Walsall player 182. Alex Christie

• Alexander Gray “Alex” Christie (27 June 1896 – 22 May 1981) was a Scottish professional footballer who played as a half back for various clubs in the 1920s, spending most of his career in the Football League Third Division North with Rochdale.
• Christie was born in Glasgow and, after serving in the Royal Navy, started his football career with Hamilton Academicals. In 1919, he moved to England to join Reading, then playing in the Southern League, and remained with them for their first season in the Football League.
• In June 1921, he moved to Walsall for a season, before moving to the south coast to join Southampton of the Football League Second Division in May 1922. At The Dell, he was used mainly as cover for Bert Shelley and Alec Campbell. Described as “coolness personified”, he made his debut at right half in place of Campbell in a 2–1 victory at Manchester United on 3 March 1923, with Shelley moving to centre half. Christie retained his place for the next two matches before he was dropped in favour of Ted Hough. Although Christie made two further appearances in April, he spent the 1923–24 season on the retained list without any further first-team appearances.
• In July 1923, he was transferred to Norwich City where he spent a season in which he made five appearances, before moving on to Rochdale.
• At the Spotland Stadium, he became an established first-team player and over four years with Rochdale he made 137 league appearances.
• He wound up his career with a season at Exeter City before dropping down to non-league football with Aldershot.

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YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
Hamilton Academicals
1919–1921 Reading 31 (1)
1921–1922 Walsall 30 (1)
1922–1924 Southampton 5 (0)
1924–1928 Rochdale 137 (5)
1928–1929 Exeter City 4 (0)
1929–19?? Aldershot

Walsall player 181. Lewis Campbell

Lewis Campbell (born April 1864; date of death unknown) was a Scottish footballer. He was pacey and difficult to defend against. Campbell played for Dumbarton, Helensburgh, Glasgow United, and Hibernian, before moving to England to play for Aston Villa. At Villa he earned an FA Cup runner-up medal in 1892 as he was unable to prevent West Bromwich Albion romping to victory 3–0 at The Oval. In August 1893, he joined Port Vale. He claimed 13 goals in 27 Second Division in the 1893–94 season, and became the first “Valiant” to score a hat-trick (he actually scored four goals) in the Football League in a 5–0 win over Walsall Town Swifts on 9 September. However he left the Athletic Ground in 1894 because his wife did not like the Potteries area. He moved on to Walsall Town Swifts and then Burton Swifts.

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YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
Glasgow United
Aston Villa
1893–1894 Port Vale 27 (13)
Walsall Town Swifts
Burton Swifts

Walsall player 180. Eddie Cameron.

• Edward S. “Eddie” Cameron (1895 – after 1933) was a Scottish professional footballer who made 139 appearances in the Football League playing for Birmingham, Walsall, Nelson and Exeter City. He played as a forward.
Cameron was born in Glasgow. He began his football career with Clydebank for moving to England to sign for Birmingham in July 1921. Cameron, described as “a burly Scot … never a great goal scorer, but a player who ’employed direct methods’”, made his debut in the First Division on 29 August 1921 in a 2–1 win away at Chelsea. He played five more times, scoring once, but was allowed to leave for Walsall at the end of the 1921–22 season. He played regularly for the club for a little less than two years, then moved up to Nelson of the Second Division in March 1922. Unable to prevent their relegation that season, he contributed to their immediate promotion back to the Second Division in 1924–25.
• In 1926 he joined Stafford Rangers, where his prolific goalscoring helped them to the championship of the Birmingham & District League in the 1926–27 season, and helped him earn a return to the Football League with Exeter City. He scored nine goals from 24 Third Division South games – completing his set of all four Football League divisions played in – before an unsuccessful trial at former club Nelson preceded a return to Stafford Rangers and a runners-up medal in the 1929–30 season. He then won his second Birmingham & District League title, this time with Cradley Heath, and scored goals for Hednesford Town, before finishing off his career with yet another return to Stafford Rangers.


YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
1919–1921 Clydebank ? (?)
1921–1922 Birmingham 6 (1)
1922–1924 Walsall 63 (4)
1924–1925 Nelson 46 (10)
1925–1928 Stafford Rangers ? (?)
1928–1929 Exeter City 24 (9)
1929 Nelson 0 (0)
1929–1931 Stafford Rangers ? (?)
1931–1933 Cradley Heath ? (?)
1933–1934 Hednesford Town ? (?)
1934–193X Stafford Rangers ? (?)

