Walsall player 528. Tommy Roe

• Thomas William ‘Tommy’ Roe (8 December 1900 – 1972) was an English professional footballer who played for Esperley Rovers, Willington Athletic, Durham City, Northfleet United, Tottenham Hotspur, Nottingham Forest, Luton Town, Walsall and Coventry City.
Roe began his football career with Esperley Rovers and later played for Willington Athletic. In 1922 he joined Durham City where the forward scored eight goals in 17 appearances. Roe joined the Tottenham Hotspur “nursery” club Northfleet United before signing with the Spurs in 1925. He featured in seven matches and found the back of the net four times for the North London club. After leaving White Hart Lane Roe had spells at Nottingham Forest, Luton Town, Walsall and finally Coventry City.
Tommy Roe
Personal information
Full name Thomas William Roe
Date of birth 8 December 1900
Place of birth Evenwood, England

Date of death 1972
Playing position Centre forward

Senior career
Years               Team                          Apps (Gls)
?–?                  Esperley Rovers                 ? (?)
?–?                  Willington Athletic            ? (?)
1922                Durham City                     17 (8)
?–?                 Northfleet United                ? (?)
1925–1927      Tottenham Hotspur           7 (4)
1927               Nottingham Forest             9 (4)
1928              Luton Town                        17 (7)
1929              Walsall                                41 (8)
1930              Coventry City                       4 (0)

Walsall player 527. Dani Rodrigues

Daniel ‘Dani’ Ferreira Rodrigues (born 3 March 1980) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a winger.
Born in São João da Madeira, Rodrigues started his career for C.D. Feirense, playing one full season in the second division. In November 1998 he went on loan to Bournemouth in England, being spotted by scouts from nearby Premier League club Southampton who recommended him to manager Glenn Hoddle.
In an act of “un-neighbourly piracy”, Southampton nipped in and signed Rodrigues from Feirense for £200,000. He played two games as a substitute at the end of the 1999–2000 season, against Leicester City and Wimbledon.
Rodrigues showed promise and, when he went on loan to Bristol City at the end of 2000, he was an instant hit, but he broke an ankle in a match against Reading. He returned to the Saints and was fighting his way back to full fitness, when he broke the same ankle in training.
In an effort to rebuild his career, Rodrigues spent another spell on loan to Bristol City. Southampton released him from his contract in July 2002, and he was signed by Walsall on a free transfer.
Rodrigues was released by Walsall in January 2003, having made just one substitute appearance against Ipswich Town. He joined Ionikos F.C. in Greece shortly after, scoring both of his league goals for the side in the last round, as it narrowly avoided top flight relegation.
In March 2004, Rodrigues returned to England joining Yeovil Town on a short-term contract, and netted four goals in four appearances. His goal-scoring exploits at the team impressed Bournemouth boss Sean O’Driscoll and he re-joined the Cherries for a second spell at the start of the 2004–05 campaign.
In his second spell for Bournemouth, Rodrigues made 23 league starts (plus 29 appearances from the bench) and scored six goals.
In August 2006 Rodrigues signed for New Zealand Knights in New Zealand, where he once again was seriously injured, this time with a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament which kept him out of the game for the rest of the season.
On 20 September 2007 Rodrigues joined Eastleigh, but was soon deemed surplus to requirements after the arrival of new manager Ian Baird.
On 2 November, he moved to the Conference South with Dorchester Town. He made his debut in a match at Newport County on the following day; on 29 December 2007, the Magpies announced the player would not remain with the team.
For 2008–09, Rodrigues moved to Cyprus and signed for Onisilos Sotira in the second level. He would remain in the country in the following years, representing several clubs.

Dani Rodrigues
Personal information
Full name Daniel Ferreira Rodrigues
Date of birth 3 March 1980 (age 35)
Place of birth São João da Madeira, Portugal

Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Winger

Youth career
1990–1997 Feirense

Senior career
Years                    Team                              Apps (Gls)
1997–1999           Feirense                              21 (1)
1998–1999           Bournemouth (loan)           5 (0)
1999–2002           Southampton                      2 (0)
2000                      Bristol City (loan)              4 (0)
2001–2002            Bristol City (loan)              4 (0)
2002–2003            Walsall                                1 (0)
2003–2004           Ionikos                               14 (2)
2004                      Yeovil Town                        4 (4)
2004–2006           Bournemouth                    52 (6)
2006–2007            New Zealand Knights        4 (0)
2007                       Eastleigh                            4 (0)
2007                       Dorchester Town               4 (0)
2007–2008            Digenis Akritas                  6 (0)
2008–2009            Onisilos                            16 (1)
2009–2010            ASIL Lysi                          24 (4)
2010–2011              Omonia Aradippou          23 (2)
2011–2012               Doxa                                 0 (0)
Total                               188 (20)
National team
2002                       Portugal U21                    2 (1)

