Albert Groves

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For the English full back who played for Lincoln City, Sheffield United and Middlesbrough, see Albert Groves (footballer born 1883). For the American architect, see Albert B. Groves.
Albert Groves
Personal information
Full name Albert Groves
Date of birth January 1886[1]
Place of birth Newport, Wales[1]
Date of death 1960[1]
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
Playing position Centre-half[1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Aberdare Athletic
1909–1920 Wolverhampton Wanderers 217 (20)
1920–1924 Walsall 124 (15)
Total 341+ (35+)
Teams managed
1920–1921 Walsall
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Albert Groves (1886 – 1960) was a Welsh footballer and manager. A centre-half, he played for Aberdare Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Walsall, and Willenhall. He served Walsall as player-manager in the 1920–21 season.

Playing career[edit]

Born at Newport in January 1886, Groves played for Aberdare Athletic before signing with Wolverhampton Wanderers in August 1909.[1] He made his Second Division debut at Molineux on the last day of the 1909–10 season, in a 3–2 win over Manchester City.[1] Wanderers went on to finish ninth in 1910–11 and fifth in 1911–12, before Groves scored ten league goals to help the club to a tenth place finish in 1912–13.[1] The club went on to finish ninth in 1913–14 and fourth in 1914–15, before World War I temporarily put a halt to the Football League.[1] During the war he guested for Port Vale in October 1916, scoring three goals in 23 games before moving on to Bury and Sunbeam Motor Works (Coventry).[2] After returning to "Wolves" after the war, he helped the club to a 19th place finish in 1919–20.[1] He was then appointed player-manager at Birmingham League outfit Walsall, before he was replaced by Joe Burchell.[1] He remained on at Fellows Park as player-secretary, and scored eight goals in 36 games in 1921–22, as the club became founder members of the Third Division North.[1] He continued to turn out for the "Saddlers" in 1922–23 and 1923–24, racking up 79 League, 12 FA Cup and 33 other senior appearances, scoring 15 goals.[1] He then ended his playing days at Willenhall, and after retiring from football he ran the Hope and Anchor public house in Willenhall.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Profile". Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 121. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0.