Walsall player 39. Harry Haynes


The more research I do in to these players, the more I learn! The more I learn the more I getr confused! I always thought that if a club held on to your registration then you could not play for anyone else. So How could Harry Play all of those games for Southampton if Small Heath held his registration. Confusing eh!

 39. Harry Haynes
Date of birth 21 April 1873
Place of birth Walsall, England

Date of death 29 May 1902 (aged 29)
Place of death Southampton, England

Playing position Half back / Full back

Youth career
Walsall Unity
Senior career
Years                    Team                                    Apps            (Gls)
1892–1893           Walsall Town Swifts                 3                (0)
1893–1895           Wolverhampton Wanderers    24                (2)
1895–1896           Small Heath                            9                 (0)
1896–1900           Southampton                         63                 (4)

Haynes was born in Walsall and after playing his club football with Walsall Unity, he joined Walsall Town Swifts making three appearances in the Football League Second Division in the 1892–93 season. In February 1893, he moved up to the First Division with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
After two seasons with Wolves, he joined Midlands rivals Small Heath in July 1895. He made ten appearances as one of several players tried at centre-half before Alex Leake came through from the reserve team to become the regular first choice in that position.
In the 1896 close season, Haynes was persuaded to leave the Midlands and move to the south coast to join Southern League Southampton St. Mary’s, though Small Heath retained his Football League registration. History has it that He signed his contract with his new club on Birmingham New Street station with a pen borrowed from a booking office clerk! Don’t know if that is fact or fiction, but it sounds good!
In his first season with the “Saints”, he converted from a half back to play at left back; his pairing with Samuel Meston helped Southampton to claim their first Southern League title at the end of the 1896–97 season, with only 18 goals conceded from 20 matches. For the following season, Haynes linked up with Tom Nicol, with Meston moving to right half. Their defensive prowess helped Southampton to retain their Southern League title, again conceding only 18 goals (from 22 matches). The Saints also reached the 1898 FA Cup semi-final, where they were defeated by Nottingham Forest in rather controversial circumstances after goalkeeper George Clawley had his eyes “choked with snow” and conceded two goals in the final minutes of the game.
Haynes continued to appear regularly in the 1898–99 season, but was gradually moved forward, first to centre half, and finally onto the left wing, from where he scored twice at the end of the season to help the Saints claim the championship for the third consecutive season. In the 1899–00 season, Haynes lost his place to Peter Durber and made only four appearances, before retiring at the end of the season.
In his four seasons with the Saints, Haynes made a total of 76 appearances, scoring five goals.
Haynes had already made plans for his life after football, taking over as landlord at the Turks Head pub in September 1898. After retiring from playing, he continued to act as a scout for Southampton – the most notable player introduced by him to the club was Joe French who spent two seasons at The Dell as a centre half before moving to New Brompton.
In May 1902, whilst behind the bar at the Edinburgh Castle pub, Haynes collapsed and died suddenly at the age of 29.

Walsall player 38. Alfred Jones


Alfred Jones (born c. 1861) was an English professional footballer who made three appearances as a full back for England in the 1880s.
Jones was born in Walsall and played junior football in the Walsall area before signing with Walsall Swifts, going on to become the club’s first player to gain international recognition.
His first cap came on 11 March 1882 against Scotland. Scotland won the match 5–1, with England’s consolation goal coming from Howard Vaughton. Despite the size of the defeat, Jones was retained in defence for the next international match against Wales two days later. England were expected to claim a “comfortable victory”, but the Welsh side “fought magnificently to secure a 5–3 victory”,with Jones scoring an own goal in the 60th minute.
He then had a spell with Great Lever in Bolton, during which he collected his third and final England cap in a 2–3 defeat by Scotland on 10 March 1883.
He returned to Walsall in the summer of 1883 and two years later he joined Aston VillaHe also had a spell at Burnley, and in 1885 when Jones and Scotland international Alex McLintock played against a Blackburn Select XI, it was the first time that two international players had appeared in the same Burnley line-up. He later returned to Walsall in 1886 when he joined Walsall Town, who then amalgamated with Walsall Swifts to form Walsall Town Swifts in 1888.

