Albert Valentine (footballer)
|Full name||Albert Finch Valentine|
|Date of birth||3 June 1907|
|Place of birth||Higher Ince, England|
|Date of death||12 March 1990(aged 82)|
|Place of death||Billinge, Wigan, England|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
After Wigan he played for Chester and Crewe Alexandra, before joining Macclesfield Town for the 1933/1934 season. In his single season with Macclesfield he scored 82 league and cup goals, and he still holds the Macclesfield record for most goals in a season
He joined Halifax Town for a fee of £500 from Macclesfield Town, and scored on his league debut for Halifax on 25 August 1934 in the 2-1 victory over Mansfield Town at The Shay. The highpoint of his first season was on 9 March 1936 when bagged 5 goals in the 6-2 home victory over New Brighton. Over the next two seasons he scored 4 goals in a game on 2 occasions, against Oldham Athletic and Rotherham United, and a hat-trick against Hartlepool United. During that first season, success on the field helped the club to make a rare profit totaling £1100. The much needed funds paid off a chunk of their £3500 debts.
In view of his achievements it was a surprise when Valentine was released from the club in 1937. He played his last game for Halifax on 1 May 1937 in their 4-1 defeat of Crewe Alexandra and in true fashion he signed off with 2 goals.
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