Walsall player 278. Anthony “Tony” Dinning


Anthony “Tony” Dinning (born 12 April 1975) is an English former football midfielder. He spent sixteen years of an eighteen-year career in the Football League, making 515 appearances in league and cup.
A former Newcastle United trainee, he made his name at Stockport County between 1994 and 2000, helping the club to win promotion, he played 219 games in league and cup. Following a £700,000 move to Wolverhampton Wanderers, he was sold on to Wigan Athleticfor £750,000 in 2001. Helping Wigan to promotion, he also enjoyed loan spells out to Stoke City (who he also helped to win promotion), Walsall, Blackpool, and Ipswich Town, before he signed with Bristol City in 2004. He moved on to Port Vale the following year, taking up the captain’s armband. He then returned to Stockport for one season, before signing with Chester City in 2007. In 2009 he was loaned out to Grays Athletic and Gateshead, before dropping out of the Football League permanently after signing with Stafford Rangers via Hednesford Town. He retired in 2011, after a spell with Bridgnorth Town.
Dinning began his career at Newcastle United in 1993. During his time at the club he was loaned out to the Swedish team Djurgården in a player exchange program, where his first game ended in him producing an own goal. Dinning failed to make an appearance for Newcastle before being released. Following his release he joined Stockport County in June 1994. He played twenty league games in County’s Second Division promotion-winning1996–97 campaign. He cemented his place in the Edgeley Park first eleven throughout their subsequent First Division campaigns, culminating in him picking up the player of the season award for the 1999–2000 season, in what turned out to be his final season with the club. He played a total of 219 games for the club and scored 28 goals, 13 of which came in the 1999–2000 season.
In September 2000, he moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers for £700,000. However, he remained with the club for less than a year; ironically, it was his former Stockport manager Dave Jones who decided he had no future at Wolves and sold him to Paul Jewell’s Wigan Athletic for £750,000.
Finding his form at Wigan, he was still soon loaned out to fellow Second Division side Stoke City for the closing months of the 2001–02 campaign, where he played in their play-off final triumph over Brentford. He returned to his parent club the following season, and played 44 games, helping them to win promotion as champions. However, he found himself out of favour in Wigan’s subsequent second tier seasons, leading to loan spells at Walsall, Blackpool (who he captained) Ipswich Town, and finally, Bristol City, whom he eventually joined on a free transfer.
With just twenty appearances, his time with Bristol City proved short-lived, and he moved to Port Vale on loan at the end of the 2004–05 season, signing permanently the following summer. He played 41 games in the 2005–06 campaign, also taking up the captain’s armband. In May 2006, he agreed a deal to re-join former club Stockport County. Manager Jim Gannon described Dinning as a “born leader”, and utilized him in 32 league games.
In August 2007, Dinning had his contract with Stockport cancelled by mutual agreement, due to lack of first-team opportunities. After a month spent training with Chester City, he finally joined on 5 October 2007. He made his debut two days later in a 3–1 win over Shrewsbury Town and scored his first goal for the club from the penalty spot in Chester’s 1–0 win at Lincoln City the following month. Later in the season Dinning and teammate, Paul Butler, became embroiled in a dispute with the club and manager Simon Davies, but they remained at the club into 2008–09. However, Dinning was restricted to just two appearances in the opening half of the campaign, including a sending off shortly after coming on in a 1–0 defeat at Bournemouth. He was allowed to join Scottish Premier League side Inverness Caledonian Thistle on trial in January 2009. He joined Conference National outfit, Grays Athletic on loan on 24 February 2009. On 26 March 2009, Dinning joined Conference North sideGateshead on loan until the end of the season.
After being released by Chester in May 2009, he joined Hednesford Town in the Southern Football League Premier Division, but soon left for Conference North club Stafford Rangers after Hednesford manager Dean Edwards left the club. He got into a car accident in December, and was sidelined for a few weeks due to a whiplash injury he sustained. Captaining the side for a handful of games when Nick Wellecomme was absent, he fell out of favour by the end of the season, after missing a penalty in an “embarrassing” ten men defeat to ten-man Ilkeston. Dinning left the club in the summer after falling out with manager Mark Wright.
In July 2010, he joined Midland Football Alliance club Bridgnorth Town as a player-coach, working under Lee Mills. Making thirteen appearances for Bridgnorth, at the end of their first season the pair quit the club, citing a wish to move on to a new challenge.

