Arthur Albiston

Arthur Richard Albiston (born 14 July 1957) is a Scottish former football player. Albiston played for Manchester United for most of his career, making almost 500 appearances for the club. He also made 14 international appearances for Scotland and was selected for their 1986 FIFA World Cup squad.

Arthur Albiston
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Albiston in 2013
Personal information
Full name Arthur Richard Albiston[1]
Date of birth (1957-07-14) 14 July 1957 (age 63)[1]
Place of birth Edinburgh,[1] Scotland
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[2]
Position(s) Left-back[1]
Youth career
1972–1974 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1988 Manchester United 379 (6)
1988–1989 West Bromwich Albion 43 (2)
1989–1990 Dundee 10 (0)
1990–1991 Chesterfield 3 (1)
1991–1993 Chester City 68 (0)
1992Molde (loan) 15 (3)
1993 Molde 9 (0)
1993–1994 Ayr United 1 (0)
1994 Sittingbourne 0 (0)
1994 Witton Albion
1994 Droylsden
Total 528 (12)
National team
1976–1977 Scotland U21[3] 5 (0)
1982–1986 Scotland 14 (0)
Teams managed
1996–1997 Droylsden
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Albiston joined Manchester United as an apprentice in July 1972, turning professional in July 1974.[4] He made his debut in a League Cup Third Round match against local rivals Manchester City in 1974. He made 485 appearances in 14 years, playing at left back, and scored six goals. He helped the club win the FA Cup in 1977, 1983 and 1985.

Albiston left Manchester United in August 1988 for West Bromwich Albion, managed by ex-Red Devils boss Ron Atkinson, on a free transfer. By the time of his departure from Old Trafford he was the longest-serving player at the squad and the only player remaining from the Tommy Docherty era.

He made his Albion debut in a league match away at Leicester City early in the 1988–89 season, and went on to make 47 appearances and score two goals that season, after which he returned to his homeland to sign for Dundee, and went on to play for Chesterfield, Chester City, Molde in Norway and Ayr United. He retired from senior football in 1994.

In his professional career, he made 464 appearances and scored seven goals. He also later joined non-League sides Sittingbourne, Witton Albion and Droylsden.

Albiston also earned 14 caps for Scotland, making his debut on 28 April 1982 against Northern Ireland. His total includes one game at the 1986 FIFA World Cup, a 0–0 draw against Uruguay on 13 June 1986.

Following his retirement from playing, Albiston managed Droylsden (1996–97), was a junior coach at Manchester United (2000–04) and has also worked as a radio summariser for Manchester Independent.[4] He currently works for MUTV, Manchester United's official television channel, acting as match summariser during live coverage of the club's reserve and academy teams.


As a playerEdit

Manchester United


  1. ^ a b c d "Arthur Albiston". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  2. ^ Dunk, Peter, ed. (1987). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1987–88. London: Queen Anne Press. p. 234. ISBN 978-0-356-14354-5.
  3. ^ "Arthur Albiston". Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  4. ^ a b Matthews, Tony (2005). The Who's Who of West Bromwich Albion. Breedon Books. p. 13. ISBN 1-85983-474-4.

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