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Albert Nightingale photo kindly supplied by Joseph NightingaleBorn on the10th Nov 1923, at Thrybergh, Albert entered into a very successful career playing football as a Striker. From 1941 he played for Sheffield United, the photo opposite is of Albert during his days at Sheffield. then moved in 1948 to  Huddersfield Town.


He was sold in 1951 for 12,000 pounds to Blackburn Rovers. The last club he played for was  Leeds United who paid 10,000 pounds for Albert's talents in 1952. Albert reached his peak at Leeds scoring an impressive 48 goals in five years. Sadly Albert in 1957 suffered a knee injury in a game against Everton which was to bring an end to a career, that produced a tally of 87 goals. Now residing in Huddersfield Albert has fond memories of Thrybergh, and remembers handing out awards in a local Pub [ possibly The Fullerton Hotel. ]


 Recently Albert although a pensioner donated 100 pounds to help out one of his old clubs Huddersfield Town, Albert was shocked to hear the club was having difficulties. Albert's donation was to prompt other ex stars to donate, and in a report by Mel Booth, of The Huddersfield Daily Examiner this is what was said.

 "It has all taken off since the magnificent gesture by Albert Nightingale, with some players acting on their own initiative to send donations following all the publicity in the Examiner".



Looking at a recent photo of Albert it was plain to see there is plenty of fire yet in his eyes, and learning more about Albert it is also plain to see why Albert is a true Sporting Legend.

Alan Hodgson writes My dad used to say that all the girls used to drool over Albert at Town, while all the lads used to love him 'diving' into the area and winning regular penalties.
John Doxey 2003

Alan Hodgson of Huddersfield Town F. C. recently informed me that Albert had passed away, here below courtesy of Alan is a tribute to Albert.
I'm afraid I have a bit of sad news for now as Albert Nightingale recently passed away. We put a tributary piece in the last home match programme that reads as follows:

Albert Nightingale, veritable Town legend, died last Sunday (February 26th) at the age of 82. Nightingale scored 87 goals in 346 career appearances and endeared himself to the Leeds Road fans. A hard-working inside forward, Nightingale spent three and a half years with Town as they fought desperately to regain their First Division status. He became popular for earning penalty kicks and re-enacted one of his dives when introduced to the crowd before Town's final match at Leeds Road in 1994.
A true legend!

Alan Hodgson 2006



Ken Nightingale at Rotherham United photo kindly supplied by Joseph Nightingale Ken Knightingale as a Thrybergh Cricket Club playerBorn on the 25th of June 1925, in Thrybergh. Ken played for Rotherham United in the mid 1940's. In his career he also played for Frickley colliery in an F.A cup game (year unknown).


Also played for Thrybergh St. Leonard's, who won the Rotherham charity cup 2 years running during the 1950's.


 Like many sporting lads in the area once Football season was over he played cricket and played wicket keeper for Thrybergh park cricket club for many years.


He married Doreen Casterton, on the 4th of July 1947, and they produced 5 children, Dorothy, Reg, Billy, Sheila and Peter.

There are records of him playing for Rotherham United but only during the temporary wartime seasons of 1943/44 (7 games, 2 goals) and 1945/46 (21 games, 6 goals).  Hope this adds a little!


Sadly Thrybergh lost this great character on  the 5th of January 1966, shortly before the paddy mail disaster at Silverwood Colliery. He was buried and killed by a roof fall.


Many thanks to the children and grandchildren of Albert and Ken for supplying a large part of the information on this page. Photos of Albert and Ken and also information on Ken supplied by Pete and Joseph Nightingale of Thrybergh.
Footnote the Nightingales had also another family member who played for Rotherham United and that was local legend Lol Morgan their nephew.





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