Walsall player 398. Michael Antonio Leary


Michael Antonio Leary (born 17 April 1983) is an English footballer who plays for Spalding United as a midfielder.
He has previously played for Luton Town, Bristol Rovers, Walsall, Torquay United, Brentford, Barnet, Grimsby Town and Gainsborough Trinity.
Born in Ealing, London, Leary began his career as a trainee with Luton Town, turning professional on 3 August 2001. He played in two Football League Trophy games the following season and in May 2003 was handed a new two-year contract.He made his league debut on 20 September 2003 in a 1–1 draw at home to Queens Park Rangers. In August 2005 he joined Bristol Rovers on loan initially for a month.This was extended for another month after some decent performances and then until the end of the year. In January 2006 he joined Walsall on loan until the end of the season. This meant that for most of the 2005–06 season he was a Luton player but not at the club. In the summer of 2006 Leary signed a contract extension of one year for Luton. In November 2006 Leary joined Torquay United on loan, making his debut as a substitute in the 1–0 defeat away to Walsall on 4 November 2006. Leary signed for Brentford on a one-month loan deal on 4 January 2007. This was extended to the end of the season on 31 January after doing well for Brentford during his initial deal.
In May 2007, Luton released Leary on a free transfer. He signed for Barnet on 3 July, spending two years at the club. During his time he was also used as a centre back and put in some creditable performances in this position. Despite this he was released in the summer of 2009.
His next port of call was to join his former manager Mike Newell at League Two side Grimsby Town in July on a two-year contract. Leary was in and out of the team on a regular basis, but had lost his way in the ranks under the new management of Neil Woods. Grimsby were relegated at the end of the season to the Conference National. During Grimsby’s debut Conference season Leary served the side as a bit part player. He was eventually released by Grimsby’s new managerial duo Rob Scott and Paul Hurst after the conclusion of the 2010–11 season.

photo Grimsby Town FC

photo Grimsby Town FC

On 8 July Leary joined Conference North side Gainsborough Trinity on trial. On 18 July he played for Gainsborough in their 8–0 friendly victory over Brigg Town, and the following day he played for Boston United in their 2–2 draw with Stamford. On 21 July he signed for Gainsborough on a one-year contract.Leary signed for another year following the completion of the 2011–2012 season.
During the 2012–13 season Leary became club captain and nearly helped The Blues reach the final of the FA Trophy, but despite beating Conference National side Wrexham 2–1 in the semi-final second leg at home (with Leary scoring the winner), the club went out 4–3 on aggregate. Leary was expected to sign for a cash rich and recently promoted North Ferriby United in May 2013 along with team mates Daniel Hone, Jonathan D’Laryea and Jamie Yates, but instead did a u-turn and signed a fresh one-year contract with The Blues on 4 June 2013.
In July 2014, Leary signed a deal with Spalding United.

Youth career
?–2002 Luton Town
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 Luton Town 22 (2)
2005 Bristol Rovers (loan) 13 (0)
2006 Walsall (loan) 15 (1)
2006 Torquay United (loan) 2 (0)
2007 Brentford (loan) 17 (0)
2007–2009 Barnet 50 (3)
2009–2011 Grimsby Town 48 (1)
2011–2014 Gainsborough Trinity 107 (12)
2014– Spalding United 0 (0)

