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Arthur Albiston 1974-1988 485 Games 7 Goals

January 11, 2010

Written by: Adam Carpenter
Arthur Richard Albiston was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on 14th July 1957. He has been one of the most reliable players the club has ever had, never failing to disappoint with his on pitch performances too.
Arthur was a product of the youth teams and was signed as a trainee player in 1972. He made his debut two years later against fierce rivals Manchester City at left back, his natural position. Once he made his debut for United, there was no looking back. Albiston was one of the lucky ones in those days who was never one to suffer from many injuries and played his career virtually injury free. He was an ever present in the side and always gave 100%. In 1976 he started becoming a permanent fixture in the clubs back line of defence and fully cemented his place down as the number one left back later on in the season.

For such a good player at such a good team, Arthur was unfortunate not to help himself to more honours than he deserved. When he retired he was eluded of the old first division domestic title, the European cup and the league cup. He did however appear in four F.A Cup finals at United, winning three of those and they were the only major honours Albiston won in his career.

Arthur was also a very nice man in person off the football field, who always had and has time for any media and press and the fans, and he has helped out MUTV on several occasions and also helps out local radio stations in Manchester. In the 1977 FA cup final he was placed at left back to cover for the injured Stewart Houston, United beat Liverpool 2-1 and Albiston raised many eyebrows with a solid performance, and afterwards, he offered to hand his medal to Houston, which was rejected.
Albiston was certainly not the only ever player that had played for United who had gone on for a quieter career and unsettling one that soon fizzles out. After he joined West Brom he spent the rest of his days at 8 different clubs (including Albion) inside 6 years. He retired from all forms of the game in 1994 and the last team he played for was the low leagued side Droylsden. He left United for West Brom on a free transfer.

Barring Manchester United fans, Albiston was a much forgotten player. He only received a minimal 14 caps for his country, in what seemed he was the country’s best left back during his era. He had to wait until 1981 (24 years old) to make his debut in a game against Northern Ireland. He only made one appearance at a major tournament for Scotland, in a game against Uruguay in the 2006 world cup. Arthur decided to call time on his rather brief international spell in 1986, at the age of 29.
After retiring from playing football, Arthur decided to give it a crack at management side of things. He went to Droylsden where he finished his playing days at but only lasted one season from 1996-1997. He has also been a junior coach at Manchester United but apart from this he has never taken management and coaching anywhere near as serious as he did a player.

Nowadays Arthur doesn’t involve himself to heavily on football, mainly focusing on his family life, but he does help MUTV on occasions and other T.V and radio stations.

There is no doubt that the status of Arthur at this club is certainly one of a legend. He is one of the finest full backs the club has produced and stats go to prove it. He is inside the top ten appearance makers in the whole of the clubs history and the third fullback with the most appearances at the club ever, only to be behind Tony Dunne and Denis Irwin. A lot of fans that were around to see Albiston play would rightly tell you that he could slot in at left back in an all time united 11 side. That’s how good he was. Arthur is one of the finest defenders we have had and will never be forgotten at this club for the influential piece of history he has helped to conjure up.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 12, 2010 10:28 am

    Anouther good one Carpy. Dont be put off by comments on TR saying that you can easily find articles like these on Google search. I prefer it this way. At least I have the connection on my favourites and if I wanted a quick find solution I can come straight into here and look up a player. Arthur Albiston was born here in Edinburgh, Scotland buddy so to me its a special BLOG.

  2. adam (carpy) permalink
    January 17, 2010 7:51 pm

    thanks buddy i appreciate your good words. i saw your message on robi’s robson post. i have been busy lately so i havent had much chance to come on here. albiston will always be a special legend.
    anyway thanks for the positive feedback. cheers audouc.

    • January 17, 2010 8:38 pm

      Just read it. Wont reply on TR anymore, too many MUPPETS aboard. Just acknowledge here and it goes through my E-Mail account.

    • Pamela permalink
      January 25, 2011 7:12 pm

      Hello Adam,

      Very nice wtite up on Arthur.
      I am writing to you from Newfoundland, Canada. My name is Pamela and my grandmother and Arthur’s mother were sisters. I met Arthur as a small child when I did visit with my grandparents in Scotland. I am now a mother of 2 and my 10 yeard old son has been choosen as a player on a team that will be visiting England this coming May. Looking forward to the visit and of all the football we will see.
      All the best !

  3. Caitlin Albiston-Forbes permalink
    October 3, 2010 1:41 pm

    I’ve always wondered if I’m related to this dude, we are from the same area :P.

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