Albert Whitehurst

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Albert Whitehurst
Personal information
Full name Albert John Whitehurst[1]
Date of birth (1898-06-22)22 June 1898[1]
Place of birth Fenton, England[1]
Date of death 1976 (aged 78)[1]
Playing position Centre forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
New Haden Colliery
1920–1923 Stoke 18 (4)
1923–1928 Rochdale 169 (117)
1928–1929 Liverpool 8 (2)
1929–1931 Bradford City 38 (30)
1931–1933 Tranmere Rovers 80 (29)
Total 313 (182)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Albert John Whitehurst (22 June 1898 – 1976) was an English footballer who played in the Football League for Bradford City, Liverpool, Rochdale, Stoke and Tranmere Rovers.[1]

Whitehurst played for five professional clubs during his career and was a prolific scorer, setting club records at two of his clubs, Rochdale for goals in a season and Bradford City for the number of goals in a game.

Playing career[edit]

Whitehurst was born in Fenton and started his career at his works football team New Haden Colliery, before moving to Stoke in 1920.[1] He played 11 times in 1920–21 scoring twice and played six matches in 1921–22 again getting on the score sheet twice but he manages just one appearance in 1922–23 and was sold to Rochdale.[1] Whitehurst played five seasons for Rochdale scoring a total of 117 league goals, including a club record 46 goals in 43 games in 1926–27 as the "Dale" agonisingly missed out on promotion.[1]

He moved to Liverpool, where he played just eight times scoring twice, before moving onto Bradford City. Despite starting in just 38 games, he scored 30 goals. He scored twice in both his first games, before scoring seven in his fourth game against Tranmere Rovers on 6 March 1929. He scored another two hat-tricks that season as City earned promotion from Football League Third Division North. His seven goals in one game is a Bradford City record. He left the following season to join his final club Tranmere Rovers where he played in 90 matches scoring 35 goals.

Career statistics[edit]

Source:[2]

Club Season League FA Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stoke 1920–21 Second Division 11 2 0 0 11 2
1921–22 Second Division 6 2 0 0 6 2
1922–23 First Division 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 18 4 0 0 18 4
Rochdale 1923–24 Third Division North 35 14 2 1 37 15
1924–25 Third Division North 22 9 0 0 22 9
1925–26 Third Division North 29 18 3 0 32 18
1926–27 Third Division North 42 44 1 2 43 46
1927–28 Third Division North 41 32 2 4 43 36
Total 169 117 8 7 177 124
Liverpool 1928–29 First Division 8 2 0 0 8 2
Total 8 2 0 0 8 2
Bradford City 1928–29 Third Division North 15 24 0 0 15 24
1929–30 Second Division 15 6 1 1 16 7
1930–31 Second Division 8 0 4 0 12 0
Total 38 30 5 1 43 31
Tranmere Rovers 1931–32 Third Division North 32 10 4 3 36 13
1932–33 Third Division North 41 14 6 3 47 17
1933–34 Third Division North 7 5 0 0 7 5
Total 80 29 10 6 90 35
Career Total 313 182 23 14 336 196

Honours[edit]

Bradford City
Stoke

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 
  2. ^ Albert Whitehurst profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)

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