Arthur Albiston

Born : 14 Jul 1957
Signed : 01 Jul 1974
Debut : 9 Oct 1974 v Man City (H) League Cup
Goals total : 7
Appearances total : 485
Position: : Full-back
Left United : 01 Aug 1988  

Only a handful of players have represented Manchester United more times than this reliable, consistent Scottish left-back.

For the best part of a decade Arthur Albiston was a permanent fixture in the Reds' starting line-up, during which he collected three FA Cup winners' medals, 14 Scotland caps, and won many admirers for his unflashy, yet solid displays.

Albiston joined the club as a trainee in July 1972. Two years later he turned professional, making his first-team debut on 9 October 1974 in a League Cup tie victory against Manchester City at Old Trafford in front of 55,000.

Six days after, he made his league debut at Portsmouth – he had to wait until 1976/77 for his breakthrough as a first-team regular.

His opportunity arrived in dramatic circumstances. Following injury to Stewart Houston, Albiston was called in as a replacement for the 1977 FA Cup final against Liverpool.

With an impressive performance he helped United to a 2-1 victory, collected his first winners’ medal, then made the noble gesture of offering it to the man he’d replaced – a gesture Houston turned down.

After his

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