Walsall player 397. Jamie Lawrence


Jamie Lawrence (born 8 March 1970) is a football coach and former professional player.
He played as a right winger for Cowes Sports, Sunderland, Doncaster Rovers, Leicester City, Bradford City, Walsall, Wigan Athletic, Grimsby Town, Brentford, Fisher Athletic, Worthing, Harrow Borough, Margate, Ashford Town (where he was player-manager), Banstead Athletic and Cobham
Born in England, he represented Jamaica at international level.
Lawrence was born in Balham, London. His parents were from Jamaica. As a youth he served two prison sentences.
He began his career in non-league with Cowes Sports in 1992, before turning professional with Sunderland. He made his professional debut for Sunderland on 20 October 1993. He also played professionally for Doncaster Rovers, Leicester City, Bradford City, Walsall, Wigan Athletic, Grimsby Town and Brentford. While playing with Leicester he appeared as a substitute in the 1997 Football League Cup Final replay.
He later played non-league football with Fisher Athletic, Worthing, Harrow Borough, Margate, Ashford Town, Banstead Athletic and Cobham. While playing for Harrow Borough he cut his knee during a match, and later contracted MRSA.
Lawrence earned 24 caps for Jamaica between 2000 and 2004, scoring 1 goal. He appeared in 11 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.
Lawrence was player-manager of Ashford Town between November 2009 and June 2011.
In December 2014 he signed a six-week contract with the Ghana national team, to be their fitness coach for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, having previously worked in a similar role with Sutton United.
His autobiography From Prison to Premiership was released in 2006. It was re-released as an e-book in 2013.
Lawrence started the Jamie Lawrence Football Academy in Tooting 2008.

Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 Cowes Sports
1993–1994 Sunderland 4 (0)
1994–1995 Doncaster Rovers 25 (3)
1995–1997 Leicester City 47 (1)
1997–2002 Bradford City 155 (12)
2002–2004 Walsall 22 (1)
2003 Wigan Athletic (loan) 4 (0)
2004 Grimsby Town 5 (1)
2004–2005 Brentford 14 (0)
2005–2006 Fisher Athletic
2006–2007 Worthing 35 (5)
2007–2009 Harrow Borough
2009 Margate 2 (0)
2009–2011 Ashford Town
Banstead Athletic
Cobham
Total 313 (23)
National team
2000–2004 Jamaica 24 (1)
Teams managed
2009–2011 Ashford Town

Interview given by Jamie to Jason McKeown.

Photo courtesy of Jamie Lawrence Football Academy

By Jason McKeown

172 appearances in claret and amber, part of the promotion-winning side of 1999, part of the great escape side of 2000, and proud modeller of numerous hair colours – Jamie Lawrence is undoubtedly one of the great modern day heroes of Bradford City. A legend to a generation of us.
Width of a Post, with the help of reader Wayne Lovatt, was delighted to get the opportunity to interview Jamie on the phone about his memorable City career. Here is the result.

WOAP: How did you originally come to join Bradford City from Leicester in 1997? Was it an easy or difficult decision?

Yeah obviously I was at Leicester, working under Martin O’Neill, who I will always hugely respect. At the end of the 1996/97 season, he said to me, ‘look I can’t guarantee you first team football next season’. And he told me I could look for another club if I wanted, and let me go for £50k because of the service I had given to Leicester City.

So I had a think, and told him that I did want to leave. I then spoke to Chris Kamara, and I actually signed for Bradford while I was away in Jamaica, via fax.

WOAP: I remember that by November of the 1997/98 season you were flying. Was this down to the influence of Chris Kamara? What was he like to play under?

Chris was good for us. Obviously the team wasn’t as good at the time as the one that would go on to promotion and there was a lot of work to do. I will always be grateful to Chris Kamara for bringing me to Bradford and giving me a chance to play week in week out, which was very important.

WOAP: How easy did you find it to settle in West Yorkshire? I suppose it was similar to Doncaster…

I’ve played in the North for almost all of my life. I started at Sunderland, then Doncaster and Leicester, before I ended up at Bradford. I always like the fact that Northern people are dead straight people, and Bradford was the same. The fans took me to their hearts, and I fully embraced the move and worked my socks off.

WOAP: Kamara lost his job in January 1998 after a poor run of form, and in came Paul Jewell. I know from reading your autobiography that you have a huge amount of respect for Jagger…

Yeah, he was an excellent manager. Before he took over I was good mates with him and Eddie Youds, and we used to go out for a few pints together. When he took over, his management skills were superb. We had a strong bond, and I’ve got a tremendous amount of respect for him.

