeat to Dundalk. He left for after only three months to return to the UK.
Parker gained his first cap for Scotland against Portugal in 1955 while playing for Falkirk. He was selected in the squad for the 1958 FIFA World Cup, making one appearance against Paraguay. This also transpired to be his final national team cap, which some regarded as "perverse"; former teammate Alex Young stated that Parker was still the best player in his position in Britain. Parker also represented the Scottish League XI.
Parker returned to Souhtport where he was given a coaching role. Two months later he was promoted to manager but this appointment lasted only a single season.
Parker died of a heart attack on 7 January 2010.
- "Alex Parker". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
- Everton legend of the sixties Alex Parker passes away, Liverpool Echo, 8 January 2010.
- Scotland U23 player Parker, Alex, FitbaStats
- Easter Road game should not have been played, Glasgow Herald (page 4), 22 February 1955
- Scottish trial match at Easter Road, Glasgow Herald, 4 February 1958
- The selectors still have problems, The Bulletin, 17 March 1959
- Ronnie McDevitt (2016). Scotland in the 60s: The Definitive Account of the Scottish National Football Side During the 1960s. Pitch Publishing. ISBN 9781785312458.
- Passing of Parker marks loss of Falkirk's finest from golden era, The Scotsman, 9 January 2010.
- "Alex Parker: Scottish international full-back revered at Falkirk and Everton" the Independent 23 January 2010
- ""Alex Parker" evertonfc.com". Archived from the original on 1 July 2018. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
- "Bairns mourn passing of another 1957 Falkirk cup hero" The Falkirk Herald 16 October 2016
- "SFL player Alexander Hershaw Parker". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 27 November 2011.