Senior volunteer workers at the club are remembering former member and professional footballer Albert McPherson who died this week aged 87. Albert lived in West Dixon Street and attended St Barts School, initially working as a block printer at local firm Worrall’s. He was a member of the club from 1942 to 1954, before signing for Walsall in 1955. He played centre half for Walsall until 1964 and was also club captain: he went on to coach and scout for West Brom.
Eric Salthouse, our most senior volunteer described Albert as “a fine athlete and all round good guy, a real role model for young lads at the club” Albert is pictured above (Front Right) in a Salford Lads Club football team at the annual camp in 1950 with Eric Salthouse (standing, 3rd from left)
One of the club’s famous footballing lads, Albert McPherson, returned today almost 50 years after his last appearance. Albert was born less than 100 yards from Salford Lads’ Club in West Dixon Street. He joined the club in 1942 and was a regular until 1954 when he became a professional footballer, firstly with Bury and then Walsall.
Albert was one of a famous quartet of lads from 1951 that went on to become professional footballers. Eddie Colman with Manchester United, Steve Fleet with Manchester City and Brian Doyle with Stoke City were the other famous names. Albert played centre half in more than 350 appearances for Walsall often as club captain during a 10 year spell. His testimonial game included stars of the day like Johnny Haynes, Bobby Robson and Ron Flowers who all turned out to support this well admired sportsman.