Walsall player 65. Derek ‘Doc’ Pace


Derek ‘Doc’ Pace

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Personal information
Full name Derek Pace
Date of birth 11 March 1932
Place of birth Bloxwich, England

Date of death 17 October 1989 (aged 57)
Playing position Striker

Drawing from The Saturday Pink Sports Paper of the time!

Youth career
Walsall Schoolboys
Bloxwich Scouts
Bloxwich Wesley
Walsall Wood
Senior career
Years                         Team                Apps       (Gls)
1950-1957              Aston Villa              98        (40)
1957-1964            Sheffield United     253        (140)
1964-1965                 Notts County        29        (15)
1966                           Walsall                 5          (1)
1950-1966                               Total    284       (196)
Derek ‘Doc’ Pace (born 11 March 1932, in Bloxwich, England – died 17 October 1989)
He went to Essington Junior School in Essington and was captain for Walsall Schoolboys playing at centre half. On leaving school, he went on to play for amateur sides Bloxwich Scouts in the Bloxwich Combination, Bloxwich Wesley in the Walsall Minor League and had a spell with Walsall Wood in the Walsall Senior League during the 1948-49 season.
Derek was signed by Aston Villa from Bloxwich Scouts in September 1949, not long after his signing for Villa; he was called up for two years National service in the Medical Corps where he obtained the nickname “Doc”. Derek was small in stature for a centre forward at five feet eight inches, and less than 12 stone, but was nonetheless hardy and tough, and a real problem for defenders to cope with. He came out of the Army in June 1953.
He played as an inside-forward with Aston Villa, and although he enjoyed lengthy runs in the side, he did not quite fully establish himself at Villa Park, although he did score on his debut against Burnley on 17 March 1951.
In 1953-1954 season, Derek was one of seven forwards who appeared for Aston Villa following the departure of regular forward Trevor Ford – who had joined Sunderland. He seized his opportunity and scored six goals from six league matches. The following season, he played in 18 league matches scoring one goal also made one appearance in the FA Cup.
In 1955-56, Villa were next to bottom of the league three points behind Sheffield United with three matches remaining. Sheffield United manager Joe Mercer had tried to sign Pace in mid-season, but his attempts were blocked by Villa. And in the closing games it was Derek’s goals that did a great deal to save Villa from relegation, they eventually finished third from bottom on goal difference and avoided relegation. In 1956-57 Derek played in 21 league matches scoring six goals and in six cup games scoring two goals. Although he missed out on being selected for the Aston Villa 1957 FA Cup Final side, being twelfth man after playing in all the rounds up to the semi-final.
He started the 1957-58 season with Villa and played in 12 games scoring three goals – including the Charity Shield side that was beaten by Manchester United. In total he scored 42 league and FA Cup goals in 106 matches for Aston Villa.
On 26 December 1957, he was finally signed by Sheffield United manager Joe Mercer for £12,000. It was with the Blades that he began to excel as a striker. He made his debut for United on the day he had signed – scoring after just eight minutes, against Blackburn Rovers at Bramall Lane on 26 December 1957.
At Sheffield United he switched his playing position to centre-forward, and met with increasing success. Pace was a superb header of the ball and some of the goals he scored with his head were spectacular. He could also shoot with both feet and had outstanding anticipation and timing. Many of his goals were scored from half chances in the goalmouth.
He was an ever present in the side when United achieved First Division status again in season 1960-61 with Pace scoring 26 goals, including a FA Cup run in which the team reached the Semi-finals. He became a great favourite with the Blades fans, who warmed to his enthusiasm, sportsmanship, quick shooting and brilliant heading ability, and his signing was undoubtedly a major factor in bringing better days ahead to the Lane.
Immediately after his signing, the improvement to the Blades team was instantly apparent. Between 22 February 1958 and 5 April 1958, United won eight consecutive league matches, with Pace scoring nine of the goals in this period. The spell included one of United’s most memorable FA Cup victories. The occasion was a 4th Round against Tottenham Hotspur atWhite Hart Lane in front of 51,536 spectators. Pace put United ahead in the first minute and United won the tie 3-0. Pace was a consistent scorer for the Blades, and started 1960 in great form. Between 2 January and 5 March that year, he scored 16 goals in eight matches, including a hat-trick against his former club and (at the time) Division Two league leaders Aston Villa at Villa Park on 27 February 1960. His last match for Sheffield United was against Burnley at Bramall Lane on 29 August 1964. In total he had scored 140 goals in 253 league appearances (175 goals in 302 league and cup games) for United. He was the Blades top scorer for six successive seasons.
In December 1964, he moved to Notts County where he scored 15 goals from 29 matches. He then left to join Walsall in July 1966, only playing four matches plus one as substitute, and scoring one goal – a flying header at Grimsby Town on 27 August 1966.
In his career he scored a grand total of 233 goals in 444 games.
After retiring from football Derek became a sales representative for Churchfield Springs Ltd of West Bromwich. He died on 17 October 1989.

