A teenage star for England was born on this day.
Albert Geldard was born in Bradford on this day in 1914. A right-winger blessed with blistering pace, he was capped four times for England but is best known for playing League football when he was just 15 years old.
He played for Bradford Schools before signing for Bradford Park Avenue as an amateur (1928) and then as a professional (1930). He became the youngest peacetime Football League debutant at the tender age of 15 years 158 days, appearing for Bradford against Millwall in a Division Two fixture.
The Theo Walcott of his day was snapped up by Everton in November 1932 and won The FA Cup with them at the end of his first season. A fortnight after helping the Toffees to beat Manchester City in that Wembley Final he made his England debut in a 1-1 with Italy in Rome. He was still only 19, his speed and trickery keeping him out of trouble.
Geldard later played for Bolton Wanderers, a £6,500 fee taking him there in 1938, and then worked in sports journalism.