Clayton Ince (born 12 July 1972) is a Trinidadian football goalkeeper who had lengthy spells in the English Football League at Crewe Alexandra and Walsall. He is his country’s most capped goalkeeper with 79 caps for Trinidad and Tobagoto date, his debut coming on 4 April 1997 against Barbados (the game ended in a 1–0 defeat for Trinidad and Tobago).
Ince was born in Arima. Somewhat unusually, he began his footballing career as a defender before converting to become a goalkeeper. As back-up to Michael McComie he played in goal against the then Soviet Union when Trinidad and Tobago qualified for the 1991 FIFA World Youth Championship held in Portugal, although the tournament did not go too well for his team which conceded a total of 12 goals in three group matches.
Ince began his playing career with the Chaguaramas-based club Defence Force, where he quickly established himself as one of the top goalkeepers in the Caribbean. In 1997 he was named as the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation’s Player of the Year, he has also twice been named as the Best Goalkeeper at the bi-annual Caribbean Cup.
In 1999 he went on trial to the Welsh club Wrexham (who play in the English Football League). Although he played well whilst on trial, the club could not afford to offer him a contract. However, in September of the same year he was offered a contract by Crewe Alexandra, which was accepted by Ince.
Ince spent most of his first two seasons at Crewe as understudy to Jason Kearton, the exception being a one-month loan spell at Dundee, during which time he did not actually play. After returning to Crewe in November 2000 he was placed on the transfer list, the only club who actively tried to sign him was Wrexham, whose bid failed due to a lack of funds. He was removed from the transfer list in the summer of 2001 when Kearton left the club, Ince went on to establish himself as Crewe’s first-choice goalkeeper during the 2000–01 season.
After playing in over 200 games for the club, Ince left Crewe in the summer of 2005 following the expiry of his contract. He signed for fellow Championship side Coventry City on a Bosman transfer. He failed to establish himself as a first-choice with the club, serving as understudy to successive loan signings Stephen Bywater and Márton Fülöp.
Following Trinidad and Tobago’s qualification for the 2006 World Cup, Ince made it publicly known that he wanted to leave Coventry on loan to play first-team football. He has stated that without this his place in the Trinidad and Tobago squad for the tournament would be jeopardised; although he was no longer his country’s first choice goalkeeper, the tournament perhaps represented his last realistic chance of appearing at the World Cup.
In July 2006, Ince signed for Walsall following a successful trial spell. Ince received a 10-day ban from FIFA in October 2006 after Walsall withdrew him from the Trinidad & Tobago squad without permission. He became Walsall’s first choice goalkeeper and received the League One player of the Month award in November.
Ince during a game for Walsall
In an interview with Walsall’s official website, Ince stated that he saw the move to Walsall as the springboard to win further international caps, and had indeed regained his spot as Trinidad and Tobago’s first-choice goalkeeper following the retirement of Shaka Hislop and the unavailability of injury-prone Kelvin Jack, who were ahead of him in the pecking order at the World Cup. But following Trinidad & Tobago’s failure to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Ince had since been considering retiring from international football, stating that it wouldn’t be practical to continue playing friendlies and that he wouldn’t realistically be around for the 2014 campaign.
Ince was named in the PFA League Two Team of the Year for the 2006–07 season, and also named Walsall’s Player of the Season for the 2008–09 season. Ince had become a favourite with the Walsall fans for his numerous displays that have saved the team from losing.
On 6 May 2010, Ince had formally announced his retirement from professional football and also stated his intention to return to Trinidad to work with younger goalkeepers, but returned to professional football with Trinidadian outfit Ma Pau SC and even spoke about a possible return to International football with Trinidad and Tobago.
After a successful stint with Ma Pau as Player/Assistant Coach where he won the Toyota Classic and was named Player of the Tournament, Ince signed a two-year deal with Pro League side T&TEC FC as Player/Goalkeeping coach.
Years Team Apps
1991–1996 Fulham SC ?
1996–1998 KFC Memphis ?
1998–1999 Defence Force ?
1999–2005 Crewe Alexandra 123
2000 (loan) Dundee 0
2005–2006 Coventry City 1
2006–2010 Walsall 152
2010–2011 Ma Pau ?
2011–2013 T&TEC ?
Daniel “Danny” Hay (born 15 May 1975) is a New Zealand footballer who has represented New Zealand as a centre back and captained Waitakere United in the New Zealand Football Championship.He started the 2006–2007 season as inaugural captain for the Auckland-based New Zealand Knights, but left the club in December following a falling out with management, before playing out the season with Perth Glory.
He appeared in the English Premier League and in the UEFA Champions League, playing for Leeds United. However, he failed to reach his full potential in England due to constant injuries. In England he is probably most remembered for playing in Barcelona’s 4–0 thrashing of Leeds despite them going on to reach the semi-final. He also he came on as asubstitute for Jonathan Woodgate against Liverpool in a memorable 4–3 victory for Leeds in November 2000.
In New Zealand he played for Green Bay-Titirangi United, Waitakere United and Central United. He also played for Walsall in England.
Hay appeared for the New Zealand national football team, the All Whites. His first goal for his country came against Fiji in the 1998 Oceania Nations Cup in a 1–0 win. In 2006, Hay was awarded the captaincy of the All Whites.
In 2007, he retired from international football to pursue a teaching career at Sacred Heart College in Auckland which also involves him training the First XI and youth development teams.
