|Albert Cooper by Alex Service |
The history of this player is quite intriguing. Albert who was born in Prestwich, Lancashire emigrated to Canada with his family in 1919. Soon after his father died and the rest of the family settled in Hamilton, Ontario. He returned to the U.K. from Canada in 1936 and lived with his Uncleand Aunt in Bryn Street, St Helens. He took up employment as a Motor Transport Driver.The St.Helens Reporter after the match against Salford at the Willows early in 1938 talks about "Cooper, the Canadian, who was tried out against Barney Hudson distinguished himself with his glorious tackling in the first half but he rather faded out of the picture in the second period."
Wing threequarter Cooper is described as a newcomer in the report. By 5th January 1937, the the local press made the following reference to this player: "I understand that Cooper, the Canadian boy would like a trial at City Road, but the Recs are not in a position to give him one."
There is further information about Albert in the informative booklet called They Played for Wigan, published in 1992 by Mike Latham and Robert Gate. Apparently, Albert started at Wigan in 1936 and made two appearances, scoring two tries. His origin is listed as the Hamilton Olympic Rugby Union Club, in Ontario.
After his short playing spell, Albert returned to Canada to live out the rest of his life. He lived in Hamilton in East 44th Street and worked as a purchasing agent well into the 1970s. Assuming that he took up Canadian Nationality, Albert remains the only Canadian to play for the Saints. If anyone has any further information about this player, we would like to hear from you.
|Season (Official Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|Season (Other Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|3rd Jan 1938||
|19th Mar 1938||
|9th Apr 1938||
|*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.|
|WINS : | LOSSES : 3 | DRAWS :|
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