|Albert Rimmer by Alex Service with additional information from Mike Latham |
Another example of a player who played just one First Team game for his home town team. Albert, who came from the Clock Face area, first came to prominence during the Public Trial Match at Knowsley Road in August 1946. In the St. Helens Newspaper, Premier, the famous Saints’ correspondent, wrote about the performance of this young hooker thrust into unexpected prominence: “Young Rimmer, called upon to deputise for Ike Fishwick who was unwell, worked like Simm used to do in his most successful days. Talk about squatters’ rights! Rimmer sat on his heels on the edge of the tunnel, as though he had brought the land freehold. In addition, he was everywhere in the open. But for him, The A Team might have won”.
The legendary hooker Ike was still unwell and Albert was selected for the first match of the season at home to Widnes, on 31st August 1946, which Saints duly managed to lose, by 2-10. George ‘Porky’ Davies and Norman Thompson were his fellow front-row partners. Premier was without mercy, as the headline in the St. Helens Newspaper read: “Knowsley Road a depressed area”. Clearly the Saints’ pack had difficulty in matching the Widnes six. Premier summed it up as follows: “Rimmer, deputising for Harold Fishwick as hooker, took a lot of punishment, and stood up to it as long as he could. The Widnes’ scrummaging machine gave him little chance of making a reputation”.
It appears that Albert made his way to Leigh by early October, where he played 6 matches for the Leythers. Once Ike Fishwick had returned, opportunities in the senior squad would have been limited. Albert died in Blackpool in June 1985, aged 63.