WOAP: The next season ended in that glorious promotion to the Premier League, but it started off really badly with Jewell under pressure. What was the secret behind how the team and management turned that situation round?

Well we had good players anyway. I remember we signed a lot of new players, for example Macca (Stuart McCall) came back. But obviously it started badly and there was pressure on Paul. I think it was Bolton we played, live on Sky, and there was talk that if we lost that he might have lost his job. In the end we drew 2-2, and then shortly after we went on this long unbeaten run.

It just proved that we had a good team, and had needed time to gel. We had some really resilient characters in the dressing room, and a lot of them felt like they had a point to prove because of experiences at other clubs before, where they’d had knockbacks. We all stuck together.

WOAP: I think the football we played that season was the best I’ve ever seen at Valley Parade. What did it feel like to play in this brilliant team?

It was tremendous! To be part of that team was incredible. The way we tackled, and we played really good football too. I think when we went onto the field we would be prepared to battle, and would earn the right to play. What we also had in that team were really strong characters and a lot of honesty. If someone in the team wasn’t doing their job, they would be told by the rest of the team, and the gaffer, and they would take it on board and try to recover.

WOAP: You chipped in with the odd spectacular goal yourself. I remember hugging you in the Kop when you scored a stormer against Grimsby in the FA Cup, and then of course there was that outstanding run down the middle against Norwich…

Yeah that’s right! I was never renowned for my goalscoring, but I did chip in with a goal or two here and there. I remember the Grimsby goal and the Norwich goal especially. Against Norwich, I picked up the ball in the centre of midfield and just kept running forwards, then I got one-on-one with the goalkeeper and ended up slotting it into the net.

WOAP: Towards the end of the season, Dean Windass and Lee Sharpe arrived and results stuttered. Did these players aid or hinder the dressing room?

To be fair, Deano scored some important goals for us that season. He was a good player and good fit for the team. I think the squad needed to have a bit of competition. You can’t have a team where everyone knows they will definitely be playing, because then they know they don’t have to perform every week. But if you have someone looking over your shoulder and putting pressure on you, if you have anything about you it makes you perform better. Certainly I had that pressure all the time I was at Bradford, with the likes of Dan Petrescu signed to take my position. I never took my place for granted.

There was also Sharpey, who I roomed with at the time. To be fair to Sharpey, he was a top man and his ability was second to none. I think that if he had of had my application and workrate to go with that, he probably would have played 100 times for England.

WOAP: What are your memories of Wolves away?

I will never beat that day! I’ve had promotions and won a cup at Leicester, but Wolves beats all of them because I felt like I’d played such a big part in getting to that point. We were so up against it that day. We went 1-0 down when Robbie Keane scored, although I think it was a foul on Walshy actually. Then I remember things like, at 3-1 up Bradford fans doing the ‘oles’, then we missed that penalty to go 4-1 up. It then came back to 3-2, they hit the post, had a penalty shout. It was just so nerve-wracking!

But then celebrating with the fans after, who had been absolutely fantastic all day. And of course then when we got back to Bradford, Macca fell off the car! It was an absolutely tremendous day.

WOAP: What were the celebrations like that evening?

Ha ha – I went out for about three days! I said to the Telegraph & Argus that, later that night, you’ll probably find me drunk in a gutter somewhere. I was true to my words!

WOAP: As City started life in the Premiership you were injured until October, did you fear for your place?

No I didn’t, because I had done all of pre-season really well. When I played for Leicester in the Premier League, with my background and late start into the game, I never really knew how to be professional. Things like not going out and not drinking. I never knew how much it affected me.

So that pre-season, I never touched a drop of drink. I was running every day to get myself really fit and I was absolutely flying. I’d also just signed a four-year contract, and Paul Jewell was telling me that I was a big part of his plans.

But then I got injured the day before the team flew to St. Kitts for a pre-season tour. Which I was gutted about. But I got back to fitness and worked really hard, and then got myself back into the side.

