Past Masters Nos. 5 and 6 - Albert Stubbins and Jack Balmer
Liverpool FC Legends of Long Ago
No.5 – Albert Stubbins
Strikers always hog the limelight and the attention, and always have. They’re the singer/lead guitarist of the football band, whilst the others, the team’s rhythm section, chug away in the background, keeping time and rhythm. Any poll of the top Liverpool players in the Shankly and post-Shankly era, Dalglish, Rush, Fowler, Keegan, Beardsley, Torres, Suarez, Owen, Hunt and St John. Strikers generally cost more, create more headlines, and these days have more replica shirts with their names on the back.
Was it the same in legendary striker Albert Stubbins’ day, the mid/late 1940s? Well actually, yes.
When the Geordie centre-forward was bought by Liverpool from Newcastle United in September 1946, ready for the first full season after the Second World War, it caused quite a stir.
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