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10 January 2014

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Town pay tribute to Albert McCann

Everyone at Kenilworth Road is mourning the death of Albert McCann who has passed away at the age of 72.

Maidenhead-born Albert was invited to Kenilworth Road along with his brother and initially worked part time in the club’s offices before signing professional forms in 1959.

Making a promising debut against Blackburn at Kenilworth Road in the top flight in April 1960, just as the Hatters were about to be relegated, Albert seemed set for a long Luton career but was not given a fair crack of the whip and was allowed to move to Coventry in 1961 after only five more League appearances.

After a sound first season at Highfield Road the bandy-legged midfielder fell out of favour with new manager Jimmy Hill and, disillusioned, signed for Portsmouth.

At last his skills were recognised and he went on to score 98 goals in 372 first team appearances for Pompey and earned a well deserved testimonial against West Ham in 1973, which attracted a crowd of 22,000 to Fratton Park.

In later years Albert managed a newsagents in Portsmouth before running a care home on Hayling Island.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to Albert’s family and friends. 

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