WOAP: And when you did come back, you had the ‘Guinness’ haircut. Later on that season you kept changing the colour of your hair. Was this a confidence thing?

It was a little a bit of a confidence thing. It was to get noticed as well. I got a lot of stick for it from the other players, the gaffer was shocked. And it was a thing where, because of my hair, I knew that I had to perform well – or I was going to get a lot of stick from crowds!

WOAP: How did the pressure of playing for a club near the top of Division One compare to fighting for survival in the Premier League?

Everyone expected us to go down that season. Rodney Marsh said we was going down. But as a group of lads in that changing room, along with the fans, we had the belief that we could stay up. Outside of that, I don’t think there was anyone else who believed we could stay up.

But we really enjoyed proving people wrong. We took it game by game, and we especially made Valley Parade a fortress. Teams didn’t like coming here, especially in winter. Even Liverpool on the last game of the season weren’t happy. Teams didn’t like coming into such a small changing room, being cold, only one toilet for both teams to share, nowhere to plug in your hairdryer, and all this stuff.

WOAP: The 5-4 at West Ham is still shown on ESPN Classic every so often. You scored two goals – the second a wonder strike – yet you must have mixed memories of that day…

We thought that we were going down after that. But if you look back at that West Ham team, I think three or four of them went on to play for England. It was the first time in my career that I’d scored two goals in one game, but I’d rather have not scored at all and we won the game.

But at one stage we were in control of the game, 4-2 up, and then we hit the post. We thought we’d beaten them, and I was thinking ‘great game to play in’. Unfortunately for us, we didn’t come out of the game on the right side of the scoring. I remember there was Paulo Di Canio sitting on the half way line at one stage, pleading with Harry Redknapp to take him off, because he’d had a few penalty appeals turned down, wrongly probably. I wish they had have taken him off, because then we would have won that game!

WOAP: City looked doomed by April, yet you turned it round…

I got injured around that time, and I had to miss the Sunderland game which I was gutted about, because I’d started my career there. A few weeks before we’d played Newcastle, and then the next day we were training and I’d gone in for a challenge and got injured. I was gutted. I went for an X-ray, and I was ruled out for a few weeks.

I had just got back to fitness and in the team against Leicester at the end of the season. In between we had the Derby game at home where we drew 4-4, and then beat Sunderland, when Tumble (John Dryer) scored that goal – what he was doing so far up the pitch, I will never know! Then we beat Wimbledon at home, and it was in our own hands.

But true to form with City, we made it difficult for ourselves in getting beaten 3-0 at Leicester, and that took it to the last game of the season.

WOAP: You were outstanding in that final game vs Liverpool – you looked like you were really enjoying yourself – what are your memories of that day?

Well I don’t think anyone knew this, but leading up to the game I found out that my Old Man was dying. So it was a really tough week and my head was all over the place. I spoke to Paul Jewell prior to the weekend, and he said, ‘we need you on Sunday, go and do it for your Old Man’. So I went out on that pitch, and I did do it for my Old Man.

The whole team came together that day, and we just knew beforehand that we were going to do it.

WOAP: Everything changed that summer and not for the better, in the end. As an established player, what was it like when you saw all these new signings come in on huge wages?

Obviously Chris Hutchings took over as manager that summer, and signed Dan Petrescu, then he got Carbone, David Hopkin and Ashley Ward – although I thought Ward was a very good addition and had the right character. He was a grafter too. Peter Atherton and Ian Nolan were similar.

But when you were seeing those players come in, we were thinking ‘we got the club into the Premier League and we kept them there, but now they are bringing people in on £40k a week, and weren’t even from West Yorkshire’. We all loved the club, we loved the fans; we gave everything and didn’t earn a lot. And then these players were just coming in for the money.

I believe that we stayed up that first season because everyone gave 100%. We couldn’t have carried anyone. We weren’t good enough to carry anyone. Now we were carrying the likes of Benito Carbone and Dan Petrescu.

