Alexander Murdoch was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on May 30, 1925. He started his career in junior soccer in Scotland with Stenhousemuir.

Alex and his wife Margaret moved to Canada in November 1948. They settled in Hamilton, Ontario, and he started to work for the local Westinghouse Company. In 1948 the company started a works team in soccer and after his arrival from Scotland, Alec became an important member of the team. In 1949 he helped Westinghouse reach the finals of the Canadian soccer championship.

In September 1950 he returned to Rutherglen in Glasgow, Scotland. Back in Glasgow he joined the Ashfield Football Club. Described as a stylish centre forward he soon caught the attention of talent scouts from numerous top clubs.

On Saturday December 2 Birmingham City, of the English Football League Second Division, sent their manager Bob Brocklebank to watch Alec play against Duntocher Hibernians. The Brummies were reported to be ready to sign him. Other clubs reported to be interested were Leeds United, Everton, Aston Villa, Doncaster Rovers and three Scottish First Division clubs. Due to the frozen pitch Brocklebank reserved to make a judgement on Murdoch. In all nineteen clubs were said to be interested.

In February 1951 Alec returned to Canada. He rejoined the Westinghouse soccer club. On June 27, 1951, he was picked to play at outside right for the Hamilton All-Star team against Swedish team A.I.K. Stockholm. The Swedish club won 2-0 in Hamilton.

On May 19, 1954 he was picked for the Hamilton All-Star team that played against Glasgow Rangers in Hamilton. Alec played at centre-forward when Glasgow Rangers won 6-0 in front of 10,000 soccer fans.

Alex passed away on January 13, 2012 in Hamilton, Ontario.