Walsall player 134. Amadou Bakayoko


Amadou Bakayoko (born 1 January 1996) is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Conference Premier side Southport on loan from Walsall. A young man with a big future, if he gets his head down and works hard, and from a Walsall point of view scores the goals we need!
Bakayoko was offered a one-year professional contract at Walsall in December 2013. He made his debut for the “Saddlers” on 5 April, replacing Michael Ngoo 68 minutes into a 1–0 defeat to Port Vale at Vale Park.
On 9 October 2014, Bakayoko joined Conference Premier side Southport on a month’s loan. He made a scoring debut as a substitute in Southport’s 2–0 victory over Braintree Town.

Bakayoko scored his second goal for Southport in a 3–2 victory over Nuneaton Town on 22 November 2014.

Bakayoko joined Worcester City on a one–month loan deal on 15 January 2016.

Bakayoko

Personal information
Full name Amadou Bakayoko
Date of birth 1 January 1996 (age 20)
Place of birth Sierra Leone
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Walsall
Number 20
Youth career
–2013 Walsall
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013– Walsall 14 (0)
2014–2015 Southport (loan) 11 (2)
2015 AFC Telford United (loan) 6 (0)
2016  Worcester City 9 (3)

 

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Walsall player 116. George Andrews



Personal information
Date of birth 23 April 1942 (age 74)
Place of birth Dudley, England

Playing position Striker

Senior career
Years                    Team                              Apps      (Gls)
1960–1961               Luton Town                       0         (0)
1961–1965               Gornal Athletic                  ?          ?
1965–1967               Cardiff City                      43        (21)
1967–1970               Southport                       117        (41)
1970–1973                Shrewsbury Town         124        (49)
1973–1977                Walsall                          177        (40)
1977–?                     Worcester City                 ?            ?

Non League

AFC Telford United

Dudley Town

Oldswinford FC

Solihull Borough

Management

Player manager Tipton Town

 

George Andrews (born 23 April 1942 in Dudley, Worcestershire) was an English professional footballer during the 1960s and 1970s. He is probably most notable for scoring Walsall’s winning goal in their shock FA Cup third round victory over Newcastle United in January 1975.
Andrews began his career as an apprentice with Luton Town in the late 1950s, turning professional in 1960 but leaving the following year without making a first team appearance. He then continued his career at non-league level with Gornal Athletic in 1961, reaching the Football League in October 1965 on signing for Cardiff City after being spotted by manager Jimmy Scoular. He made his first team debut just a few days later in a 2-1 defeat against Portsmouth, before scoring his first goal for the club a week later in a second 2-1 defeat against Bolton Wanderers. He went on to finish his first professional season with 20 goals in all competitions and scored 6 in the opening 12 matches of the following season before being displaced by new signing Bobby Brown and was allowed to leave to join Southport for £6,000.
He later played for Shrewsbury Town, and in 1973 signed for Walsall where he spent the final four seasons of his professional career, playing 177  games and scoring 40 goals. He retired from professional football in 1977, though he continued at non-league level with Telford United, Dudley Town, Oldswinford F.C., Solihull Borough and player-manager at Tipton Town.
On retiring from football, he was employed by Dudley MBC as a gardener tending the parks and gardens of Dudley until his retirement in April 2007.
He was married to Janet for nearly 50 years until her death in November 2012 and has two daughters, Priscilla (born 1968) and Melissa (born 1971). He has lived on the Foxyards Estate in Dudley since signing for Walsall in 1973.

Walsall player 111. Derek Statham


Personal information
Full name Derek James Statham
Date of birth 24 March 1959 (age 57)
Place of birth Wolverhampton, England

Playing position Full-back

picture card by Paninni

Youth

West Bromwich Albion

Senior career
Years                          Team                                      Apps      (Gls)
1977–1987                West Bromwich Albion       373         (11)
1987–1989                Southampton                           64          (2)
1989–1991                Stoke City                                   49          (1)
1991–1993                 Walsall                                        58          (0)
1993–1994                Telford United                           34          (0)
                                     Total                                           488         (11)
National team
 1977–1982                  England U21                               6         (0)
1983                                England                                      3          (0)

