Walsall Born Player 55. Mel Eves

Mel Eves
Personal information
Full name Melvyn James Eves
Date of birth 10 September 1956 (age 58)
Place of birth Darlaston, England

Playing position Attacker
Senior career
Years                                             Team                                  Apps              (Gls)
1975–1984                             Wolverhampton Wanderers        180                (44)
1984                                        Huddersfield Town (loan)             7                  (4)
1984–1986                               Sheffield United                        26                (10)
1986–1988                                Gillingham                               27                  (9)
1988 →                                      Mansfield Town (loan)               3                   (0)
1988–1989                                Walsall                                       0                   (0)
1988–1989                                King’s Lynn (loan)                      ?                    (2)
1989                                         Cheltenham Town (loan)             1                   (0)
1989                                         Willenhall Town                          2                    (0)
1989–1990                              Telford United Total                   21                    (3)
National team      1978            England B                                   3                    (1)
Melvyn James “Mel” Eves (born September 10, 1956 in Darlaston) is a former English professional footballer who had a long career playing as a striker and left sided attacker, mostly known for his time with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Eves was educated at Wolverhampton Grammar School from 1968 to 1975 when he represented England as a Schoolboy International before joining Wolves. He eventually made his debut on 26 November 1977 againstIpswich Town at Molineux in the First Division.
His first goal was at Chelsea in 1978, followed by the winner againstManchester United in the following game and a goal in victory over Aston Villa afterwards. Such a run saw him earn a spot in the England B’s summer tour of 1978, managed by Sir Bobby Robson, where he made three appearances and scored one goal (in a record 8-0 success over Singapore’s full team).
Eves played in Wolves’ 1980 League Cup final triumph over then-European Cup holders Nottingham Forest at Wembley.
He was top goalscorer in 1981/82 (seven goals) as Wolves slumped out of the top flight, but his 18 league goal haul the following year, not only earned him the top goalscorer award again, but saw the team immediately return to Division One.
Financial problems then struck Wolves and saw many players, including Eves, leave after relegation. After a period of time training at Manchester City, recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon sustained in his last game for Wolves in May 1984, Eves was signed by Sheffield United in December 1984. Here, he played until May 1986 and was also voted ‘Player of the Year’ by fans.
Eves then moved to Gillingham and played two further seasons in the third tier. He retired through injury in May 1989 after a six-month spell at Walsall, aged 32.
Upon leaving the game, Eves became an independent financial advisor (IFA), often dealing with advising young footballers. He became a licensed FA agent in the mid-1990s and became more involved with the agency work, although also running an IFA business. In the 2000s, though, he has focused more on his agency commitments, representing players such as Enzo Maresca, Benito Carbone, Fabrizio Ravanelli, Robert Earnshaw and Gareth McAuley. He now heads up Eleven Sports Management and has working alongside him ex-professional footballers John Williams, Carl Hutchings, Ben Abbey and Chris Marsh.
Eves also had a short stint as manager of part-time non-league Willenhall Town from March 2006 until November 2007 when he resigned through work commitments.He won the Birmingham Senior Cup for the first time in the 125 year history of the competition and reached the play-off final in the 2006-07 season eventually losing out in extra time to Bromsgrove Rovers.

Walsall Born Player 54 Neil Davis

Neil Davis
Personal information
Full name Neil Davis
Date of birth 15 August 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Bloxwich, England

Playing position Striker

Club information
Current team Coleshill Town

Senior career
Years                                             Team                          Apps             (Gls)
1990–1991                     Redditch United                              ?               (?)
1991–1998                     Aston Villa                                      2                (0)
1996–1997                     Tranmere Rovers (loan)                 13               (0)
1997                               Wycombe Wanderers (loan)             0               (0)
1998                               Walsall                                            1                (0)
1998–2002                     Hednesford Town                           58              (34)
2002–2003                     Newport Count                               43              (13)
2003–                             Bromsgrove Rovers                          ?             (?)
2010–                            Coleshill Town                                  ?                (?)
                                                                                 Total 117+             (47+)

