Walmsley Albert Image 2 Blackburn Rovers 1910


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Blackburn born right half Albert Walmsley started his football career as a youth, when he assisted Blackburn St Peter’s in 1902 and a year later played for Lancashire Combination side Darwen before joining Football League First Division club Blackburn Rovers in 1907. He made his Football League debut for Rovers at Newcastle United that October and soon became a regular member of the Rovers first eleven. He went on to make 301 appearances in a 13-year spell with the Ewood Park side, playing 37 games as they won the League Championship in 1911-12 and the same number as they repeated the triumph in 1913-14. He was twice a losing FA Cup semi finalist with Rovers, losing to Bradford City in 1911 and to West Bromwich Albion a year later.

During the 1915-16 season Walmsley played 21 matches as a wartime guest with Burnley, scoring once. On the resumption of peacetime football he returned to Blackburn making a further 21 appearances during 1919-20. However Walmsley transferred to Second Division Stockport County at the start of the 1920-21 season and spent three years at the club before retirement in 1923, scoring 3 goals in 82 appearances, and although they were relegated in his first season at Edgeley Park he won the Third Division (North) Championship with them at the first time of asking as they were promoted in 1921-22.

He was the 9 years older brother of former (post World War One) Blackburn Rovers player Richard Walmsley and they played together several times in the first season after the War.


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