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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

captain: none
minutes played:
180

Timeline

  Albert James Aldridge [once thought to have been called only Alfred]
Birth Tuesday, 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).
 

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 Sunday, 5 August 1888 at St. John's Church in Walsall [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 Monday, 22 June 1891 at The Barrel Inn, 322 Summers Lane, Birmingham, aged only 27 years 322 days, due to poor health [registered in Birmingham, June 1891].
  "Footballers generally will regret to learn of the death of that genuine Walsall footballer, Albert Aldridge, which took place at his residence, the Barrel Inn, Summer Lane, Birmingham, on Monday last, at the early age of 27 years. Aldridge was one of the most gentlemanly, as well as one of the most skilful, exponents of the game that ever toed a ball, and his popularity among players as well as spectators was due to the entire absence of any semblance of rough or unfair tactics in his play." - Walsall Observer, Saturday, 27 June 1891
Funeral 2.00pm, Monday, 29 June 1891 at Walsall cemetery
Probate 'ALDRIDGE Albert. 19 September. Administration of the Personal Estate of Albert Aldridge late of 232 Summer-lane in the City of Birmingham who died 22 June 1891 at 232 Summer-lane was granted at Birmingham to Emily Aldridge of 105 Frederick-street Walsall in the County of Stafford Widow of Relict.
Personal Estate £56 16s. 4d.'

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; From April 1889, Aldridge joined Aston Villa FC, but his games were limited because of his unseen illness, then his untimely death in June 1891.

League History
17 appearances
Aston Villa FC 1889 seventeen appearances
debut: 7 September 1889 Aston Villa FC 2 Burnley FC 2.
last: 28 December 1889 Derby County FC 5 Aston Villa FC 0.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1886-87, winners 1887-88.
Individual honours Birmingham FA, and Staffordshire FA;
Distinctions None
Height/Weight not known.

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], ENFA & 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 minutes Goals captain
2 2 2 180 0 none
minutes are approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
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

Match 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 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, Ulster Cricket Ground, 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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