Albert Quixall

Albert Quixall (born 9 August 1933) is an English former professional footballer who played as an inside-forward.

Albert Quixall
Personal information
Date of birth (1933-08-09) 9 August 1933 (age 86)
Place of birth Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Playing position(s) Inside forward
Youth career
1948–1950 Sheffield Wednesday
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950–1958 Sheffield Wednesday 241 (63)
1958–1964 Manchester United 165 (50)
1964–1966 Oldham Athletic 37 (11)
1966–1967 Stockport County 13 (0)
1967 Altrincham 3 (0)
1968 Radcliffe Borough
Total 459 (124)
National team
1953–1954 England B 3 (0)
1954–1955 England 5 (0)
1956 England U23 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Born in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, Quixall started his career with Sheffield Wednesday, signing as an amateur in 1948 and turning professional in 1950. He made his debut in February 1951 as a 17-year-old centre forward and went on to play almost 250 League games, scoring 66 League and Cup goals with the Owls. He was in his prime with Sheffield Wednesday, and gained much media attention, becoming the Golden Boy of British football.[2]

Quixall joined Manchester United in September 1958 for a then British record fee of £45,000, one of Matt Busby's key recruits in building a new team in the aftermath of the Munich air disaster, which had killed eight players and ended the careers of two others on 6 February that year.[3] After seven games without a win for United, Quixall eventually helped the team go on a run of only two losses in 23 matches to end the season as runners-up in the First Division.[2] Quixall's only medal with the club was the 1963 FA Cup. Altogether, he scored 56 goals in 184 games for the Red Devils.[4]

Along with Johnny Giles and David Herd, he was dropped after Everton thrashed United 4–0 in the 1963 FA Charity Shield. He rarely featured in the 1963–64 season, last appearing for United on Boxing Day 1963.[5]

He left the club at the end of the season, moving to Oldham Athletic for £7,000, spending two years at Boundary Park before finishing his professional career at Stockport County in 1967.

Quixall was capped five times for England in 1954 and 1955. He also made schoolboy, Under-23 and 'B' appearances for his country, and played for a Football League representative side on four occasions.


Manchester United


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  2. ^ a b Ponting, Ivan (1999). The Red Army: Four Decades of Player Profiles. London: Hamlyn. p. 49. ISBN 0-600-59681-8.
  3. ^ Harding, John (1997). "Latest News". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 3 June 2007.
  4. ^ "Albert Quixall". Retrieved 7 November 2008.
  5. ^ "Albert Quixall, Manchester United player". Archived from the original on 20 May 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2013.