Derek James Statham (born 24 March 1959) is a former English footballer who played at defensive left-back. He played for West Bromwich Albion (373), Southampton(64), Stoke City (49) and Walsall (58).
Statham won three international caps for England in 1983 under the management of Bobby Robson.
Statham was born in Wolverhampton and began his career with West Bromwich Albion where he earned a reputation as a solid, classy defender with excellent passing ability. He made over 330 league and cup appearances for West Brom, playing for several years alongside Bryan Robson and the ‘Three Degrees’ of Cyrille Regis, Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson in an impressive side assembled by Ron Atkinson. In total Statham spent 12 years at the Hawthorns making 373 appearances for the club, scoring 11 goals in all competitions.He helped Albion win the FA youth cup in 1976 and qualify for the UEFA Cup in 1978, 1979 and 1981.
Statham left West Brom for Southampton in 1987 the fee being in the region of £200,000, playing alongside a young Alan Shearer (in his first professional season) and Matthew Le Tissier, and was an immediate success winning the club’s player of the season award for 1987–88. He stayed at Southampton for the 1988–89 season before joining Stoke City (75,000 + £25,000 if he played 40 games) in August 1989. He played 21 times for Stoke in 1989–90 as the team suffered relegation to the Third Division. He played in 28 games in 1990–91 before being released at the end of the season.
He joined Walsall on a free transfer, where he played his final professional game in the 1992–93 season. His last team were semi-professional side Telford United in the English Football Conference, where he was a mainstay for the 1993–94 season.
In 2004 he was named as one of West Bromwich Albion’s 16 greatest ever players, in a poll organised as part of the club’s 125th anniversary celebrations.

Walsall player 105. Aaron Brown


Personal information
Full name Aaron Anthony Brown
Date of birth 23 June 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth Wolverhampton, England

Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Playing position Centre back

Club information
Current team UnKnown

Senior career
Years                     Team                               Apps      (Gls)
2004                   Stafford Rangers                   ?        ?
2004–2005          Tamworth                            39       (2)
2005–2008          Reading                                  0        (0)
2006       Loan     Bournemouth                        4       (0)
2008       Loan     Walsall                                     0       (0)
2008–2009          Yeovil Town                         23       (3)
2009                   Redditch United                       2       (0)
2009–2010           Burton Albion                        1       (0)
2010                   AFC Telford United                  1        (0)
2010                   Truro City                                    8        (1)
2010                   Aldershot Town                        14        (1)
2010–2011          Leyton Orient                           5         (0)
2011        Loan    Stockport County                    17        (1)
2011–2012           Aldershot Town                     10         (0)
2012                   Preston North End                     4         (0)
2012–2013           Floriana                                      5          (1)
2013                   Limerick                                        9          (2)
2013                   Kidderminster Harriers           0          (0)
2014–    ?             Worcester City                        12          (2)
National team
2005 England C

