Walsall player 156. Doug Ithier

Doug Ithier (born 20 July 1974) is an Australian footballer who played for Perth Glory, Walsall, and throughout Asiaincluding Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei and China.
Ithier represented the senior Western Australia team from 1996 to 2003 including playing against Red Star Belgrade28/1/2001.
Ithier was a cult figure amongst Perth Glory supporters for his flamboyant, aggressive play and changing hairstyles. In 1998 he had a 3 week trial with English Premier Division Champions Blackburn Rovers F.C. This side managed by Roy Hodgsonincluded such players as Chris Sutton, Damien Duff, Colin Hendry and Martin Dahlin. But Ithier was refused the relevant work permit to sign in the UK. Without the European heritage to play in Europe Ithier returned and focussed on plying his trade in Asia.
Ithier started his Asian career with 1997 Malaysian Super League champions Sarawak FA under the guidance of Alan Vest. His debut game at a sold out Sarawak Stadium was in 1998 Malaysia Charity Shield against Selangor FA in which Sarawak FA won 3-1 with 9 players. Playing in the sweeper role Ithier flourished and quickly became a crowd favorite. Alan Vest once described Ithier as the “Best Header” of the ball in all Malaysia. Ithier’s form in Malaysia earned him the trial with Blackburn Rovers F.C..
After returning from the UK, Ithier signed with S-League team Marine Castle United for the 1999 season. Ithier will be remembered in Singapore for his Blonde hair and colourful designed Adidas boots. He was selected as one of the best Foreign players and played in the S-League All Stars game. He was again a crowd favorite and constantly surrounded by fans after the game even when the team performed badly, giving autograph’s. Ithier was involved in a life-threatening incident whilst playing against Tanjong Pagar United Football Club. He rose to header a ball from a corner and collided with a player being knocked unconscious. The home side Tanjong Pagar FC did not have an ambulance present, and Ithier was saved by the Marine Castles physio. Tanjong Pagar United Football Club embroiled in controversy was fined by the S-League and the decision resulted in the safety procedures at all clubs to be re-written. Ithier played the following week against doctors advice and was named Man-of-The Match!
Dubbed the “Adopted Greek” during his 9 years on and off with Floreat Athena Ithier was renowned for spectacular long range goals (including one from the halfway line in the 2001 Night Series Final), specialty freekicks, and bone crunching tackles. He won Floreat Athena Fairest and Best player in 1996, and figured heavily in Athena’s team of 1997’s, regarded as one of Athena’s best years, winning the Premier League, Cup and Night Series trophies under coach and former Greek legend Jim Pyrgolis.
Doug now has retired from playing and is the CEO and Licensee of First Property Australia pty ltd in Perth, Western Australia. He is an avid golfer playing off a handicap of 3, and cycles every day to keep fit.

Ithier ITHIER_B1

Doug Ithier
Senior career
Years                                 Team                           Apps          Goals
1992-2003                     Floreat Athena              100+           25
1996-1998                     Perth Glory                      15                 0
1998                                 Sarawak FA                     22                 3
1998       Trial                Blackburn Rovers F.C.
1998-1999                     Walsall F.C                       3                    1
1999                                 Marine Castle United   26                 1
2003                                 Chengdu Wuniu             18                 0
2003-2005                     Western Knights            20                2


Walsall player 151. Simeon Alexander Jackson

Simeon Alexander Jackson (born 28 March 1987) is a Canadian international soccer player who plays for Walsall in the English Football League One. He has spent the majority of his career playing in England, relocating from Mississauga, Ontario, to South London as a teenager to pursue his interest in soccer. Following a rejection by Gillingham after a trial, he played semi-professionally before making his name with Rushden & Diamonds of the Football Conference. His goal scoring feats for the club earned him a move to Gillingham, then of Football League Two, in 2008. He scored the winning goal for the club in the 2009 Football League Two play-off Final at Wembley Stadium.

In 2010 Jackson was transferred to Norwich City, then of the Football League Championship, and scored the goal that clinched Norwich’s promotion to the Premier League the following year. He fell out of favour at the club during the 2012–13season, however, and opted to join German club Eintracht Braunschweig who were newly promoted to the Bundesliga. Desiring regular playing time, his contract with the German club was mutually terminated in January 2014 and he returned to England.

Jackson has played for the Canadian national team since 2009. During qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup he scored a hat-trick against Saint Lucia.

