north to sign for Newcastle United. It was a short stay on Tyneside and in February 1962 he upped sticks and transferred to Lincoln City. Again, he couldn’t settle and little more than a year later he joined Mansfield Town, helping them to promotion in his first season.
A short spell in non-league circles followed before he left football to make his living in industry. One term of employment saw him undertake security work at the Colgate Palmolive plant barely a good goal-kick from Old Trafford across the ‘border’ in Salford.
One enduring memory of Albert was that he occasionally played for United wearing odd boots. Obviously finding comfort in an unorthodox choice of footwear.
The fact that he was in the Busby Babes’ side that contested that never-to-be-forgotten European Cup tie against Red Star in Belgrade on 5 February 1958 assures Albert of a permanent place in Manchester United history. But he shouldn’t just be remembered for that tragic event, for he was a fine player and would undoubtedly have enjoyed an even more successful career in the game, but for the harrowing events on that snowbound Munich airfield.