Walsall foreign player 9. Bertrand Bossu

Bertrand Bossu (born 14 October 1980) is a French footballer who plays as a goalkeeper who played for Isthmian League Division One North club Harlow Town.
Born in Calais, Pas-de-Calais, Bossu started out as a boy at small French amateur club US Blériot-Plage, before joining Calais RUFC. When he was 16 he moved to RC Lens but never managed to play for the professional team there as he was confined to the third and fourth teams.
Bossu joined Barnet in March 2000. He made his debut and subsequently only first team appearance for Barnet on 17 May 2000 in the second leg of the play-off semi-final. Barnet were trailing 2–0 (4–1 on aggregate) away to Peterborough United when Bossu replaced the injured Lee Harrison in the Barnet goal. He conceded one more goal, giving David Farrell his hat-trick and confirming Peterborough’s place in the final.
He joined Conference side Hayes on loan in December 2000. His one-man heroics in the 1–0 win away to Boston United on 2 December ended a run of seven consecutive defeats. However, in the process Bossu broke a finger and returned to Barnet to recuperate.
He joined Rushden & Diamonds on loan in March 2001, but failed to make a first team appearance for them and was released by Barnet at the end of the season. He rejoined Hayes in August 2001, but lost his place as Hayes were relegated from the Conference. Although he began the following season as second-choice, he regained his place in the side and went on to win the Hayes Supporters’ Player of the Year Award in 2003. In the midst of this he had also become the first Hayes goalkeeper to score a goal, with a last-minute header in the game away to St Albans City.
Bossu joined Gillingham in September 2003 and made his debut later that month away to Walsall. He played just five more times that season, including the victory at home toPremier League side Charlton Athletic in the FA Cup.
In August 2004 he joined Torquay United on a three-month loan deal playing in the first two games of the season away to Bristol City and at home to Hull City the same month. However, he was sent back to Gillingham by Torquay with a knee injury, prompting a row over who should pay his wages. He joined Oldham Athletic in late October 2004, but failed to make their first team.
He was released by Gillingham at the end of the 2004–05 season, joining Darlington in August 2005. The same month he joined Accrington Stanley on loan, playing one Conference National game away to Cambridge United before returning to Darlington where he played 10 times before being released at the end of the season. He then joined Walsall in September 2006, but was released in May 2008.
After being released by Walsall, Bossu then went on trial with Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen. After impressing goalkeeping coach Jim Leighton, he was offered a contract with the Scottish club. Bossu left Aberdeen in August 2009 after only three appearances for the club.
He signed for Crewe Alexandra on a two-month contract on 28 October following a successful trial. However, he left six days later after asking for his contract to be cancelled.


Years                     Team                              Apps
1999–2000              RC Lens                           0
2000–2001              Barnet                              1
2000         (loan)      Hayes                              1
2001         (loan)      Rushden & Diamonds        0
2001–2003              Hayes                             60
2003–2005              Gillingham                        4
2004          (loan)     Torquay United                 2
2004          (loan)      Oldham Athletic              0
2005–2006               Darlington                       9
2005          (loan)      Accrington Stanley          1
2006–2008               Walsall                           1
2008–2009               Aberdeen                        1
2009                        Crewe Alexandra             0
2011–?                     Harlow Town                  22

Walsall Foreign player 8. Gijsbert Bos

Gijsbert Bos (born 22 March 1973 in Spakenburg, Netherlands), is a footballer who played in the Football League, at Rotherham United (18) Gateshead (10) Lincoln City (34) and Walsall (0)

Gijsbert Bos

Senior career

Years                      Team                       Apps
1994–1996               IJsselmeervogels       ?
1996–1997               Lincoln City              34
1997              (loan) Gateshead                10
1997–1998               Rotherham United     18
1998              (loan) Walsall                       0
1998–1999               IJsselmeervogels        ?

1999–2000              SV Huizen                    ?

2000–2001              Nunspeet                      ?

2001–2003              GVVV                           ?

2003–2004              SDC Putten                   ?

2004 –                    VV Eemdijk                   ?

One thing that I have found out doing this research is that finding information on these players is far from easy, especially if they are not sucessfull here in the Football League.

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Walsall MBC

Appeal for help to find pensioner’s family

Last updated: 21/11/2014 14:40:26

An appeal has been launched to find the relatives of a Walsall pensioner who died recently.
Alan John Pickering, aged 72, was found at his home on Wednesbury Road on 14 October. His date of birth was 15 September 1942.
Environmental health officers are now keen to trace the family of Mr Pickering or speak to anyone who knew him.
A number of photographs showing Mr Pickering, possibly with members of his family, were found at his home but there were no contact details. Among the images are one of him at a wedding possibly around 2000, another one of him and a woman in 1999 and a picture going back a few years of Mr Pickering with a woman and three children.
Other documents found at the property indicate he may have worked in the machine shop at Bloxwich Engineering ,Bell Lane,until 2006.
Rebecca Evans, of Walsall Council’s environmental health team, said: “We would like to pass our condolences on to Mr Pickering’s family and friends.
“We would be grateful to hear from any relatives of Mr Pickering, or anyone who might have helpful information about his family, so that they can make proper arrangements for his funeral.”
“Even if you are not sure if the information is relevant please let us know as it is useful in helping us build up a picture of his life and add to the information we have managed to gather from his belongings.”
To pass on information contact Rebecca Evans in the environmental health team on 01922 653052.