Youth career
Wallsend Boys Club
1993–1994 Newcastle United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993 Djurgårdens IF (loan) 2 (0)
1994–2000 Stockport County 191 (25)
2000–2001 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 (6)
2001 Wigan Athletic (loan) 1 (0)
2001–2004 Wigan Athletic 83 (12)
2002 Stoke City (loan) 7 (0)
2003 Walsall (loan) (0)
2004 Blackpool (loan) 10 (3)
2004 Ipswich Town (loan) 7 (0)
2004 Bristol City (loan) 5 (0)
2004–2005 Bristol City 14 (0)
2005 Port Vale (loan) 7 (3)
2005–2006 Port Vale 35 (2)
2006–2007 Stockport County 32 (2)
2007–2009 Chester City 24 (2)
2009 Grays Athletic (loan) 9 (2)
2009 Gateshead (loan) 5 (0)
2009 Hednesford Town 6 (0)
2009–2010 Stafford Rangers ? (3)
2010–2011 Bridgnorth Town 11 (0)
Total 487+ (60)

Walsall player 277. Liam Michael Dickinson


Liam Michael Dickinson (born 4 October 1985) is an English footballer who plays as a striker for Stalybridge Celtic.
He began his senior career in non-league football with Irlam. He also played for Swinton Town, Trafford and Woodley Sports, before signing a professional contract with Stockport County in December 2005. He scored the winning goal in the 2008 League Two play-off final, before he won a £750,000 move to Derby County in July 2008. However he never made a first team appearance for the “Rams”, and instead spent time on loan atHuddersfield Town, Blackpool, and Leeds United, before transferring to Brighton & Hove Albion in July 2009. He spent time on loan at Peterborough United, before winning a £150,000 move to Barnsley in June 2010. He never started a league game for the “Tykes”, and was instead loaned out to Walsall and Rochdale, before he was allowed to join Southend United via Plymouth Argyle in July 2011.
Dickinson began his career at Blackpool’s Centre of Excellence, where he was offered a contract, but he chose instead to sign for Bolton Wanderers, before joining the Blackburn Rovers academy, where he was released at sixteen before signing a full-time contract. He then spent some time out of the game, working full-time as a graphic designer for a graphic design company and playing Sunday league football, before playing in the Manchester League with Irlam FC and then Swinton Town. When he was eighteen he started playing semi-professionally when he signed for North West Counties League club Trafford after a short trial in December 2003. He made 43 appearances for the club, scoring seven goals, until a move to Woodley Sports in 2004 where, despite injury problems, he scored nine goals in 38 appearances.
Dickinson later said of his early career, “Playing football on a Saturday was just an activity for me, a hobby, something you do for fun than an actual career prospect.” He also reflected that “If I’d scored two goals in the old days it would have been straight to the pub for sausage and chips and a pint. Now it’s a bottle of water and some wine gum – it’s not quite the same.”
After impressing during a trial in November 2005, Stockport County signed him for £2,000 in December. Though he was signed by Chris Turner, he found his way into the first team under new boss Jim Gannon. He made his debut on 2 January 2006 as a 71st minute substitute against Cheltenham Town at Edgeley Park, scoring just five minutes later in a 2–2 draw. On 21 March 2006 he signed a contract extension with the club until July 2008. His tally of seven goals in the 2005–06 season played a large part in the club’s survival in League Two.
He hit seven goals in 37 games for County in the 2006–07 season. He did not score until Boxing Day in a 2–0 win over Notts County, before adding six more before the end of the season. During the 2007–08 season he had his most prolific term as a Football League player, hitting the net 21 times from 32 starts and winning Stockport’s Player of the year award in the process. He got the decisive goal against Wycombe Wanderers in the second leg of the play-off semi-final at Edgeley Park on 17 May. He then scored Stockport’s winning goal in the play-off final against Rochdale at Wembley Stadium on 26 May, as Stockport won 3–2 and were promoted into League One.
Dickinson signed for Derby County in July 2008 for a fee of around £750,000, becoming Paul Jewell’s ninth signing of the 2008–09 pre-season. In order for Dickinson to gain more experience, Jewell sent him on an initial one-month loan to League One club Huddersfield Town, on 19 August 2008. He made his debut in Town’s 3–1 defeat by Milton Keynes Dons on 23 August. His first goal for the “Terriers” came in their 2–1 defeat by Millwall on 30 August, in which he fired in a powerful overhead kick. On 13 September, he grabbed his first goal at the Galpharm Stadium when he scored to give Town the lead against Tranmere Rovers in what finished as a 2–1 defeat. Dickinson had his loan spell extended twice by manager Stan Ternent, before returning to Pride Park on 17 November. He said that the loan move reignited his love for the game.
On 27 November 2008, Dickinson signed for Championship rivals Blackpool on loan. Two days later he made a scoring debut for Blackpool, netting both of the “Seasiders” goals in their 2–1 victory over Plymouth Argyle at Home Park. His first came just three minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute for fellow loanee Steve Kabba. In his full home debut for Blackpool, on 6 December, Dickinson again scored twice in the second half as the “Tangerines” beat Charlton Athletic 2–0 at Bloomfield Road. Blackpool manager Simon Grayson said of Dickinson, “He has character and he’s an honest lad. He’s had a bit of a rollercoaster career but he might now have earned legend status here.” Two days later Dickinson was named by the Football League in the Championship “Team Of The Week”. Interviewed by Sky Sports on 12 December, Dickinson said of his meteoric rise in football, “It’s only three years ago, I was paying subs on a Sunday to play football and it’s changed dramatically. To be at a massive club like Derby County and on loan to a big club like Blackpool, I have to pinch myself sometimes.”. When Paul Jewell resigned as Derby manager on 28 December, the first move by caretaker manager Chris Hutchings was to recall Dickinson from his loan spell at Blackpool.

