Wrockwardine Wood, near Wellington, Shropshire born left back or left half Albert Mumford began his football career with Wrockwardine Wood in 1880 and throughout that decade played for Sheffield clubs Berkeley Star and Bethel United in 1881, Bethel Reds in in 1882, and for Lockwood Brothers in 1885 before joining Sheffield Wednesday in 1888, from 1889 playing for Wednesday in the Football Alliance. When they reached the FA Cup Final in 1890, Mumford scored as they lost 6-1 to Blackburn Rovers at The Kennington Oval. Despite finishing the following season bottom of the Alliance, they were eventually elected to the expanded Football League in 1892.
Mumford played in Wednesday’s inaugural League fixture when they won 1-0 at Notts County on 3rd September 1892, his only League goal for The Owls coming in a 5-3 win over Aston Villa that December. However the following season he lost his regular place in the side, making only 2 appearances in their 1893-94 campaign to add to his 24 appearances the season prior, and after spending two more seasons in the reserves with The Owls, he joined Second Division Loughborough in July 1896. He played in each of Loughborough’s remaining four seasons before they lost their League status in 1900, although by the end of that season he had lost his regular place, making only 6 appearances including playing in their final League fixture, a 2-1 home defeat to Gainsborough Trinity in April 1900, having scored twice in 94 appearances for The Luffs.