Jackson was born in Kingston, Jamaica. At the age of three, he moved with his parents to MississaugaOntario. Jackson played for his local team in Canada, Sunoco FC. He was invited to have trials with Gillingham, but was rejected by the club. At the age of 15, he moved to England and lived with his grandmother in CroydonSouth London While playing for Dulwich Hamlet, Jackson worked at McDonald’s to sustain his move to England.

He joined Rushden & Diamonds in 2004 and was the club’s top scorer in the 2006–07 season, scoring 20 goals. The next season he was top scorer for the Diamonds in the league, scoring 16 goals, despite leaving for Gillingham in January. He was joint eighth top scorer in the league that season. In 2005, he had trials with Manchester United and Manchester City. Jackson went on a one-month loan to Raunds Town in December 2005. When he left the Diamonds he had established himself as the club’s eighth highest goalscorer, scoring 43 goals in just over 100 games in all competitions.

In January 2008, he signed with Gillingham, a club he had a trial with as a youth player, for a transfer fee of £150,000 on a three-and-a-half-year contract. He made his debut against Cheltenham Town on 2 February 2008.

On 4 January 2009, Jackson scored an equalizing goal for Gillingham in their 2–1 FA Cup Third Round defeat by Aston Villa. He scored both goals as Gillingham beat Rochdalein the 2008–09 play-off semi final, and the 90th-minute winner in the 1–0 win against Shrewsbury Town in the final, as Gillingham returned to League One one year after relegation. Jackson signed for Norwich on 15 July 2010, signing a two-year contract with the club, with the option for another year, in a deal which saw striker Cody McDonald move to Gillingham on loan. He was given the number 10 jersey upon his arrival at the club. He made his debut for the club in a 3–2 home loss to Watford on 6 August 2010. He scored his first goal for the club against Swansea City on 21 August. Manager Paul Lambert has been using Jackson as an impact substitute due to the form and partnership of Grant Holt and Chris Martin. Jackson was given a start against Bristol City, and scored a brace, with a goal in each half at Ashton Gate. Jackson started the next four games again, in favour of Martin.[13] He scored his fourth goal of the season in the 1–0 win over Middlesbrough on 23 October. After a few months of mostly coming in as a substitute again, on 2 April 2011, Jackson scored his first hat-trick for Norwich, coming on as a substitute and scoring three times in the last twenty minutes of the match against Scunthorpe United at Carrow Road. He went on to score the goal that clinched Norwich’s promotion to the Premier League, a late winner against Portsmouth.

Jackson made his Premier League debut on 21 August 2011, as a second-half substitute for Chris Martin in the second game of the season against Stoke City, the game finished with a Kenwyne Jones stoppage time header which resulted in a 1–1 home draw for Norwich. Following his Premier League debut, Jackson began to struggle finding minutes in the team, he did not play a minute of football in the league until 1 October as a second half sub against Manchester United. Jackson made his first start in the Premier League on 26 November in a 2–1 victory over Queens Park Rangers, this was the first time a Canadian international had started in the Premier League since David Edgar on 24 May 2009 with Burnley. Jackson scored his first Premier League goal on 20 December against Wolverhampton Wanderers when he converted a Steve Morison cross one minute after being subbed on. Jackson came on as a second half sub against Fulham on 31 December and scored the game tying goal in second half injury time to earn a 1–1 home draw. In the fourth round of the FA Cup in late January Norwich was drawn against West Bromwich Albion, Jackson came off the bench in the 65th minute with the game being tied at 1–1 and scored the winning goal in the 85th to take the Canaries into the fifth round. After failing to make an appearance for almost a month Jackson returned to the starting line up in a 3–3 away draw on 5 May against Arsenal. The following week, Jackson was given the start again in the final game of the season against Aston Villa, the game ended in a 2–0 home victory with Jackson and Grant Holt as the scorers. Jackson finished the 2011–12 campaign for Norwich having made 22 appearances, starting in 10 of those. He scored three goals and registered two assists, with 34 shots on goal in his debut Premier League season. The club took up the option to extend Jackson’s contract for another year in June 2012, along with David Fox and Elliott Ward. On 25 August 2012 he scored his first goal of the new season in a 1–1 draw at home to Queens Park Rangers. At the end of the season, Jackson was released by Norwich, having struggled to find minutes during his second year in the top flight. On 10 July 2013, Jackson signed for German Bundesliga side Eintracht Braunschweig on a two-year contract. Jackson was previously linked with a move to Championship side Bournemouth. After just nine appearances during the first half of the season, Jackson and Eintracht Braunschweig mutually agreed to terminate his contract on 31 January 2014.