Liam Dickinson
On the last day of the January 2009 transfer window Dickinson agreed to a loan move to Leeds United, where Simon Grayson was now manager, but the papers arrived at the Football League 14 minutes after the deadline. The transfer was thus void despite appeals to the Football League from Leeds. Negotiations between Leeds United and Derby County for Dickinson to sign on an emergency loan for 93 days continued and he was expected to move at the end of February, however the move was put on hold because he suffered an injury.[ He joined Leeds on loan for the rest of the season on 13 March 2009. However, he failed to score a goal whilst at Elland Road as the “Whites” failed to earn promotion out of League One. On his return to Derby, Dickinson was told he was not part of the plans at Derby and that it was likely he would be allowed to move on a season-long loan. On 3 July it was revealed that Dickinson was the subject of two ‘small’ bids from Norwich City, both of which were rejected, leaving Dickinson to criticise the club for placing an ‘unrealistic’ valuation on him. In July 2009, Dickinson transferred to League One side Brighton & Hove Albion for £100,000, signing a three-year contract. After finding first-team opportunities difficult to come by, manager Gus Poyet allowed Dickinson to sign a loan deal with Championship side Peterborough United in February 2010, in a deal lasting until the end of the season. This move reunited him with former manager Jim Gannon. He hit three goals in nine games for the “Posh”, whilst hitting six goals in 32 games for the “Seagulls”. He left the Withdean Stadium the not longer after arriving back from London Road.
In June 2010, Dickinson transferred to Championship side Barnsley for an undisclosed fee, (thought to be in the region of £150,000) where he signed a two-year contract with an option for a third year. He was to feature just four times at Oakwell under manager Mark Robins. On 2 November 2010, he joined League One side Walsall on an emergency one month loan. He played seven games for Chris Hutchings’s “Saddlers”, without finding the net.
On 6 January 2011, Liam joined Rochdale on a loan deal for the remainder of the season. He went on to play 14 League One games for Keith Hill’s “Dale”, again without finding the net. After his loan spell at Spotland ended, Dickinson was released from his contract at Barnsley.
Dickinson agreed a contract with Plymouth Argyle on 5 July 2011, subject to the takeover of the club being completed. However he was released from his contract just eight days later, citing personal reasons. “Regrettably, we have agreed to a request from Liam to be released. We fully understand the reasons why,” said acting chairman Peter Ridsdale, who further stated that “Liam has been a thorough professional in the short time he has been with us, and we hope that things will work out for him.”

