Walsall player 508. Mark Rees


Mark Rees (born 13 October 1961) is an English former footballer who played in the Football League as a winger for Walsall and also had a short loan spell with Rochdale.
Born in Smethwick, Rees played for England at schoolboy level, signing professional terms with Walsall in August 1978. Between 1978 and 1990, Rees made over 230 Football League appearances for the Saddlers, scoring 37 times. During his time with the club, he aided them to promotion in 1987 via the Football League play-offs and also scored a winning goal against Arsenal at Highbury in the League Cup in 1984. Following two successive relegations with Walsall at the end of the 1980s, Rees was released. During his time with the club, Rees had a short loan spell with Rochdale during the 1986-87 in English football where he made three league appearances.
Following an operation on his hamstring, Rees joined recently relegated Colchester United in the Football Conference on a weekly contract on 3 September 1990. He made a few appearances for the reserve team, and only played in the first-team on one occasion, a 3.1 win at Layer Road against Cheltenham Town on 22 September, coming on for goal scorer Gary Bennett.
Rees left Colchester to play in Luxembourg briefly, before heading to the Republic of Ireland to play for Shamrock Rovers making his League of Ireland debut on the 18th of November at the RDS Arena. He only made one other league appearance before returning home. He also represented English non-league teams, including Aldershot, Dover Athletic, Shrewsbury Town, Solihull Borough and Stafford Rangers.

Mark Rees
Personal information
Full name Mark Rees
Date of birth 13 October 1961 (age 54)
Place of birth Smethwick, England

Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Winger

Youth career
Walsall

Senior career
Years                    Team                                   Apps (Gls)
1978-1990           Walsall                                  237 (37)
1986-1987           Rochdale (loan)                       3 (0)
1990                      Colchester United                   1 (0)
1990-91                Shamrock Rovers                    2 (0)
Aldershot

Dover Athletic

Shrewsbury Town

Solihull Borough

Stafford Rangers

Total                                       243+ (37+)

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Walsall player 507. Andrew Victor “Andy” Rammell


Andrew Victor “Andy” Rammell (born 10 February 1967) is an English former footballer who played as a striker for Atherstone United, Manchester United, Barnsley, Southend United, Walsall, Wycombe Wanderers, Bristol Rovers and Forest Green Rovers..
Born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, Rammell began his football career with nearby Atherstone United. In 1989, following interest from league clubs such as Coventry City, Leicester City and Birmingham City, Rammell was spotted by Manchester Unitedscout Nobby Stiles, who recommended that manager Alex Ferguson sign the 22-year-old Rammell. Ferguson travelled to Atherstone to complete the signing for a fee of £40,000. Atherstone United used the money made from Rammell’s sale to Manchester United to build a stand at their home ground, which was later named the Andy Rammell Stand.
Rammell was a regular in the Manchester United reserve team, scoring seven goals in 26 appearances, but he never played a first-team game for the club and was sold to Barnsley for £100,000 in September 1990. He found his niche with Barnsley scoring 44 goals in 185 league appearances over a period of six seasons. He joined Southend United in 1996, but the team finished bottom of the league in two consecutive seasons, falling from the First Division to the Third Division. After scoring 13 goals in 69 league appearances, he moved to Second Division Walsall.
With 18 goals in his first season with Walsall, Rammell was largely responsible for the team finishing as Second Division runners-up in 1998–99 and securing promotion to the First Division. He also played a part in Walsall’s run to the Southern Area Final of the 1998–99 Football League Trophy, scoring in the area semi-final against Cambridge United. However, his performance dropped off in 1999–2000, and he scored just five goals in 30 league appearances as Walsall finished in 22nd place and were relegated back to the Second Division.
A move to Wycombe Wanderers followed in September 2000, with Rammell’s 10 goals in 2000–01 keeping the team afloat in mid-table; however, it was his two goals in the FA Cup that proved most valuable as Wycombe went on a run to the semi-finals before losing to Liverpool. He scored another 11 league goals the following season, as well as another two in the FA Cup, but Wycombe were unable to repeat the feats of the previous season, losing to Fulham after a replay in the third round.
In 2002–03, Rammell scored just four league goals for Wycombe, all of them coming before the turn of the year, and in March 2003, he was allowed to move to Third DivisionBristol Rovers. With four goals in three matches at the end of the season, he helped the club narrowly avoid relegation out of The Football League. The following season would prove to be Rammell’s last as a footballer; his participation in matches was limited apart from a brief flurry of action in October and November 2003, and in December 2003, he suffered an injury to his right knee in a game against Yeovil Town. The injury forced his retirement from the professional game, and though he attempted a comeback with non-league Forest Green Rovers, he suffered a recurrence of the injury and retired completely in July 2004 at the age of 37.

