Walsall player 68. Albert Groves


Albert Groves (1886 – 1960) was a Welsh footballer and manager. A centre-half, he played for Aberdare Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Walsall, and Willenhall. He served Walsall as player-manager in the 1920–21 season.
Born at Newport in January 1886, Groves played for Aberdare Athletic before signing with Wolverhampton Wanderers in August 1909. He made his Second Division debut at Molineux on the last day of the 1909–10season, in a 3–2 win over Manchester City. Wanderers went on to finish ninth in 1910–11 and fifth in 1911–12, before Groves scored ten league goals to help the club to a tenth place finish in 1912–13. The club went on to finish ninth in 1913–14 and fourth in 1914–15, before World War I temporarily put a halt to the Football League. During the war he guested for Port Vale in October 1916, scoring three goals in 23 games before moving on to Bury and Sunbeam Motor Works (Coventry). After returning to “Wolves” after the war, he helped the club to a 19th place finish in 1919–20. He was then appointed player-manager at Birmingham League outfit Walsall, before he was replaced by Joe Burchell. He remained on at Fellows Park as player-secretary, and scored eight goals in 36 games in 1921–22, as the club became founder members of the Third Division North. He continued to turn out for the “Saddlers” in 1922–23 and 1923–24, racking up 79 League, 12 FA Cup and 33 other senior appearances, scoring 15 goals. He then ended his playing days at Willenhall, and after retiring from football he ran the Hope and Anchor public house in Willenhall.

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Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Aberdare Athletic  ?  ?
1909–1920 Wolverhampton Wanderers 227 (20)
1920–1924 Walsall 124 (15)
Willenhall  ?  ?
Total 351+ (35+)

Walsall player 67. Rene Patrick Gilmartin


Rene Patrick Gilmartin (born 31 May 1987) is an Irish footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Championship side Watford. He has appeared in the Football League for Walsall, Watford (during an earlier spell), Yeovil Town, Crawley Town and Plymouth Argyle, as well as a spell with League of Ireland side St Patrick’s Athletic. Gilmartin has also played international football for the Republic of Ireland at under-19 and under-21 levels.

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Having previous played for St. Kevin’s Boys, Gilmartin joined English Football League side Walsall in the summer of 2005. He made his Walsall debut on 17 September 2005 in a 3–2 home defeat to Chesterfield, and played two further first-team matches that season. At the end of the 2005–06 season, Gilmartin contract with Walsall was activated by taken up one-year option. After signing a new contract, Gilmartin says he expected to fight for the first choice goalkeeper ahead of a new season. He made his international debut for Republic of Ireland under-19s in February 2006. He did not feature for Walsall over the next two seasons, but played for Republic of Ireland under-21s in 2007, and completed his UEFA B coaching licence in April 2008. During the year in 2007, Gilmartin would join Worcester City and Hednesford Town, so he gain first team experience. In 2008, Gilmartin signed another new 12-month contract. In 2008–09 season, Gilmartin would considered leaving the club if first choice goalkeeper Clayton Ince stays on. Eventually, He changed his mind and signed another new 12-month contract at the end of the season. He then went on to play for Walsall 12 times in 2008–09. In 2009–10 season, Gilmartin first team became more increased, having replaced Ince as a first choice goalkeeper. He soon credit the club’s goalkeeping coach, Mick Kearns, for not only making him improve as a player. In October 2009, He soon suffered an hamstring injury following a scan, that will keep him out for three to four weeks. Despite the injury, Gilmartin played 24 times in 2009–10.
Gilmartin was offered a new contract by Walsall on 10 May 2010, but joined Watford on 1 July 2010. He made his debut in a League Cup first round tie away to Aldershot Town, keeping a clean sheet in a 3–0 Watford win. Gilmartin struggled to displace Scott Loach as Watford’s goalkeeper during the 2010–11 season, but did play in all four of the club’s cup games. Gilmartin made his full league debut on 27 September 2011, in a 2–1 home victory over Millwall. On 23 November 2011, Gilmartin was sent out on loan to League One side Yeovil Town until 3 January 2012. Gilmartin returned to Watford on 19 January 2012, having made eight appearances for Yeovil. Gilmartin then joined Crawley Town on loan to cover for the injured Scott Shearer as back up to Michael Kuipers. On 3 May 2012, Gilmartin was one of four players to be released by Watford after their contracts expired.