On 1 February 2014, a day after his Eintracht Braunschweig contract was terminated, Jackson agreed to join Championship side Millwall on a deal until the end of the season. He made his debut against Brighton & Hove Albion on 1 March 2014. Jackson scored his first goal on 25 March in a 3–2 home defeat to Birmingham City.

On 18 August 2014, Jackson signed for League One team Coventry City on a one-year contract. On 13 September Jackson scored his first goal for the club and the game-winning goal in a 2–1 victory over Yeovil Town.

After leaving Coventry at the end of the 2014–15 season, Jackson went on trial at fellow League One side Barnsley. On 3 September 2015, he signed a short-term contract that would keep him at the club until 3 January 2016.

Following a successful trial, Jackson signed a short-term deal with Blackburn Rovers on 15 January 2016 to last until the end of the 2015–16 season. He scored his first goal for Blackburn in a 2–1 defeat to Leeds United on 12 March 2016

On 18th July 2016 Simeon signed a two year contract at 1st Division Walsall, When asked why he came to Walsall he said ‘The Boss, told me what they were doing here and what he wanted from me. I was sold’


Simeon Jackson
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Simeon Jackson in Gillingham colours
Personal information
Full name Simeon Alexander Jackson
Date of birth 28 March 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Kingston, Jamaica
Height 172 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Number 9
Youth career
Sunoco FC
ASPIRE Academy
Dulwich Hamlet
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Rushden & Diamonds 88 (40)
2005 Raunds Town (loan)
2008–2010 Gillingham 104 (38)
2010–2013 Norwich City 73 (17)
2013–2014 Eintracht Braunschweig 9 (0)
2014 Millwall 14 (2)
2014–2015 Coventry City 28 (3)
2015–2016 Barnsley 9 (0)
2016 Blackburn Rovers 17 (2)
2016– Walsall 0 (0)
National team
2006–2008 Canada U20 7 (0)
2009– Canada 47 (6)

Walsall player 139. Evandro Brandão



Evandro Elmer de Carvalho Brandão (born 7 May 1991) is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a striker for C.R.D. Libolo.
Brandão was born in Luanda, Angola, but spent the first years of his life in Portugal before moving to England at the age of nine. He began his football career at Blackburn Rovers before joining Walsall in 2003.
After three years with Walsall, Brandão signed for Manchester United on 21 October 2006, after impressing assistant manager Carlos Queiroz while on trial with United at the 2006 Under-17 Nike Cup. He had to wait five months to make his debut for the Under-18s, but played in four of their last five games as the side finished fourth in the 2006–07 Premier Academy League, before being offered a trainee contract in July 2007.
The following season, Brandão scored four goals in 18 appearances for the Under-18s, adding four in 15 appearances the year after – he also made his debut for the reserve team in 2008–09, coming on as a 69th-minute substitute for Magnus Wolff Eikrem in a Manchester Senior Cup game away to Bury; however, he was unable to make any more of an impression at the club, and was released on the expiry of his contract in June 2009.
Brandão signed with Braga in the summer of 2009 but, just five months later, the deal was usurped by Benfica, who signed him on a two-and-a-half-year contract.
After spending a year in the Benfica academy, Brandão went out on loan twice in 2010–11, first to second division clubFátima and then to Gondomar in the third level, for whom he netted 10 goals in 12 games.
After failing to break into the Benfica first-team, Brandão moved to Hungarian club Videoton in July 2011, coached by his former Portugal under-16 manager Paulo Sousa. He scored his first and only goal for the side against Pécs.

Personal information
Full name Evandro Elmer de Carvalho Brandão
Date of birth 7 May 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Luanda, Angola
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Libolo   (not 100% sure)


Youth career
?–2003 Blackburn Rovers
2003–2006 Walsall
2006–2009 Manchester United
2009 Braga
2009–2010 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Benfica 0 (0)
2010  Fátima (loan) 3 (0)
2011  Gondomar (loan) 12 (10)
2011–2013 Videoton 14 (1)
2012–2013  Olhanense (loan) 18 (1)
2013–2014 Tondela 17 (4)
2014– Libolo
National team
2006–2008 Portugal U17 8 (0)
2009 Portugal U18 2 (0)
2010 Portugal U19 6 (0)


Walsall player 76. Christopher David Thompson

 Christopher David Thompson
Date of birth 24 January 1960
Place of birth Walsall, England

