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Further Info: Fastest man in Super League 2004

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Biography

Darren Albert by Dave Dooley:

Darren Albert was born in Auburn, Sydney, Australia on the 28th. of February, 1976. This `Blond Bomber` joined Saints for 2002 in a two-year deal after flying in for 65 tries in 89 games for Newcastle Knights. The NSW State of Origin winger grabbed the winning try for Newcastle, coached by Mal Reilly, in their 1997 Grand Final win over Manly. In his last season down under he notched 16 tries in 23 games for the Knights in 2001.

Regarded as one of the fastest wingers in the game Darren was a lethal finisher who also specialised in long range tries. At the Saints he ably stepped in for Paul Wellens in the full back role and displayed more than useful defensive capabilities under the `high bomb`, returning an attacking kick or in `one on one` tackle situations.

Darren`s first season in the UK was outstanding. He made his debut for the Club in the driving rain against Oldham on the 10th. of February 2002. His first points for the Club came when he scored a neat try against Salford as part of the 34 points to 2 home victory on March 8th., 2002. In a mid-season purple patch Darren raced in for three hat-tricks in his first season. The first of these was in the 42 points to 16 Challenge Cup semi-final demolition of Leeds (14/4/02) when Darren`s safe hands were available on the touchline to finish off two slick passing moves across the paddock. His third try that day demonstrated his speed off the mark and timing as he collected a perfectly executed Sean Long grubber kick - the big TV replay only served to verify that the move was in no way an optical illusion.

Two other triples against Halifax (3/5/02) and Warrington (3/8/02) both included long-range efforts that demonstrated the futility of chasing Darren once he has broken the defence. The final hat trick was part of a 72 points to 2 victory over Warrington that was a significant contribution in sealing the top spot over Bradford Bulls on points difference. Darren ended the 2002 with two personal accolades. He was top of the club try charts with 25 tries and made a total of 37 appearances for the Saints. Darren started every game for the club in his first season! Albert played 26 times on the right wing, 8 occasions as full back and three times in the centres. However, these notional playing positions often belied Ian Millward?s tactics of constantly switching positions to maximise opportunities in attacking positions. Darren Albert`s spatial awareness in the match situation made him a perfect candidate to execute the orders of the master coach. The super league champions winners` ring was a just reward for this man from down under.

The flexibility of Darren Albert was further evidenced during the 2003 campaign. One of the highlights of the first half of the season was the defensive display of Darren particularly in cover defence. Match after match Albert defended the Saints line with brilliant last ditch tackles. The hard, dry summer of 2003 witnessed the attacking prowess of Darren as he raced in for 16 tries in his first 23 matches maintaining his reputation as a regular match attendee and clinical finisher. This haul included braces of touchdowns against Wigan (away), Huddersfield (home) and Wakefield (away) in league matches.

Darren was rampant during the start of the season 2004 as Saints embarked on a `Mission Impossible` to lift the Challenge Cup by defeating the then top sides. In the Cardiff sunshine Darren was thrice just touchline millimetres from sparkling tries. Nevertheless, his contributions were rewarded with a Challenge Cup Final victory over the old enemy. Off the field disruption cutailed Saints` drive for another Super League title in 2004. Darren ended the campaign having a Saints` career ties total of 60 tries from 96 matches. The last campaign in Saints` colours saw Darren net 28 tries from 28 matches as Saints finished the season on top of the league. However, an injury crisis at the wrong end of the season witnessed Saints out of the Grand Final contention following defeatas to Bradford and Leeds. Albert was magnificent throughout the campaign forming an almost telepathic deadly partnership with fellow countryman Jamie Lyon. His career haul of 88 tries in in 124 matches and complete collection of British RL domestic honours brought down the curtain on a great career at Knowsley Road. Darren moved to Cronulla in 2006 to continue his try scoring exploits.