Andy Rammell
Personal information
Full name Andrew Victor Rammell
Date of birth 10 February 1967 (age 48)

Place of birth Nuneaton, England

Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Striker

Youth career
Atherstone United

Senior career
Years ………………..Team…………………………. Apps      (Gls)
1988–1989           Atherstone United                 ?       (?)
1989–1990           Manchester United                0       (0)
1990–1996           Barnsley                              185     (44)
1996–1998           Southend United                  69      (13)
1998–2000            Walsall                                  69       (23)
2000–2003            Wycombe Wanderers         74       (25)
2003–2004            Bristol Rovers                       12         (6)
2004                       Forest Green Rovers             0         (0)

Walsall player 505 Archibald Rawlings.


Archibald Rawlings  was born in Leicestershire on 2nd October 1891, he died on 11th June 1952.
•Archibald Rawlings  was an English former footballer who played for Preston, Liverpool, Walsall and several other teams both League and non League,  as well as earning one cap for the England national team.
Archibald Rawlings
Personal information
Full name Archibald Rawlings
Date of birth 2 October 1891
Place of birth Leicester, England

Date of death 11 June 1952 (aged 60)
Playing position Winger
Senior career
Years                              Team                                      Apps (Gls)
…………………………………..Shirebrook

……………………………………Wombwell

……………………………………Barnsley

……………………………………Darfield United

……………………………………Shirebrook

……………………………………Northampton Town

……………………………………Rochdale

……………………………………Dundee

1920-1923………………… Preston North End……………….147 (17)
1923-1926………………… Liverpool…………………………………63 (8)
1926-1927………………… Walsall……………………………………23 (0)
1927-1928………………… Bradford Park Avenue…………….21 (5)
1928………………………….. Southport………………………………….9 (3)
–………………………………… Burton Town

National team
1921…………………………….. England………………………………….1 (0)

Walsall player 504. Benjamin John “Ben” Purkiss


Benjamin John “Ben” Purkiss (born 1 April 1984) is an English professional footballer plays as a defender for League One club Port Vale.
Having failed to break into the Sheffield United first team, he joined Gainsborough Trinity in 2003. He spent four years at the club before winning a move to York City in 2007. He played for York in the 2009 FA Trophy Final and 2010 Conference Premier play-off Final, both of which ended in defeat. He signed with Oxford United in May 2010, and after one season with the club was loaned out to Darlington, before he was allowed to join Hereford United in January 2012. He joined Walsall in August 2012, and spent three seasons with the club, appearing on the losing side in the 2015 Football League Trophy Final at Wembley.

 He joined Port Vale in June 2015.
Born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Purkiss progressed through the Sheffield United youth system and was included in thefirst team for the 2003–04 season.
He was released by United in 2003 and joined Northern Premier League Premier Division team Gainsborough Trinity, choosing to pursue a career in semi-professional football while studying for a degree in French and Law at the University of Sheffield. He made his debut for Gainsborough in a 2–0 defeat to Stalybridge Celtic on 16 August. He played in a 7–1 defeat to Second Division team Brentford in the FA Cup first round on 8 November. Purkiss was targeted by Third Division team Scunthorpe United and was handed a trial at the club in December 2003. He finished the season with 34 appearances for Gainsborough and signed a new one-year contract on 5 May 2004. He scored his first goal in a 2–1 defeat to Alfreton Town on 17 August. He completed the 2004–05 season with 37 appearances 1 one goal. His 2005–06 season was restricted to 15 appearances due to his studies in France. He started in a 3–1 defeat to League Two team Barnet in the FA Cup first round on 11 November 2006.
Purkiss joined Conference National team York City on loan until the end of the 2006–07 season on 22 March 2007 in time for their play-off push. Purkiss had been considering a move to the club for some time and eventually agreed a deal that included a loan period and a four-figure sum for Gainsborough despite there being only five weeks remaining on his contract. Prior to signing, he had made 35 appearances for Gainsborough that season. Once at York Purkiss went straight into the first team, making his debut as a substitute in York’s 1–1 draw with Exeter City He was offered a permanent contract with York at the end of the season after making eight appearances on loan. He finished the 2007–08 season with 46 appearances for York.
He played in the 2009 FA Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium on 9 May 2009, which York lost 2–0 to Stevenage Borough. He finished the 2008–09season with 47 appearances and two goals for York and was offered a new contract by the club. He delayed signing as he wanted to see if the club would retain their key players and he eventually signed a new one-year contract on 8 June.
He started in the 2010 Conference Premier play-off Final at Wembley on 16 May 2010, which was lost 3–1 to Oxford United. He finished the2009–10 season with 47 appearances and one goal for York and was offered a new contract by the club, which he rejected.
He signed for Oxford on a two-year contract on 21 May following their promotion to League Two. He made his debut in a 0–0 draw with Wycombe Wanderers as an 11th-minute substitute on 21 August and his first start came in a 1–0 defeat at West Ham United of the Premier League in the League Cup on 24 August. He was made available for loan by Oxford in March 2011, and told he could leave the club permanently in the summer. He eventually signed for Conference Premier side Darlington on one-month loan on 5 August, and after making seven appearances for the side the loan was extended for a further two months in September. He returned to Oxford in November following the expiry of his loan at Darlington.
Purkiss left Oxford on 24 January 2012 after being released from his contract and subsequently signed for League Two rivals Hereford United. He made 15 appearances for the club before leaving Edgar Street in the summer after Hereford were relegated out of the Football League.
Purkiss signed for League One club Walsall on a one-year contract, on 6 August 2012 after a successful trial; he rejoined his former Hereford boss Richard O’Kelly, who had just been appointed assistant manager at Walsall. He was dropped from the first team in the first half of the 2013–14season in favour of Malvind Benning and then James Chambers. He signed a one-year contract extension in May 2014. He missed the start of the 2014–15 season with an ankle injury, but returned to first team action with good energy after working hard to maintain his fitness levels. He made a third losing appearance at Wembley Stadium on 22 March 2015, as Walsall lost 2–0 to Bristol City in the final of the Football League Trophy. Despite Purkiss showing good form during many of his 39 appearances throughout the campaign he was one of four players released released by manager Dean Smith in May 2015.