Liam Dickinson2
In July 2011, Dickinson signed a 12-month contract with League Two side Southend United, with the option of a further year. “Liam’s a good size and he had a good goalscoring record in this division a few seasons ago with Stockport County,” said manager Paul Sturrock. “That got him a big move to Derby but since then he’s been a bit nomadic but we feel he has the attributes to be a success here.” Injuries and suspensions caused him to miss the start of the season, and a broken ankle caused him to sit out the rest of the season from March onwards. He was also one of three players internally disciplined by the club for an unspecified incident at a hotel; the other two players were Ryan Hall and Kane Ferdinand. Despite these setbacks he still found the net 12 times in 37 games in 2011–12. Dickinson left Roots Hall at the expiry of his contract on 20 June, after the “Shrimpers” were unwilling renew his contract for a further year.
He joined Port Vale for training in July 2012, with manager Micky Adams wishing to review the player’s fitness before offering a contract. However a permanent move to Vale Park seemed unlikely after a proposed takeover collapsed, leaving the cash-strapped club to start the upcoming season in administration. He then found himself unable to play during the 2012–13 season after breaking his ankle and undergoing surgery when the break failed to heal properly.
He returned to Vale Park for pre-season training in summer 2013, but after two friendly appearances Micky Adams stated that “Our interest in Liam is now finished, he has on going problems with his ankle. We wish him well.” However that was not the end for him, as he was given a contract  at Stockport County and is now at  Stalybridge Celtic.

Youth career
Blackpool
Bolton Wanderers
Blackburn Rovers
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002 Irlam ? (?)
2002–2003 Swinton Town ? (?)
2003–2004 Trafford 43 (11)
2004–2005 Woodley Sports 38 (9)
2005–2008 Stockport County 94 (33)
2008–2009 Derby County 0 (0)
2008 Huddersfield Town (loan) 13 (6)
2008 Blackpool (loan) 7 (4)
2009 Leeds United (loan) 8 (0)
2009–2010 Brighton & Hove Albion 27 (4)
2010 Peterborough United (loan) 9 (3)
2010–2011 Barnsley 3 (0)
2010 Walsall (loan) 4 (0)
2011 Rochdale (loan) 14 (0)
2011 Plymouth Argyle 0 (0)
2011–2012 Southend United 30 (10)
2013–2014 Stockport County 13 (1)
2014– Stalybridge Celtic 12 (4)

Walsall player 276. George Dews


George Dews (5 June 1921 – 29 January 2003) was an English cricketer and footballer. As a cricketer, he was a right-handed batsman who played for Worcestershire between 1946 and 1961. He was also an excellent fielder: his 353 catches for the county were a record at the time.

As a footballer, he made nearly 300 Football League appearances for Middlesbrough, Plymouth and Walsall, scoring 85 goals.
Born in Ossett, Yorkshire, Dews was unable to play for his native county and so travelled south. He made his Worcestershire debut on 29 May 1946 against Lancashire, but was out for a king pair, being dismissed in each innings by slow left-armer Eric Price. He was also out for a duck in his third innings, against Warwickshire, and despite a long run in the team in 1948, it was not until 1950 that he really came good.
That year he broke the 1,000-run barrier for the first time, a feat he would repeat in all but one year (1952) for the rest of his first-class career. His 1,170 runs came at 29.25, and included his maiden century: 101 not out against Hampshire. 1950 also saw Dews receive his county cap. The following summer, he was part of an astonishing run-chase against Nottinghamshire, when Worcestershire successfully chased a target of 131 in forty minutes.
Dews maintained his consistent form into his late thirties: indeed, his most successful year was 1959, when he managed 1,752 runs at 41.71 in all first-class cricket, and was second only to Martin Horton in the Worcestershire batting averages. He was never picked for England, but did appear for MCC in 1954, and for North of England four years later. He was granted a benefit season in 1960, and his final first-class game in September 1961 was for Worcestershire against Sussex; he made 26 and 34.
His bowling was of the strictly occasional variety, but he did claim two first-class wickets, both in 1954, including that of Derbyshire captain Guy Willatt.
After retirement Dews went into business and played golf to a good standard. He died at the age of 81 in Dudley, West Midlands.

