Lochee, Angus born goalkeeper Bob Crumley started his football career with Dundee Victoria in 1899 and played Army football for 92nd Gordon Highlanders in 1900. He then joined hometown junior club Lochee United in 1902, from where he was spotted by Newcastle United, joining them in May 1903 where he was understudy to Jimmy Lawrence. He made his Football League debut during their League Championship winning season at Sheffield Wednesday in April 1905 and made a further 3 appearances in the autumn of 1905 but returned to Scotland to join Scottish League Dundee in May 1907 for a £50 transfer fee, spending five years at Dens Park before returning to the North East to join North Eastern League club Darlington in 1911. After a single season at Feethams he returned to Dundee in 1912 before finishing his career with a spell at Arbroath in 1913.
After pre-war service with The Gordon Highlanders, he served as a sergeant in The Black Watch during the First World War and saw action on the Western Front and at Salonika.
His son, Jamie Crumley, also a goalkeeper, played for Dundee Hibernian and Arbroath (at the same time as his father) before the First World War, and had a successful post war career with Swansea Town, Bristol City, Darlington and Bournemouth.