Neil Davis (born 15 August 1973 in Bloxwich, England) a professional footballer who started his career with Redditch United. He was seen by Aston Villa and moved there, but during 7 years at the club he only managed 2 games for them. He went out on loah to Tranmere Rovers in the 1996/97 season playing 13 games. He returned back to Aston Villa and he went on loan to Walsall where he played once. Upon his release from Villa, he signed for Hednesford Town where he played 58 games scoring some 34 goals. He then joined Newport County and played 43 games scoring 13 times before drifting back to play for first Bromsgrove Rovers and then Coleshill Town in the Midland Football Alliance, where he plays as a striker.

Walsall Born Players 53. Richard Davies

Richard Davies
Personal information
Full name Richard Peter Davies
Date of birth 15 May 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Willenhall, England

Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder

Club information
Current team Barrow

Youth career
?–2008 Walsall

Senior career
Years                                                         Team                                     Apps  (Gls)
2008–2010                                        Walsall                                             6       (0)
2009 →                                          Solihull Moors (loan)                           ?        (?)
2010–2013                                      AFC Telford United                          47        (4)
2010–2011                                   Chasetown (loan )                              26       (4)
2013 –                                               Barrow                                          31       (2)

Richard Peter Davies (born 15 May 1990) in Willenhall He joined his hometown club as a youngster and came through the youth system to make his Walsall debut on 27 January 2009 in the Football League One clash with Swindon Town at the County Ground, which ended in a 3-2 loss. He was released by Walsall on 10 May 2010 along with six other players.
He joined AFC Telford in 2010 after he got released from Walsall FC. He then went and spent a long loan to Chasetown FC for a season. After spending a season long loan at Chasetown FC he got recalled for the play off semi-final against Nuneaton Town which they won. Following his good performance in that game he has became a first team player for the bucks, He scored one of his best goals vs Cambridge United in a 3-3 draw and was now a key player to AFC Telford in the Blue Square Prem.
In June 2013 he joined Barrow AFC in the Conference North after his contract was not renewed at Telford.( Strange how things change very quickly in this game we love)
He is the younger brother of current Bolton Wanderers midfielder Mark Davies.

Walsall Born Walsall Player 52. Kelvin Clarke

Kelvin Clarke
Personal information
Full name Kelvin Leslie Clarke
Date of birth 16 July 1957 (age 57)
Place of birth Willenhall, England

Height 6ft1
Playing position Defender

Youth career
– Walsall

Senior career
Years                                     Team                                    Apps                (Gls)
1975–1978                            Walsall                                   9                      (0)

Kelvin Leslie Clarke (born 16 July 1957) is an English former Walsall footballer who played as a defender . Clarke was born in Willenhall, the fourth of five brothers (Frank, Allan, Derek and Wayne) who all went on to play League football. He was signed by Walsall as an apprentice, and turned professional in July 1975. He made nine league appearances, without scoring, before an ankle injury forced his retirement in 1978. Not a lot can be added unfortunately because his career was so short, it was said at the time that he was abetter defender than big brother Frank, but no one will ever know.

Walsall Born Walsall Player 51. Derek Clarke

51. Derek Clarke
Personal information
Date of birth 19 February 1950 (age 64)
Place of birth Willenhall, England

Playing position Forward

Youth career
– Walsall

Senior career
Years                                  Team                             Apps                                (Gls)
1967–1968                       Walsall                               6                                     (2)
1968–1970                    Wolverhampton Wanderers   5                                      (0)
1970–1976                     Oxford United                      178                                 (35)
1976–1978                        Orient                               36                                    (6)
1978 →                             Carlisle United (loan)          1                                     (0)

Derek Clarke (born 19 February 1950) is an English former professional footballer who played in the Football League as a forward for Walsall, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Oxford United, where he spent the majority of his career, Orient and Carlisle United. He is the third of five footballing brothers, the others being Allan, Frank, Kelvin and Wayne, who all played League football.
Clarke was born in Willenhall, and began his professional career at local club Walsall. He joined Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1968, but made just five appearances in two full seasons for the First Division club before moving to Oxford United in October 1970. He spent six years at Oxford, making 178Second Division appearances, then left the Manor Ground when the club was relegated in 1976. He then joined Orient, where he spent two seasons, which included an appearance in the semi-final of the 1977–78 FA Cup and a loan spell at Carlisle United, before injury forced his retirement.

