Albert Halsall

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
19-04-1942
N/A
28-01-1966
Salford
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
29-01-1966 v Halifax
Wigan
1970- Swinton
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1966-1970
122 (8)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
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 in Wigan 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 VIEW
1st Feb 1966
W
8 Widnes L 1965~66 H 9 4 VIEW
5th Feb 1966
W
8 Blackpool Borough L 1965~66 A 25 11 VIEW
14th Feb 1966
W
8 Leigh L 1965~66 H 17 2 VIEW
19th Feb 1966
L
8 Wakefield Trinity L 1965~66 A 12 20 VIEW
26th Feb 1966
W
8 Wakefield Trinity CC1 1965~66 A 10 0 VIEW
1st Mar 1966
W
8 Warrington L 1965~66 H 22 6 VIEW
8th Mar 1966
W
8 Liverpool City L 1965~66 H 16 2 VIEW
12th Mar 1966
W
8 Huddersfield L 1965~66 A 8 7 VIEW
19th Mar 1966
W
8 Swinton CC2 1965~66 H 16 4 VIEW
23rd Mar 1966
W
8 Leigh L 1965~66 A 6 5 VIEW
26th Mar 1966
L
8 Wigan L 1965~66 A 8 17 VIEW
2nd Apr 1966
W
8 Hull K.R. CC3 1965~66 H 12 10 VIEW
16th Apr 1966
W
8 Dewsbury CCSF 1965~66 N 12 5 VIEW
22nd Apr 1966
L
8 Swinton L 1965~66 H 10 15 VIEW
25th Apr 1966
W
8 Liverpool City L 1965~66 A 28 3 VIEW
30th Apr 1966
W
8 Warrington Ch1 1965~66 H 35 7 VIEW
14th May 1966
W
8 Hull K.R. ChSF 1965~66 H 14 6 VIEW
21st May 1966
W
8 Wigan CCF 1965~66 N 21 2 VIEW
28th May 1966
W
8 Halifax ChF 1965~66 N 35 12 3 VIEW
12th Aug 1966
L
8 Swinton* Fr Gallie Cup 1966~67 H 13 27 VIEW
19th Aug 1966
D
8 Widnes L 1966~67 A 10 10 1 VIEW
23rd Aug 1966
L
8 Warrington L 1966~67 H 6 10 VIEW
27th Aug 1966
W
8 Salford L 1966~67 H 42 7 1 VIEW
29th Aug 1966
L
8 Wakefield Trinity L 1966~67 A 15 28 VIEW
3rd Sep 1966
W
8 Rochdale Hornets LC1 1966~67 A 18 16 VIEW
7th Sep 1966
W
8 Salford FTP(1) 1966~67 A 19 10 VIEW
10th Sep 1966
W
8 Liverpool City L 1966~67 A 35 12 1 VIEW
12th Sep 1966
W
8 Barrow L 1966~67 A 15 9 1 VIEW
14th Sep 1966
L
8 Wigan LC2 1966~67 A 9 11 VIEW
17th Sep 1966
W
8 Blackpool Borough L 1966~67 A 23 14 VIEW
30th Sep 1966
W
8 Whitehaven L 1966~67 H 35 12 VIEW
7th Oct 1966
W
8 Blackpool Borough L 1966~67 H 25 6 VIEW
14th Oct 1966
W
8 Wakefield Trinity L 1966~67 H 18 15 VIEW
18th Oct 1966
W
8 Swinton FT1 1966~67 H 11 9 VIEW
22nd Oct 1966
W
8 Salford L 1966~67 A 30 3 VIEW
28th Oct 1966
W
15 Leeds L 1966~67 H 16 3 VIEW
1st Nov 1966
D
15 Barrow FT2 1966~67 A 11 11 VIEW