Aaron Brown
Aaron Anthony Brown (born 23 June 1983 in Wolverhampton, England) is a professional footballer who is currently playing for Worcester City. He played as a centre back.
A defender who had previously played for Stafford Rangers and Tamworth, Brown joined Reading on 23 November 2005 on loan, before signing permanently in January 2006, for a fee in the region of £100,000. After one month since joining Reading, but made no appearance for the team so far, Brown joined Bournemouth, to cover for Shaun Cooper, who suffered an injury. After one month with Bournemouth, Brown made a return to Reading. Ahead of a new season, with Reading promoted, Brown suffered an ankle injury, in a friendly match against Bromley on 15 July 2006, which they won and his injury ruled him out for two months. Brown said on his injury and career: “I am devastated, absolutely gutted. This was going to be the biggest year of my career. But everything happens for a reason and I have to stay really positive and try to come back even stronger and more determined. I have never even had an injury before, so it’s a new experience for me. It’s about being strong mentally as much as anything. I will be out for around six to eight weeks and then I will need a few weeks after that to get fit.” However, Brown suffered another set-back injury on his ankle. In January, Brown made a recovery from injury.
On 5 June 2007, Reading took up the option to extend his contract by a year, which will keep him at the club for the duration of the 2007–08 season. He moved to Walsall on loan for the remainder of that contract on 27 March 2008. He was released by Reading on 16 May 2008, following their relegation from the Premier League. He signed a week-by-week contract with Yeovil Town on 11 August 2008. Having yet featured in the club’s starting line-up for the first eight games, Brown finally made his debut for the club, making his first start and playing 90 minutes, in a 2–1 loss against Southend United on 4 October 2008. Five weeks after his debut, Brown scored his first goal for the club, in a 2–0 win over Oldham Athletic. After scoring his first goal, Brown says “I am a big guy and I like going forward, I should be scoring a lot more goals. I have given myself a target of a few more and it is something I work on in training. Scoring at Oldham was a dream. It was good to score and get the tension out of the whole team. Once we scored we kicked on and got a good win away from home.” Also a week after scoring his first goal, Brown received a red card for a professional foul, in the first round replay of the FA Cup, in a 5–0 loss against Stockport City. Skipper Terry Skiverton believes Brown must move on from the red card incident. A month later, on 24 January 2009, Brown scored his second goal, in a 1–0 win over against Southend United – the team that he made his Yeovil debut. A week later, on 14 February 2009, Brown scored his third goal, in a 3–1 win over Peterborough United. However, his time at Yeovil Town was struggling despite scoring three goals, battling to hold down a regular place in the Yeovil Town defence. He released by Yeovil Town at the end of the 2008–09 season. Brown spent the summer of 2009 on trial at Gillingham, Wrexham and Burton Albion before signing non-contract forms at Conference North side Redditch United. At the end of September, Brown then joined Burton Albion on a one month deal and played one League game against Accrington Stanley. In January, Brown was then released by the club, along with striker Serge Makofo.
On 19 January, Brown joined Telford United on a short term contract, where he made one appearance. After leaving AFC Telford, Brown then moved on to Truro City. On 11 March 2010 Brown signed for Aldershot Town on non-contract terms until the end of the 2009–10 season. On 26 May 2010 Brown Joined League One Leyton Orient on a one-year deal.
On 24 January 2011 he joined Stockport County on an initial one month loan deal and made his club debut five days later and scored an own-goal in his new club’s 4–0 defeat at Rotherham. Having made six appearance, Brown loan spell at Stockport County was extended for another month. Again, his loan spell was extended until 26 April, having stayed at Stockport County, under the 93-day rule. He returned to Orient on 26 April 2011 having made 17 appearances during his loan spell.
In May 2011, he was released by Orient at the end of his contract and a week later rejoined Aldershot Town on a free transfer, signing a two-year contract. After seven months at the club, with only ten appearance, his contract with Aldershot Town ended after having his contract terminated by mutual consent. On 4 February 2012, Brown signed for Preston North End, having had his Aldershot contract settled, allowing him to complete his formalities with the Lilywhites after the deadline. Brown did not play many games while with the club, but he did feature as a striker against Sheffield Wednesday. In May 2012, Brown was released from the club after being told his contract would not be renewed. After leaving Preston, Brown joined Maltese side Floriana on 23 August 2012, become his first club outside of England. One day after his move, Brown made his debut for the club, in a 1–1 draw against Ħamrun Spartan, making his first start and playing 90 minutes for the club. Aged 28 on his debut, Brown scored his first goal with a header, from a cross from Aman Verma, in a 3–0 win over Rabat Ajax. However, during the match, Brown received a red card following a second bookable offence after a confrontation with Patrick Borg, who also received a red card. In early November, Brown’s contract with Floriana was terminated over a financial dispute, along with that of Akanni-Sunday Wasiu. The dispute led to Malta FA Control and Disciplinary Board threatening to give Floriana a points deduction, unless the club paid the wages owed to Brown. Eventually, the club avoided a points deduction after settling outstanding payments to Brown and Wasiu. In March 2013, Brown joined newly promoted League of Ireland Premier Division club Limerick. Brown’s registration was completed only hours ahead of Limerick’s second match of the season, away to 2012 runners up Drogheda United. He made an immediate impact, getting on the end of a cross to head home Limerick’s first top flight goal in 19 seasons, leaving both sides level at half time. Shortly after the restart, Brown received his marching orders as the referee adjudged him to have taken down an opponent in the box. Limerick ‘keeper Barry Ryan saved the resultant penalty, and a very eventful match eventually finished with both sides sharing the spoils at 2–2. With little prior publicity, Brown appeared on the bench for the Harriers’ FA Cup game against Sutton United on 9 November 2013.

