• August 13, 2021

Which player from Cavendish and Albert’s experiments have the most interesting stories?

More than half of Cavendish’s footballing career is spent at St George’s Park.

In his autobiography, he describes playing in a “dodgy” home with a “narrow corridor” and “stupid” coaching staff.

Albert, too, grew up in a football-mad family but was a product of a “stunning” private school, in which “you could not be left out of the fun”.

The pair started playing at the same age, in the late 1960s.

Albert, a midfielder and goalkeeper, started as a “screamer”, scoring five goals in 10 games, and Cavendish, who played a central role, scored 25 goals in his career.

Alberts remarkable career is now well known in football circles, and is often credited with bringing “soccer” to England, despite a lack of any football at home in the early 1970s. 

“The only thing I know about football is that it was invented by two men who played for St Georges Park,” said Alberts brother Richard.

“We started out on the wing, but after a few months we realised that we could go forwards as well.”

Alfredo Cavendish: His career, as told to David Maitland. 

Read more”We had a bit of a reputation at St Georges as a team of scoundrels,” said Richard.

“But it was never a team that had goals, so we played a lot of defensive football.

And I was always the captain.”

The family also enjoyed a good deal of success in their clubs, with Cavendish winning the FA Cup with Sunderland in 1967 and scoring in the 1966 World Cup final.

The pair had other success in the English Premier League, winning the 1966-67 title with Sunderland, and the 1967-68 title with Aston Villa.

Alfred Cavendish is now the only player to win the FA Trophy twice in his five-year career, and has been linked with a move to Chelsea.

He also scored against Barcelona at Wembley in 2012, and captained the English team in their first World Cup in Brazil in 1999.