Walsall Born-Player 50. Arthur Buttery

Arthur Buttery
Personal information
Full name Arthur Buttery
Date of birth 20 December 1908
Place of birth Hednesford, England

Date of death 1990 (aged 81–82)
Playing position Inside left

Youth career
St. Peter’s Church

Hednesford Town
Senior career
Years                                                          Team                              Apps     Gls                                                                       Hednesford Town                ?         ?
1929–1932                                          Wolverhampton Wanderers      10       (6)
1932–1937                                                 Bury                                 104     (38)
1937–1938                                                Bradford City                      35       (13)
1938–1939                                                Walsall                               15         (4)
1939–19??                                                 Bristol Rovers                      3          (0)
                                         Wolverhampton Wanderers (war guest)          ?          ?
                                                                   Stafford Rangers                  ?           ?
                                                                                                    Total 167       (61)

Arthur Buttery (20 December 1908 – 1990) was an English professional footballer who played as an inside left. He scored 61 goals from 167 appearances in the Football League.
Born in Hednesford, Buttery played for St. Peter’s Church in Hednesford as a youngster then signing for Hednesford Town, In 1929 he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers playing only 10 games in almost three years at the club. He was then signed by Bury in 1932 where in 5 seasons he played 104 games scoring 38 goals, He then signed for Bradford City, for the 37/38 season made 35 appearances in the Football League, scoring 13 goals.
Moving on to Walsall in 38/39, he played 15 games scoring 4 goals. Bristol Rovers came next but he only managed 3 appearances before the War interupted his career (he went on to guest for Wolverhampton Wandereers) and ended his playing career at Stafford Rangers. Another career spoilt by War!

Walsall born-Player 49. Tom Butler

49. Tom Butler
Personal information
Full name Thomas Butler
Place of birth Darlaston, England

Date of death 11 November 1923
Place of death Hackney, England

Playing position Inside-left

Youth career

Senior career
Years                                                             Team                     Apps              (Gls)
1921–1922                                                   Walsall                      28                (12)
1922                                                             Darlaston                    ?                  ? 1922–1923                                                    Port Vale                  32                 (11)
                                                                        Total                       60                (23)
Thomas “Tom” Butler (died 11 November 1923) was an English footballer who played as an inside-left. He played 60 league games in the Football League, scoring 23 goals. He played for non-league Willenhall, before spending the 1921–22 season at Walsall. He joined Port Vale via Darlaston in December 1922. He broke his arm in a game on 3 November 1923, and died eight days later from a subsequent tetanus infection.
Butler started his career at Birmingham & District League side Willenhall, before joining Walsall in 1921. He played 28 Third Division North games for the “Saddlers” in 1921–22, scoring 12 goals. He then returned to semi-professional football with Darlaston Town..
He had a one-month trial at Second Division Port Vale in December 1922, and manager Joe Schofield signed him permanently for £100 the following month. Butler was a huge success in the 1922–23 season, becoming top scorer with nine goals in 26 games. At the end of the season he played in a defeat to local rivals Stoke in the North Staffordshire Infirmary Cup.
He started 1923–24 by scoring in a defeat to Stoke at The Old Recreation Ground. However, after scoring in a 1–1 draw with Clapton Orient on 3 November he suffered a compound fracture of the left arm; he died from tetanus (also called lockjaw) eight days later in Hackney Hospital after complications had set in. When you see items like this you have to appreciate how far football has come in the way they look after the health of their players.