Albert Halsall

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
19-04-1942
N/A
28-01-1966
Salford
29-01-1966 v Halifax
Wigan
1970- Swinton
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1966-1970
122 (8)
13
0
0
39

BIOGRAPHY

Albert Halsall by Dave Dooley:

Albert Halsall charged like a bull but had the ability to side-step like a ballet dancer. He was signed in the middle of the 1965/6 season in an attempt to find a coherent front row permutation; as honours were begging for any team that could get its act together in the closing months of the season. In the last full season of unlimited tackles football, possession from the scrum could often be a deciding factor in the result of a match. Albert and Bill Sayer were brought in to team up with all time great Cliff Watson. Albert who was signed from Salford on the 28th of January 1966 made his debut in the five points to 2 away victory over Halifax on the following day.

The remainder of the season became a dream come true for Albert. His remaining twenty matches brought winners medals in the Challenge Cup Final, League Leaders Championship, the Lancashire League and the RL Championship Final. His powerful drives were a feature of his game and one such burst created the position for Billy Benyon to grubber kick for Len Killeen to score a memorable try in the 21 points to 2 demolition of Wigan at Wembley. A second drive provided space for Alex Murphy to drop a goal and rub salt in the Wigan wounds. One week later in the Championship Final, Saints were trailing by 7 points to 3 to Halifax in the 1966 Championship Final at Swinton when Halsall steamed on to a short pass and sped 20 yards for his first touchdown for the club. Albert added a second try just before half time to open up a comfortable lead for the Saints. After 52 minutes of the Final, the big 15 and a half stone prop combined power and nimble feet to side-step his way to an impressive hat trick. The dominance of Albert`s play that day earned him the Harry Sunderland Trophy as the Final`s outstanding player.

The following season brought the Saints another Lancashire League Championship as Albert scored four tries in 32 appearances. The next two campaigns witnessed Albert suffering with injuries as he played in just 19 matches. However, Albert bounced back in style in the 1969/70 season. His trademark bursts and tenacious tackles helped Saints reach the 1970 Championship Final against a powerful Leeds outfit. The team prevailed in some eerie climatic oddities that brought `four seasons in one match` to Odsal Stadium. A famous 24 points to 12 victory provided Albert with his second Championship medal.

When Albert had played his 122nd and last match for the Saints in the 1970/1 season he had enjoyed honours galore for his club and three caps for his native county Lancashire.

Albert later signed for Swinton, where he played in a Lancashire Cup final in 1972-73 against local rivals Salford. The Red Devils won 25-11. Sadly, Albert passed away at the end of August 2011 after a short illness at the age of 69.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1965~66 3 0 0 20
1966~67 4 0 0 33
1967~682 0 0 15
1968~690 0 0 4
1969~70 3 0 0 44
1970~71 1 0 0 11
TOTALS:13 0 0 127
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1966~670001
1967~68 0001
TOTALS:0002