Walsall player 37. Karl Hawley.


Personal information
Full name Karl Leon Hawley
Date of birth 6 December 1981 (age 34)
Place of birth Walsall, England

Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Striker

Club information
Current team StourBridge

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Number 23
Senior career*
Years                                 Team                            Apps                     (Gls)
2000–2004             Walsall                                         1                      (0)
2002–2003             Raith Rovers (loan)               17                       (7)
2003                          Hereford United (loan)           6                       (1)
2003                          Raith Rovers (loan)                  9                        (2)
2004                          Hednesford Town                     1                        (0)
2004–2007              Carlisle United                      118                       (47)
2007–2009              Preston North End                 30                       (3)
2008                         Northampton Town (loan)     11                       (2)
2009                           Colchester United (loan)         4                        (0)
2009–2012               Notts County                             81                        (5)
2012                           Crawley Town (loan)               4                         (0)
2012–2013                Scunthorpe United                 39                        (11)
2013–2014                Torquay United                       25                         (3)
2014– 2015                Alfreton Town                         33                        (10)

2015                              Stourbridge                        46                     (24)
National team
2004–2005                    England C                          2
Born in Walsall, West Midlands, Hawley started his career for his hometown team Walsall but only played one league game. While at the Bescot Stadium he also spent loan spells at Raith Rovers and Hereford United, where he scored once against Burton Albion.
After his release by Walsall in 2004, Hawley joined Southern Football League side Hednesford Town, but only made one start for the Pitmen, playing in a league game against Hinckley United. He was again released towards the end of the 2003–04 season. Hawley joined Conference team Carlisle United in the summer of 2004 and played a part in their return to the Football League. He was the League Two top scorer in the 2005–06 season, forming a successful partnership with Michael Bridges as Carlisle achieved a second successive promotion to League One. Hawley was voted League Two Fans’ Player of the Year and was part of the League Two Team of the Year. In May 2007, Hawley was offered an improved contract by Carlisle manager Neil McDonald, but Hawley rejected the offer and left the club on 11 May 2007. In three seasons for Carlisle United he was the club’s top scorer.
He signed for Championship side Preston North End on 14 June 2007, on a three-year contract. After making 26 appearance and 3 goals in League and 2 in FA Cup at his first season for Preston, Hawley suffered poor forms for Preston in his second season and got less playing time under manager Alan Irvine. Also during his time at Preston, Hawley also struggled to replicate the goal scoring form he showed at Carlisle and joined Northampton Town for a one months loan where he made 11 appearance and scoring two. Afterwards, Hawley returned to the club despite Northampton Town was keen to extend his contract. Afterwards his loan finish with Northampton, Hawley returns to Preston and as made just five substitute appearances in the League and 2 starts in League Cup and eventually Hawley join Colchester United on month loan deal along with Neal Trotman and made 4 appearance.
He signed for League Two side Notts County on 3 August 2009, on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee to revive his career. In his first season for Preston, Hawley made total of 38 appearance(31 in League, 6 in FA Cup, 1 in League Cup and 1 in Football League Trophy) and scoring 4 (3 in league and 1 in FA Cup). Under manager of Cotterill, Short, Paul Ince and Martin Allen, Hawley fell out with favour due to that he has struggled to make an impact for Notts County and his poor performance struck again. In May 2012 he was released by Notts County, along with 12 other players.
On 31 January 2012 Hawley signed, on loan until the end of season, for Crawley Town. However, Hawley made four appearance and return to Notts County, with another disappointing loan spell.
Having been released, Hawley went on a trial at Doncaster Rovers. On 7 September 2012, he signed a short term deal with League 1 side Scunthorpe United. At Scunthorpe United, Hawley made an impressive display at the club, with five goals in seventeen appearance. In January, Hawley signed a new contract, with the club until the end of the season as his old deal expires in January.
On July 1 2013 Hawley signed a two-year deal with Torquay United scoring 3 goals in 30 appearances. However on 29th August 2014 Karl and the club agreed to terminate his contract by mutual consent. On 5 September 2014 Hawley signed a one-year deal with Conference Premier Alfreton Town.When this contract finished Karl signed for Stourbridge

Walsall player ex Salford Lad.


