Walsall player 114. Willie Naughton


This will be another short post……………….

Willie Naughton ( born 1962) (born 20 March 1962 in Catrine) is a Scottish former professional footballer who played in the Football League as a left winger. He played for football league clubs, Preston, Walsall (twice) and Shrewsbury before dropping down to non league with Chorley and Bamber Bridge.


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• I would love to put more meat on these bones but I cannot trace any further information.

Preston North End  played around 162 times and scored 10 goals.

Walsall played around 202? games and scored 24 goals.(in two spells with us)

Another update from David.

Additional info on Willie Naughton – Signed from Preston North End in March 1985 for whom he had scored 10 goals in 162 games. The 23 year-old soon settled into manager Alan Buckley’s style of play and in his first full season with Saddlers made 45 starts in all competitions scoring 8 goals. His personal highlight that season was scoring a hat trick against his old club in Walsall’s 7-3 FA Cup victory. 1986 -7 under new manager Tommy Coakley wasn’t so good and a combination of injuries and lack of form restricted him to 20 starts in the league. The 1987-8 promotion winning season turned out far better for the player with another 38 games and he played in all five play off games. In the side’s struggling 1988-9 season in Division Two he was a regular performer but was transferred to Shrewsbury Town in the summer of 1989.. Following over 50 games for the Gay Meadow outfit he was signed for Saddlers a second time by manager Kenny Hibbitt in 1991. Following 16 games he was released in that summer. After two years playing non league football he drifted out of the game and later battled successfully against testicular cancer. For Walsall in total he scored 24 goals in 202 total appearances


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