2nd Nov 1966
L
8 Leigh L 1966~67 A 5 29 VIEW
11th Nov 1966
W
15 Castleford L 1966~67 H 13 2 VIEW
18th Nov 1966
W
8 Barrow L 1966~67 H 16 11 VIEW
26th Nov 1966
W
8 Huddersfield L 1966~67 A 15 10 VIEW
2nd Dec 1966
L
8 Castleford L 1966~67 A 7 25 VIEW
9th Dec 1966
W
15 Leigh L 1966~67 H 4 0 VIEW
17th Dec 1966
W
8 Workington Town L 1966~67 A 16 9 VIEW
26th Dec 1966
W
8 Wigan L 1966~67 H 8 3 VIEW
2nd Jan 1967
D
8 Swinton L 1966~67 A 9 9 VIEW
21st Jan 1967
L
8 Workington Town L 1966~67 H 5 6 VIEW
27th Jan 1967
W
15 Oldham L 1966~67 H 25 7 Y VIEW
3rd Feb 1967
D
15 Salford CC1 1966~67 A 5 5 VIEW
7th Feb 1967
L
8 Salford CC1(rep) 1966~67 H 3 8 VIEW
11th Feb 1967
W
8 Liverpool City L 1966~67 H 23 6 VIEW
17th Feb 1967
L
15 Oldham L 1966~67 A 7 8 VIEW
4th Mar 1967
L
8 Leeds L 1966~67 A 20 26 VIEW
11th Aug 1967
W
8 Swinton * Fr Gallie Cup 1967~68 A 9 7 VIEW
18th Aug 1967
W
11 Rochdale Hornets LC1 1967~68 H 7 4 VIEW
23rd Aug 1967
W
8 Leeds L 1967~68 A 13 12 1 VIEW
26th Aug 1967
W
8 Hull K.R. L 1967~68 H 13 8 1 VIEW
28th Aug 1967
W
8 Wakefield Trinity L 1967~68 H 13 11 VIEW
1st Sep 1967
W
8 Salford L 1967~68 A 15 3 VIEW
9th Sep 1967
W
8 Liverpool City L 1967~68 A 32 5 VIEW
14th Oct 1967
W
8 Liverpool City L 1967~68 H 15 7 VIEW
21st Oct 1967
L
10 Whitehaven L 1967~68 A 6 11 VIEW
24th Oct 1967
W
8 Australia Tour 1967~68 H 8 4 VIEW
27th Oct 1967
W
8 Rochdale Hornets L 1967~68 H 14 7 VIEW
7th Nov 1967
W
8 Oldham FT1 1967~68 H 14 0 VIEW
11th Nov 1967
W
8 Blackpool Borough L 1967~68 H 17 3 VIEW
18th Nov 1967
W
8 Leigh L 1967~68 A 7 4 VIEW
22nd Nov 1967
L
8 Wigan FT2 1967~68 H 11 22 VIEW
24th Nov 1967
L
8 Salford L 1967~68 H 4 7 VIEW
28th Mar 1969
W
10 Oldham L 1968~69 H 19 4 VIEW
4th Apr 1969
L
10 Wigan L 1968~69 A 10 34 VIEW
7th Apr 1969
W
10 Swinton L 1968~69 H 40 5 VIEW
12th Apr 1969
L
10 Workington Town L 1968~69 H 5 8 VIEW
20th Aug 1969
L
8 Widnes L 1969~70 A 5 17 VIEW
23rd Aug 1969
W
15 Workington Town L 1969~70 H 31 11 Y VIEW
29th Aug 1969
W
15 Warrington L 1969~70 A 14 7 Y VIEW
1st Sep 1969
W
8 Maryport LC1 1969~70 H 58 5 VIEW
5th Sep 1969
W
8 Huyton L 1969~70 H 31 0 VIEW
10th Sep 1969
L
8 Castleford L 1969~70 A 3 9 VIEW
13th Sep 1969
W
8 Blackpool Borough L 1969~70 A 35 2 VIEW
20th Sep 1969
W
8 Rochdale Hornets L 1969~70 H 63 10 VIEW
27th Sep 1969
W
8 Workington Town L 1969~70 A 17 5 VIEW
29th Sep 1969
L
8 Widnes LC2 1969~70 A 14 22 VIEW
4th Oct 1969
