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Albert Aldridge

West Bromwich Albion FC, Walsall Town Swifts FC

2 appearances, 0 goals

P 2 W 2 D 0 L 0 F 11: A 2
100% successful
1888-89

disciplined: none
Captain:
none
minutes played:
180

Timeline

  Albert James Aldridge [once thought to have been called only Alfred]
Birth 4 August 1863 in Walsall, Staffordshire [registered in Walsall, September 1863]
Birth notes There was a Walsall-born Albert Aldridge, probably born on 13 April 1864, as most history books state, but this cannot be the footballer Albert James, because he was registered in Walsall a whole six months before. Another reason is because that this Walsall-born Albert Aldridge also died in Walsall as a 77 year old in 1941. His parents were George and Hannah (née Tickle). The marriage registration states that Albert was born in 1863.
The actual dirt comes from his personal geneological tree.
 

According to the 1871 census, Albert was the second of three children, the only son, to John and Lydia Dorothy, living at 68 Lantarra Street in Walsall. His father was a buckle tongue maker.

 

According to the 1881 census, Albert was the eldest of just two children still living with their parents, now at 71 Lantarra Street. His father is still a buckle tongue maker, Albert himself was a harness maker.

Marriage to Emily Shelley, on 5 August 1888 [registered in Walsall, September 1888].
 

According to the 1891 census, Albert and his wife Emily are living at 322 Summers Lane in Walsall. He is a licensed victualler.

Death 22 June 1891 at 232 Summers Lane, Walsall, aged only 27 years 322 days, due to poor health [registered in Birmingham, June 1891]. Death confirmed by the Index of Wills and Administration. Address stated as 232 Summers Lane, Walsall. His estate of £56 16s 4d was left to his wife Emily.

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], Patrick Talbot's White Shirt, Black Country [2004]

Playing Career

Club(s)

Started with Walsall Swifts FC from 1882.  He joined West Bromwich Albion FC in March 1886 and returned to the newly amalgamated club Walsall Town Swifts FC in July 1888; through this period, Aldridge represented both the Birmingham FA, and the Staffordshire FA;  From April 1889, Aldridge joined Aston Villa FC where he played fourteen league appearances, before his untimely death in May 1891.

Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1886-87, winners 1887-88.
Individual honours None
Distinctions None
Height/Weight not known.

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Patrick Talbot's White Shirt, Black Country [2004]

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 147th player (147) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right/left-back.
First match No. 34, 7 April 1888, Ireland 1 England 5, a British Championship match at Ulster Cricket Ground, Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast, aged 24 years 247 days.
Last match No. 36. 2 March 1889, England 6 Ireland 1, a British Championship match at Anfield Road, Anfield, Liverpool, aged 25 years 210 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1887-88, 1888-89;
Team honours British Championship winners 1887-88;

Beyond England

Died at the very young age of 27. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.9.


The Numbers
Parties Appearances Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Captain
2 2 2 180 0 0 min none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.
P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
2 2 0 0 11 2 +9 0 0 5.50 1.00 100.0 +2

Venue and Competition Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home British
Championship
1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +1
Away 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4 0 0 5.00 1.00 100.0 +1

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1887-88 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4 0 0 5.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC 1888-89 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 2 2 0 0 11 2 +9 0 0 5.50 1.00 100.0 +2

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC All 2 2 0 0 11 2 +9 0 0 5.50 1.00 100.0 +2
2 2 0 0 11 2 +9 0 0 5.50 1.00 100.0 +2

Match History

 Club: West Bromwich Albion F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)

F.A. International Selection Committee - two full appearances (180 min)x


Age 24
1 34 7 April 1888 - Ireland 1 England 5, Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast BC AW Start rb

 Club: Walsall Town Swifts F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)  

Age 25
2 36 2 March 1889 - England 6 Ireland 1, Anfield Road, Liverpool BC HW Start lb

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