He would probably say that this weekend has been the best weekend of his football life with a win in the first round of the F.A. Cup.

Walsall player 101. Darren Asherton Byfield


Personal information
Full name Darren Asherton Byfield
Date of birth 29 September 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Sutton Coldfield, England

Darren Byefield

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

Club information
Current team Redditch United

Youth career
Aston Villa

Senior career
Years                    Team                                      Apps          (Gls)
1997–1999             Aston Villa                            7              (0)
1998–1999 Loan     Preston North End           5              (1)
1999          Loan     Northampton Town            6              (1)
1999          Loan     Cambridge United               4              (0)
2000          Loan     Blackpool                              3              (0)
2000–2002             Walsall                                77             (13)
2001          Loan     Rotherham United              3              (2)
2002–2004             Rotherham United           65             (20)
2004                      Sunderland                             17              (5)
2004–2006             Gillingham                          67             (19)
2006–2007             Millwall                                31             (16)
2007–2008             Bristol City                          33               (8)
2008–2009             Doncaster Rovers              15               (0)
2008–2009  Loan    Oldham Athletic               8              (1)
2009                      Oldham Athletic                     3              (0)
2009–2011              Walsall                                  55             (12)
2012                       Solihull Moors                        2              (0)
2012                      AFC Telford United                7              (1)
2013–2014             Tamworth                              31              (4)
2014–2016                    Solihull Moors               31              (4)
National team
2003                     Jamaica                                        6                (1)

