Albert Bennett (footballer)
|Date of birth||16 July 1944|
|Place of birth||Chester-le-Street, England|
|Date of death||15 December 2016(aged 72)|
|Playing position||Centre forward|
|1959–1961||Chester Moor Juniors|
|* 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) 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.
- Profile at Toon1892
- Past Players Profile at Rotherham United
- Sing Up The River - Stars of the Past - Albert Bennett
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