Date of death 5 June 2012 (aged 52)
Place of death Tipton, England

Playing position Midfielder, Forward

Youth career
Bolton Wanderers

Senior career
Years                                     Team                            Apps            (Gls)
1977–1983                            Bolton Wanderers            73             (18)
1983 →(loan)                         Lincoln City                       6               (0)
1983–1986                            Blackburn Rovers             85            (24)
1986–1988                            Wigan Athletic                 74              (12)
1988–1990                            Blackpool                        39                (8)
1990                                      Cardiff City                        2                (0)
1991                                      Walsall                              3                (0)


Christopher “Chris” Thompson (24 January 1960 – 5 June 2012) was an English footballer who played as a midfielder or a forward.
Thompson was born in Walsall, West Midlands on 24 January 1960. He started his career at Bolton Wanderers, signing professional terms with the club in 1977 after impressing in the club youth teams. He made his debut for the club on 25 October 1977 in a League Cup match against Peterborough United. His first league appearance for the club came during the 1979–80 season, appearing as a substitute in a 3–1 defeat against Coventry City. He made a total of 81 appearances in all competitions for Bolton, scoring 20 goals, before being transferred to Blackburn Rovers in 1983.
During his three-year spell at Blackburn, Thompson made 100 appearances and scored 26 goals before moving to Wigan Athletic in 1986. In his fourth league game for Wigan, he scored a hat-trick in a 5–1 win against his hometown club Walsall. He scored nine goals during the 1986–87 season, helping the club reach the inaugural Football League play-offs. Despite Thompson scoring the opening goal in the first leg of the play-off semi final against Swindon Town, the club went on to lose the game 3–2, and would ultimately be knocked out by the same scoreline on aggregate. Thompson also played an important role in the club’s 1986–87 FA Cup run, scoring in the Second and Third Round against Darlington and Gillingham. He also scored the opening goal in the Fifth Round match against Hull City, which Wigan went on to win 3–0, reaching the quarter finals for the first time in their history.
In 1988, Thompson joined Sam Ellis’ Blackpool. In his first season at Bloomfield Road, he made 36 League appearances and scored eight goals. The following season, 1989–90, under Jimmy Mullen, who had taken over with five games remaining of the previous term, Thompson made three appearances before being sold to Cardiff City.
He made only five further League appearances (two for Cardiff and three for Walsall) before retiring from the game in 1991 at the age of 31.
Thompson was found dead at his flat in Anderson Gardens, Tipton, on 5 June 2012. An inquest into his death six months later failed to identify a specific cause of death, but the pathologist had discovered sclerosis of the liver and due to the decomposed state of his body he may have died several weeks before his body was discovered. His sister, Maureen Bradshaw, told the coroner that he had struggled with depression in later life and was a heavy drinker.

Walsall player 75. Frank Leslie Talbot

 Frank Leslie Talbot
Date of birth 3 August 1910
Place of birth Hednesford, England

Date of death 5 December 1983 (aged 73)
Place of death Alkmaar, Netherlands

Playing position Inside forward

Les Talbot picture from Google images

Senior career
Years                                            Team                          Apps            (Gls)
?–1930                                Hednesford Town                    ?                (?)
1930–1936                          Blackburn Rovers                 90               (20)
1936–1939                          Cardiff City                            94                (21)
1939–1947                          Walsall                                  18                 (4)
Teams managed
1949–1961 RC Heemstede

1961–1962 Be Quick 1887

1962–1966 DWS

1966–1967 Heracles Almelo

1967–1968 AZ Alkmaar

1968–1969 DWS

1969–1972 FC Eindhoven
Frank Leslie “Les” Talbot (3 August 1910 – 5 December 1983) was an English professional footballer. He was born in Hednesford,Staffordshire.
Talbot began his career playing non-league football for his hometown side Hednesford Town before signing for Blackburn Rovers in 1930. Several years later he secured a first team place in the side, but was sold to Cardiff City in 1936 as part of a two player deal which saw Albert Pinxton also travel to Ninian Park. At the time of his signing the club had been in decline over the five previous seasons, but Talbot was part of the side that managed to improve the club’s fortunes. In 1939 he was sold to Walsall, but the outbreak of World War II meant he only played one season for the club, the 1946-47 season, before retiring. During the war he also guested for Bath City. Following his retirement he remained active in football as a coach, including working in the Netherlands from 1949 to the early 1970s. In 1953 and 1964 he became with respectively Racing Club Heemstede (RCH) and Door Wilskracht Sterk (DWS) champion of the Netherlands.
Talbot died in December 1983 at a hospital in Alkmaar, the Netherlands.