Hay courted controversy in June 2012 by criticising All White coach Ricki Herbert’s tactics following a defeat in the 2012 OFC Nations Cup to the Solomon Islands. Hay was quoted as saying “It’s a little bit scary that you’ve got one person dictating all the ideas and there’s nothing fresh coming through. He’s got tactically lazy and to play three at the back in Honiara was horrific in those conditions, with the type of players we had available to us.”
Years Team Apps Goals
1997–1999 Perth Glory 48 2
1998–1999 Green Bay-Titirangi United
1999–2002 Leeds United 4 0
2002–2003 Walsall 45 0
2003–2006 New Zealand Knights 16 1
2006–2006 Perth Glory 3 0
2007–2009 Waitakere United 36 5
1996–2007 New Zealand 31 2
Niklas Gunnarsson (born 27 April 1991 in Tønsberg) is a Norwegian footballer, who plays as a defender for the Tippeligaen side Vålerenga. He is known for his trademark long throw ins, good crossing ability and offensive play.
Gunnarsson made his senior debut on 25 March 2012 against Songdal, they lost the game 0-4. He started his career with Pors Greenland moving on to Walsall, but he was released by Walsall because of strained finances (whatever That means, but that is what the Norge wiki site says.)
His contract with Odd Greenland, expired after the 2013 season, and in October 2013 he signed a three-year contract with Vålerenga and joined the club in January 2014.
Dávid Gróf (born 17 April 1989) is a Hungarian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Berliner AK. Gróf started his senior career with Scottish club Hibernian, making one appearance during the 2008–09 season before being released from his contract. He subsequently played in England for Notts County, Tamworth, Mansfield Town and Walsall.
Gróf started his professional career with Hibernian, making his professional debut in their 4–3 defeat by Greenock Mortonin the Scottish League Cup on 26 August 2008.
Later that season, Gróf was convicted of a drink driving offence and was consequently banned from driving for two years. Hibs also disciplined the player, who made a public apology through the club’s website. He was relegated to the status of fourth choice goalkeeper at Hibs after the arrival of Grzegorz Szamotulski during January 2009. Gróf went on trial at West Bromwich Albion, but was released by Hibs towards the end of the 2008–09 season, despite having 18 months left on his contract
Following his release by Hibs, Gróf trained with English League Two side Gillingham, featuring in a reserve team match against Lewes.
Gróf went on trial with League One club Notts County in July 2010. He agreed a deal to sign for the club, subject to medical. On the same day as the deal with Notts County was announced, Gróf played for Tamworth in a friendly match against Aberdeen. He completed the move on 26 July. On 4 August 2010 it was confirmed that Gróf would be joining The Lambs on a one month loan deal in time for the new season Just six days later Gróf was recalled by his parent club.
Gróf signed on loan with Conference National club Mansfield Town on 31 January 2011. Grof played an integral part in Mansfield’s FA Trophy run which saw the Stags lose to Darlington in the final at Wembley on 7 May. Despite not being permitted to play in the final itself, Grof became a hero to the Mansfield fans due to his performances in both the FA Trophy and the Conference National, and appeared before the game against Darlington to a standing ovation from the 15000 strong travelling Mansfield fans.
Despite rave reviews of his performances at Mansfield, Grof was waived by Notts County at the end of the season alongside defender Graeme Lee
Following a trial spell, Gróf signed a one year contract with Football League One side Walsall in July 2011. Gróf made his full Walsall debut against Bournemouth, keeping a cleen sheet in a 2-0 win, and then made his home debut the following game—a Football League Trophy first round fixture against Shrewsbury Town, which Walsall won 2-1.. On 17 March 2013, Gróf announced that he was moving to France to pursue a career away from the Saddlers, having fallen down the pecking order at Walsall behind a string of successive loan goalkeepers manager Dean Smith had signed due to his poor early season form
On 18 March 2013, Gróf began his trial with Clermont, successfully completing the first part of his medical and training with the first team later that day.
In November 2013, Gróf moved to German side Goslarer SC, where he remained until the end of the season before signing for Berliner AK.
Gróf’s father Attila also played professionally as a goalkeeper, for Vasas Budapest, Újpesti Dózsa, Videoton, Honvéd and Hungary.
Gróf was convicted of a drink driving offence and banned from driving for two years. He was charged with another drink driving offence in April 2009
Senior career Years Team Apps 2008–2009 Hibernian 0 2010–2011 Notts County 0 2010 (loan) Tamworth 0
2011 (loan) Mansfield Town 13 2011–2013 Walsall 23 2011–2013 Berliner AK 0
Brownhills bob spoke the other week about the boating pool (or Duck Pond whatever your point of view) being emptied by Lichfield City Council, for cleaning. Well on a day like today you can’t really tell if it’s empty ot not! Well I can assure you that it is. The water in there is the rain that’s falling.
This morning Mrs Blog had me take her to Chasewater Railway, so that she could book us up to take the Great Grandchildren on the Santa Express (alright not really an express, more of a slow boat to the other side of the Lake). However, if this years journey is as good as last years. Then a good ride will be had by all. What I like is that all barriers are taken down and complete strangers get into conversation, and enjoy the experience.
Anyway here are the pictures I could take this morning, really good with very few people around, mind the weather was not that good !
Not a nice day, dull raining, wet and foggy, however you can see what the area outside is like, smart and clean!