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He signed a two-year contract with Plymouth Argyle in July 2012, and made 16 appearances in all competitions. Gilmartin was transfer-listed by manager John Sheridan at the end of the 2012–13 season, and left the club by mutual consent in June 2013. He returned to Dublin in July, having signed an 18-month contract with League of Ireland side St Patrick’s Athletic. Gilmartin made his Pat’s debut later that month in a Dublin derby at Shamrock Rovers in the League of Ireland Cup. Gilmartin made his League of Ireland debut a season later, on the 2nd of June 2014 against Drogheda United, when he came on as a halftime substitute for the injured Brendan Clarke. He continued Clarke’s work and kept a clean sheet as Pats won 6–0.
After spending time in the League of Ireland with St Patrick’s Athletic, making 10 appearances in all competitions for the club (1 league, 9 cup), Gilmartin returned to English football by re-signing with Watford on a one-year deal on 25 August 2014 as a back-up to Heurelho Gomes, two years after he first left the club

 

Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2010 Walsall 35 (0)
2007  Worcester City (loan) 0 (0)
2007  Hednesford Town (loan) 1 (0)
2010–2012 Watford 2 (0)
2011–2012 Yeovil Town (loan) 8 (0)
2012 Crawley Town (loan) 6 (0)
2012–2013 Plymouth Argyle 13 (0)
2013–2014 St Patrick’s Athletic 10 (0)
2014– Watford 0 (0)
National team
2006 Republic of Ireland U19
2006–2007 Republic of Ireland U21 1 (0)

Walsall player 66. Doug Fraser


Doug Fraser (born 8 December 1941 in Aberdeen) was a Scottish football full-back.
Fraser began his career in Scottish minor football, appearing for Eaglesham Amateur and Blantyre Celtic. After being rejected by both Celtic and Leeds United. Following trials Fraser turned professional with Aberdeen. Fraser’s form attracted the attentions of English clubs and in September 1963 West Bromwich Albion manager Jimmy Hagan paid £23,000 for his signature. Making his debut against Birmingham City that same month, Fraser initially played in a number of defensive and midfield positions before making the right back slot his own. Fraser played in four cup finals during his time at The Hawthorns and also made two appearances for Scotland against Cyprus and theNetherlands. His final Albion game was a 2–2 draw against Chelsea in November 1970 before manager Alan Ashman sold him to Nottingham Forest for £35,000. He would later play for Walsall where he hit the headlines after he was red carded for fighting with Bristol Rovers’ Kenny Stephens – a former Albion teammate.
After his retirement Fraser was appointed to the manager’s chair at Walsall and held the position until 1977. Following this Fraser left football and took up a position as a prison guard at Nottingham Gaol

I am amazed that i have no picture of Dougie also that he did not play as many games for Walsall as I thought that he had. As I’ve said before Memory is a strange thing!

 

Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1963 Aberdeen 64 (1)
1963–1971 West Bromwich Albion 257 (8)
1971–1973 Nottingham Forest 85 (3)
1973–1974 Walsall 27 (0)
National team
1968 Scotland 2 (0)
Teams managed
1974–1977 Walsall

Walsall player 65. Anthony Forde


Anthony Forde (born 16 November 1993) is an Irish footballer who plays as a wide midfielder for English League One side Walsall. He has represented the Republic of Ireland at numerous youth levels.

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Forde moved to Wolves in summer 2009 to become part of their academy group. He made his senior debut on 23 August 2011 as a substitute in a League Cup tie against Northampton Town, and his Premier Leaguedebut on 26 November 2011 at Chelsea. He made six appearances in the top flight as the club suffered relegation.
Having signed a contract to last until summer 2015, the winger started the first two games of new Wolves’ manager Ståle Solbakken but gradually faded from the first team as the season progressed. In March 2013 he moved on loan to League One side Scunthorpe United for the remainder of the 2012–13 season.
During the 2013–14 season, Forde made only five appearances (four as substitute) as Wolves won promotion back to the Championship at the first attempt.
On 12 August 2014 Forde joined Wolves’ Midlands neighbours Walsall of League One, signing a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee. He scored his first goal for the club in a 3–0 victory over Doncaster Rovers on 27 September 2014.

