Wilson Albert Image 1 Derby County 1936

Wilson Albert Image 1 Derby County 1936


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Rotherham, Yorkshire born winger Albert Wilson began his football career with Rotherham YMCA in 1933, and played for Rawmarsh Welfare in 1934 and Stafford Rangers in 1935 before signing for First Division Derby County in May 1936, making his Football League debut, and only appearance for The Rams, at Chelsea the same October. After two seasons in the reserves he joined Mansfield Town in July 1938, and after only 6 months, having scored 4 goals in 27 appearances, he was signed by Crystal Palace in January 1939.

He helped Palace to finish runners up in the Third Division (South) at the end of the season, narrowly missing out on promotion, but his career was then substantially interrupted by the Second World War, after which he returned to Selhurst Park in 1945 and played in 3 FA Cup ties in the 1945-46 FA Cup, before joining hometown club Rotherham United in June 1946 after 6 goals in 26 appearances either side of the War.

At Millmoor he had a fantastic season scoring 21 goals as they finished runners up in the Third Division (North), only behind Wally Ardron in the club’s leading goalscorer list. He then was signed by First Division Grimsby Town in July 1947, scoring once in 17 top flight appearances, in a 1-1 draw against Preston North End in October 1947, before moving to non league Boston United in the summer of 1948. He finished his playing career with Scunthorpe & Lindsey United who he joined in 1949, and continued in the game as a coach after his retirement from playing, later having a 7 game spell as caretaker manager of Rotherham United during October and November 1958.

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