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Albert Snell, Sunderland
|Full name||Albert Snell|
|Date of birth||7 February 1931|
|Date of death||31 March 2007 (aged 76)|
|Place of death||Doncaster, England|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Albert Snell (7 February 1931 - 31 March 2007) was an English former professional footballer. Following the end of his football career, Albert Snell entered teaching and then later became known as a photographer.
Born near Doncaster to a family who had moved there from Sunderland, Albert Snell was spotted playing for Doncaster Rovers's junior side at the age of 18. He made his debut for Sunderland against Middlesbrough where manager Bill Murray had instructed him to mark Wilf Mannion in a game which finished with a 2-1 victory for Sunderland.
Having supported Sunderland AFC all his life, in all Albert Snell made nine senior team appearances for Sunderland, including a match against Chelsea in which he scored a 20-yard volley.
Albert Snell's football career was cut short with a crippling knee injury from which he never fully recovered. Despite this he went on to make 25 league appearances for Halifax Town.
Career after Football and Death
Following the end of his professional football career, Albert Snell completed a teacher training course at Bede college, Durham and then read for an economics degree. He went on to teach at Bede Grammar School in Sunderland, played football for Silksworth, became deputy head at Monkwearmouth and then Headmaster of Heworth Comprehensive in Gateshead. In retirement, Albert Snell was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and died in Sunderland’s royal hospital on the 31st of March, 2007. He was 76 at the time of his death.
Albert Snell later became an acclaimed photographer and was honoured by the Royal Photographic Society. His work became known internationally, having won international exhibitions and awards Albert Snell was a former president of both Sunderland Photographic society and also the Northern Counties Photographic Federation.