Born in Scotland, where he played juniors for Musselburgh, Alex Gibb migrated to Australia just before World War I.
He played with Ipswich teams Bundamba Athletic and Bundamba Rangers, and South Brisbane Scottish. He was a left winger, and represented Ipswich, Queensland and also Australia on several occasions.
His most prominent honour was being the first captain of an Australian team - he skippered Australia on the national team's maiden tour of New Zealand in 1922, and in the return series in Australia the year after.
This means he is officially Cap No.1 for the Australian men's football team.
After his playing career he turned to administration, becoming chairman of his local association, representative team manager, and selector of state and national teams.