Walsall player 177. Tom Brownlee


Thomas C ‘Tom’ Brownlee (born 21 May 1935 in Carnwath, Scotland) was a Scottish professional footballer. He was a centre forward.
Brownlee’s career started at Broxburn Athletic before he moved to England, with Walsall. His career then took him to York City, Workington in an exchange deal with Gus Alexander, non-league Netherfield and Bradford City, where he was the club’s top goal-scorer in 1964–65 scoring 14 goals in just 18 games. After just seven games the following season he returned to Netherfield

SENIOR CAREER
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
Broxburn Athletic
1957–1958 Walsall 30 (14)
1958–1959 York City 9 (2)
1959–1961 Workington 25 (2)
1961–1964 Netherfield   76+ ?
1964–1966 Bradford City 25 (15)
Netherfield  ?  ?

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Walsall player 112. Gary Williams


 Gary Williams
Personal information
Full name Gary Williams
Date of birth June 17, 1960 (age 56)
Place of birth Wolverhampton, England

picture card by Paninni

Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defender

Senior career
Years                                Team                           Apps     (Gls)
1978–1987                      Aston Villa                  240        (0)
1979          Loan              Walsall                              9        (0)
1987–1990                       Leeds United                 39        (3)
1990–1991                       Watford                           42        (0)
1991–1994                        Bradford City                 85        (5)
                                                  Total                         415        (8)
Gary Williams (born 17 June 1960 in Wolverhampton, England) is a former footballer who played as a right-back. He played for Aston Villa and was part of their European Cup victory in 1982. He also played for Walsall, Leeds United, Watford and Bradford City. Williams was involved in the build up to Villa’s winning goal in the 1982 European Cup final against Bayern Munich.

A giant banner hung on the North Stand at Villa Park reproduces Brian Moore’s commentary of this goal, “Shaw, Williams, prepared to venture down the left. There’s a good ball in for Tony Morley. Oh, it must be and it is! It’s Peter Withe.”

Walsall player 77. Neil Tolson


 Neil Tolson
Date of birth 25 October 1973 (age 43)
Place of birth Walsall, England

Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Striker

Club information
Current team Altrincham (assistant manager)

Senior career
Years                                           Team                                    Apps           (Gls)
1991–1992                                 Walsall                                      9               (1)
1992–1993                                 Oldham Athletic                        3               (0)
1993–1996                                 Bradford City                           63              (12)
1995 →      (loan)                       Chester City                               4                (0)
1996–1999                                 York City                                  72              (13)
1999–2001                                 Southend United                     36              (11)
2002–2003                                 Leigh RMI                               10                (1)
2003                                           Kettering Town                          1                (0)
2003                                           Halifax Town                             3                (0)
2003–2011                                 Hyde                                     124               (54)
                                                                          Total              325               (92)
Teams managed
2008–2011                                 Hyde

Neil Tolson (born 25 October 1973) is an English former footballer who is currently assistant manager to Lee Sinnott at Conference National side Altrincham after being sacked as manager of Hyde in May 2011
Born in Walsall, Staffordshire, Tolson was York City’s top scorer for the 1996–97 season, with 17 goals in all competitions, including one as York beat Premier League side Everton 3–2 in the second round second leg of theLeague Cup.
He was released by Leigh RMI in January 2003 and joined Kettering Town in February. He signed for Halifax Town a month later.
Tolson joined Hyde United in July 2003 and was appointed Assistant Manager of the club in July 2007 before becoming Player-Manager in September 2008. After eight years at the club playing roles of manager, player and assistant manager, on 4 April 2011 he was relieved of his duties by the new board of directors. He left having scored 82 goals in 176 appearances for the club in all competitions. He later joined Altrincham as assistant manager to Lee Sinnott in June 2011.

Walsall player 50. Arthur Buttery


50. Arthur Buttery
Personal information
Full name Arthur Buttery
Date of birth 20 December 1908
Place of birth Hednesford, England

Date of death 1990 (aged 81–82)
Playing position Inside left

Youth career
St. Peter’s Church

Hednesford Town
Senior career
Years                                                          Team                              Apps     Gls                                                                       Hednesford Town                ?         ?
1929–1932                                          Wolverhampton Wanderers      10       (6)
1932–1937                                                 Bury                                 104     (38)
1937–1938                                                Bradford City                      35       (13)
1938–1939                                                Walsall                               15         (4)
1939–19??                                                 Bristol Rovers                      3          (0)
                                         Wolverhampton Wanderers (war guest)          ?          ?
                                                                   Stafford Rangers                  ?           ?
                                                                                                    Total 167       (61)

Arthur Buttery (20 December 1908 – 1990) was an English professional footballer who played as an inside left. He scored 61 goals from 167 appearances in the Football League.
Born in Hednesford, Buttery played for St. Peter’s Church in Hednesford as a youngster then signing for Hednesford Town, In 1929 he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers playing only 10 games in almost three years at the club. He was then signed by Bury in 1932 where in 5 seasons he played 104 games scoring 38 goals, He then signed for Bradford City, for the 37/38 season made 35 appearances in the Football League, scoring 13 goals.
Moving on to Walsall in 38/39, he played 15 games scoring 4 goals. Bristol Rovers came next but he only managed 3 appearances before the War interupted his career (he went on to guest for Wolverhampton Wandereers) and ended his playing career at Stafford Rangers. Another career spoilt by War!