Teams Managed

2016                       Redditch United
Darren Asherton Byfield (born 29 September 1976) is a footballer whose last club was Solihull Moors where he was a forward.. He is now manager of Redditch United.
Byfield won six caps for Jamaica in 2003, and has scored 110 goals in 484 appearances across all domestic competitions so far in his football career. He was briefly married to pop star Jamelia, with whom he had one child.
He began his career with Aston Villa in 1997, and enjoyed loan spells with Preston North End, Northampton Town,Cambridge United, and Blackpool, before winning a move to Walsall in June 2000. He scored the winning goal in the2001 Second Division play-off final, and then made a £50,000 move to Rotherham United in March 2002. He was traded to Sunderland in February 2004, and then moved on to Gillingham five months later. He transferred to Millwallin June 2006, before joining Bristol City in August 2007. He moved on to Doncaster Rovers in July 2008, before linking up with Oldham Athletic in August 2009, having played on loan at the club during the previous season. His stay at Oldham lasted only a handful of games, after which he returned to Walsall. He left the Football League in June 2011 following an injury-hit 2010–11 campaign. He joined non-league Solihull Moors for a brief spell in March 2012, before moving on to AFC Telford United six months later. He joined Tamworth in January 2013.
Byfield started his career at Aston Villa, and graduated through the club’s Academy to make his Premier League debut on 28 December 1997, in a 1–1 draw with Leeds United at Elland Road. Given his debut by outgoing boss Brian Little, he rarely featured under new “Villans” manager John Gregory. He made six further substitute appearances in 1997–98.
He appeared in the UEFA Cup in a 3–2 win over Norwegian outfit Strømsgodset IF at Villa Park on 15 September 1998. Byfield was loaned out to Preston North End in November 1998, and scored on his debut at Deepdale on 7 November, in a 4–1 win over Burnley. He played four further Second Division games for David Moyes’s “Lilywhites”, and did not feature in the latter half of the 1998–99 season.
He joined Northampton Town on a six-week loan in August 1999, and scored twice in seven games for the “Cobblers”. After the departure of manager Ian Atkins, Kevin Wilson led the Sixfields outfit to promotion out of the Third Division. Byfield meanwhile joined Cambridge United on loan immediately after leaving Northampton, and featured four times at the Abbey Stadium under manager Roy McFarland. In March 2000 he joined Blackpool on loan, in his third such move of the 1999–2000 campaign. He played three Second Division games for Steve McMahon’s “Seasiders”, in a brief stay at Bloomfield Road.
In June 2000, Byfield signed with Ray Graydon’s Second Division side Walsall. He hit 11 goals in 51 games in 2000–01, and scored the winning goal in the 109th minute of the play-off final, giving the “Saddlers” a 3–2 victory overReading. He scored four goals in 37 First Division games in 2001–02, and left the Bescot Stadium soon after Colin Lee was appointed as manager.
In March 2002, he joined Rotherham United in a £50,000 deal. He got off to a flying start to his Millmoor career, hitting two goals in three games at the back end of the 2001–02 campaign. He scored 13 goals in 38 games in 2002–03, and told the media that “Even if the manager (Ronnie Moore) brought in Ruud van Nistelrooy and Alan Shearer it wouldn’t bother me, I am very confident in my own abilities.” His tally included four goals against Millwall on 10 August in a “stunning display” on the opening day of the season. He went on to bag eight goals in 33 appearances for the “Millers” in 2003–04.
After Rotherham rejected a bid from Derby County, he signed with Sunderland in February 2004, after the two clubs agreed to a trade for Michael Proctor. Byfield scored five goals in 17 games for Mick McCarthy’s “Black Cats” in the latter half of the 2003–04 campaign, before departing the Stadium of Light at the end of the season.
Byfield signed a two-year contract with Championship club Gillingham in July 2004, after rejecting offers from former clubs Preston and Walsall. He hit just six goals in 39 appearances in 2004–05, despite maintaining an excellent work rate. The club suffered relegation into League One, as well as a merry-go-round of managers, with Andy Hessenthaler making way for Stan Ternent, who was in turn replaced by Neale Cooper and then Ronnie Jepson. Byfield told the press that his teammates should take the blame for Neale Cooper’s departure in November 2005, and should be “ashamed” of their performances. Byfield scored 14 goals during the 2005–06 campaign, becoming the club’s top-scorer, despite spending two months on the sidelines nursing a knee injury.
He joined Millwall in June 2006, despite manager Ronnie Jepson’s best efforts to keep him at Priestfield. Byfield later claimed he was not offered a new contract by the “Gills”, something which chairman Paul Scally denied. Scally had previously accused Southend United manager Steve Tilson of making an illegal approach for Byfield. Having scored a hat-trick at the start of the month, he was nominated for the League One player of the month award for January, but lost out to Bristol City’s Enoch Showunmi. Despite missing the end of the campaign due to an ankle injury, he scored 16 goals in 31 League One games in 2006–07 to become the club’s top-scorer. However he seemed keen to move away from The Den, and did not appear in pre-season friendlies or photo opportunities. “Lions” boss Willie Donachie had previously rejected an offer of £165,000 from Brighton & Hove Albion chairman Dick Knight.
Byfield was signed by Bristol City for an undisclosed fee (in the region of £250,000) in August 2007The Ashton Gate club exceeded all expectations in 2007–08, and top-scorer Byfield’s eight goals helped them to secure a place in the Championship play-offs. However, the play-off final ended in defeat to Hull City at Wembley; Byfield was a late substitute for Nick Carle. In May 2008, Byfield was released by the “Robins”, having struggled to secure a place in Gary Johnson’s starting eleven after proving himself to be something of a “super-sub”.
In July 2008, he joined Doncaster Rovers on a two-year deal. On 14 November, he joined Oldham Athletic on a one month loan, which was later extended until January 2009. His “Latics” debut came in a 1–0 win over Northampton Town. Manager John Sheridan described Byfield’s performance as “excellent”, and stated that “he caused them a lot of problems with his pace and his touch”. The only goal of his eight game spell came on Boxing Day against Crewe Alexandra; he scored the opening goal in a 3–0 victory at the Alexandra Stadium. He returned to the Keepmoat Stadium at the end of the 2008–09 season, though sat out the end of the campaign after undergoing a hernia operation. He was released from his contract by manager Sean O’Driscoll on 7 May, having failed to find the net in 16 appearances for “Donny”.
On 6 August 2009, Byfield joined Oldham Athletic on a short-term deal However, after four appearances with no goals, he left Boundary Park on 25 August. Byfield re-signed with Walsall three days after leaving Oldham – to the delight of manager Chris Hutchings. He was given a contract lasting until January 2010, with an option to extend it until the end of the 2009–10 season. He formed an effective partnership with Troy Deeney, and won praise from coach Mick Kearns. Appointed club captain, he missed much of the 2010–11 season due to a knee injury,[ and was released by new manager Dean Smith in May 2011.
In March 2012 he signed for Solihull Moors. He featured in two Conference North games before the end of the 2011–12 season, in what was a brief stay at Damson Park. He joined League Two side Port Vale on trial in August 2012, and “proved he could still have something to offer with a busy performance” during a pre-season friendly with Nantwich Town. The “Valiants” were unable to offer him a contract due to financial problems, and Byfield instead signed a six-month deal with Conference club AFC Telford United in September, after manager Andy Sinton needed cover to deal with injuries. He moved on to Conference rivals Tamworth in January 2013, joining on non-contract terms. He scored two goals in 18 games for Dale Belford’s “Lambs” in the 2012–13 season and two goals in 14 games in the 2013–14 season, before departing in May 2014 after the club were relegated out of the Conference Premier.
Though born in Birmingham, his Jamaican heritage allowed him to win six caps for Jamaica in 2003. He was a squad member for the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The “Reggaeboyz” exited the tournament at the quarter-finals with a 5–0 defeat to hosts Mexico.