While researching today, I came across this obituary (in THE MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS) to one of our greatest Saddlers, which may interest followers of the Saddlers I do hope so.

Walsall FC hero Albert McPherson, who played alongside Eddie Colman, Brian Doyle and Steve Fleet at Salford Lads Club, has died aged 87

They were four young boys at summer camp in Aberystwyth with Salford Lads Club.

It was 1951 and they had the world at their feet.

Within a few years all of them would be playing professional football.

One, Eddie Colman, would become a Busby Babe, who would die in the Munich Air disaster of 1958.

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Footballer Albert McPherson

Brian Doyle would play for Stoke City and Steve Fleet for Manchester City.

The fourth, was Albert McPherson, who though born and raised in Salford, would become a legend in the West Midlands, as captain of Walsall and a coach at West Bromwich Albion.

Today tributes were paid to Albert, who has died, aged 87.

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A picture in 1950 of a Salford Lads Club camp showing Albert McPherson (far right, front row)

Albert lived in West Dixon Street and attended St Barts School, initially working as a block printer at local firm Worrall’s.

He was a member of the club from 1942 to 1954, before signing for Walsall in 1955. He played centre half for Walsall until 1964 and was also club captain. He went on to coach and scout for West Brom where he became a highly respected member of the backroom staff.

Eric Salthouse, the most senior volunteer at the Lads Club, described Albert as “a fine athlete and all round good guy, a real role model for young lads at the club”.

Leslie Holmes, spokesman for the Lads Club, said: “He is fondly remembered here. He visited our club in 2008 and his achievements and characteristics are an inspiration to our members.

“During the 1950 camp at Aberystwyth Albert and the other lads played Aberystwyth Town and won 6-1.”

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Photo from Salford Lads Club summer camp showing (from left to right) Brian Doyle, Albert McPherson, Eddie Coleman and Steve Fleet

As a player McPherson made more than 350 appearances for Walsall during a 10 year spell, skippering them through back to back promotions from the Fourth Division to the Second in 1959/60 and 1960/61.

He moved into coaching taking up the role of trainer under Jimmy Hagan at The Hawthorns where he remained until 1984.

His work with the first team coincided with them lifting the League Cup in 1966 and reaching the final the following season.

McPherson then moved into youth and reserve team football, bringing youngsters through the ranks with the likes of Alistair Robertson, Len Cantello, Bryan Robson, all coming through under his watch.

Albion club legend Tony Brown led the praise today: “Albert was a football man, through and through, steeped in the game, he watched it, talked about it all the time.”

“I remember training with him under Jimmy Hagan back in the ‘60s, but then I trained with him again at the end of my career here in 1981, when Ronnie Allen took me out of the first team squad and I went to train with the kids.

“Watching him at first hand, you could see why he was so good with the youngsters because they hung on his every word, they worked hard and he instilled real discipline in them.”

Walsall player 36. Henry Beck


Henry Alfred Beck
Date of birth 21 February 1901
Place of birth Walsall Wood, England

Date of death 1979
Playing position Centre half, Right half, Left half

Senior career
Years                      Team                  Apps  (Gls)
Rushall                    ? (?)
1921                        Walsall                     3 (1)
Darlaston                  ? (?)
Cannock Town         ? (?)
Burton Town            ? (?)
1921-1927            Walsall                     40 (0)
Stafford Rangers       ? (?)
1928                       Barrow                      29 (0)
1929-1932            York City                119 (12)
1932-1933            Wrexham                 30 (2)
–                            Glentoran                  ? (?)
–                            Dudley Town             ? (?