WOAP: Where did it go wrong in that second season?

I think that Chris Hutchings was out of his depth. If Paul Jewell would have stayed, he would not have signed those players. Best thing would have been to not sign those players, and we could have stayed up that season. Our aim should have been to be like a Leicester; where what Martin O’Neill did was keep the core of the team, and keep adding grafters year on year, the likes of Neil Lennon and Muzzy Izzet.

That’s the way to do it, not go and sign these so-called football stars who had been at top clubs.

WOAP: A lot of players departed once it was obvious we were doomed to go down. Did you want to leave?

I always wanted to stay. Under Hutchings I was not part of his plans, and that’s why I was on the transfer list. But then after we had such poor results, he started to go back to tried and trusted and that meant he went back to me.

He then got sacked after Charlton away. Then Macca took over for a few games and he started playing me in the centre of midfield, as part of a midfield three. Which I really enjoyed.

WOAP: What was Jim Jefferies like? He didn’t seem to favour you…

At first he never seemed to play me, and then I broke my arm playing for Jamaica and had to have another operation as well. When I finished that, and I was coming back, he wanted to play me. But then he got sacked. So I didn’t play much for him, but he was alright with me.

He was very honest with me, I could always go to his office and speak to him about things. We never had a problem. All I want from a manager is for them to be honest. That’s all I can ask for from anyone. I’ve been a manager myself, and you can’t play everyone. So just be honest with people.

WOAP: City struggled back in Division One, but you got more game time under Nicky Law…

Nicky Law was really good for me. He absolutely loved me as a player. I think I was probably one of the first names on his team sheet. He was quality for me. He also started playing me in the centre of midfield. I then also started playing in the centre of midfield for Jamaica, which was great. I’ve got a lot of time for Nicky.

WOAP: The following summer came administration and the club attempted to sack you and 18 other players. That must have been hugely difficult. Did you feel let down?

I remember exactly where I was when I heard I’d been sacked. I was on holiday in Ayia Napa with Barry Hayles and Kevin Betsy. I was watching Sky Sports, drinking a Guiness, and looked at the TV and saw the announcement that my contract had been terminated. I thought, ‘what’s going on there? I’d better tighten the purse strings for the rest of my holiday!’

I didn’t know where the next wage was coming from, and a few clubs rung me about signing. But we were told that the club couldn’t sack us, so we came back for pre-season even though we weren’t being paid. There was the likes of Wayne Jacobs, Aidan Davison, Andy Myers, Ashley Ward – we all mucked in together and moved on. We forgot about the fact we weren’t being paid, and I think we became a closer bunch through that adversity.

WOAP: You had one last season at City, after the administration, and the team did very well under difficult circumstances…

Yeah, we did really well that season. We had some young players as well, and in general we didn’t have as good a squad as we had before. I was probably one of the most senior men in the changing room. I took on that responsibility, and went out of my way to welcome the new players into the club. I did whatever it took to make them feel welcome – even taking them to strip clubs!

WOAP: How difficult was it to leave to Walsall?

I never wanted to leave. But towards the end of that season I spoke to Shaun Harvey and he said ‘the money we can offer you, is an embarrassment to offer you; so I don’t really want to offer it to you’. I had a bad feeling about going to Walsall anyway.

I never wanted to go. What I should have done is stayed at Bradford, and seen what panned out over the summer. Because that turned out to be the worst move of my career.

WOAP: How does your time at City compare to the rest of your career?

I enjoyed my time at Bradford the most. When I was fit, I played most of the time. Everything about the club was so warm. The fans were amazing, I felt loved. It was a family club and it suited me down to the ground.

I had a good time at Leicester, but I never felt as part of it. I had a good time at Doncaster and I had a good time at Sunderland, my first club. But Bradford, for me, knocked the spots off everything else.

WOAP: These days City have a long-standing problem of playing at Valley Parade, partly because of impatient crowds. How did you find the experience of playing at Valley Parade?

