Albert Rovers, A Cork Soccer Club.

Albert Rovers FC was founded in 1946, and the club was originally based in the Albert Road and the Marina area. The club became successful, later becoming members of the Munster Senior League. It won the league in 1953-54, 1954-55 and 1958-59 and were victorious in the FAI Intermediate Cup in 1953-54 and 1958-59, defeating Jacobs and Bray Wanderers in those finals.

Between 1976-77 and 1981-82, Albert Rovers played in the League of Ireland, being elected to the league, replacing Cork Hibs. Its League of Ireland debut was against Shamrock Rovers on the 3rd October 1976.

The Club changed it’s named to Cork Albert for the 1977-78 season, and Cork Alberts in 1978-79 season.

The season placing for the club in their time in League of Ireland period ranged from 13th place to 9th place, while it reached the League Cup final in 1977-78. Albert Rovers won three Munster Senior Cup in 1977-78, 1979-80 and 1981-82.

Notable players for Albert Rovers in that time were Irish internationals, Brian Carey and Miah Dennehy, English internationals, Bobby Tambling and Ian Callaghan played briefly for the club.

In December 1981, the failure to pay Manchester City, an appearance fee of £8,000, meant that the club was expelled from the League of Ireland.

The club remained playing in the Munster Senior League and the Cork Athletic Union League for years, after their departure from the League of Ireland.

Pictured: Albert Rovers first team photograph from 1951.
This photo appeared in Southgate on March 29th, 1996.

Published by ferdiaomahony

Writer of local news and history, in the community of Mahon, Blackrock, Cork. Graduated from UCC, with a BA in History and Politics.

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