Henry Alfred “Harry” Beck, also known as Harold Beck, (21 February 1901 in Walsall Wood, England – 1979) was an English footballer.Information  is very scarce…..

Walsall player 35. Tom Bayley


Date of birth August 1868
Place of birth Walsall, England

Date of death Deceased
Playing position Right back

Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1887–1889 Walsall Swifts
1889–1890 Walsall Town Swifts
1890–1893 Small Heath 60 (0)
1893–1895 Walsall Town Swifts 23 (0)
1895–1899 Gainsborough Trinity 89 (1)
1899 South Shields
1899–1900 Watford 4 (0)
1900 Leamington Town

John Thomas “Tom” Bayley (August 1868 – after 1899) was an English professional footballer who played as a right back. Born in Walsall, Staffordshire, he played for Walsall Town Swifts and Small Heath in the Football Alliance before going on to make 130 appearances in the Football League representing Small Heath, Walsall Town Swifts and Gainsborough Trinity.

Walsall player 34. Keith Ball


Keith Ball
Date of birth 26 October 1940 (age 75)
Place of birth Walsall, England

Playing position Goalkeeper

Senior caree
Years                  Team                           Apps (Gl
1958–1962         Walsall                           11    (0)
1962–1966         Worcester City              ?      ?
1966–1968         Walsall                           34    (0)
1968–1972          Port Vale                     130    (0)
1972                      Stourport                        ?      ?
1972–1973           Walsall                             2   (0)
Darlaston                         ?     ?
Nuneaton Borough       ?     ?
Kidderminster Harriers?    ?
Total                              177+ (0)

Keith Ball (born 26 October 1940) is an English former footballer. He was a short but agile goalkeeper who made 145 league and cup appearances for Port Vale and enjoyed three spells with Walsall. He also played non-league football for Worcester City, Stourport, Darlaston, Nuneaton Borough, and Kidderminster Harriers. He was a squad player as Walsall won back-to-back promotions in 1959–60 and 1960–61, and was an ever-present for Port Vale as they won promotion out of the Fourth Division in 1968–69.

Ball began his career at hometown club Walsall, as the “Saddlers” posted a sixth place finish in the Fourth Division in 1958–59. Bill Moore’s side then went on to win the divisional title in 1959–60, before winning a second successive promotion with a second-place finish in the Third Division in 1960–61. The Fellows Park outfit then settled in the Second Division with a 14th place finish in 1961–62. Having only featured in 11 league games, Ball was allowed to join Southern League side Worcester City. City finished one point above the relegation zone in the 1962–63 campaign, before rising to 13th place in 1963–64 and then third place in 1964–65, before dropping to eighth position in 1965–66. Ball returned to Walsall, now managed by Ray Shaw, to play 34 Third Division games in the 1966–67 and 1967–68 campaigns.
He was bought by Gordon Lee’s Port Vale in November 1968 for ‘a small fee’, to replace the injured Stuart Sharrat.[1] He was immediately the first choice keeper for the “Valiants” after being preferred ahead of Milija Aleksic Ball played 38 matches in the 1968–69 season and played all 52 matches in the 1969–70 Fourth Division promotion winning campaign. He made 30 appearances in the 1970–71 season and 35 appearances in the 1971–72 season, as Sharrat battled to win back his first team place. Ball was given a free transfer in May 1972, as experienced Bolton Wanderers stopper Alan Boswell was signed to take over goalkeeping duties at Vale Park. He moved on to Stourport before making another return to Walsall. He played two Third Division games under the stewardship of John Smith in the 1972–73 season, before moving into non-league football with Darlaston, Nuneaton Borough and Kidderminster Harriers.