Paisley, Renfrewshire born full back Davie Crawford began his football career with Renfrew Victoria and joined hometown Scottish League club St Mirren in August 1892. While still a St Mirren player he won his first cap for Scotland, making his international debut in a 5-2 win over Wales at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock in March 1894 and winning a further cap a week later in a 2-1 win over Ireland at The Solitude, Belfast. After scoring once in 37 appearances for The Buddies, he was signed by Glasgow Rangers in May 1894. He made his Rangers debut against Dumbarton that August and although never assured of his place at Ibrox, he remained nine seasons and scored once, in a win against Dundee in August 1896 in 77 appearances as well as playing in 52 other first team matches such as Inter City League and Glasgow Merchants’ Cup games.
He was part of Rangers’ ‘perfect season’ in the 1898-99 Scottish League Championship where they won all 18 fixtures, featuring in the defence in 17 of those matches, and in 22 matches during the campaign, easily his busiest season. He also played in the 1899 Scottish Cup Final that season, although Rangers lost the match 2-0 to Celtic at Hampden Park. He was recalled to the Scotland team the following season winning his third and final cap in a 5-2 win over Wales at Pittodrie in February 1900.
He returned to St Mirren in August 1903 and had four seasons at Love Street, earning selection for The Scottish League in their defeat to The Football League at Stamford Bridge in March 1906. After 2 further goals in 75 more appearances for The Buddies he was released in May 1907.