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
29th Jan 1966 W 8 Halifax L 1965~66 A 5 2 V
1st Feb 1966 W 8 Widnes L 1965~66 H 9 4 V
5th Feb 1966 W 8 Blackpool Borough L 1965~66 A 25 11 V
14th Feb 1966 W 8 Leigh L 1965~66 H 17 2 V
19th Feb 1966 L 8 Wakefield Trinity L 1965~66 A 12 20 V
26th Feb 1966 W 8 Wakefield Trinity CC1 1965~66 A 10 0 V
1st Mar 1966 W 8 Warrington L 1965~66 H 22 6 V
8th Mar 1966 W 8 Liverpool City L 1965~66 H 16 2 V
12th Mar 1966 W 8 Huddersfield L 1965~66 A 8 7 V
19th Mar 1966 W 8 Swinton CC2 1965~66 H 16 4 V
23rd Mar 1966 W 8 Leigh L 1965~66 A 6 5 V
26th Mar 1966 L 8 Wigan L 1965~66 A 8 17 V
2nd Apr 1966 W 8 Hull K.R. CC3 1965~66 H 12 10 V
16th Apr 1966 W 8 Dewsbury CCSF 1965~66 N 12 5 V
22nd Apr 1966 L 8 Swinton L 1965~66 H 10 15 V
25th Apr 1966 W 8 Liverpool City L 1965~66 A 28 3 V
30th Apr 1966 W 8 Warrington Ch1 1965~66 H 35 7 V
14th May 1966 W 8 Hull K.R. ChSF 1965~66 H 14 6 V
21st May 1966 W 8 Wigan CCF 1965~66 N 21 2 V
28th May 1966 W 8 Halifax ChF 1965~66 N 35 12 3 V
12th Aug 1966 L 8 Swinton* Fr Gallie Cup 1966~67 H 13 27 V
19th Aug 1966 D 8 Widnes L 1966~67 A 10 10 1 V
23rd Aug 1966 L 8 Warrington L 1966~67 H 6 10 V
27th Aug 1966 W 8 Salford L 1966~67 H 42 7 1 V
29th Aug 1966 L 8 Wakefield Trinity L 1966~67 A 15 28 V
3rd Sep 1966 W 8 Rochdale Hornets LC1 1966~67 A 18 16 V
7th Sep 1966 W 8 Salford FTP(1) 1966~67 A 19 10 V
10th Sep 1966 W 8 Liverpool City L 1966~67 A 35 12 1 V
12th Sep 1966 W 8 Barrow L 1966~67 A 15 9 1 V
14th Sep 1966 L 8 Wigan LC2 1966~67 A 9 11 V
17th Sep 1966 W 8 Blackpool Borough L 1966~67 A 23 14 V
30th Sep 1966 W 8 Whitehaven L 1966~67 H 35 12 V
7th Oct 1966 W 8 Blackpool Borough L 1966~67 H 25 6 V
14th Oct 1966 W 8 Wakefield Trinity L 1966~67 H 18 15 V
18th Oct 1966 W 8 Swinton FT1 1966~67 H 11 9 V
22nd Oct 1966 W 8 Salford L 1966~67 A 30 3 V
28th Oct 1966 W 15 Leeds L 1966~67 H 16 3 V
1st Nov 1966 D 15 Barrow FT2 1966~67 A 11 11 V
2nd Nov 1966 L 8 Leigh L 1966~67 A 5 29 V
11th Nov 1966 W 15 Castleford L 1966~67 H 13 2 V
18th Nov 1966 W 8 Barrow L 1966~67 H 16 11 V
26th Nov 1966 W 8 Huddersfield L 1966~67 A 15 10 V
2nd Dec 1966 L 8 Castleford L 1966~67 A 7 25 V
9th Dec 1966 W 15 Leigh L 1966~67 H 4 0 V
17th Dec 1966 W 8 Workington Town L 1966~67 A 16 9 V
26th Dec 1966 W 8 Wigan L 1966~67 H 8 3 V
2nd Jan 1967 D 8 Swinton L 1966~67 A 9 9 V
21st Jan 1967 L 8 Workington Town L 1966~67 H 5 6 V
27th Jan 1967 W 15 Oldham L 1966~67 H 25 7 Y V
3rd Feb 1967 D 15 Salford CC1 1966~67 A 5 5 V
7th Feb 1967 L 8 Salford CC1(rep) 1966~67 H 3 8 V
11th Feb 1967 W 8 Liverpool City L 1966~67 H 23 6 V
17th Feb 1967 L 15 Oldham L 1966~67 A 7 8 V
4th Mar 1967 L 8 Leeds L 1966~67 A 20 26 V
11th Aug 1967 W 8 Swinton * Fr Gallie Cup 1967~68 A 9 7 V
18th Aug 1967 W 11 Rochdale Hornets LC1 1967~68 H 7 4 V
23rd Aug 1967 W 8 Leeds L 1967~68 A 13 12 1 V
26th Aug 1967 W 8 Hull K.R. L 1967~68 H 13 8 1 V
28th Aug 1967 W 8 Wakefield Trinity L 1967~68 H 13 11 V
1st Sep 1967 W 8 Salford L 1967~68 A 15 3 V
9th Sep 1967 W 8 Liverpool City L 1967~68 A 32 5 V
14th Oct 1967 W 8 Liverpool City L 1967~68 H 15 7 V
21st Oct 1967 L 10 Whitehaven L 1967~68 A 6 11 V
24th Oct 1967 W 8 Australia Tour 1967~68 H 8 4 V
27th Oct 1967 W 8 Rochdale Hornets L 1967~68 H 14 7 V