Walsall player 179. Willie Callaghan

• Willie Callaghan (born 23 March 1967) is a Scottish former professional association football player, who played for Dunfermline Athletic, Walsall, Cowdenbeath, Clyde, Albion Rovers, Montrose, Meadowbank Thistle, Livingston andPartick Thistle in the Scottish and English leagues. He also played for non-league clubs Halbeath, Kelty Hearts,Inverness Thistle and Glenafton Athletic.
• Willie’s father, also named Willie, was a footballer who played for Dunfermline and Scotland in the 1960s and 1970s. His son, Liam Callaghan, had a trial spell with Birmingham City in November 2011. His uncle, Tommy Callaghan, played for Dunfermline and Celtic.


YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1985 Dunfermline Athletic 2 (0)
1985–1987 Halbeath
1987–1990 Dunfermline Athletic 12 (0)
1989 Walsall (loan) 2 (1)
1989  Cowdenbeath(loan) 2 (3)
1989  Clyde (loan) 6 (0)
1990  Clyde (loan) 5 (2)
1990  Cowdenbeath (loan) 4 (0)
1990–1991 Kelty Hearts  ?  ?
1991 Albion Rovers 1 (1)
1991–1992 Inverness Thistle ?  ?
1992–1993 Montrose 15 (1)
1993–1995 Cowdenbeath 83 (25)
1995 Meadowbank Thistle 7 (1)
1995–1998 Livingston 62 (7)
1999–2000 Partick Thistle 13 (0)
Glenafton Athletic  ?  ?

Walsall player 178. Craig Burley

Craig William Burley (born 24 September 1971 in Ayr) is a television pundit and Scottish former professional association footballer who played as a midfielder from 1989 until 2004.
He played in the Premier League for Chelsea and Derby County and in the Scottish Premier League for Celtic.

Craig Celtic

He also played for Dundee and finished his career in the Football League with Preston North End and Walsall. He earned 46 caps for Scotland, scoring 3 goals.
Burley began his professional career with Chelsea in 1989, however he didn’t make his debut until April 1991 when he came on as a substitute for Kerry Dixon in a 7–0 defeat against Nottingham Forest. He made his first appearance in the newly formed Premier League on 5 December 1992 in a 2–1 away win at Tottenham Hotspur.
He went on to become a regular under Glenn Hoddle and played in the 1994 FA Cup Final against Manchester United, picking up a runners-up medal following a 4–0 defeat. Two years later, Chelsea got to the FA Cup semi finals where they again faced Manchester United. With the score level at 1–1, Burley hit an errant back pass to set up David Beckham for what proved to be the winning goal. He was sold by Ruud Gullit on 25 July 1997 to Celtic for £2.5 million.
He made his Celtic debut on 3 August 1997 against Hibernian, and went on to make 64 appearances scoring 20 goals before transferring back to England with Derby County on 1 December 1999 for £3 million. He played in four seasons for The Rams and suffered his first career relegation when the club lost their Premier League status at the end of the 2001–02 season.
On 12 September 2003 he signed with Dundee on a free transfer but only played twice in a two month spell before being released and eventually signing for Preston North End in January 2004. By March he was a free agent again after only making four appearances for North End. He signed with Walsall on a free transfer for the remainder of the 2003–04 season and played five times before retiring at the end of the season.
Burley played for Scotland in the 1998 World Cup in France. He scored the Scotland goal in a 1–1 draw with Norway in Bordeaux, latching on to a ball played forward by defender David Weir. He was then sent off in the final group game against Morocco as Scotland were eliminated.
Burley continued to be a plaything under Craig Brown until the end of the unsuccessful 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, captaining the side in what proved to be his penultimate appearance. After suffering injury problems, Burley won a Scotland recall against Austria in 2003 under new manager Berti Vogts but then announced his international retirement.
Burley previously worked as a pundit and commentator for ESPN UK and currently contributes to Absolute Radio, ESPN and BBC Radio 5 Live’s Barclays Premier League coverage. He is currently a commentator for ESPN FC. He is the nephew of former Scotland manager George Burley.

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YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1997 Chelsea 113 (7)
1997–1999 Celtic 64 (20)
1999–2003 Derby County 73 (10)
2003 Dundee 2 (0)
2004 Preston North End 4 (0)
2004 Walsall 5 (0)
TOTAL 261 (37)
1992–1993 Scotland U21 7 (0)
1995–2003 Scotland 46 (3)

Walsall player 177. Tom Brownlee

Thomas C ‘Tom’ Brownlee (born 21 May 1935 in Carnwath, Scotland) was a Scottish professional footballer. He was a centre forward.
Brownlee’s career started at Broxburn Athletic before he moved to England, with Walsall. His career then took him to York City, Workington in an exchange deal with Gus Alexander, non-league Netherfield and Bradford City, where he was the club’s top goal-scorer in 1964–65 scoring 14 goals in just 18 games. After just seven games the following season he returned to Netherfield

YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
Broxburn Athletic
1957–1958 Walsall 30 (14)
1958–1959 York City 9 (2)
1959–1961 Workington 25 (2)
1961–1964 Netherfield   76+ ?
1964–1966 Bradford City 25 (15)
Netherfield  ?  ?

