It is with great sadness that Walsall Football Club today announced the death of ex player Tim Rawlings. T
WE ARE sad to report the passing of former Walsall FC player, Tim Rawlings, at the age of 81.
He started his career with West Bromwich Albion, where he signed professional forms in March 1950, but having found his first-team opportunities limited at The Hawthorns, he joined The Saddlers in the summer of 1956.
Settling in quickly at Fellows Park, he was a tireless performer who helped the club achieve successive promotions in 1959/60 and 1960/61 on his way to 207 appearances in all competitions for the club.
In July 1963 he moved on to Port Vale having given Walsall sterling service and spent two years with The Valiants before retiring from the professional game.
The thoughts of everyone here at Banks’s Stadium are with his family and friends at this sad time.
Read more at http://www.saddlers.co.uk/news/article/tim-rawlings-rip-oct-2014-1984186.aspx#qx4HYlthFvTPh5Z3.99
he Statement Reads:
Full name Charles John Rawlings
Date of birth 4 November 1932 (age 81)
Place of birth Coleshill, Warwickshire, England
Playing position Half-back
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950–1956 West Bromwich Albion 0
1956–1963 Walsall 201 (5)
1963–1965 Port Vale 31 (2)
Total 232 (7)
Rawlings played for Erdington Albion, before joining West Bromwich Albion in 1950. He spent six seasons at The Hawthorns, but was not handed his First Division debut either by Jack Smith or Vic Buckingham, and was instead allowed to leave the “Throstles” for Walsall in 1956. The “Saddlers” finished 15th in the Third Division South in 1956–57 under the stewardship of John Love. New boss Bill Moore could only take the club to a 20th place finish in 1957–58, which led them to become founder members of the Fourth Division. They then posted a sixth place finish in 1958–59, six points and two places outside of the promotion places. Walsall then topped the division in 1959–60 by a five point margin, to win a place in the Third Division. Walsall then finished second in 1960–61, six points behind champions Bury, to win a second successive promotion. The Fellows Park club finished 14th in the Second Division in 1961–62, before suffering relegation in 1962–63 due to their inferior goal average to 20th placed Charlton Athletic. In his seven years at the club Rawlings played a total of 201 league games, scoring five goals.
Rawlings was signed by Port Vale manager Freddie Steele for a £4,000 fee in June 1963. He made 22 appearances in the 1963–64 season, and played 14 games in the 1964–65 campaign, as the “Valiants” suffered relegation out of the Third Division under Jackie Mudie. Rawlings was given a free transfer to Southern League side Nuneaton Borough in April 1965. He later turned out for hometown club Coleshill Town. He later worked for Lucas Industries.