Albert Aldridge

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Albert Aldridge
Personal information
Full name Albert James Aldridge
Date of birth 1863
Place of birth Walsall, England
Date of death 22 June 1891 (aged 27–28)
Place of death Walsall, England
Playing position Full back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1882–1886 Walsall Swifts
1886–1888 West Bromwich Albion
1888–1889 Walsall Town Swifts 13 (0)
1889–1890 Aston Villa 14 (0)
National team
1888–1889 England 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Albert James Aldridge (c. July 1863 – 22 June 1891[1]) was an English footballer who played as a full back.[1] He was born in Walsall, won the FA Cup in 1888 and represented the England national football team twice.


Aldridge started his career at hometown club Walsall Swifts where he spent six seasons. He played in nine FA Cup ties and scored one goal, in a third round win over Mitchell St George's in January 1885.[2]

In March 1886 Aldridge moved to West Bromwich Albion where he earned his first cap for England in a British Home Championship match against Ireland in Belfast.[3] He had great success in the FA Cup while at West Bromwich Albion, helping them to the final in 1887, and to win the trophy in 1888 by beating the much-fancied Preston North End in the final.[4]

Despite his cup heroics, Aldridge moved back to the newly merged Walsall Town Swifts during that summer. He played in 13 league matches for the Saddlers in 1888–1889 and earned his second, and final, England cap in a match against Ireland in the British Home Championship at Anfield.[3] Aldridge became the second player to play for England while at Walsall after Alf Jones[5] In 1889 Aldridge joined Aston Villa, where he made 14 appearances in the First Division as Villa finished as runners-up.[6]


Aldridge died on 22 June 1891 at his home in Walsall, due to poor health. He was only 27 years old.[3]


West Bromwich Albion


  1. ^ a b "Albert Aldridge". England Stats. Retrieved 4 November 2007.
  2. ^ Matthews, Tony (1999). The Complete Record of Walsall Football Club. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-156-7.
  3. ^ a b c "Albert Aldridge". England Football Online. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  4. ^ "West Brom nostalgia: When Albion defied the odds for FA Cup glory". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  5. ^ Simpson, Ray (2007). The Clarets Chronicles: The Definitive History of Burnley Football Club 1882–2007. Burnley Football Club. ISBN 978-0-9557468-0-2.
  6. ^ Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888–1939. Tony Brown. ISBN 1-899468-67-6.