Walsall player 78. Kris Taylor


Personal information
Full name Kris Taylor
Date of birth 12 January 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Cannock,(or Brownhills) Staffordshire, England

Staffie Kris

Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Left-back
Left winger

Club information
Current team Hednesford Town, or Rushall Olympic (confirmation required)

Youth career
1998 Wolverhampton Wanderers

1998–2001 Manchester United

Senior career
Years                                   Team                     Apps             (Gls)
2001–2003                 Manchester United           0                  (0)              2003-2006                  Walsall                             82                 (6)

Walsall Kris    
2006 →                       Burton Albion (loan)         15                (4)
2007–2009                 Hereford United                70               (2)
2009–2011                 Port Vale                               61               (3)
2011–2012                 Darlington                           20               (0)
2012                           Darlington                               16               (0)
2012–2013                AFC Telford United              23               (0)
2013 →                     Hednesford Town (loan)      10               (4)
2013–2014                Hednesford Town                 33               (2)
2014                          Rushall Olympic                      42                 (?)
Kris Taylor (born 12 January 1984) is an English footballer who plays for Conference North side Hednesford Town.
Never making the first team at Manchester United, he spent over three seasons at Walsall, after signing in February 2003. He spent two seasons at Hereford United from 2007 to 2009, before moving on to Port Vale for another two season spell. Following this he signed with non-league Darlington in June 2011, before his contract was terminated in January 2012. He signed with AFC Telford United in August 2012, and was loaned out to Hednesford Town in March 2013. His move to Hednesford was permanent three months later after he helped the club to win the Birmingham Senior Cup and the Northern Premier League play-off final.
Former Port Vale and Hereford team mate Lee Collins described Taylor as: “really good on the ball and is also good to have around. He filled in at left-back at Hereford, but is also talented in central midfield. He has two good feet, but is particularly strong on his left foot. He’s got a good touch and a good passing range.”
Early in his career he was a goalscoring midfielder, and in January 2005 said that the left-back spot “isn’t really me”. In addition to his ability to play down the wings, he can also play as a centre-back if the situation dictates.
“The best [full-back] I have come up against this season would be Port Vale’s Kris Taylor. His positioning as a full back is very good and he has got a great left foot. He also contributes with a goal now and then as well and is comfortable with the ball at his feet which is something you can’t say about every defender in this division.”
—Notts County midfielder Ben Davies speaking in March 2010.
Taylor was born in Cannock and was originally on the books of Wolves; he was signed by Manchester United at the age of 14 for a fee of £200,000. He signed his first professional contract on 26 January 2001, but never played for the first team. He left Old Trafford in February 2003, having featured three times for the reserves, and joined Walsall.
Initially playing for the reserves at Walsall, he went on to score on his first team debut on 31 January 2004 in a 3–2 defeat away at Stoke City. He went on to make a further ten first-team appearances for the club that season and was retained upon the season’s conclusion, signing a one-year deal. Walsall having been relegated in 2003–04, Taylor could still not break into the team in League One. After three cup and three league appearances early in 2004–05 he was put on the transfer list by Paul Merson. Taylor went out on loan to Burton Albion in December, after he caught the eye of Nigel Clough during a Birmingham Senior Cup match with Burton. He impressed at Eton Park, making a total of six appearances and scoring four goals. He scored a memorable goal from 35 yards against Tamworth, and also scored against his future club Hereford in a 3–0 win.[14] He scored four goals in six games for the Conference club, making a massive impact in his five weeks in Burton. On his return to the Bescot Stadium an offer from Carlisle United was rejected, and he signed a new two-year contract at the end of the season.
He was a regular in the first team in the first half of the 2005–06 season, before returning to Burton Albion in early January. This time the loan lasted until the end of the season, though Taylor didn’t manage to find the form he reached in his previous loan spell. He scored four goals in fifteen games before returning to Walsall in time for the last game of the season. Walsall were relegated once again in 2005–06, leaving them in League Two for 2006–07 season. He hit forty games for the “Swifts”, helping the club achieve promotion as champions. Taylor was not rewarded for his efforts and was instead told to look for a new club by “Saddlers” boss Richard Money.
In July 2007, he signed for Hereford United. In his first season with the club he was noted for his versatility, playing at left back, left midfield and central midfield. In similar form to the previous season, Taylor put in a forty game season to help his club win promotion to League One, this time with a third-place finish. In contrast to his experience with Walsall, Taylor stayed with the “Bulls” for the 2008–09 campaign. He played 43 games, though could do little to prevent the “Whites” suffering relegation with a last place finish, 14 points off safety. Holding out on the club’s offer of a new contract he left the club in the summer of 2009 in search of pastures new.

