A few weeks ago I published a blog about Dean Keates, as one of my Beechdale stars, this set me thinking, How many Players who played for the Saddlers, were actually born in Walsall. I may extend the area where some of the players come from , but players will have to live close to the Borough as the place may not be in todays Walsall because of the modern change in Borders, like for instance Wednesbury used to be part of Walsall but is now Sandwell.
Jack Aston-Nickname was Soldier
Full name Jack Aston
Date of birth 1 July 1877
Place of birth Walsall England
Date of death February 1934 (aged 56)
Place of death West Bromwich, England
Playing position Inside forward
– Walsall White Star
– Fullbrook Saints
– Willenhall Pickwick
– Bloxwich Strollers
Years Team Apps† (Gls)†
1896–1899 Walsall 88 38
1899–1900 Woolwich Arsenal 11 3
1900–1902 Small Heath 55 24
1902–1903 Doncaster Rovers 30 3
1904–19?? Bilston United
– Walsall Blakenhall St Luke’s
– Walsall Wood
Jack Aston (1 July 1877 – February 1934) was an English professional footballer born in Walsall, Staffordshire, who played as an inside forward. He made 184 appearances and scored 68 goals in the Football League.
He began his career with a team called Walsall White Star in 1892, played for Fullbrook Saints, then moved on to play for Willenhall Pickwick, Bloxwich Strollers and last Wednesfield before he was signed by Walsall
Jack was a natural footballer and one of The Saddlers earliest goal scoring hero’s, with 38 goals in 88 League matches for his home town club, he was a vital member of their front line! It’s said that he gave everything in every match that he played. He was a powerful player and was teamed up with David Copeland and Alf Griffin in 1896-97, when he scored 10 times in 28 matches.
The following season he was joint top scorer with G Johnson and in 1898-99 he shared top spot with Vail and was the club’s leading goalscorer in the 1898-99 season. He was signed by Woolwich Arsenal in May 1899, making his debut on 2 September 1899 against Leicester Fosse. After playing 11 of the first 12 league games of the season and in four FA Cup ties, he lost his place to Paddy Logan in December 1899 and was unable to regain a first-team place. In total he played 15 times for Arsenal, scoring five goals.His place in the Walsall team was taken by Joe Connor
He moved on to Small Heath in the summer of 1900 and contributed to Small Heath’s promotion as Second Division runners-up in the 1900–01 season. He finished his career at first with Doncaster Rovers and then his old club Walsall.
When he returned back home to The Midlands, he played for Bilston, Blakenhall Saint Lukes and retired in 1906 from Walsall Wood f.c. I have not been able to find a photograph of Jack (Soldier) Aston, and do not know if there are any available, you never know some where out there there may be a descendant of him with that illusive picture!