Walsall player 275. James Thomas S. “Tom” Devlin


James Thomas S. “Tom” Devlin (10 April 1903 – after 1935) was a Scottish professional footballer who made 17 appearances in the Football League playing for Birmingham, Preston North End, Swindon Town, Walsall and Oldham Athletic. He played as an inside forward.
Devlin was born in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire. He began his football career with junior clubs before moving into the Scottish League, first with Third Lanark and then King’s Park. He came to England to sign for Birmingham of the First Division in September 1924. Devlin played only twice for Birmingham, unable to dislodge Johnny Crosbie from the inside-right position, and in January 1926 joined Preston North End for a fee of £362. After only a few first-team games, Devlin was sold on to Liverpool for £250, at the same time as his brother William joined from Huddersfield. Unlike his brother, Tom Devlin failed to appear for Liverpool’s first team, and moved on to Swindon Town 12 months later.
Then followed appearances for clubs in several countries, including Brooklyn Wanderers and Fall River in the United States, FC Zürich in Switzerland, and RC Roubaix in France, interspersed with a return to Scotland with Aberdeen, though again without appearing for the first team, and several more English clubs, including further appearances in the Football League with Walsall and Oldham Athletic. He retired from the game in about 1936, and died in his native Scotland.

Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Vale of Clyde
Shawfield Juniors
Kilsyth Rangers
1922–192x Third Lanark
192x–1924 King’s Park
1924–1926 Birmingham 2 (1)
1926–1927 Preston North End 8 (1)
1927–1928 Liverpool 0 (0)
1928–1929 Swindon Town 1 (0)
1929–19xx Brooklyn Wanderers
1931–1932 Aberdeen 0 (0)
1932 Walsall 4 (0)
1932 Fall River
1933–1934 FC Zürich
1934 Fleetwood Town
1934–193x Oldham Athletic 2 (0)
1935–1936 RC Roubaix
Fleetwood Town

Walsall player 274, Paul John Devlin


Paul John Devlin (born 14 April 1972 in Birmingham) is a Scotland international professional footballer who plays for Northern Premier League Division One South side Romulus, where he plays as a midfielder.
Over his career, Devlin has made more than 500 appearances in the Football League and Premier League.
Born in Birmingham, Devlin began to play competitive football for Boldmere St. Michaels Reserves in the early 1980s. He joined Stafford Rangers in 1991, following his release by Tamworth, in just one season playing for the club Devlin was spotted by a number of Football League scouts.
Devlin then made the massive leap up to the top tier of English football, by joining Football League First Division side Notts County on 22 February 1992, to work under the guidance of Neil Warnock.
Although Devlin had limited chances in his first season the club suffered the pain of relegation from the Football League First Division by finishing 21st. With the Premier League been formed the following season the club were effectively relegated to the same league although they were now in the second tier of English football.
The following season did not look much better for Notts County and Devlin as the club were again involved in a relegation battle, manager Neil Warnock left the club and Mike Walker came in and put a stop to the club’s drop by steering the club to a 17th place finish.
The following season Devlin began to show his form and his performances shot the club to a 7th place finish and missed out on the play-offs by one position.
County, now under the guidance of Russell Slade, finished bottom of the Football League First Division and were relegated, this was Devlin’s second relegation in four seasons with the club.
Devlin, however stayed loyal to the club and began the 1995/96 season in the Football League Second Division and some of the impressive displays that Devlin had showed previously returned and sent Notts County to the top end of the table and an instant return to the First Division looked on the cards, but Devlin was a wanted man and in January 1996 his form was enough to attract the attention of Birmingham City, who signed him for a fee of £250,000.
During his time with Notts County Devlin made a total of 141 appearances and scored 25 goals.