7th Nov 1967 W 8 Oldham FT1 1967~68 H 14 0 V
11th Nov 1967 W 8 Blackpool Borough L 1967~68 H 17 3 V
18th Nov 1967 W 8 Leigh L 1967~68 A 7 4 V
22nd Nov 1967 L 8 Wigan FT2 1967~68 H 11 22 V
24th Nov 1967 L 8 Salford L 1967~68 H 4 7 V
28th Mar 1969 W 10 Oldham L 1968~69 H 19 4 V
4th Apr 1969 L 10 Wigan L 1968~69 A 10 34 V
7th Apr 1969 W 10 Swinton L 1968~69 H 40 5 V
12th Apr 1969 L 10 Workington Town L 1968~69 H 5 8 V
20th Aug 1969 L 8 Widnes L 1969~70 A 5 17 V
23rd Aug 1969 W 15 Workington Town L 1969~70 H 31 11 Y V
29th Aug 1969 W 15 Warrington L 1969~70 A 14 7 Y V
1st Sep 1969 W 8 Maryport LC1 1969~70 H 58 5 V
5th Sep 1969 W 8 Huyton L 1969~70 H 31 0 V
10th Sep 1969 L 8 Castleford L 1969~70 A 3 9 V
13th Sep 1969 W 8 Blackpool Borough L 1969~70 A 35 2 V
20th Sep 1969 W 8 Rochdale Hornets L 1969~70 H 63 10 V
27th Sep 1969 W 8 Workington Town L 1969~70 A 17 5 V
29th Sep 1969 L 8 Widnes LC2 1969~70 A 14 22 V
4th Oct 1969 W 8 Warrington L 1969~70 H 11 7 V
7th Oct 1969 L 8 Leeds L 1969~70 A 7 13 V
13th Oct 1969 W 8 Swinton FT1 1969~70 A 17 9 V
29th Oct 1969 L 8 Salford L 1969~70 A 12 16 V
4th Nov 1969 W 8 Barrow FT2 1969~70 A 11 6 V
8th Nov 1969 L 8 Whitehaven L 1969~70 A 9 10 V
10th Nov 1969 W 8 Leigh L 1969~70 H 16 10 V
15th Nov 1969 L 8 Featherstone Rovers L 1969~70 A 6 13 V
17th Nov 1969 W 8 Barrow L 1969~70 H 31 9 V
9th Dec 1969 D 8 Wigan FTSF 1969~70 A 13 13 V
11th Dec 1969 L 8 Wigan FTSF(rep) 1969~70 H 9 15 V
13th Dec 1969 W 8 Blackpool Borough L 1969~70 H 26 9 V
26th Dec 1969 W 8 Wigan L 1969~70 A 53 11 V
1st Jan 1970 D 8 Swinton L 1969~70 H 18 18 V
10th Jan 1970 W 8 Batley L 1969~70 H 22 9 V
27th Jan 1970 L 8 Salford L 1969~70 H 15 16 V
31st Jan 1970 L 8 Leigh L 1969~70 A 3 6 V
7th Feb 1970 W 8 Bradford Northern CC1 1969~70 H 16 3 V
21st Feb 1970 W 8 Bramley CC2 1969~70 H 17 2 V
27th Feb 1970 W 8 Barrow L 1969~70 A 6 0 V
2nd Mar 1970 W 15 Whitehaven L 1969~70 H 37 5 V
10th Mar 1970 D 15 Doncaster CC3 1969~70 A 4 4 Y V
14th Mar 1970 W 15 Featherstone Rovers L 1969~70 H 22 4 V
16th Mar 1970 W 8 Doncaster CC3(rep) 1969~70 H 36 0 1 V
21st Mar 1970 W 8 Batley L 1969~70 A 8 7 1 V
27th Mar 1970 L 8 Wigan L 1969~70 H 16 23 V
28th Mar 1970 W 8 Leeds L 1969~70 H 12 5 1 V
4th Apr 1970 L 10 Castleford CCSF 1969~70 N 3 6 V
6th Apr 1970 W 8 Oldham L 1969~70 A 43 0 V
10th Apr 1970 W 8 Widnes L 1969~70 H 15 12 V
18th Apr 1970 W 8 Warrington Ch1 1969~70 H 36 8 V
25th Apr 1970 W 8 Leigh Ch2 1969~70 H 16 5 V
2nd May 1970 D 8 Castleford ChSF 1969~70 A 9 9 V
16th May 1970 W 8 Leeds ChF 1969~70 N 24 12 V
29th Sep 1970 W 8 Castleford FT1 1970~71 H 14 7 1 V
6th Nov 1970 W 8 Hull L 1970~71 A 16 2 V
9th Nov 1970 W 15 Australia Tour 1970~71 H 37 10 Y V
14th Nov 1970 L 8 Leigh L 1970~71 A 13 15 V
20th Nov 1970 W 8 Salford L 1970~71 A 4 0 V
28th Nov 1970 L 8 Leigh LCF 1970~71 N 4 7 V
30th Nov 1970 W 8 Leigh FT2 1970~71 A 10 4 V
8th Dec 1970 D 8 Wigan FTSF 1970~71 A 7 7 V
13th Dec 1970 W 8 Wigan FTSF(rep) 1970~71 H 16 15 V
19th Dec 1970 W 8 Bramley L 1970~71 H 34 0 V
26th Dec 1970 L 8 Wigan L 1970~71 H 5 12 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 120 OTHER 2 = 127
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 8 Subs) = 122

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