Kris campaigned for Testicular cancer

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In July 2009 he went out on trial at League Two side Port Vale, and scored from around 20 yards in a 7–0 win over Rocester in a pre-season friendly. He impressed manager Micky Adams on his trial and would have been signed to a contract if the cash-strapped club could find the finance; instead Adams offered Taylor non-contract terms, he signed a short-term deal in early August. This was not enough for Taylor, who resolved to win a long-term contract with the club. His man-of-the-match performances also persuaded Adams to try to hold on to him. On 25 August he went a long way towards achieving this goal, scoring a wonder goal in a 2–0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup Second Round.
“I was happy to see Vale get the win, and the first goal from Kris Taylor was probably the goal of the competition so far.”
—Pundit and former Vale star Mark Bright.
Unable to find the cash to fund Taylor’s wages, the club were aided by a £5,000 donation from ‘Vale Volunteers’, raised specifically by fans to keep Taylor at the club. He was transfer listed in late September, along with the entire Port Vale squad, after manager Micky Adams saw his team slip to a third consecutive defeat. His second goal of the season came in the local derby at Crewe Alexandra, Taylor scoring the winner in a 2–1 victory. In October 2009 he signed a new deal that would keep him at the club until the end of the season. He made 49 appearances throughout the season, as his club finished just outside the play-offs. He was offered a new one-year contract by the club at the end of the season, which he quickly signed. His manager explained that Taylor’s inconsistency prevented a longer contract offer, and Taylor accepted the explanation.
He made a slow start to the 2010–11 campaign, but in November declared he aimed to re-establish himself into the first team. He got his opportunity to shine when left-back Lee Collins was out of action for a month with split shins. Ending the season with just twenty league appearances throughout the season, he was released from the club in May 2011 Adams said that he had faith in Taylor’s ability, but that he hadn’t played enough games in 2010–11 to justify a new contract.
In June 2011, he signed with Darlington of the Conference National on a one-year contract. Manager Mark Cooperstated that “It’s a big signing for us, Kris has a great range of passing and is a set-piece specialist, he’s certainly a player who will excite.” Darlington suffered financial difficulties during Taylor’s time at the club and his contract was terminated on 16 January 2012, along with the rest of the playing squad and caretaker manager Craig Liddle. However a surprise decision meant that the club would continue to complete their remaining fixtures, and Taylor returned to Darlington on a non-contract basis.
In August 2012, he returned to Port Vale to train and maintain his match fitness. On 9 August, he signed a one-year deal with Conference club AFC Telford United. Manager Andy Sinton said that “We’re very fortunate to get somebody of his calibre”.
Taylor joined Northern Premier League side Hednesford Town on loan in March 2013 He was recalled to the Telford squad for the last two games of the season after Ryan Valentine and Dan Preston both picked up injuries. Telford ended the season in last place, and were relegated. Taylor returned to Keys Park to help the “Pitmen” win the Birmingham Senior Cup final against Sutton Coldfield Town and the play-off final against F.C. United of Manchester. The move had been made permanent in June when Taylor signed a one-year contract with Hednesford. He made 36 appearances in the 2013–14 season, as the club reached the play-off semi-finals, where they were beaten by Altrincham.
Taylor is a Manchester United supporter. In January 2011, his fiancée Jenny gave birth to the couple’s first child, Lydia.
In January 2014, Taylor was informed he had been diagnosed with testicular cancer. He was back playing before the end of the season and still plays for them.
Please Note that this may no be true as looking at today,s Rushall Olympic match on the internet it looks as though he could be playing for them now. I would love someone to confirm either way.