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Youth career
1998–2009 Ballingarry AFC
2009–2011 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 (0)
2013 Scunthorpe United (loan) 8 (0)
2014– Walsall 9 (1)
National team
2011–2013 Republic of Ireland U19 13 (2)
2012–2014 Republic of Ireland U21 11 (2)

Walsall player 64. Wayne Duncan Evans


Wayne Duncan Evans (born 25 August 1971) in Abermule, Wales, is a retired Welsh professional footballer who played as a defender for Walsall and Rochdale in the Football League.
He now works as Youth Team manager at Shrewsbury Town alongside former Salop defenders Peter Wilding and David Hughes
In 2011 he agreed to pull on his boots again and was named in Newtown squad for the New Year’s Day trip to Welsh Premier League champions The New Saints.
Wayne was with Walsall when they were Football League Third Division runner-up: 1994–95 season.

I cannot believe that I cannot find a picture of Wayne

 

Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 Welshpool Town ? (?)
1993–1999 Walsall 183 (1)
1999–2005 Rochdale 259 (3)
2005–2006 Kidderminster Harriers 13 (0)
2007 Welshpool Town 8 (0)
2011 Newtown 0 (0)
Total 463 (4)

Walsall player 63. Hugh Evans


Hugh Evans (born 12 December 1919) is a Welsh former professional footballer who scored 22 goals in 76 appearances in the Football League playing for Birmingham City, Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic, Walsall and Watford.
Evans was born in Ynysybwl, now in Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales, and brought up in Luton, Bedfordshire,England. He was noticed by Birmingham City while he was serving in the Army, and signed for the club in December 1947. Hugh could have been a Wolverhampton player had the scout been a little earlier, as he did not arrive until after he had already agreed to join The Blues. An inside forward, Evans made his debut in the First Division on 22 January 1949, deputising for Jackie Stewart in a goalless draw at Preston North End. His hard work did not make up for insufficient ability to play at the top level, and he joined Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic of the Third Division South in 1950. He scored 8 goals in 22 league games for Bournemouth, and a year later moved to Walsall, where his 12 goals in 37 league games made him their joint leading scorer in the1951–52 season. For the following season he signed for his third Division Three South club, Watford, then finished off his career playing non-league football for Bedford Town and Hitchin Town.
After retiring from the game he became a grocer in Luton.

 

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Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Redditch United ? (?)
1947–1950 Birmingham City 11 (0)
1950–1951 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 22 (8)
1951–1952 Walsall 37 (12)
1952–1954 Watford 7 (2)
1954–19xx Bedford Town ? (?)
Hitchin Town ? (?)

Walsall player 62. Jimmy Dudley


James George “Jimmy” Dudley (24 August 1928 – 25 April 2006) was a Scottish footballer. He was born in Gartosh in Lanarkshire, his family moved down here when Jimmy was only 8. He attended Hill Top School and when he left school he spent some time with Walsall Conduits FC.  He joined West Brom from Albright Youth Club in August 1944.He turned professional with Albion was at the young age of 17. He had to wait for 3 and a half years to make his debut. He was a member of West Bromwich Albion’s 1954 FA Cup winning side and scored the equalising goal against Port Vale in the semi-final at Villa Park. Albion finished as league runners-up in the same season.
Dudley made 166 successive appearances between 1952 and 1956, a club record that was surpassed by Ally Robertson in 1979. He made a total of 320 games and transferred to Walsall in 1959, for around £4,000. He went on to play 176 games for the Saddlers and scored 3 goals, winning promotion in 1960. Jimmy’s brother George also played for Walsall
After Football Jim worked at Guest Motors West Bromwich Ford dealer as a van parts salesman
Sorry I cannot find a picture of Jimmy.

 

Youth career
1944–1945 West Bromwich Albion (amateur)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1945–1959 West Bromwich Albion 320 (11)
1959–1964 Walsall 167 (3)
1964–1967 Stourbridge
1967–1968 Arcadia United 10 (0)
National team
1954 Scotland B 1 (0)