Digger Kettle

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Digger Kettle
Personal information
Full name Albert Henry Kettle
Date of birth 3 June 1922
Place of birth Colchester, England
Date of death 1 March 1999(1999-03-01) (aged 76)
Place of death Fordham, England
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Stanway Rovers
Chapel and Wakes Colne
Arclight Sports
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1946–1955 Colchester United 145 (2)
1955–1957 Sudbury Town
Woods Athletic
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Albert Henry "Digger" Kettle (3 June 1922 – 1 March 1999) was a footballer who played for Colchester United.


Born in Colchester, Kettle served in the Royal Air Force in Rhodesia and Italy during World War II.[1] After playing for Stanway Rovers, Chapel and Wakes Colne and Arclight Sports as a teenager, he signed for Colchester United in 1946. Remaining part-time, he played as a full-back for Colchester in the Southern League and Football League whilst continuing to work for Woods, a fan manufacturer in Colchester.

After 23 appearances in the Football League, Kettle signed for Sudbury Town in 1955. After two seasons with Sudbury he signed for Woods Athletic, where he ended his playing career.

He died in 1999.



Colchester United[2][3]


  1. ^ Soccer: Hero Digger was one of Colchester's greatest Thurrock Gazette, 4 March 1999
  2. ^ "Southern League Honours". Coludaybyday.co.uk. 
  3. ^ "Southern League Cup Honours". Coludaybyday.co.uk. 

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