Purkiss signed for League One side Port Vale on a two-year contract on 24 June 2015. Manager Rob Page signed him as a replacement for departing right-back Freddie Veseli to provide competition to Adam Yates. He began the 2015–16 season as the club’s first choice right-back, combining well with winger Byron Moore, and impressed in the role to the extent that Yates was sent out on loan.
Purkiss was named in the England C team, who represent England at non-League level, in February 2009, for a friendly game against the Malta under-21 team. However, he was forced to pull out of the team due to a stomach muscle injury. He was named on standby in May for an International Challenge Trophy game against the Belgium under-21 team.
He represented Great Britain at the 2009 Summer World Student Games, playing for them in the Bronze Medal match against Japan. Purkiss represented the England national futsal team.

Division  Apps Goals
Gainsborough Trinity 2003–04  NPL Premier Division  34 0
2004–05 Conference North           37 1
2005–06 Conference North           15 0
2006–07 Conference North            35 0
Total        121 1
York City (loan)           2006–07Conference National           8 0
York City                      2007–08 Conference Premier         46 0
2008–09 Conference Premier         47 2
2009–10 Conference Premier         47 1
Total       148 3
Oxford United            2010–11League Two                          26 0
Darlington (loan)      2011–12 Conference Premier         12 0
Hereford United   2011–12 League Two                            15 0
Walsall                   2012–13  League One                           30 0
2013–14  League One                           16 0
2014–15 League One                             39 0
Total      85 0
Port Vale                2015–16  League One                            12 0
Career total                                              419 4

Walsall player 503. Mark Prudhoe


Mark Prudhoe (born 8 November 1963) is an English former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper for 17 different Football League clubs.
Prudhoe was born in Washington, Tyne and Wear and began his career with Sunderland and became a typical journeyman footballer. After a loan spell with Hartlepool United Prudhoe had short spells with Birmingham City, Walsall, Doncaster Rovers, Sheffield Wednesday, Grimsby Town, a return to Hartlepool United, Bristol City and Carlisle United. He then joined Darlington in 1989, where he picked up winner’s medals for both the Football Conference and the Football League Fourth Division title.
This earned him a moved to Stoke City where he played 38 times in 1993–94, 48 times in 1995–96 and 15 in 1996–97. Whilst at Stoke Prudhoe spent time out on loan at Peterborough United, Liverpool and York City. He then went on to play for Bradford City, a second spell at Darlington, Southend United, a second spell at Bradford and ended his career at Macclesfield Town.
Following his retirement as a player, Prudhoe was appointed goalkeeping coach at Hull City in 2005, and in 2011 returned to Sunderland to coach in their academy.

Personal information
Full name Mark Prudhoe
Date of birth 8 November 1963 (age 51)
Place of birth Washington, England

Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper

Club information
Current team Sunderland (coach)

Youth career
19xx–1981 Sunderland

Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1984 Sunderland7 (0)
1983 Hartlepool United (loan)3 (0)
1984–1986 Birmingham City1 (0)
1986 Walsall26 (0)
1986 Doncaster Rovers (loan)5 (0)
1987 Sheffield Wednesday (loan)0 (0)
1987 Grimsby Town (loan)8 (0)
1987 Hartlepool United (loan)13 (0)
1987 Bristol City (loan)3 (0)
1987–1989 Carlisle United34 (0)
1989–1993 Darlington146 (0)
1993–1997 Stoke City82 (0)
1994 Peterborough United (loan)6 (0)
1994 Liverpool (loan)0 (0)
1997 York City (loan)2 (0)
1997–1999 Bradford City8 (0)
1999 Darlington (loan)0 (0)
1999–2000 Southend United6 (0)
2001–2003 Bradford City0 (0)
2003–2004 Macclesfield Town0 (0)
Total 350 (0)