Albion Football Club is an Uruguayan football club located in Montevideo that currently plays in the Uruguayan Primera División, the highest division of the Uruguayan football league system.
Albion FC Youth Development System
Albion Academia is a project that links football with the community, developing the social aspect of the institution through sport.
Albion Academia is aware that not all the young people who come to the Club during the applicant period have the opportunity to join the professional squad, and that is why we developed the Academy project as a space in which these players can remain in our club, train, and play football.
The primary objective of the Academy is to create a reliable environment and collaborate in the training of young people by providing them with a space where they can practice a sport in an amateur way, but with all the comforts of a professional club. We aim at the development of young athletes and at making them identify with the values and colors of the Club.
Albion FC Recruitment Trials
At the time of this writing, there are no official publishings on Albion FC trials. Please come back at a later date while we monitor this club or click here to visit their official academy web page section.
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Albion FC History
Students from the English High School founded Albion on June 1, 1891, under the name “Football Association.” Henry Lichtenberger, then 18 years old and a pupil of William Leslie Poole, widely regarded as the “founder” of Uruguayan football, had a significant role in the formation of Albion.
Although the majority of the club’s footballers were of British descent but were born in Uruguay, during the club’s initial years of existence, it refused to let non-native players to play on its teams. The very first jersey was white, and it had a red star embroidered on the chest. Albion was not the first club in Montevideo to compete in football matches; previous clubs, such as Montevideo Cricket and Montevideo Rowing, had done so, but football was not their primary interest.
On August 2, 1891, the Football Association played its inaugural game, which was against the Montevideo Cricket Club. The FA lost the game by a score of 3-1. FA was victorious once again against the same opponent in the second encounter, which they won by a score of 6-0 this time. On September 21, 1891, the club officially changed its name to “Albion Football Club” in order to pay tribute to the nation in which the sport of football was played for the very first time.
At the time, the Ancient Greeks referred to Great Britain by the name “Albion,” so the club’s new name was a play on that term. After some time, the uniform went through several changes, and as a direct consequence, the club now wears a blue jersey with a white collar. Additionally, the uniform was altered, and the new uniform consisted of blue shirts with white collars and sleeves, white shorts, and black socks.
The old uniform had blue shorts and black socks. Between the years 1892 and 1895, football had a surge in popularity among the population of Uruguay. Montevideo Cricket, Montevideo Rowing, the Central Uruguay Railway Cricket Club (more often known as “CURCC”), and Albion were the four clubs that were actively playing football in the year 1892.
The most successful of them was Montevideo Cricket, as they went undefeated throughout the season and achieved some very spectacular outcomes, such as an 8-0 triumph over CURCC and a 10-0 victory over Albion.
On March 21st, 1895, Lichtenberger made the proposal to change the rules so that they would permit players from other countries to compete at Albion. Other alterations were implemented, such as the substitution of a jersey whose colors were changed to red and blue in honor of the Union Jack, which is the flag of Great Britain.
At the same time, the Montevideo Cricket and Montevideo Rowing clubs decided to stop participating in competitive football in order to put more of their attention on other activities. Albion was reestablished in June 1953 and went on to win the “Torneo Preparación” championship without dropping a single game. In addition, the club competed in the Federación Uruguaya de Ftbol Amateur, where it went on to win back-to-back championships in 1953 and 1954.
In addition, the club was instrumental in the establishment of the baseball league in Uruguay, in addition to fielding competitive basketball and athletics squads. In 1976, Albion entered the Divisional Extra competition after merging with Club Sportivo Miramar and changing its name to “Albion Miramar.” At the same time, the club played in the fourth division. Nevertheless, this merger lasted for only a single year.
Since then, Albion has competed in the third tier, which was previously known as the Segunda División Amateur, until 2017, when it defeated Colón 3-2 on aggregate to win the third division title, which has since been called the Segunda Division B. After spending the years 2018–2021 competing in the Segunda División, the club was successful enough to secure promotion to the Primera División for the 2021 season. This achievement came 113 years after the club had last competed in the Primera División.
Albion FC Stadium
El Estadio Parque Dr. Enrique Falco Lichtemberger está ubicado in el barrio La Unión de Montevideo, Uruguay. Allí se disputaban los partidos del Albion Football Club, hasta que el escenario, de carente infraestructura y en mal estado, quedó en desuso. De todas formas, exist proyectos para revitalizar el estadio y mejorar sus alrededores.
En los últimos años, el club tiene estado realizando tareas de mantenimiento para intentar mejorar su structure.