Born in East Leake on November 12, 1872, Albert William Hallam moved with his family to Loughborough in 1886 or 1887 and made his debut in county cricket under a residential qualification for Leicestershire against Lancashire on May 20th, 1889. He played in one or two matches for that county each season until 1893 but only took a handful of wickets.
In 1892 he was engaged at the Oval, but in 1893 he played for the Manchester club and took up residence in Lancashire with a view to appearing for that county. Hallam made his debut for Lancashire, and his first-class debut, against MCC at Lord’s in May 1895. He had a moderate first season, the dry wickets telling against him, but the following summer he greatly improved, being second to Mold in the bowling averages for the county; against Leicestershire at Liverpool taking 23-9-28-6, his best performance for his adopted shire. His continuous success in 1897 helped Lancashire win the Championship.
In 1901 Hallam joined Nottinghamshire and made a remarkable debut, taking 21 wickets for 94 against the XXII Colts and then taking eight wickets on his Nottinghamshire first-class debut (also against MCC at Lord's). During this summer he also took 10 wickets in a first-class match for the first time -10 for 171 v Surrey (Oval).
Hallam's two outstanding seasons for Nottinghamshire were 1906 and 1907, heading the county’s bowling averages in both years, he took 104 for 1,723 in 1906 and 156 for 1,901 in 1907.
He took a hat-trick v Leicestershire at Trent Bridge in 1907 as well as bowling unchanged through a complete match with Wass v Northamptonshire (Northampton) and v Derbyshire (Chesterfield).
Hallam played regularly for Nottinghamshire in 1908 and 1909 but dropped out of the side soon after the start of the 1910 season. His last match being v Yorkshrie at Trent Bridge on June 2nd, 3rd and 4th.
Outside of county matches Hallam made few first-class appearances. But for injury he was more or less certain for selection for England v South Africa in 1907. This was as near as he got to Test Cricket.
After a brief stint with Nelson CC in 1911 he joined Loughborough Grammar School as coach.
He died on July 24th, 1940.