Walsall Foreign Player 7. Roger Boli

Roger Boli (born 26 September 1965 in Adjame, Côte d’Ivoire) is a French former footballer who played striker for clubs in the French and British leagues. He is currently an agent in France.

Boli, older brother of Basile, started his career with AJ Auxerre, where he spent four seasons. A season at Lille OSC followed, before a long spell with RC Lens. During his seven seasons with the club, Boli won promotion to Ligue 1, and finished joint-top scorer in the 1993-94 season. A season was spent with Le Havre AC before moving to England with Walsall in 1997. Boli’s twelve league goals with the Saddlers drew attention from Scottish side Dundee United and Boli moved north in a £150k deal in 1998. Injuries restricted him to just three league appearances, although he did score once in the Scottish League Cup against Stirling Albion, and within three months a £100k move saw him head to AFC Bournemouth. Boli’s seven appearances would be his last before retiring in the summer of 1999.

In May 2001, Boli arranged a benefit match – Le Jubilé de Roger Boli – which saw past and present Lens players play against a team of French superstars (Zinedine Zidane, Marcel Desailly, Patrick Vieira, Eric Cantona, Jean-Pierre Papin, etc.). Lens won 7-2, with the match proceeds going to the Raoul-Follereau association.

Roger B


Years              Team                  Apps (Gls)
1984–1988       AJ Auxerre            55    (5)
1988–1989       Lille OSC               24    (5)
1989–1996       RC Lens                229  (67)
1996–1997       Le Havre AC           26   (4)
1997–1998      Walsall                   41   (12)
1998               Dundee United          3    (0)
1998–1999      AFC Bournemouth     7    (0)

Walsall Foreign Player 6. Frédéric Biancalani

Frédéric Biancalani, (born July 21, 1974 in Villerupt, France) is a French former professional footballer.
He came from the youth academy at Nancy and played his first professional match in August 1996 against Paris Saint-Germain. The result was 0-0. In 2001, Biancalani moved to Walsall, when they were in the old First Division. He played 15 games, making six substitutes appearances, scoring twice and receiving three yellow cards and one red card. In 2002, he returned to Nancy where he played 175 times. On 6 August 2009 FC Metz communicated through their website the arrival of defender, the expert player arrived for free after seven years with Nancy. He played 18 games prior to a move to Stade Reims


Years             Team                  Apps       Gls
1994-2001       AS Nancy            185          7
2001-2002       Walsall                 18          2
2002-2009       AS Nancy            175          3
2009-2010       FC Metz                18           ?
2010-2011       Stade Reims          19          ?

Walsall Foreign Player 5. Amadou Bakayoko

Amadou Bakayoko (born 1 January 1996) is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Conference Premier side Southport on loan from Walsall. A young man with a big future, if he gets his head down and works hard, and from a Walsall point of view scores the goals we need!
Bakayoko was offered a one-year professional contract at Walsall in December 2013. He made his debut for the “Saddlers” on 5 April, replacing Michael Ngoo 68 minutes into a 1–0 defeat to Port Vale at Vale Park.
On 9 October 2014, Bakayoko joined Conference Premier side Southport on a month’s loan. He made a scoring debut as a substitute in Southport’s 2–0 victory over Braintree Town.

Years              Team                            Apps (Gls)
2013–              Walsall                              9    (0)
2014– Loan      Southport                         4    (1)

Walsall Foreign Cont 4. Zigor Aranalde

Zigor Aranalde


Zigor Aranalde Sarasola (born 28 February 1973) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a left back.
Born in Ibarra, Gipuzkoa, Aranalde began his football career at lowly CD Hernani, going on to spend seven of his eight professional seasons in his country in the Segunda División.
In 1996–97 he was first-choice at Sevilla in La Liga, but the Andalusians finished third from the bottom so were relegated.Just before the start of the 2000–01 Football League season, Aranalde joined English Division Two (third-tier) club Walsall on a two-year contract. He spent just under five seasons at the Bescot Stadium, winning promotion via the play-off final in his first year and being a regular member of the side until he was surprisingly released by manager Paul Merson in March 2005; he moved on to Sheffield Wednesday immediately following his release, but was sent off in only his second game for the club, and never appeared for them again.
In the summer of 2005 Aranalde signed for Carlisle United, newly promoted from the Conference to League Two. They went on to win the division championship that season and with it promotion to League One. Aranalde scored five goals during the course of the campaign, and was part of a squad which included two other former Walsall players,striker Karl Hawley and future Preston North End manager Paul Simpson. On 1 October he scored Bristol Rovers 5000th ever goal in a 1–3 loss with an own goal. Carlisle released Aranalde at the end of the 2007–08 season. Two years later, after playing some amateur football in Spain, he returned to England as chief scout at League One club Brighton & Hove Albion.

Years               Team                       App
1991–1992    Hernani                         ?

1992–1994   Eibar                             42
1994–1996   Atlético Marbella          56
1996–1997   Sevilla                          22
1997–1999   Albacete                       51
1999–2000   Logroñés                       39
2000–2005   Walsall                        195
2005            Sheffield Wednesday      2
2005–2008   Carlisle United             109
2008–2009   Almansa
2009–2010   La Gineta 
National team  Basque Country