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Ex-Norwich City star Albert Bennett dies, aged 72

PUBLISHED: 12:48 21 December 2016 | UPDATED: 12:54 21 December 2016

Albert Bennett - and those famous white boots.

Albert Bennett - and those famous white boots.

Former Norwich City player Albert Bennett has died. He was 72.

Albert Bennett, who has died at the age of 72.Albert Bennett, who has died at the age of 72.

Bennett – famous for wearing white boots in an era when most players wore black – died on Thursday morning. He had been living at Chartwell Court in Sprowston.

Born in County Durham, Bennett played for Rotherham, Newcastle and Norwich as a centre forward. He also represented England at under-23 level.

Injury forced him into retirement in 1971 and he had a spell as player-manager of Bury Town.

He remained living in the area and ran several pubs – the Duke of Norfolk, The Brickmakers, The Elm Tavern and The Compleat Angler.

It is claimed that during his time at Newcastle he was ‘rugby-tackled’ in a game by Emlyn Hughes, which earned Hughes the nickname ‘Crazy Horse’.

Bennett signed for Norwich in February 1969 for £25,000 as replacement for Hugh Curran, who had departed for Wolves.

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