Former Watford player Albert McClenaghan was born 60 years ago today

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Wednesday, July 7, 1954

Albert McClenaghan was born in Londonderry.

An imposing defender, McClenaghan was signed by Graham Taylor in November 1977 but only managed two senior appearances before returning to Larne.

The last of those, against Southport at Vicarage Road on the final day of the season, saw McCleanaghan's feet slip from under him as he attempted a throw-in, leaving him on his backside.

Sadly for Albert, it is for this incident that his Watford career is chiefly remembered, although many who appeared more frequently are admittedly scarcely remembered at all.

Reproduced by kind permission of Matt Rowson from his book, Watford FC On This Day

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8:47am Mon 7 Jul 14

londomollari says...

On another occasion, apparently, Albert was told by G.T. to attend a player/family get-together, and was given instructions on how to get there. Well into the function, GT realised Albert wasn't there. He sent out one of the coaches to look for him assuming he was lost (No mobile phones in those days!). Indeed, he had got lost---they found him sitting in the middle of a roundabout on the A41 happily eating his picnic.
On another occasion, apparently, Albert was told by G.T. to attend a player/family get-together, and was given instructions on how to get there. Well into the function, GT realised Albert wasn't there. He sent out one of the coaches to look for him assuming he was lost (No mobile phones in those days!). Indeed, he had got lost---they found him sitting in the middle of a roundabout on the A41 happily eating his picnic. londomollari
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11:04am Mon 7 Jul 14

gloryhornet4 says...

I thought the article might have been about a specialist throw in taker.

I knew it was too late to be about Alan Garner - many goals were scored as the opposition stood too close to his throw ins - not aware he could throw long, often to the 6 yard box.
I thought the article might have been about a specialist throw in taker. I knew it was too late to be about Alan Garner - many goals were scored as the opposition stood too close to his throw ins - not aware he could throw long, often to the 6 yard box. gloryhornet4
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12:58pm Mon 7 Jul 14

MainStandShambles says...

I certainly remember the throw-in against Southport, it's one of the funniest things i have ever seen at a football ground.

Poor Albert didn't only slip over because of the surface, he had a most extraordinary way of delivering the ball where he arched his back with the ball behind his head and just seemed to topple over because he leaned back too far.

I don't know how embarrassed he felt but the above story of him eating a picnic in the middle of a roundabout suggests that the crowds laughter at the match might not have bothered him. Two senior appearances just about sums him up really.
I certainly remember the throw-in against Southport, it's one of the funniest things i have ever seen at a football ground. Poor Albert didn't only slip over because of the surface, he had a most extraordinary way of delivering the ball where he arched his back with the ball behind his head and just seemed to topple over because he leaned back too far. I don't know how embarrassed he felt but the above story of him eating a picnic in the middle of a roundabout suggests that the crowds laughter at the match might not have bothered him. Two senior appearances just about sums him up really. MainStandShambles
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