I loved it – but I’m a fighter anyway. The pressure doesn’t worry me. I like to get into people’s faces and I loved living up to the expectations of the crowd. One thing with me is I won’t hide. I will always face it and work hard to try and win football games. Even if it’s going bad for you – I was taught – try and stop the man next to you from playing.

WOAP: Your difficult background is obviously well-known. How much did the time in prison and fact you got a second chance influence the way in which you played football?

I’ve never had nothing in my life. I’ve had to work for everything. And with many fans, they haven’t got much money but they come and watch football every week. If you’re giving your all, they will appreciate that. So that’s the least you should give as a footballer. As soon as I walk across that white line, I’m going to give my all.

I hate losing, even to my kids at tidily winks! You know if they beat me, they will have earned it. That’s how I play on a football pitch as well.

WOAP: Do you stay in touch with any of the players from your City days?

I’ve stayed in touch with near enough every single one of them. That’s how close we were. Sometimes in football you’re friends with people, but as soon as you move to another club you don’t speak to them. But at Bradford we had a special bunch of boys, and that’s still the case. So I might not speak to some of them for two or three months, but I can pick up the phone and we pick up where we left off.

WOAP: You’re an absolute legend to so many City fans – how are you finding getting so much love via Twitter?

I love the Twitter experience! I never really knew what people thought about me, and it’s nice to read the comments I’ve been receiving from City fans. I appreciate every single one of them.

Walsall player 396. Martin Lane


Martin Lane (born 12 April 1961) is an English former footballer who played mainly as a full-back. Born in Altrincham, he made appearances in The Football League for four clubs, with most of his career being spent with Chester City.Lane joined Manchester United as a youngster in 1977 and spent five years at Old Trafford without making a competitive first-team appearance. He joined Chester City in August 1982, making his debut in a Football League Trophy tie away at Chesterfield during the same month. He quickly became a regular in the side and even had a successful game as a makeshift centre-forward in Chester’s 4–2 win at Tranmere Rovers in December 1982, scoring twice. Despite remaining a regular player, Lane had to wait until April 1986 for his next Chester goal, scoring direct from a corner kick in a 2–1 win over Exeter City to help the club move to the brink of promotion. During the same season, Lane was part of a defence that helped Chester go 423 minutes without conceding a goal.
After helping Chester to a 2–1 win over Wrexham in the FA Cup third round in January 1987, Lane moved to Division One side Coventry City for £25,000. After making just three league appearances in two years at Highfield Road and spending time on loan with Wrexham, Lane returned to Chester for the same amount he had been sold for in January 1989. His arrival was quickly followed by a run of four successive wins without conceding a goal, as Chester came close to qualifying for the Division Three play-offs. Lane remained a regular until the end of the 1990–91 season, playing his final game in a 1–0 defeat at Bolton Wanderers on 11 May 1991. Lane made just 10 appearances in a season with Walsall and then dropped into non-league football, having spells with clubs including Shepshed Albion, Worcester City and Hinckley Town, while working for a security company.

Youth career
1977–1979 Manchester United
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1982 Manchester United 0 (0)
1982–1987 Chester City 175 (3)
1987–1989 Coventry City 3 (0)
1988 Wrexham (loan) 6 (0)
1989–1991 Chester City 99 (0)
1991–1992 Walsall 10 (0)
1992–1993 Shepshed Albion
1993 Worcester City
1993–199? Hinckley Town

Walsall player 395. John ‘Jack’ Landells


John ‘Jack’ Landells (11 November 1904– unknown) was an English association footballer who played as a forward.Born in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, Landells played for Millwall, West Ham United, Bristol City, Carlisle United, Walsall and Clapton Orient. He signed for Millwall from amateur Essex club Grays Thurrock. He played eight years for Millwall, from 1925 to 1933 where he scored a total of 71 goals in 184 appearances in all competitions. He is Millwall’s 8th all-time leading scorer. He left in the summer of 1933 to join their rivals West Ham. He only played with them for a season, scoring four goals in 22 games. He left to join Bristol City, where he enjoyed FA Cup giant killing success in his first season, when they knocked Portsmouth out in the Fourth Round.

Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1925–33 Millwall 175 (69)
1933–34 West Ham United 21 (4)
1934–35 Bristol City
1935–36 Carlisle United
1936–37 Walsall
1937–38 Clapton Orient

Walsall player 394. Oliver James “Olly” Lancashire


Oliver James “Olly” Lancashire (born 13 December 1988) is an English professional footballer who currently plays for English League One club Rochdale as a centre back.
Lancashire began his career as a youth player for Crystal Palace before joining Southampton’s academy. He captained Southampton’s under-18 side and turned professional in July 2006, making his senior debut in 2008. Lancashire had two loan spells at Grimsby Town in 2009/10 and, following his release by Southampton, joined Walsall in July 2010. He made 58 appearances for Walsall, but was released in the summer of 2012 and subsequently went to Aldershot Town. In July 2013, Lancashire made a permanent transfer to then-League Two side Rochdale, after leaving relegated Aldershot.
Lancashire was born in Basingstoke, Hampshire, on 13 December 1988. He attended Hook Junior School and Robert May’s School in Odiham. Lancashire began his career with Southampton, where he signed a two-year contract. Lancashire was linked with a move to the Premiership in the form of Manchester City or Liverpool.
Lancashire made his first-team debut against Queens Park Rangers on 14 September 2008, but was sent off after 29 minutes, for a rash tackle on Damien Delaney. After a two match ban, Lancashire made his return and helped the club keep two clean sheets in a row, in wins against Doncaster Rovers and Norwich City. But several weeks later, on 21 October 2008, Lancashire, once again, received a red card after a second bookable offence, in a 0–0 draw against Sheffield United. While at Southampton, Lancashire never earned a first team regular; instead, he looked out of his depth for the most part. Upon joining Walsall, Lancashire explained his discipline issue.
On 15 May 2010, Lancashire was named in a list of 13 players to be released from Southampton before the start of the 2010–11 season.
In October 2009, Lancashire signed on a one-month loan for Grimsby Town. In his second game for Town against Accrington Stanley on 30 October 2009, Lancashire received his third career red card, in only 15 league matches, after he was adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty area. In his next appearance for Grimsby, he scored an own goal whilst playing against Leeds United in the Football League Trophy quarter final away at Elland Road on 10 November 2009.
Lancashire returned for a second spell on loan at Grimsby on 23 December, only to be recalled on 31 December due to an injury crisis at his parent club.
On transfer deadline day 1 February 2010, Lancashire joined Grimsby for a third time, but this time for the rest of the season. However, towards the end of the season, Grimsby Town was relegated from the Football League for the first time in nearly 100 years. Following Grimbsy Town relegation, he stated his difficult spell at Grimsby Town made him a better player.
On 14 July 2010, it was confirmed that he had joined Walsall. After the move, Lancashire was described by Manager Chris Hutchings as “He has shown plenty of promise and we have had some good reports on him. He will add competition to the central defensive positions.”
Lancashire made his debut for the club, on the opening game of the season, coming on as a late substitute, in a 2–1 loss against Milton Keynes Dons. Later in the season, Lancashire would be often used in first team ins and out in his first season, having made twenty-nine appearance and during the season, Lancashire played two matches against his former club, on 1 March 2011 and on the last game of the season. Also, the club would survive from relegation. During the season, Lancashire is among many players received criticism from Manager Hutchings over poor display during the season. He later described the relegation survival as “it’s definitely the biggest day of my  career”.
In 2011–12 season, Lancashire playing time became more restricted, having only made twenty appearance and for the second time running, the club survive from relegation. In mid-December, Lancashire suffered an hamstring injury, that will keep him until the New Year. After a month out, Lancashire recovered from injury He made his return a month later, on 15 February 2012, in a 2–1 loss against Oldham Athletic. On 3 March 2012, Lancashire scored his first goal in injury time equaliser, as Walsall settle 1–1 draw against Leyton Orient.

