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.

Walsall Born Walsall Player 48. Billy Benton

48. Billy Benton

Personal information
Full name William Henry Benton
Date of birth 5 December 1895
Place of birth Walsall, England

Date of death 1967 (aged 71–72)
Playing position Midfielder

Senior career
Years                                               Team                                    Apps           (Gls)
1920–1931                                   Blackpool                                 353            (24)
                                                     Fleetwood Town
1932–1933                                   Rochdale                                    48              (8)
                                                     Rossendale United

William Henry “Billy” Benton (5 December 1895 – 1967) was an English professional footballer. He spent eleven years at Blackpool in the 1920s and 1930s, making over 350 Football League appearances for the club. He played in midfield.
He started his career at Walsall but there is very little information of when he started but he left to go to Blackpool at the age of 24/ 25.
Benton made his debut for Blackpool on 30 August 1920, in the second league game of the 1920–21 season, a 2–1 defeat at home to Bristol City. He went on to appear in 39 of the club’s 42 league games that campaign, scoring six goals, including a hat-trick in only his third appearance for Bill Norman’s men  a 4–0 home victory over Coventry City on 11 September. Benton’s other three strikes all came in Blackpool victories.
Benton was a regular in the team in all but his final three seasons with Blackpool. He made his final appearance for the club, then under the guidance of Harry Evans, on 7 February 1931, in a 6–0 defeat at Leicester City.

He went on to play his football at the end of his career for Fleetwood Town, Rochdale and Rossendale United.

Walsall Born Walsall Player 47. Tom Bayley

47 Tom Bayley
                          John Thomas (TOM) Bayley
Date of birth August 1868
Place of birth Walsall, England

Date of death Deceased
Playing position Right back

Senior career
Years                           Team                                            Apps                    Gls
1887–1889                 Walsall Swifts
1889–1890                 Walsall Town Swifts

1890–1893                 Small Heath                                    60                        (0)
1893–1895                  Walsall Town Swifts                        23                        (0)
1895–1899                 Gainsborough Trinity                       89                        (1)
1899                            South Shields
1899–1900                  Watford                                             4                        (0)
1900                            Leamington Town
John Thomas “Tom” Bayley (August 1868 – after 1899) was an English professional footballer who played as a right back. Born in Walsall, Staffordshire, he played for Walsall Town Swifts and Small Heath in the Football Alliance before going on to make 130 appearances in the Football League representing Small Heath, Walsall Town Swifts and Gainsborough Trinity. He also played for Watford, South Shields and Leamington town. But cannot find out what happend to him after 1900 when he was still only 32 years old.

Walsall Born WalsallPlayer 45 Harry Wait Snr 46. Harry Wait Jnr

Harry Wait
Born Darlaston 1892 died 1974
Now here was a great man, as far as Walsall football Club are concerned! A Man who there is very little information about.. Harry played for Darlaston in the Birmingham and District League for 15 years. He was signed for Walsall by Joe Burchall , at the ripe old age of 31 years old.. Lots of people thought that Joe had made a big mistake signing some one of that age who had no experience outside non league football. They were saying that after the two good goalkeepers before him (Dick Mann andCyril Houghton) that it was foolish. However Harry soon made his mark, after his full debut against Rotherham in August 1923, He went on a run of 200 games without missing a game. He then missed a cup replay against Middlesboro in January 1929, with of all things, A BOIL.
Walsall signed Roy John and Fred Biddlestone and after a handfull of games as a standin, Harry decided to retire in May 1932, but surprisingly in 1936 he was recalled to duty in the first team in an emergency when no goalkeeper was available. This return meant that he is still the oldest player in the History of the club to wear a Walsall Shirt in a first class game, and made the total games played to around 275-8. However he stayed at the club in various positions for 37 years, serving as player assistant trainer and groundsman. Harry was given a testimonial game against a Midland All Star eleven in 1957 which Walsall lost 7 – 0. Harry lived right by Fellows Park in Wallows Lane.
Harry’s son Harry was also on the Staff at one time but that is all I can find out about him, no details of his time is available.

Walsall Born Walsall Player 44. Brian Taylor

Brian (Joseph) Taylor

Date of birth 24 March 1937 (age 77)
Place of birth Walsall, England
Playing position Winger

Youth career
1952–1954 Walsall

Senior career
    Years                                             Team                             Apps
1954–1958                                     Walsall                               77
1958–1961                                     Birmingham City                54
1961–1963                                     Rotherham United              42
1963–1965                                     Shrewsbury Town              73
1965–1967                                     Port Vale                            46
1967–1968                                     Barnsley                             24
1968–1970 Kidderminster Harriers