Walsall player 64. Richard Taundry


Richard Taundry

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Personal information
Full name Richard Daniel Taundry

Date of birth 15 February 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Walsall, England

Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender / Midfielder

Club information
Current team  Leamington

Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2013 Walsall 169 (3)
2013 Pelsall Villa ? (2)
2013–2014 Worcester City 17 (0)
2014–2015 Solihull Moors 18 (0)
2015– Leamington 27 (2)

Richard Daniel Taundry (born 15 February 1989 in Walsall, England) is a professional footballer who currently plays for Conference North side Solihull Moors, where he plays as both a defender and a midfielder. He is perhaps best known for making 192 appearances for Walsall, the club at which he started his career.
Taundry is a versatile player who can play in a number of positions including right back, right midfield and left back. He progressed through the centre of excellence and youth team at Walsall. He played as a full back the majority of the time in his younger days in the youth and reserves, however when he made the step-up to the first team he was played in midfield while also standing in at left-back on a number of occasions.
Taundry failed to break into the first team during Walsall’s title winning 2006–07 season, however he was involved in the youth team’s success, despite suffering injuries which kept him out for the majority of the season. Walsall youth team managed to complete an impressive league and cup double.
Taundry made the break through into Walsall’s first team during the 2007–08 campaign where manager, Richard Money handed him his debut after coming on as a late substitute for Ishmel Demontagnac in the 82nd minute against Luton Townon 17 November 2007. He then went on to make 22 league and cup appearances for the club in a number of positions including left back and central midfield.
During the 2008–09 season, Taundry had a new manager to impress, Jimmy Mullen, who replaced Money, who quit the club towards the end of the 2007–08 campaign.
He was offered a new contract by the club on 10 May 2010. Taundry signed a new one-year contract with Walsall on 6 July 2012.
On 9 May 2013, Taundry was released by Walsall along with George Bowerman, Connor Taylor, Aaron Williams and Jake Jones.
Taundry joined local club Pelsall Villa on 5 August 2013 in a bid to keep fit whilst on the lookout for a new club. He registered as a player, allowing him to play in competitive matches for the Midland Combination Premier Division club. His first appearance came as a second-half substitute in a 3–1 loss to Bolehall Swifts on 7 August. He scored his first goal for Pelsall Villa on 22 August 2013, the winner in a 4–3 victory against Coventry Copsewood. He scored again for the club in a win against Pilkington XXX. In September 2013, following his period at Pelsall Villa, Taundry signed for Conference North side Worcester City, joining up with former Walsall teammate Aaron Williams. He went on to make a total of 26 appearances for Worcester in the 2013–14 season, 17 of which came in the Conference North. He also scored once for the club, in a 4–0 home win overCoventry Sphinx in the FA Cup on 28 September 2013.
After losing his place in the team to recent signing Aaron Brown in a move that saw an upturn in Worcester’s league form, Taundry submitted a transfer request.
Taundry joined Solihull Moors on 7 February 2014. He is currently with Leamington.

Walsall player 63. Joe Pointon


Joe Pointon
Personal information
Full name Joseph Pointon

Date of birth 1905

Place of birth Leek, Staffordshire, England

Date of death 1939 (aged 33–34)

Place of death Leek, Staffordshire, England

Playing position Forward

Youth career
Leek Wesleyans
Leek National
Senior career
Years                                      Team                Apps             (Gls)
                                         Congleton Town         ?                  ?
                                         Stoke City                    ?                 ?
1923–1926                        Port Vale                  10                (0)
                                         Luton Town                 ?                 ?
                                    Brighton & Hove Albion    ?                 ?
 1928-1930                      Torquay United             ?                 16+
                                         Bristol Rovers              ?                ?
                                        Walsall
                                                        Total          10+              (0+)

Joseph “Joe” Pointon (1905–1939) was an English footballer who played as a forward.
Pointon played for non-league football for Leek Wesleyans, Leek National, and Congleton Town, before signing with Stoke City. He did not feature for the “Potters” however, and so crossed the Potteries divide to join Port Vale as an amateur in April 1923. He played six consecutive Second Division games during the 1923–24 season, filling in for the regular number 7 Jack Lowe. He played four games during the 1925–26 season, but was released upon its conclusion. He moved on to Luton Town, Brighton & Hove Albion, Torquay United, Bristol Rovers and Walsall. He was Torquay’s top scorer during the 1929–30 Third Division South season, with sixteen goals.

He died young in 1939, in his native Leek.

Walsall player 62.Trevor Meath


Trevor Meath

 

Trevor Meath
Personal information
Full name Trevor John Meath
Date of birth 20 March 1944 (age 72)
Place of birth Wednesbury, Staffordshire, England
Playing position Midfielder

Senior career
Years                                                         Team                           Apps        (Gls)
–                                                         Darlaston
1964–1969                                          Walsall                                 67          (11)
1969–1972                                         Lincoln City                          43           (5)

                                                                Total                                     110          (16)
Trevor John Meath (born 20 March 1944) is an English former footballer, the position he played, was a midfielder, he began his career in non-league football with Darlaston Town. Trevor  made 110 appearances in the Football League playing for Walsall and Lincoln City, whom he joined in October 1969 for a £6,000 fee. His career ended prematurely after an injury sustained in a match in October 1971.

