Ex-Norwich City star Albert Bennett dies, aged 72
PUBLISHED: 12:48 21 December 2016 | UPDATED: 12:54 21 December 2016
Former Norwich City player Albert Bennett has died. He was 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.