Albert Quixall

Albert Quixall passes away

Thursday 12 November 2020 20:55

Manchester United is deeply saddened to learn that our former player Albert Quixall has passed away, at the age of 87.

The Sheffield-born forward was Sir Matt Busby's first signing after the Munich Air Disaster in 1958 and the transfer fee of £45,000 was a British record at the time.

Quixall spent six seasons at Old Trafford, during which he helped the club to win its first trophy of the 1960s - the FA Cup in 1963. 

Popular with both the supporters and the press, the gifted striker made 184 appearances for the Reds, scoring 56 goals, before moving on to Oldham Athletic in 1964.

Obituary: Albert Quixall


We recall the FA Cup winner's career, including his record-breaking transfer.

Albert started his career with hometown club Sheffield Wednesday and when he crossed the Pennines at the age of 25, it was at an extraordinarily difficult time for United.

Nevertheless, he soon impressed his new team-mates. In his autobiography, Sir Bobby Charlton described Quixall as "a new blond star of English football" and recalled how he "played a significant role in my rush of goals. When I broke through an offside trap, often it was to get on to the end of one of Albert's perfectly placed passes."

Quixall earned five senior caps for England, having first played for his country as a schoolboy.

Everyone at United sends their sincere condolences to Albert's family and friends at this difficult time.