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Darren Albert : Season Stats

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
2002 25 0 0 37
200319 0 0 28
2004 16 0 0 31
200528 0 0 28
TOTALS:88 0 0 124

Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
20022001
20040001
20050002
TOTALS:2004

W/D/LPosDateOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
W 2 28th Jan 2002 Widnes Vikings* Fr 2002 H 24 10 2 0 0 View
W 2 10th Feb 2002 Oldham KNGCC4 2002 A 40 6 0 0 0 View
W 2 23rd Feb 2002 Warrington Wolves KNGCC5 2002 A 36 14 0 0 0 View
W 2 2nd Mar 2002 Widnes Vikings SL 2002 A 15 14 0 0 0 View
W 2 8th Mar 2002 Salford Reds SL 2002 H 34 2 1 0 0 View
W 2 17th Mar 2002 Halifax Blue Sox KNGCC6 2002 A 26 20 1 0 0 View
W 2 22nd Mar 2002 Hull SL 2002 H 33 14 1 0 0 View
L 2 28th Mar 2002 London Broncos SL 2002 A 6 40 0 0 0 View
W 2 1st Apr 2002 Wigan Warriors SL 2002 H 19 0 0 0 0 View
W 2 6th Apr 2002 Leeds Rhinos SL 2002 H 30 26 0 0 0 View
W 2 14th Apr 2002 Leeds Rhinos KNGCCSF 2002 N 42 16 3 0 0 View
L 2 20th Apr 2002 Bradford Bulls SL 2002 A 22 54 1 0 0 View
L 2 27th Apr 2002 Wigan Warriors KNGCCF 2002 N 12 21 1 0 0 View
W 1 3rd May 2002 Halifax Blue Sox SL 2002 H 38 6 3 0 0 View
L 2 7th May 2002 Castleford Tigers SL 2002 A 22 36 0 0 0 View
W 1 12th May 2002 Warrington Wolves SL 2002 A 44 36 2 0 0 View
W 1 19th May 2002 Wakefield Trinity SL 2002 A 48 6 0 0 0 View
W 5 24th May 2002 Widnes Vikings SL 2002 H 56 6 0 0 0 View
W 2 1st Jun 2002 Salford Reds SL 2002 A 28 24 0 0 0 View
W 2 7th Jun 2002 Leeds Rhinos SL 2002 A 41 14 0 0 0 View
W 1 21st Jun 2002 Castleford Tigers SL 2002 H 26 16 1 0 0 View
W 1 28th Jun 2002 Bradford Bulls SL 2002 H 34 26 1 0 0 View
W 2 4th Jul 2002 Hull SL 2002 A 32 30 0 0 0 View
W 2 19th Jul 2002 London Broncos SL 2002 H 22 14 1 0 0 View
W 2 26th Jul 2002 Halifax Blue Sox SL 2002 A 21 18 0 0 0 View
L 2 30th Jul 2002 Wigan Warriors SL 2002 A 8 22 0 0 0 View
W 2 3rd Aug 2002 Warrington Wolves SL 2002 H 72 2 3 0 0 View
W 3 9th Aug 2002 Wakefield Trinity SL 2002 H 34 2 0 0 0 View
W 2 16th Aug 2002 Bradford Bulls SL 2002 A 50 22 2 0 0 View
W 1 23rd Aug 2002 Halifax Blue Sox SL 2002 H 64 0 1 0 0 View
W 1 30th Aug 2002 Leeds Rhinos SL 2002 H 38 18 1 0 0 View
L 1 8th Sep 2002 Wigan Warriors SL 2002 A 8 48 0 0 0 View
W 2 13th Sep 2002 Hull SL 2002 H 64 10 1 0 0 View
W 2 22nd Sep 2002 London Broncos SL 2002 A 18 16 0 0 0 View
L 2 5th Oct 2002 Bradford Bulls SLQSF 2002 H 26 28 0 0 0 View
W 2 11th Oct 2002 Wigan Warriors SLEF 2002 H 24 8 0 0 0 View
W 2 19th Oct 2002 Bradford Bulls SLGF 2002 N 19 18 0 0 0 View
L 3 25th Oct 2002 New Zealand Tour 2002 H 26 38 1 0 0 View
W 1 8th Feb 2003 Union Treiziste Catalane PCC4 2003 A 70 6 1 0 0 View
L 1 14th Feb 2003 Sydney City Roosters WCC 2003 N 0 38 0 0 0 View
W 2 8th Mar 2003 Widnes Vikings SL 2003 A 22 4 1 0 0 View
