Albert Valentine (footballer)

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Albert Valentine
Personal information
Full name Albert Finch Valentine
Date of birth (1907-06-03)3 June 1907
Place of birth Higher Ince,[1] England
Date of death 12 March 1990(1990-03-12) (aged 82)[2]
Place of death Billinge, Wigan, England
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1928?–1929? Southport 21 (17)
1929?–1930 Cardiff City 16 (3)
1931? Wigan Borough 12 (2)
1932? Chester 2 (1)
1932? Crewe Alexandra 5 (2)
1933–1934 Macclesfield Town 42 (70)
1934–1937 Halifax Town 114 (89)
1937 Stockport County 0 (0)
1938 Accrington Stanley 7 (1)
1938 Doncaster Rovers 4 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Albert Finch Valentine (3 June 1907 – 12 March 1990) was a footballer who played as a forward in England and Wales during the 1920s and 1930s.[1]

Early career[edit]

He was with Wigan Borough F.C. in 1931, and played for them on 24 October, their last game before resigning from The Football League.[3]

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[4]

Halifax Town[edit]

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.

Valentine was a prolific striker who still holds the club record for scoring the most league goals in a single season at Halifax Town.[5]

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.


  1. ^ a b Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Soccerdata. ISBN 1-899468-67-6. 
  2. ^ Dykes, Garth (2011). Wigan Borough in the Football League: A Complete Record and Who's Who 1921–1931. Tony Brown. ISBN 978-1-905891-53-5. 
  3. ^ George Chilvers. "The Wigan Borough Story". Ultimate Wigan Athletic Website. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "(Players - UV)". Macclesfield Town FC Archives. Macclesfield Town. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Halifax Town History". 16 August 2008. Archived from the original on March 11, 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Meynell, Johnny (2005). The Definitive Halifax Town AFC. Soccer Data. ISBN 1-899468-24-2. 
  • Thwaites, Tony (1988). From Sandhall to the Shay - An Illustrated History of Halifax Town AFC 1911 - 1918