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photo Birmingham city fc
Devlin’s Birmingham City career got off to a great start and the player showed he was still more than capable of playing in the First Division by scoring a further seven times for the club before the end of the 1995/96 season.
The following season Devlin scored 16 times, and he contributed a further five goals. In total Devlin played 76 games scoring 28 goals.
Devlin joined Sheffield United in February 1998, signed by Steve Thompson for £200,000. After a string of substitute appearances he made his full debut on 13 April in a 1–1 draw away at Swindon Town. He scored his first goal for the Blades in another away draw later that month, this time finishing 3–3 at Tranmere Rovers.
Devlin showed himself to be a hard-working player, but with a habit of getting booked, picking up 11 yellow cards in his first season with the club. He notched 24 goals in his 145 games for the club. November 1998 briefly saw him loaned back to Notts County where he played a further five times.
In February 2002, Devlin was to return to Birmingham, manager Steve Bruce signing him to provide cover for his main strikers. This second spell, including promotion to the Premier League, saw Devlin play 77 times, scoring seven goals, however at the end of the 2003/04 season he was released.
Soon after Devlin joined Ray Lewington and Watford. He added steel and experience to the Championship side. During his first season, the 2003/04 season he made 39 appearances and scored 3 goals, the club finished in 16th position in the table.
The 2004/05 was an eventful one for Watford and Devlin in his second season with the club, again Devlin was a regular with the club, but after February he did not play for the club again that season due to injury. Lewington found himself on his way out in March, much to the anger of many Watford fans, who believed that the dismissal was harsh and that he had done his best with resources available to him, even so Watford hired Leeds United coach Aidy Boothroyd for his first taste as a manager. Boothroyd masterminded the club to safety when relegation had looked a certainty. During the season Devlin made 17 appearances and scored just once, with Watford finishing 18th and avoiding relegation.
The 2005/06 was Devlins chance to try and impress new manager Boothroyd, who had failed to see him play the previous season with the injury coming when it did. It turned out to be Devlin’s last season as a Watford player, he returned to the squad at the start of the season, and played as a regular for the season and made 23 appearances and scored two goals, before Boothroyd allowed him to leave on a free transfer to Walsall on 17 January 2006.
Devlin’s Walsall career took the worst possible start when he was injured on his debut just a week later. Upon his return to the first team he was sent off for an elbow to the face of an opponent in a 2–2 draw with Scunthorpe United. After just eight appearances and a goal against Swansea City for Walsall, Devlin asked to be released after being left on the bench by then manager Kevan Broadhurst for a game against A.F.C. Bournemouth in April 2006. It was a controversial move, coming as it did whilst Walsall were in the midst of a struggle to remain in League One, in which they ultimately failed.
Devlin joined Irish side Bohemians in July 2006 where he was signed until the end of the Irish season. He left the club in late August 2006 following the dismissal of Gypsies manager, Gareth Farrelly.
On 7 September 2006, Devlin returned to his roots by joining his youth team club, Tamworth. This bridged a 16 year gap away from the club. However on 4 October, and just four appearances under his belt, it was announced that Devlin had left the club by mutual consent, as he was unable to commit the necessary time.
He then had a brief stint with Sutton Coldfield Town before signing for Halesowen Town on 19 February 2007, where he played in midfield. He joined Rugby Town as player/assistant manager in January 2008, but left for personal reasons after little more than a week in the post.
Devlin rejoined Sutton Coldfield Town at the end of March 2008 the fourth time he had returned to a former club, the previous three being Notts County, Birmingham City and Tamworth – but left at the start of the 2008–09 season citing a “breakdown in communication” with the manager.
He joined Stratford Town in October 2008, marking his debut with the equalising goal in a 2–2 draw against Rocester.
After a break of a number of years he returned to the game, signing for Romulus in June 2012.
Devlin won the first of his 10 Scotland caps in a friendly against Canada in October 2002, and last played for them in September 2003, against the Faroe Islands in a Euro 2004 qualifying match. Devlin qualified to play for Scotland via his father being from Coatbridge.
Devlin said of his home debut against Republic of Ireland at Hampden Park, “Playing at Hampden has always been a dream of mine and to finally achieve that made the match the proudest night of my career. I had 30-odd people in the stand watching me and it cost me an absolute fortune to make sure they could all be here. There were 23 of the clan from up here and a further seven flew up from down south.”