1970–19?? Bromsgrove Rovers

Welshpool Town

Oswestry Town


Taylor started his career as an amateur with Walsall, and turned professional in September 1954. He made more than 70 appearances for the “Saddlers” in the Third Division South. Frank Buckley failed to keep Walsall out of the re-election zone in the 1954–55 season, and the Fellows Park outfit continued to struggle in the lower half of the table in 1955–56 and 1956–57 under the stewardship of John Love. Despite the introduction of new boss Bill Moore, a 20th place finish in 1957–58 left the club to become founder members of the Fourth Division.
He moved to First Division club Birmingham City in June 1958 in exchange for £10,000 and the inside-forward Jimmy Cochrane. Manager Arthur Turner described him as a “wonderful prospect”. He scored six goals from 30 appearances in the 1958–59 season. Each of the six was the last goal of its match: his first top-flight goal, “tearing through straight from the second-half kick-off”, helped earn his club a draw at Portsmouth, the other five all came in comfortable wins. Having come into the first team early in the 1959–60 season when Gordon Astall was injured in the home defeat of Newcastle United, Taylor suffered double vision in the reverse fixture a week later and was out for a month. He was selected regularly during October by manager Pat Beasley until a broken leg, sustained in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup semi-final win over R.U. Saint-Gilloise in mid-November, kept him out for a year. Though he returned to the first team, the injury had robbed him of much of his pace. He scored on his return, against Manchester United, and made 24 appearances during the remainder of the season, sharing the outside-left position with Billy Rudd: Taylor was preferred on a heavy pitch.
After the removal of the maximum wage in 1961, Taylor was unable to agree terms for the coming season, so Birmingham circulated other clubs inviting offers for him. By mid-September, it became clear that the remaining few contract “rebels”, Taylor included, would get no help from the League in settling their disputes with their clubs, and the Professional Footballers’ Association advised them to submit transfer requests. Taylor played four first-team matches during September, then signed for Rotherham United on 13 October for a £10,000 fee.
Rotherham were competing in the Second Division under the stewardship of Tom Johnston. Taylor quickly became an established member of the team at Millmoor with his “good crossing ability”, making a total of 26 appearances in the 1961–62 season. In the following season he was in and out of the team under new boss Danny Williams, but still managed another 20 appearances for the “Millers”.
He moved to Shrewsbury Town for the 1963–64 season. Arthur Rowley’s “Shrews” posted 11th and 16th place finishes in the Third Division in 1963–64 and 1964–65. Taylor played 73 league games in his two seasons at the Gay Meadow.
Taylor was sold to Jackie Mudie’s Port Vale for £3,000 in July 1965.] He scored three goals in 42 appearances in the 1965–66 campaign, but made just 11 appearances at Vale Park in the 1966–67 season. He was given a free transfer to Fourth Division rivals Barnsley in May 1967.
Taylor played 24 games, and helped Johnny Steele’s “Tykes” to win promotion with a second place finish in 1967–68, five points behind champions Luton Town. Despite this success, he left Oakwell and entered non-league football with Kidderminster Harriers (West Midlands (Regional) League), Bromsgrove Rovers, Welshpool Town, Oswestry Town and Darlaston.

Walsall Born Walsall Player 43. Kevin Summerfield


Kevin Summerfield
Born Walsall 7 January 1959
School Alma Street and Joseph Leckie
Youth football
Walsall Town Boys
West Bromwich Albion
Senior Football
1977-82 West Bromwich Albion 9 4
1982-83 Birmingham City 5 1
1983-84 Walsall 54 17
1984 Cardiff City 10 1
1984-1990 Plymouth Argyle 139 26
1990 Exeter City (loan) 4 0
1990-1996 Shrewsbury Town 203 21
He began his career with West Bromwich Albion as a forward, making his first team debut in 1977, before joining Birmingham City five years later. A few months later, he signed for his hometown club Walsall and enjoyed a successful 18 months there, scoring 17 league goals, which led to a transfer to Cardiff City in 1984. He was signed by Dave Smith for Plymouth Argyle six months later, where was converted into a midfielder, and was an important member of the squad for the next five years. A broken leg sustained in January 1989 led to a year on the sidelines, and after regaining full fitness he spent time on loan with Exeter City. He ended his playing career with Shrewsbury Town.
He returned to Plymouth Argyle in 1997 as the club’s youth team coach, and was appointed caretaker manager three years later. He became the club’s assistant manager after the arrival of Paul Sturrock and led the club to the brink of promotion to the Football League Championship before joining Sturrock at Southampton. He gained promotion two more times with Sturrock, at Sheffield Wednesday in 2005, and Swindon Town in 2007, before returning to Plymouth Argyle once again. He then spent two years as Assistant Boss at Tranmere Rovers, before moving to Burton Albion to take up the same role.

Gary Rowett

18 May 2012 Last updated at 14:20

Burton Albion appoint Kevin Summerfield as assistant boss

Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett has named Tranmere Rovers assistant boss Kevin Summerfield as his number two.

The 53-year-old has previously worked as assistant at Sheffield Wednesday, Plymouth Argyle and Swindon Town, achieving promotion at all three clubs.

He leaves Tranmere after spending two years with the League One side.

Rowett, who was appointed full-time Brewers boss last week, told BBC Radio Derby: “Kevin is a very experienced guy and a nice guy.”

He added: “What I think I had to do with this appointment was not go down the route of bringing in someone who was a mate of mine that perhaps couldn’t do the job well.

“The crucial thing we needed to add to the team was experience, someone who has experience at this level and at higher levels and has a good idea of what it takes to get promotion.

“He’s a good guy to have in the office. He’s good fun, he’s got a really nice character about him. And he’s got the experience and success as an assistant.”