Royal Albert were formed in 1878 when two Larkhall pit teams joined together to form one team. These pits were owned by a Capt.Johns and he named the team after his boat the Royal Albert. They started of playing in the Football Federation League, they won this in 1892. This league was disbanded the next year and the Albert then joined the Football Alliance League and won that in 1893. In 1901 they joined the Football Combination and they won this in 1903 they stayed in this league until 1926 when they were forced to fold due to financial reasons.
They started back up again in 1928 but this time as a junior team and played in the local Lanarkshire junior league, teams included in this league were Coalburn, Burnbank Swifts, Netherburn, and many other local teams. At this time most small villages had football teams which played in this league. The thirties and forties were the good times for the Albert when they won Lanarkshire League, and the Lanarkshire Cup , they also won the Lanarkshire League Cup. After that it became much harder for the club and throughout the following years trophies and promotions were scarce. But due to the hard work of committees past and present then the Albert are still here to continue their fight for the good times to come back.
Royal Albert were the first Scottish team to score from a penalty when Jimmy McLuggage scored against Airdrie in a friendly.
The Albert have had three grounds since they were formed. The Raploch Park, Robert Smillie Park. Ground sharing with local rivals Larkhall Thistle,which we are doing just now until next season when our new ground should be opened.
In 1931 the Albert took 6 games to beat Wishaw in the Junior Cup.
In a West of Scotland cup tie in 1934 the Albert were beating Maryhill 3-0 when the game was abandoned because the referee was bitten by a dog and could not continue.
The Alberts record defeat was against Partick Thistle when they were beaten 16-0 in a Scottish Cup tie in 1931.
In 2006 the then manaer Harry McDade walked out at half time during a Scottish cup tie with Edinburgh Utd with the Albert losing 2-0 and never came back to the club. This is when the current manager Ian McCluskie took over. This made all the papers and was on the local radio stations.
FAMOUS EX PLAYERS.
Davie White who played and managed Rangers.
Geordie Millar who captained Dunfermilne to win the Scottish Cup.