 

Youth career
1989–1990 Tamworth
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1992 Stafford Rangers - (-)
1992–1996 Notts County 141 (25)
1996–1998 Birmingham City 76 (28)
1998–2002 Sheffield United 147 (24)
1998 Notts County (loan) 5 (0)
2002 Birmingham City (loan) 13 (1)
2002–2003 Birmingham City 34 (3)
2003–2006 Watford 79 (6)
2006 Walsall 8 (1)
2006 Bohemians 8 (1)
2006 Tamworth 4 (0)
2006 Sutton Coldfield Town ? (?)
2007–2008 Halesowen Town 26 (9)
2008 Rugby Town 1 (0)
2008 Sutton Coldfield Town
2008 Stratford Town 4 (1)
2012- Romulus 0 (0)
National team
2002–2003 Scotland 10 (0)

Walsall player 273. William ‘Will’ Devey


William ‘Will’ Devey (12 April 1865 in Perry Barr, Birmingham – 10 June 1935 in Birmingham) was an English professional footballer who played as a centre-forward for Small Heath (renamed from Small Heath Aliiance in 1888) in the Football Alliance and for a variety of Midlands clubs in the Football League and outside it.
He was Small Heath Alliance’s leading scorer for their first two seasons in the Football Alliance (1889–90 and 1890–91) before moving to Wolverhampton Wanderers where he became their leading scorer in the next Football League season.
He was one of five brothers who all played professional football, Ted and Will for Small Heath and Jack, Harry and Bob for Aston Villa. Another brother, Abel, was a cricketer with Staffordshire.

Youth career
Clarendon Montrose
Wellington Town
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1884–1885 Aston Unity
1885–1891 Small Heath 40 (35)
1891–1892 Wolverhampton Wanderers 41 (17)
1892–1894 Aston Villa 10 (2)
1894–1895 Walsall Town Swifts 21 (7)
1895–1896 Burton Wanderers 22 (7)
1896–1897 Notts County 14 (3)
1897 Walsall 11 (6)
1897–1898 Burton Wanderers
1898 Walsall 0 (0)
1898 Darlaston
1898–1899 Small Heath 2 (1)

Walsall player 272. Ishmel Demontagnac


Ishmel Demontagnac (born 15 June 1988) is an English footballer who plays as a winger is currently playing for Thurrock.
Demontagnac previously played for Walsall. He has played in all four divisions of professional football in England, in the Football League and Premier League.
He has also represented England at Under-18 and Under-19 levels.
Born in London, Demontagnac started his playing career with Charlton Athletic, before moving to join the Walsall youth system. Demontagnac created an instant impression on the Walsall coaching staff with his fast pace and footballing talents, especially in getting past defenders.
The 17-year-old Demontagnac marked his October 2005 first team debut with an assist and a goal in a 3–2 defeat away to Port Vale. He went on to make 27 appearances that season, scoring twice, and picked up the club’s Young Player of the Year award,[2][4] but was twice sent off for violent conduct.
Walsall manager Paul Merson was replaced by Richard Money in 2006–07. Money selected Demontagnac for the starting line-up just once in the season, choosing to use him as an impact player from the substitutes’ bench. Demontagnac signed a two-year contract extension at the beginning of the 2007–08 season, but again spent most of the season as a substitute. His goal against Brighton and Hove Albion in November 2007 was voted the club’s Goal of the Season.
Following a defeat against Crewe Alexandra, new manager Jimmy Mullen recalled him to the first team and handed him a start for The Saddlers against Southend United. Playing up front alongside Jabo Ibehre, Demontagnac scored his first career hat-trick.

Walsall
In the first round FA Cup tie against Scunthorpe United, he was sent off for an off-the-ball incident only eight minutes after coming on as a substitute. The following day he was arrested on suspicion of a breach of the peace, and on 13 November 2008 his contract with Walsall was terminated. A club statement said that the player’s dismissal was the result of “a series of serious breaches of club discipline”. Mullen expressed regret over the situation, saying that Demontagnac had the talent to be a Premier League player but his poor conduct held him back.
Following Demontagnac’s dismissal by Walsall, Crystal Palace took him on trial. The trial was unsuccessful, but Palace manager Neil Warnockallowed Demontagnac to train and play with the reserve team in the meanwhile.
In January 2009 he went full circle, playing for Charlton Athletic’s reserve team on a trial basis. His trial at Charlton was unsuccessful, and later joined Leeds United and then Southend United on trial in March 2009.

