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Euros matches rekindle family memories

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Joan with England Flag
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Joan, who lives in our St Catherine’s Nursing Home in Newcastle, has been waving her England flag like many football fans, but she also has a special link to the beautiful game.

Joan’s cousin was Albert Stubbins who was born in Wallsend and played professional football between 1937 and 1954 – first with Newcastle United then Liverpool.

Although the Second World War interrupted his football career with Newcastle, the ‘friendlies’ that continued throughout the War saw him score a total of 231 goals in just 188 appearances. Then, after joining Liverpool, Albert helped his team to victory in the 1946-47 season League Championship – winning for the first time in 24 years!

He played for England only once and that was in 1945 in an unofficial international against Wales. Sadly, England lost the match 1-0, but it’s still an impressive accolade.

“I wasn’t born until 1938,” said Joan, “so I was too young to appreciate much of Albert’s early footballing success. I’m still extremely proud of him, though.”

And if Albert’s records on the football pitch weren’t enough of a claim to fame, after he retired, he became the only footballer to be included on the cover of The Beatles Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album in 1967.

“That was something I didn’t know,” said a surprised Joan. “Even though me and my husband were great Beatles fans.”