Walsall player 61. Tom Lyons


Tom Lyons

Personal information
Full name Alfred Thomas Lyons

Date of birth 5 July 1885[

Place of birth Hednesford, England

Date of death October 1938 (age 63)

Place of death Hednesford, England

Playing position Full-back

Youth career
Hednesford Town

Bridgtown Amateurs
Senior career
Years                                                Team                                         Apps       (Gls)
1907–1915                                       Aston Villa                                  238         (0)
1917–1922                                        Port Vale                                    146        (3)
                                                             Walsall                                          ?           ?
                                                 Total                                            374         (2)
Alfred Thomas “Tom” Lyons (5 July 1885 – October 1938) was an English footballer and cricketer. He played as a wicket-keeper for Staffordshire in the 1913 Minor Counties Cricket Championship.
He played for Aston Villa from 1907 to 1915, and then joined Port Vale in January 1917. Five years later he moved on to Walsall as a player-coach. He helped Villa to win the First Division in 1909–10 and the FA Cup in 1913. They also finished second in the league in 1907–08, 1910–11, 1912–13, and 1913–14, and was also on the losing side in the 1910 FA Charity Shield.
Lyons played for Hednesford Town and Bridgtown Amateurs, before joining Aston Villa. The “Villans” ended the 1907–08 campaign in second place in the First Division, nine points behind champions Manchester United. They dropped to seventh spot in 1908–09, before being crowned champions of the Football League in 1909–10. He played at Stamford Bridge in the 1910 FA Charity Shield, which ended in a 1–0 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion. Villa went on to finish the 1910–11 season in second place, just one point behind Manchester United. They then dropped to sixth in 1911–12, before finishing second in 1912–13 just four points behind champions Sunderland. He played against Sunderland in the 1913 FA Cup Final at Crystal Palace, which ended in a 1–0 victory for Villa. They then finished second in the league once again in 1913–14, finishing seven points behind champions Blackburn Rovers. Villa dropped to 14th place in 1914–15, and league football was suspended due to World War I. In his eight years at Villa Park, Lyons played 238 competitive games.
Lyons joined Port Vale, initially on guest terms, in January 1917. He was a member of the side that lifted the Staffordshire Senior Cup and shared the North Staffordshire Infirmary Cup in 1920. He played 32 Second Division games in the1919–20 season, and played 32 league and FA Cup games in the 1920–21 campaign. He was released from The Old Recreation Ground in the summer. He had played a total of 146 first team games and scored three goals for the club. Lyons later played for Walsall in a player-coach capacity.

Walsall players 60. Albert Thomas Lyons


Bert Lyons
Personal information
Full name Albert Thomas Lyons
Date of birth 5 March 1902
Place of birth Hednesford, England

Date of death 10 May 1981 (aged 79)
Place of death Great Yarmouth, England

Playing position Full-back

Senior career
Years                                         Team                                             Apps   (Gls)
1924                                        Port Vale                                                 0       (0)
1925                                        Walsall                                                     0       (0)
1926–1930                              Clapton Orient                                   76       (0)
1930–1933                              Tottenham Hotspur                           54       (3)
                                                 Colwyn Bay

                                                                                               Total 130+ (3+)
Albert Thomas “Bert” Lyons (5 March 1902 – 10 May 1981) was a professional footballer who played at full-back for Port Vale, Walsall,Clapton Orient, Tottenham Hotspur and Colwyn Bay.[1] One of four brothers, two of his siblings also played League football.
Lyons spent the early part of his career at Port Vale and Walsall. In September 1926, he signed for Clapton Orient, and helped the club to narrowly avoid relegation out of the Second Division in 1926–27. They again escaped the drop in 1927–28, finishing one place and one point above relegated Fulham. However they came last in 1928–29, and finished 12th in the Third Division South in 1929–30. He signed forTottenham Hotspur in May 1930, and helped “Spurs” to finish third in the Second Division in 1930–31, and then eighth in 1931–32, before they finally won promotion with a second place finish in 1932–33. Lyons featured in 57 games and scoring three goals during his time  at White Hart Lane. Bert Lyons ended his playing career at Colwyn Bay.

Walsall player 59. Frank Lester


Frank Lester
Personal information
Date of birth 1870
Place of birth Wednesbury, England

Playing position Full back

Senior career
Years                                                         Team                      Apps          (Gls)
                                                               Walsall Unity 

                                                                Small Heath              68          (0)
1901–19??                                              Walsall

Frank Lester (1870 – after 1902) was an English professional footballer who played as a fullback. He was born in Wednesbury in 1870He made 68 appearances in the Football Leaguefor Small Heath.
Lester was born in Wednesbury, Staffordshire. He played football for Walsall Unity before joining First Division club Small Heath. They were relegated in1895–96, Lester’s first season with the club, but the next season he formed a sound fullback partnership with Billy Pratt. However, the arrival of Arthur Archer as first-choice right back meant Lester was in competition with Pratt for the left-back position, which restricted his appearances. He contributed to Small Heath’s runners-up finish in 1900–01 season, thereby winning promotion back to the top flight, but left the club for Walsall later the same year.