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Walsall Player 176. Ally Brown

Alistair “Ally” Brown (born 12 April 1951) is a Scottish former football player who played as a striker. He made 496 league appearances over an eighteen-year career in the Football League, scoring 141 goals.

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He began his career at Leicester City, and helped to fire the “Foxes” to promotion out of the Second Division in 1970–71. He then helped the club to win the 1971 Charity Shield, before he moved on to West Bromwich Albion. He helped the “Baggies” to win promotion out of the Second Division in 1975–76, before helping the club to qualify for European football. He spent some time in 1981 playing in America for the Portland Timbers. In 1983 he moved to Walsall via Crystal Palace. He signed with Port Vale in July 1984, and helped the “Valiants” to win promotion out of the Fourth Division in 1985–86, before he retired in May 1986. A quality finisher, he was the top-scorer over the course of at least one season at Leicester, West Brom, Walsall, and Port Vale. He later worked as a pub landlord and warehouseman in the Midlands.
Brown started his career at Leicester City, who were relegated out of the First Division in 1968–69. They finished third in the Second Division in 1969–70, two points shy of promotion. Brown finished as the club’s top scorer in 1970–71 with 17 goals, as Leicester claimed promotion as the division’s champions under Frank O’Farrell’s stewardship. He played in the 1971 FA Charity Shield victory over Liverpool at Filbert Street. He was the club’s top scorer again in 1971–72 under Jimmy Bloomfield, scoring seven goals, including one against rivals Nottingham Forest. He made 121 appearances for the “Foxes” in all competitions, scoring 35 goals. He then left Filbert Street for West Bromwich Albion.
West Brom suffered relegation out of the First Division under Don Howe in 1972–73, finishing four points short of safety. They finished five places and five points off the promotion places in 1973–74, before finishing three places and eight points short of promotion in 1974–75. Johnny Giles was then appointed as manager at The Hawthorns in July 1975, and Brown finished as the club’s top scorer in 1975–76 with ten goals, as Albion secured the third and final promotion place by a one point margin. They then finished seventh in 1976–77. Despite a managerial merry-go-round that saw Ronnie Allen replaced by John Wile and then Ron Atkinson, Albion managed to secure European football with a sixth place finish in 1977–78. Brown scored 18 goals in 41 appearances in 1978–79, playing up front with Laurie Cunningham and Cyrille Regis, as the “Baggies” posted a third place finish, some nine points behind champions Liverpool. They dropped to 10th in 1979–80, before shooting back up fourth in 1980–81, eight points behind champions Aston Villa. Brown played for Portland Timbers on loan in 1981, scoring nine goals and bagging six assists in 24 NASL appearances for Vic Crowe’s side. However Atkinson left West Brom in 1981, along with Bryan Robson and Remi Moses, and Ronnie Allen could only take the club to two points above the drop zone in 1981–82. New boss Ron Wylie took the club back up to 11th in 1982–83, the last of Brown’s ten seasons at the club. He made a total of 279 league appearances for the “Baggies”, scoring 72 goals.
Brown played for Second Division Crystal Palace in 1983, before moving on to Alan Buckley’s Walsall in the Third Division. He finished as the club’s top scorer in 1983–84 with 15 goals, his only season at Fellows Park. In July 1984 he joined Port Vale, then in the Fourth Division under John Rudge’s stewardship, making his debut in a 1–0 defeat to Mansfield Town at Vale Park on 25 August 1984. With 21 goals in 49 games in the 1984–85 season he became the club’s top scorer, forming a deadly midfield pairing with Robbie Earle However the next season he struggled with injuries and retired from the game in May 1986, at the age of 35. His six goals in 33 games did though help the secure the “Valiants” the fourth automatic promotion place.


YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1971 Leicester City 101 (32)
1971–1983 West Bromwich Albion 279 (72)
1981  Portland Timbers (loan) 24 (9)
1983 Crystal Palace 11 (2)
1983–1984 Walsall 38 (13)
1984–1986 Port Vale 67 (22)
TOTAL 520 (150)