Walsall player 183. Maurice Joseph John “Joe” Connor


Maurice Joseph John “Joe” Connor[ (26 September 1877 – 1934) was an Irish footballer who played as an inside right at both professional and international levels.
Maurice Joseph John Connor was born on 26 September 1877 in Philipstown, Ireland.
Connor played professionally in The Football League for West Bromwich Albion, Walsall, Bristol City, Woolwich Arsenal and Blackpool. Connor also played in the Southern League for Brentford, New Brompton, and Fulham, and in the Lancashire Combination for Colne. Connor also played in Scotland for Dundee Fereday and Gordon Highlanders and in Wales for Treharris Athletic.
Connor played at international level for Ireland, and participated at the 1903 British Home Championship.

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SENIOR CAREER
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
Dundee Fereday ? (?)
Gordon Highlanders ? (?)
1898–1899 West Bromwich Albion 10 (0)
1899–1901 Walsall 48 (14)
1901–1902 Bristol City 25 (8)
1902 Woolwich Arsenal 14 (2)
1902–1903 Brentford 11 (3)
1903–1904 New Brompton 4 (0)
1904–1905 Fulham 11 (1)
1905 Colne ? (?)
1905 Blackpool 0 (0)
Treharris Athletic ? (?)
TOTAL 124 (28)
NATIONAL TEAM
1903–1904 Ireland 3 (1)

Walsall player 119. Joseph “Joe” Mayo


Joseph “Joe” Mayo (born 25 May 1951 in Tipton, Staffordshire, England) is a retired English professional footballer who played as a striker.

Joe Mayo
He was born in Tipton in 1951 and was a pupil at Horseley Heath infant and junior schools before attending Tipton Grammar School from 1962 to 1967. He then played for several local sides and in the 1971-72 had an unsuccessful trial with Football League side Oxford United, before finally getting his first professional contract in September 1972, aged 21, with Walsall.
He made seven senior appearances for the Fellows Park side in a five-month spell before he was sold to West Bromwich Albion for £17,000 in February 1973. He made his senior debut in the Second Division against Hull City in September that year and became a first team regular in the 1974-75 season. However, he lost his place in the first team three seasons later and was sold to Orient, back in the Second Division, in February 1978. He helped the unfancied East London side reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup that season, and continued to do well over the next few seasons, totalling 40 goals in 177 games for the club.
He left Brisbane Road in September 1981, transferring to Cambridge United for £100,000. He was loaned to Blackpool in the autumn of 1982, where he played five League games and scored one goal, followed by a spell in Hong Kong with Happy Valley United the following summer. He was appointed assistant manager of Welsh side Caernarfon Town in 1986 but left the following year.
In his entire playing career, Mayo played more than 300 senior games and scored 75 goals.
He has since worked as a hotelier in North Wales.

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 89. Graham Newton.


Personal information
Full name Graham Wilfred Newton
Date of birth 22 December 1942 (age 71)
Place of birth Bilston, England

Playing position Forward

Chiefs 68 Head Graham Newton

Youth career
1961 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Senior career
Years                   Team                         Apps             (Gls)
1961–1962            Blackpool                     0                 (0)
1962–1964            Walsall                        30               (10)
1964                     Coventry City                8                 (3)
1964–1967       Bournemouth &           28                 (3)
1967–1968        Atlanta Chiefs              36                (18)
1968–1969        Port Vale                          4                  (4)
1969–1970         Atlanta Chiefs              15                 (5)
1970                  Reading                             0                  (0)
Hednesford Town
Worcester City
Stourbridge

Teams managed
1973 Worcester City

Graham Wilfred Newton (born 22 December 1942) is an English former footballer and manager. A forward, he played for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Blackpool, Walsall, Coventry City, Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic, The Atlanta Chiefs, Port Vale, Reading, Hednesford Town, Worcester City, and Stourbridge. He won the North American Soccer League with The Atlanta Chiefs in 1968. He briefly managed Worcester City in 1973.
Newton began his career with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Blackpool, without making a league appearance for either club. He moved on to Bill Moore’s Walsall, who were relegated out of the Second Division in 1962–63, before finishing 19th in the Third Division in 1963–64. He scored ten goals in 30 league games during his time at Fellows Park. He then scored three goals in eight league games for Jimmy Hill’s Coventry City in a brief stay at Highfield Road. He transferred to Reg Llewin’s Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic, and helped the club to finish 11th in the Third Division in 1964–65. New boss Freddie Cox then took the “Cherries” to 18th in 1965–66 and 20th in 1966–67. Newton scored just three goals in 28 league appearances at Dean Court. He joined American side Atlanta Chiefs of the National Professional Soccer League in 1967. The Chiefs switched to the North American Soccer League in 1968, who were crowned champions after a 3–0 win over San Diego Toros. He returned to England to join Port Vale on a trial basis in November 1968. He played four Fourth Division games and one FA Cup game for the “Valiants”, and scored one goal in a 1–0 win over Lincoln City at Sincil Bank on Boxing day. Manager Gordon Lee then allowed Newton to leave Vale Park in January 1969. Newton returned to the Chiefs for the 1969 and 1970 campaigns, and scored 18 goals in 36 games in his second spell at the Atlanta Stadium. He made his return to England again in 1970 to play for Reading, but did not play a league game for the “Royals”. He later played non-league football for Hednesford Town, Worcester City and Stourbridge, before returning to Worcester as their player-manager for a brief spell in 1973.

 

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 48. Billy Benton


48. Billy Benton

Personal information
Full name William Henry Benton
Date of birth 5 December 1895
Place of birth Walsall, England

Date of death 1967 (aged 71–72)
Playing position Midfielder

Senior career
Years                                               Team                                    Apps           (Gls)
                                                     Walsall
1920–1931                                   Blackpool                                 353            (24)
                                                     Fleetwood Town
1932–1933                                   Rochdale                                    48              (8)
                                                     Rossendale United

William Henry “Billy” Benton (5 December 1895 – 1967) was an English professional footballer. He spent eleven years at Blackpool in the 1920s and 1930s, making over 350 Football League appearances for the club. He played in midfield.
He started his career at Walsall but there is very little information of when he started but he left to go to Blackpool at the age of 24/ 25.
Benton made his debut for Blackpool on 30 August 1920, in the second league game of the 1920–21 season, a 2–1 defeat at home to Bristol City. He went on to appear in 39 of the club’s 42 league games that campaign, scoring six goals, including a hat-trick in only his third appearance for Bill Norman’s men  a 4–0 home victory over Coventry City on 11 September. Benton’s other three strikes all came in Blackpool victories.
Benton was a regular in the team in all but his final three seasons with Blackpool. He made his final appearance for the club, then under the guidance of Harry Evans, on 7 February 1931, in a 6–0 defeat at Leicester City.

He went on to play his football at the end of his career for Fleetwood Town, Rochdale and Rossendale United.