Testimonial May 8th 1988 v Manchester City
One of United's great post war left backs, Albiston came to prominence as a nineteen year old in the 1977 F.A. Cup Final against Liverpool, deputing for the injured Stewart Houston, and keeping a tight rein on Steve Heighway.
Although the game marked his FA Cup début, he had already made over twenty first team appearances. He possessed good pace and frequently joined in United attacks, but it was his superbly timed tackles, calm temperament and work rate that will be remembered by United fans.
He joined United as an apprentice in July 1972, already a Scottish schoolboy international, and played in both the 1974 and 1975 Youth Cup campaigns. Albiston made his senior début in the friendly against Manchester City on October 24th 1973, and his League début on October 15th 1974 against Portsmouth. He became the regular choice at left back in 1978-79, and remained so for nine seasons, overcoming a cartilage operation in autumn 1979 which kept him out of action for four months.
Given a free transfer as a reward for his loyal service, Albiston chose to reunite with Ron Atkinson at West Bromwich Albion, and later had spells with Chesterfield (on loan), Chester, Dundee, Molde FK in Norway, and Ayr United before finally retiring in 1994.
A short sleeved shirt without match embroidery was worn in the game, but we are grateful to Dermot McCarthy for the photo of the long sleeved shirt with embroidery produced for the testimonial.