12 March 2011

Albert Finlay



Name: Albert Finlay
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Position: Goalkeeper

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 1 Amateur Cap (1965); Irish League: 6 Caps (1966-1970).
Club Honours: (with Glentoran) Irish League Champion 1963/64, 1966/67, 1967/68, 1969/70; Irish Cup Winner 1965/66, Runner-Up 1963/64, 1966/67; Gold Cup Winner 1966/67, Runner-Up 1963/64, 1968/69, 1969/70, 1970/71; City Cup Winner 1964/65, 1966/67, 1969/70; Ulster Cup Winner 1966/67, Runner-Up 1964/65, 1967/68; Co. Antrim Shield Winner 1970/71, Runner-Up 1963/64.

Club Career:
Clubs
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
Europe
Other
Whiteabbey Presbyterian
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Glentoran
63/64-71/72
1963
Amateur
*440(0)/0
16(0)/0
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TOTALS
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440(0)/0
16(0)/0
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* all domestic games.

Biography:
Albert Finlay is regarded as perhaps Glentoran's greatest ever goalkeeper, and certainly the best in the Irish League during the late-sixties. As well as numerous representative honours and countless winner's medals, Finlay's finest moment was perhaps a full-length penalty save in a 1-1 draw with Benfica at the Oval in 1967. A steeplejack by trade, it was a fall at work that damaged his back and forced Finlay's premature retirement from football.

Northern Ireland Amateur Cap Details:
25-09-1965 England H L 0-2

Summary: 1/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 1.

Irish League Representative Appearance Details:
21-09-1966 Football League.. A L 0-12
22-03-1967 League of Ireland H W 3- 1
06-09-1967 Scottish League.. H L 0- 2
25-10-1967 League of Ireland A L 2- 3
19-11-1969 Scottish League.. A L 2- 5
17-03-1970 League of Ireland A W 2- 0

Summary: 6/0. Won 2, Drew 0, Lost 4.

2 comments:

billy jackson said...

Albert Finlay was my first football hero and the reason I became a goalie although when I moved to America I switched to forward. Still can remember watching him with his massive punts and penchant for saving penalties. Sorry to hear he had to retire early.

Anonymous said...

Albert was brilliant. I have been watching the Glens for 50 years and Albert is still my favourite, but current goalkeeper Elliott Morris is right up there too. - He has now played over 500 games and is an amazing servant to the club!

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