W
8 Warrington L 1969~70 H 11 7 VIEW
7th Oct 1969
L
8 Leeds L 1969~70 A 7 13 VIEW
13th Oct 1969
W
8 Swinton FT1 1969~70 A 17 9 VIEW
29th Oct 1969
L
8 Salford L 1969~70 A 12 16 VIEW
4th Nov 1969
W
8 Barrow FT2 1969~70 A 11 6 VIEW
8th Nov 1969
L
8 Whitehaven L 1969~70 A 9 10 VIEW
10th Nov 1969
W
8 Leigh L 1969~70 H 16 10 VIEW
15th Nov 1969
L
8 Featherstone Rovers L 1969~70 A 6 13 VIEW
17th Nov 1969
W
8 Barrow L 1969~70 H 31 9 VIEW
9th Dec 1969
D
8 Wigan FTSF 1969~70 A 13 13 VIEW
11th Dec 1969
L
8 Wigan FTSF(rep) 1969~70 H 9 15 VIEW
13th Dec 1969
W
8 Blackpool Borough L 1969~70 H 26 9 VIEW
26th Dec 1969
W
8 Wigan L 1969~70 A 53 11 VIEW
1st Jan 1970
D
8 Swinton L 1969~70 H 18 18 VIEW
10th Jan 1970
W
8 Batley L 1969~70 H 22 9 VIEW
27th Jan 1970
L
8 Salford L 1969~70 H 15 16 VIEW
31st Jan 1970
L
8 Leigh L 1969~70 A 3 6 VIEW
7th Feb 1970
W
8 Bradford Northern CC1 1969~70 H 16 3 VIEW
21st Feb 1970
W
8 Bramley CC2 1969~70 H 17 2 VIEW
27th Feb 1970
W
8 Barrow L 1969~70 A 6 0 VIEW
2nd Mar 1970
W
15 Whitehaven L 1969~70 H 37 5 VIEW
10th Mar 1970
D
15 Doncaster CC3 1969~70 A 4 4 Y VIEW
14th Mar 1970
W
15 Featherstone Rovers L 1969~70 H 22 4 VIEW
16th Mar 1970
W
8 Doncaster CC3(rep) 1969~70 H 36 0 1 VIEW
21st Mar 1970
W
8 Batley L 1969~70 A 8 7 1 VIEW
27th Mar 1970
L
8 Wigan L 1969~70 H 16 23 VIEW
28th Mar 1970
W
8 Leeds L 1969~70 H 12 5 1 VIEW
4th Apr 1970
L
10 Castleford CCSF 1969~70 N 3 6 VIEW
6th Apr 1970
W
8 Oldham L 1969~70 A 43 0 VIEW
10th Apr 1970
W
8 Widnes L 1969~70 H 15 12 VIEW
18th Apr 1970
W
8 Warrington Ch1 1969~70 H 36 8 VIEW
25th Apr 1970
W
8 Leigh Ch2 1969~70 H 16 5 VIEW
2nd May 1970
D
8 Castleford ChSF 1969~70 A 9 9 VIEW
16th May 1970
W
8 Leeds ChF 1969~70 N 24 12 VIEW
29th Sep 1970
W
8 Castleford FT1 1970~71 H 14 7 1 VIEW
6th Nov 1970
W
8 Hull L 1970~71 A 16 2 VIEW
9th Nov 1970
W
15 Australia Tour 1970~71 H 37 10 Y VIEW
14th Nov 1970
L
8 Leigh L 1970~71 A 13 15 VIEW
20th Nov 1970
W
8 Salford L 1970~71 A 4 0 VIEW
28th Nov 1970
L
8 Leigh LCF 1970~71 N 4 7 VIEW
30th Nov 1970
W
8 Leigh FT2 1970~71 A 10 4 VIEW
8th Dec 1970
D
8 Wigan FTSF 1970~71 A 7 7 VIEW
13th Dec 1970
W
8 Wigan FTSF(rep) 1970~71 H 16 15 VIEW
19th Dec 1970
W
8 Bramley L 1970~71 H 34 0 VIEW
26th Dec 1970
L
8 Wigan L 1970~71 H 5 12 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
WINS : 87 | LOSSES : 33 | DRAWS : 9

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