W 2 16th Mar 2003 Salford City Reds PCC6 2003 A 54 6 1 0 0 View
W 2 21st Mar 2003 Castleford Tigers SL 2003 H 54 12 1 0 0 View
L 2 30th Mar 2003 Huddersfield Giants SL 2003 A 22 36 1 0 0 View
L 2 5th Apr 2003 Leeds Rhinos SL 2003 H 16 24 0 0 0 View
L 5 12th Apr 2003 Leeds Rhinos PCCSF ** 2003 N 26 33 0 0 0 View
L 2 18th Apr 2003 Wigan Warriors SL 2003 A 22 24 2 0 0 View
W 2 2nd May 2003 Halifax SL 2003 A 38 0 0 0 0 View
L 2 9th May 2003 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2003 H 10 16 1 0 0 View
W 2 16th May 2003 London Broncos SL 2003 H 62 16 0 0 0 View
L 2 26th May 2003 Hull FC SL 2003 A 6 30 0 0 0 View
D 2 1st Jun 2003 Warrington Wolves SL 2003 A 30 30 0 0 0 View
L 4 13th Jun 2003 Leeds Rhinos SL 2003 A 14 20 0 0 0 View
W 4 20th Jun 2003 Halifax SL 2003 H 58 2 1 0 0 View
W 2 27th Jun 2003 Bradford Bulls SL 2003 A 35 0 1 0 0 View
W 4 4th Jul 2003 Widnes Vikings SL 2003 H 32 18 0 0 0 View
W 2 11th Jul 2003 Castleford Tigers SL 2003 A 46 32 1 0 0 View
W 2 18th Jul 2003 Huddersfield Giants SL 2003 H 22 18 2 0 0 View
W 1 27th Jul 2003 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2003 A 36 15 2 0 0 View
W 1 3rd Aug 2003 London Broncos SL 2003 A 30 18 1 0 0 View
W 1 9th Aug 2003 Hull FC SL 2003 H 28 18 0 0 0 View
W 2 31st Aug 2003 Widnes Vikings SL 2003 A 40 4 2 0 0 View
L 2 5th Sep 2003 Wigan Warriors SL 2003 H 4 28 0 0 0 View
L 2 12th Sep 2003 Leeds Rhinos SL 2003 A 20 30 0 0 0 View
L 2 19th Sep 2003 Bradford Bulls SL 2003 H 18 22 1 0 0 View
W 2 26th Sep 2003 London Broncos SLEPO 2003 H 24 6 0 0 0 View
W 2 12th Feb 2004 Widnes Vikings* Fr 2004 H 36 14 0 0 0 View
W 5 20th Feb 2004 Hull FC SL 2004 H 30 16 0 0 0 View
W 2 29th Feb 2004 Bradford Bulls PCC4 2004 A 30 10 0 0 0 View
W 3 6th Mar 2004 London Broncos SL 2004 A 26 12 0 0 0 View
W 5 13th Mar 2004 Leeds Rhinos PCC5 2004 H 24 14 0 0 0 View
W 3 19th Mar 2004 Widnes Vikings SL 2004 H 38 20 1 0 0 View
W 5 28th Mar 2004 Hull FC PCC6 2004 H 31 26 0 0 0 View
W 3 2nd Apr 2004 Castleford Tigers SL 2004 A 22 14 0 0 0 View
D 2 9th Apr 2004 Wigan Warriors SL 2004 H 21 21 0 0 0 View
W 3 16th Apr 2004 Salford City Reds SL 2004 H 40 4 2 0 0 View
W 2 25th Apr 2004 Huddersfield Giants PCCSF 2004 N 46 6 0 0 0 View
W 2 30th Apr 2004 Leeds Rhinos SL 2004 H 56 10 1 0 0 View
W 2 7th May 2004 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2004 H 26 20 1 0 0 View
W 5 15th May 2004 Wigan Warriors PCCF 2004 N 32 16 0 0 0 View
W 2 22nd May 2004 Warrington Wolves SL 2004 A 50 20 3 0 0 View
W 2 29th May 2004 Bradford Bulls SL 2004 H 35 30 0 0 0 View
L 5 4th Jun 2004 Wigan Warriors SL 2004 A 14 30 0 0 0 View
W 2 11th Jun 2004 Castleford Tigers SL 2004 H 52 8 2 0 0 View
W 1 18th Jun 2004 Widnes Vikings SL 2004 A 40 12 1 0 0 View
W 3 26th Jun 2004 Warrington Wolves SL 2004 H 28 8 1 0 0 View