Walsall player 41. Lee Sinnott


Born Aldridge12 July 1965 (50) (or Pelsall) depending which source you believe
Team Games Goals
Rushall Olympic
1982-83 Walsall 40 2
1983-87 Watford 95 2
1987-91 Bradford City 213 6
1991-93 Crystal Palace 55 0
1993-94 Bradford City 34 1
1994-97 Huddersfield 87 1
1997-99 Oldham Athletic 31 0
1998 Loan Bradford City 7 0
1999-2000 Scunthorpe 22 0
1985 England U21 1 0
Teams Managed
2003-07 Farsley Celtic
2007-08 Port Vale
2009 Bradford Park Avenue
2011= Altrincham
Lee came to Walsall as a youngster, from Rushall Olympic in November 1981, he played in Walsall Youth team . 1982 brought his debut for The Saddlers first team. He was able to play full back centre back or sweeper. He won Youth caps for England and gained one cap for England under 21’s. Walsall sold Lee to Watford for £100,000 in September 1983 and he went on to play against Everton in the 1984 F.A Cup final . He was sold to Bradford City for £130,000 in 1987, his next move was to Crystal Palace for £300,000 in 1991, he then went back to Bradford. When Sinnott returned to Valley Parade over the summer of 1993, Bradford were still in the third tier of the English league. He played in most of their first-team games that season, but the “Bantams” missed out on the play-offs and manager Frank Stapleton was sacked. Sinnott followed his manager out of the exit door and signed for local rivals Huddersfield Town. He was made captain of Neil Warnock’s team, and guided them to the Second Division play-off victory in his first season. He spent two more seasons in West Yorkshire before crossing the Pennines and signing for Oldham Athletic, who had just been relegated to the Second Division.
Sinnott played 31 games over two seasons at Boundary Park, but Oldham struggled in a division that they had been expected to win promotion from, and in Sinnott’s second season they narrowly avoided relegation to the Third Division
The 1998–99 campaign proved to be Lee Sinnott’s final season as a Football League player. Upon its conclusion he moved to Scarborough, who had just been relegated to the Football Conference, and played 22 games in one season for a side who finished fourth in the country’s highest non-league division. He then retired from playing after a career spanning almost 20 years.
When he finished playing he moved into management and was still manager at Altrincham at the start of the season.

We’re Back Where We Belong Says Altrincham Manager Lee Sinnott

SPORT - Skrill North Promotion Final - Altrincham v Guiseley AFCHAVING restored a traditional Non-League name back to the top tier, Altrincham boss Lee Sinnott immediately set to work to make sure they stay there.

Alty returned to the Conference Premier three years after relegation.

They’ve come close, with two play-off appearances in the last two seasons, but they finally got back among the big boys last weekend.

That was thanks to Greg Wilkinson’s extra-time winner at the death to help the Robins past Guiseley 2-1.

And while Sinnott enjoyed the occasion, the former Farsley Celtic and Port Vale manager knows he can’t afford to waste any time getting ready for the big kick-off in August.

“Planning has started already,” Sinnott said. “I’ve had a meeting with the chairman to formulate our plans.

“There are some longer journeys and bigger commitments needed from the players. But they can class themselves as Conference Premier players now. That’s a big fillip for them and it’s a box ticked after the disappointment of last year and losing in the play-offs.

Altrincham are back in the Conference Premier

“They’ve broken through the glass ceiling and shown they can come through the tough mental, and not just physical, encounters.

“I felt the desire to go again very early. If you look at our first 12 games we started very strongly. I’d expect the same again now because of the excitement of playing against quite a few ex-League teams.

“It’s a big challenge for them but I’m sure they are looking forward to it immensely.”

Alty’s biggest crowd in 32 years witnessed the play-off glory with 4,632 packing into their Moss Lane home.

Sinnott, who described the support as jaw-dropping, admitted that super-sub Wilkinson had been sent on with the scores locked at 1-1 and the dreaded penalty shoot-out in mind.

Instead he was calmness personified from 18 yards instead of 12, stroking the ball home from the edge of the box to send their support barmy.

And the incredible scenes left Sinnott shocked for 48 hours after the game.

“You’re numb, especially in the circumstances that it did happen,” said Sinnott. “We were putting Greg on with the intention of taking a penalty – within 22 seconds he writes himself into folklore. It worked out perfectly.

“When the dust settles after 48 hours you do think it’s nice to put them back where they were.

“When a club gets relegated there is doom and gloom, of course there is. You look at the playing side of it; some didn’t want to step down to the Conference North, some stayed and you need to bring other bodies in as well so it was a big change.

“The idea was to get the team pointed in right direction and then make progress from there. From an OK first season finishing eighth, the last two seasons have been testament to that progress.

“You can wave a magic wand – look at Liam Watson at Telford. He’s done a tremendous job and they’ve gone straight back up. In the Conference North where only one team goes up automatically and another in the play-offs, it can be achieved but it’s not a given that’s for sure.

“We’ve made progress and the majority of the squad are a good age so we’re looking to push on next season.”

With part-timers FC Halifax finishing in this season’s Skrill Premier top five and the likes of Braintree, Alfreton, Woking and Nuneaton all having good campaigns, Altrincham know they’re not taking on a mission impossible taking on so many ex-League heavyweights.

“Non-League has changed dramatically over the last ten or more years, with so many ex-League clubs being in the Conference at one stage or another,” he said.

“Altrincham has been a very big name traditionally in Non-League football and that’s the most pleasing aspect of getting them back.”