Popularside 1 sent me the following from the Pics.

MAJOR SIGNING BOOST FOR THE PICS

By Terry Brumpton, 6th Oct 2014

Rushall Olympic have been boosted with the news this evening that midfielder KRIS TAYLOR has signed for the club and is available for selection for tomorrow night`s home league game with Belper Town.

As a fourteen year old schoolboy Manchester United paid Wolverhampton Wanderers £ 200,000 for him. He never made the first team but made three Reserve team appearances. He spent over three seasons at Walsall after signing in February 2003 scoring on his first team debut in the 3-2 away defeat at Stoke City on the 31st January 2004. He went on to make a further ten appearances for the Saddlers that season and was retained for the following season. However, he still couldn`t break into the first team and went out on loan to Burton Albion where he soon caught the eye of Manager, Nigel Clough. On his return to the Bescot Walsall rejected an offer for him from Carlisle United and he went on to sign a two year contract. He was a regular in the first team in the first half of the 2005-2006 season before returning to Burton Albion in early January but at the end of the season he returned to Walsall and left the Saddlers at the end of that season.

He then joined Hereford United and then went on trial at Port Vale where he impressed Manager, Micky Adams and signed non-contract terms for the Valiants. Vale couldn`t afford to put him on contract but a number of Man of the Match performances, and help from the fans, who donated £ 5000 kept him at the club. In June 2011 he joined Conference outfit Darlington on a one year contract but during his time there the club suffered financial problems and he had his contract terminated in January 2012. He returned to Port Vale to train and maintain his match fitness but then joined AFC Telford United on a one year deal.

In March 2013 he joined Hednesford Town on loan but was recalled to the Telford squad for the last two games of the season after the club had picked up a number of injuries. Telford ended the campaign in bottom position and were relegated but Taylor returned to Keys Park and helped the Pitmen win the Birmingham Senior Cup Final and then the play-off final against FC United. Last season he made thirty six appearances for Hednesford as the club reached the Conference North Play-off semi-finals only to lose to Altrincham.

We are delighted to welcome Kris to Dales Lane and hope that his stay will be a long and successful one

Walsall player 53. Richard Davies


Richard Davies
Personal information
Full name Richard Peter Davies
Date of birth 15 May 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth Willenhall, England

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

Club information
Current team Chasetown

Youth career
?–2008 Walsall

Senior career
Years                                                         Team                                        Apps  (Gls)
2008–2010                                        Walsall                                             6       (0)
2009 →                                          Solihull Moors (loan)                       ?        (?)
2010–2013                                      AFC Telford United                       47        (4)
2010–2011                                   Chasetown (loan )                            26       (4)
2013 – 2014                                              Barrow                                      31       (2)

2014     ?                                            Chasetown                                             ?           ?

Richard Peter Davies (born 15 May 1990) in Willenhall He joined his hometown club as a youngster and came through the youth system to make his Walsall debut on 27 January 2009 in the Football League One clash with Swindon Town at the County Ground, which ended in a 3-2 loss. He was released by Walsall on 10 May 2010 along with six other players.
He joined AFC Telford in 2010 after he got released from Walsall FC. He then went and spent a long loan to Chasetown FC for a season. After spending a season long loan at Chasetown FC he got recalled for the play off semi-final against Nuneaton Town which they won. Following his good performance in that game he has became a first team player for the bucks, He scored one of his best goals vs Cambridge United in a 3-3 draw and was now a key player to AFC Telford in the Blue Square Prem.
In June 2013 he joined Barrow AFC in the Conference North after his contract was not renewed at Telford.( Strange how things change very quickly in this game we love)
He is the younger brother of current Bolton Wanderers midfielder Mark Davies.