Walsall Player 2. Alan Boswell

Alan Boswell

Name: Alan Boswell

Born: 1943

Team Years- to Games Goals

S East Staffs schools

Walsall 1958 1961 70

Shrewsbury Town 1963-1968 222

Wolverhampton W 1968-1969 10

Bolton Wandrs 1969-1972 51

Port Vale 1972-1975 86

Oswestry Town Player then manager…….

Alan Boswell had an excellent career as a professional footballer. He served five clubs over a 14 year (1960-1974) Playing career, 435 of those games were in the League. Alan was born in 1943, in Wednesbury and educated in Walsall. He represented South East Staffs schools and joined The Saddlers as an amateur in 1958. He became a professional in 1960, August!

He made his debut against Norwich City in November 1961, and he played over 70 games for the Saddlers before moving to Shrewsbury Town in 1963, Alan spent a total of 5 years at Gay Meadow, a total of 222 games in the League, in September 1968, he was transferred to Wolverhampton Wanderers, by the then Wolves manager Ronnie Allen, he was signed as cover for Phil Parkes. He replaced Parkes in goal but only played 10 games for Wolves, and in one of those games against Liverpool, he let in six goals.

He was transferred to Bolton Wanderers in October 1969, playing for 51 games, he then signed for Port Vale, in 1972 where he had two very good seasons playing 86 times, by 1975 he was playing Non League football. He played for Oswestry Town where he also became manager.

Playing for Port Vale against Walsall he famously lost sight of the ball in the glare of the floodlights resulting in a Walsall goal. On another occasion he had to get changed in a taxi on his way to the ground, arriving just 10 minutes before the kick off. He also let in 7 goals against Rotherham United, sent off for fighting against Swansea and scored an own goal against Walsall. Always a colourful character he was well liked by The Saddlers fans.



Palin                         Sharples

Hill                            Mcpherson                           Rawlings

Hodgkinson                Newton

Meek                         O’Neill                                   Taylor. C




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