27. Ishmel Demontagnac

photo Blackpool F.C.
In July 2009 he had a trial with Championship side Blackpool. On 6 August, the Blackpool Gazette reported that Blackpool manager Ian Holloway was likely to offer Demontagnac a month-to-month contract with the Seasiders. The following day he signed a one-year contract with the option for a further 12 months. On 8 August, he was an unused substitute as the Seasiders started the 2009–10 season with a 1–1 draw with Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road. He made his debut for the Seasiders as a 60th minute substitute in a 2–1 win over Crewe Alexandra in the first roundof the 2009–10 League Cup on 11 August 2009. Demontagnac created Blackpool’s winning goal when his pass was fired home by Daniel Nardiello. Four days later he made his league debut, and his 100th career appearance, as a second half substitute in a 1–1 draw with Cardiff City at Bloomfield Road.
Demontagnac scored on his full debut on 26 August, in the Seasiders’ 4–1 victory over Premier League side Wigan Athletic in the second round of the 2009–10 League Cup. However, he suffered a hamstring strain early in the second half and the following day it was revealed that he might be out of action for a few weeks. He made his return to action in a 4–3 Central League Division One West reserve team win over Preston North End on 14 October. However, he was sent off for violent conduct in the second half and so received a three match first team ban which, as it was in a reserve team fixture, began 14 days later. Three days later he made his return to first team action as an 86th minute substitute in the 2–0 win over Plymouth Argyle at Bloomfield Road. His first league start came in a 3–0 win at home to Sheffield United on 20 October.
On 8 February 2010, Demontagnac was one of three players, along with Barry Bannan and Neal Eardley, disciplined by Ian Holloway, when they were seen out at a nightclub two days previously in Blackpool following the home defeat to Leicester City, even though Demontagnac was due to train with the squad the following day. Holloway explained: “I’m disappointed – we’ll have a party once we’ve got 52 points. If they think that’s appropriate, then they’re messing with the wrong man. I like a dance with anybody but it’s got to be the right time and when you’re in a good mood. I’m not in a good mood when I lose and neither should they be.” All three were dropped from the squad for the next game, away to Sheffield Wednesday.
On 19 March, Demontagnac joined League Two side Chesterfield on loan for one month. He scored on his debut the following day, a 2–2 draw withBurton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium.
He made his Premier League debut on 21 August as a 57th minute substitute in the 6–0 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
On 7 January 2011, he joined Stockport County on loan for a month[24] and was given the number 11 shirt. He scored on his club debut on 8 January in a 5–1 home defeat to Gillingham. He returned to Blackpool on 8 February at the end of his loan.
On 27 May 2011, Demontagnac signed a one-year contract with Notts County with an option of an extension. On 6 August 2011, Demontagnac made his debut coming on as a substitute in a 3–0 win over Carlisle United. He was sent off on 27 December in a 2–1 defeat against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane for throwing the ball in the face of Matthew Lowton.
By the end of the season in May 2012, he was released by the club, along with 12 other players. After his released by Notts County, Demontagnac signed a two-year contract with Northampton Town and joined them on 1 July 2012. He was sent off on 3 September 2013 in a 2–0 defeat against Milton Keynes Dons at Stadium mk for a foul on Dele Alli. On 31 January 2014, Demontagnac had his contract terminated.

Youth career
Arsenal
Charlton Athletic
?–2005 Walsall
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Walsall 82 (9)
2009–2011 Blackpool 9 (0)
2010 Chesterfield (loan) 10 (3)
2011 Stockport County (loan) 7 (2)
2011–2012 Notts County 17 (0)
2012–2014 Northampton Town 39 (1)
2014– Thurrock 3 (1)
National team
2005 England U18 1 (0)
2006 England U19 1 (0)