Walsall player 45 Harry Wait Snr.


Harry Wait
Born Darlaston 1892 died 1974
Now here was a great man, as far as Walsall football Club are concerned! A Man who there is very little information about.. Harry played for Darlaston in the Birmingham and District League for 15 years. He was signed for Walsall by Joe Burchall , at the ripe old age of 31 years old.. Lots of people thought that Joe had made a big mistake signing some one of that age who had no experience outside non league football. They were saying that after the two good goalkeepers before him (Dick Mann andCyril Houghton) that it was foolish. However Harry soon made his mark, after his full debut against Rotherham in August 1923, He went on a run of 200 games without missing a game. He then missed a cup replay against Middlesboro in January 1929, with of all things, A BOIL.
Walsall signed Roy John and Fred Biddlestone and after a handfull of games as a standin, Harry decided to retire in May 1932, but surprisingly in 1936 he was recalled to duty in the first team in an emergency when no goalkeeper was available. This return meant that he is still the oldest player in the History of the club to wear a Walsall Shirt in a first class game, and made the total games played to around 275-8. However he stayed at the club in various positions for 37 years, serving as player assistant trainer and groundsman. Harry was given a testimonial game against a Midland All Star eleven in 1957 which Walsall lost 7 – 0. Harry lived right by Fellows Park in Wallows Lane.

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