L 1 2nd Jul 2004 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2004 A 22 41 0 0 0 View
W 2 7th Jul 2004 Huddersfield Giants SL 2004 A 50 8 1 0 0 View
W 3 10th Jul 2004 London Broncos SL 2004 H 30 10 0 0 0 View
L 2 17th Jul 2004 Hull FC SL 2004 A 6 34 0 0 0 View
L 3 23rd Jul 2004 Leeds Rhinos SL 2004 A 0 70 0 0 0 View
W 1 30th Jul 2004 Huddersfield Giants SL 2004 H 50 10 1 0 0 View
L 3 8th Aug 2004 Salford City Reds SL 2004 A 20 30 1 0 0 View
L 5 13th Aug 2004 London Broncos SL 2004 H 22 28 1 0 0 View
L 5 20th Aug 2004 Wigan Warriors SL 2004 A 18 27 0 0 0 View
W 5 5th Sep 2004 Warrington Wolves SL 2004 A 26 24 0 0 0 View
L 5 10th Sep 2004 Leeds Rhinos SL 2004 H 19 25 0 0 0 View
L 3 25th Sep 2004 Wigan Warriors SLEPO 2004 A 12 18 0 0 0 View
W 2 20th Jan 2005 Widnes Vikings* Fr 2005 A 22 16 0 0 0 View
W 4 2nd Feb 2005 Hull FC* Fr 2005 H 28 18 0 0 0 View
W 2 11th Feb 2005 Widnes Vikings SL 2005 H 40 18 1 0 0 View
L 2 18th Feb 2005 Leeds Rhinos SL 2005 A 18 30 1 0 0 View
W 2 25th Feb 2005 Huddersfield Giants SL 2005 H 34 24 2 0 0 View
W 3 4th Mar 2005 Warrington Wolves SL 2005 A 18 16 1 0 0 View
W 2 11th Mar 2005 Salford City Reds SL 2005 H 46 12 1 0 0 View
W 2 19th Mar 2005 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2005 H 64 16 2 0 0 View
L 2 25th Mar 2005 Wigan Warriors SL 2005 A 20 22 0 0 0 View
W 4 28th Mar 2005 Bradford Bulls SL 2005 H 34 27 1 0 0 View
W 2 3rd Apr 2005 Huddersfield Giants PCC4 2005 A 26 22 2 0 0 View
W 4 8th Apr 2005 Leigh Centurions SL 2005 H 60 16 0 0 0 View
W 2 16th Apr 2005 London Broncos SL 2005 A 30 20 1 0 0 View
W 2 24th Apr 2005 Huddersfield Giants SL 2005 A 36 22 2 0 0 View
W 2 29th Apr 2005 Warrington Wolves SL 2005 H 31 30 1 0 0 View
W 3 6th May 2005 York City Knights PCC5 2005 H 62 0 1 0 0 View
L 2 13th May 2005 Hull FC SL 2005 A 6 44 0 0 0 View
W 2 21st May 2005 Widnes Vikings SL 2005 A 29 22 2 0 0 View
W 2 27th May 2005 Leeds Rhinos SL 2005 H 38 24 1 0 0 View
W 2 4th Jun 2005 Bradford Bulls SL 2005 A 66 4 0 0 0 View
W 2 26th Jun 2005 Wigan Warriors PCC6 2005 H 75 0 0 0 0 View
W 2 8th Jul 2005 Hull FC SL 2005 H 18 10 0 0 0 View
W 2 15th Jul 2005 Wigan Warriors SL 2005 H 40 18 1 0 0 View
W 2 22nd Jul 2005 Leigh Centurions SL 2005 A 27 20 2 0 0 View
L 2 30th Jul 2005 Hull FC PCCSF 2005 N 8 34 0 0 0 View
W 2 5th Aug 2005 Warrington Wolves SL 2005 A 30 10 0 0 0 View
W 2 12th Aug 2005 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL 2005 H 60 4 3 0 0 View
W 2 20th Aug 2005 London Broncos SL 2005 H 50 4 2 0 0 View
W 2 4th Sep 2005 Leigh Centurions SL 2005 A 78 4 1 0 0 View
W 2 9th Sep 2005 Wigan Warriors SL 2005 A 38 12 0 0 0 View


*Unofficial Match.
**Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 120 OTHER 4 = 124
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 124
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