Olly Lancashire
On 9 May 2012, it was announced that Lancashire had been released by Walsall.
On 14 June 2012, Lancashire signed with League Two side Aldershot Town on a two-year deal, following his release from Walsall. His only season with Aldershot was hampered by injury but he managed to make 15 appearances in total; 12 league appearances and 3 cup appearances After one season with Aldershot Town, resulting the club’s relegation, Lancashire was among thirteen players made redundant, in a wake of the club’s administration.
On 14 June 2013, he signed a one-year contract with Rochdale. He was given number six shirt and made his debut in the opening game of the season, in a 3–0 win over Hartlepool United. Lancashire quickly established himself as part of the team’s first choice centre back pairing, along with on-loan Jack O’Connell. Due to the absence of first team captain Peter Cavanagh as a result of injury and suspension, Oliver was handed the captain’s armband.
Since his debut, he appeared in eighteen consecutive games until he was sent-off in a 4–0 loss against Scunthorpe United on 28 November 2013 and this would later resulted a one-match ban for Lancashire. He would later be sent-off for the second time this season on 11 March 2014, in a 2–1 loss against League Two struggles Torquay United. Having led Rochdale towards promotion to League One, Lancashire wrote to the club’s supporters about the promotion. Lancashire went on to lead the club, finishing third place. After the match, Lancashire spoke about the season and the promotion. On 27 June 2014, Olly signed a one-year extension with Rochdale.
At the start of the 2014–15 season, on 5 August 2014, Olly was named captain of Rochdale after the departure of Peter Cavanagh. Lancashire started in the opening game of the season, in a 1–0 loss against Peterborough United. However, Lancashire sustained a groin injury that kept him between four to six weeks.

Youth career
?–2006 Crystal Palace
2006–2007 Southampton
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Southampton 13 (0)
2009 Grimsby Town (loan) 8 (0)
2009 Grimsby Town (loan) 1 (0)
2010 Grimsby Town (loan) 16 (1)
2010–2012 Walsall 49 (1)
2012–2013 Aldershot Town 12 (0)
2013– Rochdale 59 (1)

Walsall player 393. Christopher James Lambert


Christopher James Lambert (born 14 September 1973 in Henley-on-Thames) is an English former professional association footballer, most famous for playing for Reading. Other teams for which he turned out are Walsall, Oxford United, Slough Town and Basingstoke Town.

Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1999 Reading 124 (16)
1998 Walsall (loan) 6 (0)
1999–2000 Oxford United 13 (2)
2000–2001 Slough Town 19 (2)
2003 Basingstoke Town 8 (1)

Walsall Player 392. William Knight


William Knight was an English professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Southampton in the years prior to World War I.
Knight was born in Twogates, Tamworth and began his career at Walsall, before being spotted by Aston Villa in 1907. He joined Villa as an amateur and spent some time with their nursery club, Stourbridge,. In 1911, he had a trial with Southampton of the Southern League, in which he “shaped up well” and, much against the wishes of the Villa directors, he moved to the south coast in May 1911.He made his debut for the “Saints” when he replaced Arthur Brown for the match at Luton Town on 18 November 1911. At first he was an “agile and vigilant custodian” whose only fault was that he was “inclined to come off his line too hurriedly”. He became the first-choice keeper for the rest of the 1911–12 season, but in October 1912 he lost his place to the veteran George Kitchen, after the team had managed only one victory with six defeats in the first nine games. Although Knight was to be recalled for five matches at the end of the season, he left the club in the summer of 1913.

Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
19??–1907 Walsall
1907–1910 Aston Villa 0 (0)
1910–1911 Stourbridge
1911–1913 Southampton 38 (0)