Albert Bennett (footballer)

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Albert Bennett
Personal information
Date of birth (1944-07-16)16 July 1944
Place of birth Chester-le-Street, England
Date of death 15 December 2016(2016-12-15) (aged 72)
Playing position Centre forward
Youth career
1959–1961 Chester Moor Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1965 Rotherham United 121 (83)
1965–1969 Newcastle United 90 (23)
1969–1971 Norwich City 60 (16)
National team
1964 England U23 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 February 2012.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 February 2012

Albert "Ankles" Bennett (16 July 1944 – 15 December 2016)[1] was a footballer who played for Rotherham, Newcastle and Norwich as a centre forward, in addition to representing England at under-23 level while at Rotherham. He was forced to retire due to injury in 1971 and had a spell as player-manager of Bury Town. He spent his later life living in Norwich. He use to run a pub in Norwich, called the Elm Tavern.

He was born in Chester-le-Street and signed for Rotherham in October 1961. There, he became the only player from that team ever to win England Under-23 honours. He signed for Newcastle in July 1965 for £27,000, making his debut against Blackpool. While at Newcastle he was rugby-tackled by Emlyn Hughes, giving rise to Hughes' nickname of "Crazy Horse". He moved to Norwich in February 1969 for £25,000 to replace Hugh Curran who had transferred to Wolverhampton Wanderers. He scored a hat-trick against Portsmouth at the end of the 1969-70 season.

However, due to injury, he was forced to retire after being substituted against Leicester City in February 1971. He then had a spell as player-manager at Bury, followed by managing various non-league clubs.

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