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Obituary: Albert Cornwall 1933-2015

10:00 09 September 2015

The late Albert Cornwall

The late Albert Cornwall

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Clubs mourn passing of long-serving stalwart

Newham United were saddened to hear long-serving groundsman and committee member Albert Cornwall had passed away last week. He was 84.

Albert joined Canning Town FC in 1954/55 after completing his National Service, joining up with former members of St Lukes.

He was described as a ‘proper’ midfielder, going from box-to-box, demonstrating what a good defender he was, as well as scoring a few goals too.

When left out of the first team by manager Ron Shelton in 1966 Albert was very upset as he believed he was still good enough to be in the side.

But with young players from the Town’s first youth team eligible for selection the manager decided it was time for changes, and he was proved right. Albert played for the second XI with distinction for a couple of seasons, before retiring in 1968 and was awarded the Clubman of the Year that year, which proved a shrewd decision as he served the club for another 34 years.

In 1969 the club formed its second youth team which Albert managed and he enjoyed two very successful seasons as the side won the Barking Youth League in both seasons, and reached the final of Essex Youth Cup, losing to Newbury Park.

Albert’s best times were when he assisted Alan Griffin with the first team – the club’s most successful period in their history.

Between 1992 and 1997, the club won the Essex Intermediate Cup and London Intermediate Cup on two separate occasions, as well as many league titles.

In 2002, along with the majority of the management committee, Albert left Canning Town to form Newham United FC.

In 2006 the club moved to Cave Road, in a partnership with Lister Community School, where Albert spent two to three days a week cutting and marking the pitches for the club and the school.

On most Saturdays he could be found at the ground from about 9.30am, making sure everything was in order for the day’s game.

He would let everyone know he had been working ‘all day’, but he wouldn’t stop until he had everything in order.

Born in July 1934 Albert had two children, Kay and Paul, as well as three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

His funeral will take place at the City of London cemetery, Wanstead on Thursday, September 17 at 3.30pm, leaving 93 Faicross Avenue, Barking at 2pm.

Rather than flowers, the family would like donations to be made to Richard House Trust which was close to Albert’s heart.

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