Walsall player • Tommy Robinson (footballer) 526

• Thomas Edward Robinson (11 February 1909 – 1982) was an English professional footballer born in Coalville, Leicestershire, who scored 37 goals in 121 appearances in the Football League playing as an inside left for Birmingham, Blackpool, Chesterfield, Lincoln City, Northampton Town, Gillingham and Walsall. After appearing in all four divisions of the Football League during the 1930s, he moved to Non League football with Tunbridge Wells Rangers. in 1938 then on to Nuneaton Borough. Robinson retired from the game during the Second World War.

Tommy Robinson

Personal information
Full name Thomas Edward Robinson
Date of birth 11 February 1909
Place of birth Coalville, England

Date of death 1982 (aged 72–73)
Playing position Inside left

Senior career
Years                Team                              Apps (Gls)
1926–1928       Gresley Rovers
1928–1933        Birmingham                     10    (1)
1933                  Blackpool                            2    (0)
1933–1934        Chesterfield                       22   (7)
1934–1935        Lincoln City                       33  (14)
1935–1936        Northampton Town            4    (2)
1936–1937        Gillingham                          35   (12)
1937–1938        Walsall                                 15 (1)
1938–1939        Tunbridge Wells Rangers
–                        Nuneaton Borough

Six players who played for both.

Players that have represented the Royals and the Saddlers


This weekend sees the Royals welcome Walsall to Madejski Stadium in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup. The Saddlers currently sit third in League One and have been in fine form this season.

There have been a number of players down the years that have represented both the Royals and the Saddlers during their careers, including our current club captain. Ahead of our clash at the weekend we have picked out six that have played for both…

Paul McShane Paul MacShane

Current Reading captain Paul McShane has made his most recent senior run out in the blue and white hoops of Reading, but made his first senior Football League appearance in the red of this weekend’s visitors. The defender, who came through the Manchester United Youth Academy, spent a short stint on loan with the Saddlers back in 2004 making three starts and one substitute appearance. The Republic of Ireland international also scored his first ever senior career goal for Walsall, in a 3-2 away defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on his debut on Boxing Day 2004.

Martin Butler
Former Royals and Saddlers striker, Martin Butler, started his career with Walsall. The forward scored on his first team debut for the Black Country club in August 1996 against Rotherham in a 1-1 draw, but it was to be his only goal for the club that season. Four years later, after a spell at Cambridge United, Butler signed for Reading, going onto make 118 appearances and scoring 36 times. The striker scored 28 times in his first season at Madejski Stadium and the following season he helped Reading secure promotion to Division One. Butler went back to the Saddlers in 2006 for a short stint before moving onto Grimsby, finishing his career with Burton Albion.

Michael Dobson
Dobson came through the ranks at Brentford and was loaned to the Royals in 2005. The defender only made one substitute appearance for Reading before returning to Bees in 2006 and then moving to Walsall that same summer. Dobson played 68 times for the Saddlers over a two year period, netting on four occasions.

Mathieu Manset
Royals fans will remember Manset for his part in the 2011/12 promotion season, signing for Brian McDermott’s men the previous season in January 2011, having played 59 times for Hereford. The Frenchman started nine times for the Royals and was mainly utilised as a substitute by McDermott, coming off the bench 22 times for Reading. The forward netted three times for the club in their run to lift the Championship trophy, moving on loan to FC Sion the following season. Manset signed for Walsall in August 2014 playing a peripheral role for the Saddlers, only scoring once in his time in the Midlands.

Chris Baird
Northern Ireland international, Chris Baird, spent time with the Royals back in the 2013/14 season. The defender, who joined the Reading on a free transfer, only made nine appearances in Royals colours before moving to Fulham the next summer. Baird started his career with Southampton and it was from the Saints that he went on loan to Walsall, playing ten times for the Saddlers in what was then Division One.

Aidie  Viveash


Aidie Viveash had his first spell with the Reading in the 1992/93 season on loan from Swindon Town. He played in the Reading team which won the Division Two title in 1994 and reached the Division One play-off final a year later. He also helped The Saddlers reach Division One in 1999. In the of summer 1995 he moved to Walsall where he stayed until he returned to Berkshire in 2000 but this time at the Madejski Stadium. Viveash played 137 times for the Saddlers in his five years there before heading back to Reading in July 2000. Viveash was part of the Reading side that earned promotion from Division Two in 2002. The 46-year-old is currently manager of the Chelsea U21s team, a position he has held since 2014 after stepping up from Under-18 duty.