Walsall player 164. Kyle Lightbourne


Kyle Lightbourne (born 29 September 1968) is a former Bermudian footballer who played for Scarborough, Walsall,Coventry City, Fulham, Stoke City, Swindon Town, Cardiff City, Macclesfield Town and Hull City.
Lightbourne was born in Hamilton, Bermuda and played for PHC Zebras before moving to England to play forScarborough at the age of 23. He played 21 times for Scarborough before joining Walsall in September 1993. Lightbourne soon struck up a partnership with Kevin Wilson and the pair became prolific goalscorers and earned Walsall some success. He scored nine goals in 41 appearances in 1993–94 before scoring 27 goals in 1994–95 as Walsall gained promotion. He scored 24 goals in 1995–96 and 25 in 1995–96.
This earned him a lucrative move to Premier League side Coventry City for a fee of £500,000. However his chances atHighfield Road were limited and after making only seven appearances plus a loan spell at Fulham he moved to Stoke Cityin February 1998. He didn’t get off to the best of starts with Stoke as he struggled with illness and form as Stoke suffered relegation in 1997–98. He improved marginally in 1998–99 scoring eight goals in 38 matches.[1] In 1999–2000Lightbourne scored 10 goals in 52 appearances as Stoke reached the play-offs where they lost to Gillingham. He played in the 2000 Football League Trophy Final as Stoke beat Bristol City 2–1. In 2000–01 he found his chances of first team football restricted and made 28 appearances scoring five goals as well as spending time out on loan at Swindon Town and Cardiff City.
He was released by Stoke in the summer of 2001 and after an unsuccessful spell in Sweden with IFK Norrköping he played two seasons with Macclesfield Town and had a short loan spell at Hull City before returning to Bermuda.
In 2007, Lightbourne joined Shaun Goater as part of the management team of USL team Bermuda Hogges playing 200 minutes, over 6 games, without scoring.
Lightbourne’s international cricket career was less notable, consisting of 5 ICC Trophy games, during which he took 11 wickets at an average of 16.81.

Kyle

YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1992 PHC Zebras
1992–1993 Scarborough 19 (3)
1993–1997 Walsall 165 (65)
1997–1998 Coventry City 7 (0)
1998  Fulham (loan) 4 (2)
1998–2001 Stoke City 111 (21)
2001  Swindon Town (loan) 2 (0)
2001 Cardiff City (loan) 3 (0)
2001 IFK Norrköping 0 (0)
2001–2003 Macclesfield Town 73 (15)
2002  Hull City (loan) 4 (0)
2003–2007 PHC Zebras
2007–2009 Bermuda Hogges 12 (0)
2008  PHC Zebras (loan) 1 (1)
NATIONAL TEAM
1989–2004 Bermuda 40 (16)
TEAMS MANAGED Current  manager at Robin Hood.
Bermuda
2007–2009 Bermuda Hogges

FROM THE BERMUDA NEWS

Kyle Lightbourne Joins Walsall Backroom Staff

April 10, 2013

A former star striker with the UK club Walsall, Bermudian Kyle Lightbourne has joined the League One team’s backroom staff for the second time.

Mr. Lightbourne scored 65 goals in 165 appearances for Walsall Football Club during a four-year playing spell at the Bescot Stadium and is regarded as one of the best strikers in the clubs history.

Last season he joined the backroom staff on a temporary basis before leaving to return back to Bermuda.

It is reported at some sports websites that he may become manager Dean Smith’s number two in the coming months.

A one-time PHC Zebras striker, Mr. Lightbourne also played for Premier League side Coventry City and Stoke City during his professional football career in the UK.

He has been associated with the Bermuda Hogges football team since 2007.

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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 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.

Walsall player 42. Kevin Summerfield


Kevin Summerfield
Born Walsall 7 January 1959
School Alma Street and Joseph Leckie
Youth football
Walsall Town Boys
West Bromwich Albion
Senior Football
1977-82 West Bromwich Albion 9 4
1982-83 Birmingham City 5 1
1983-84 Walsall 54 17
1984 Cardiff City 10 1
1984-1990 Plymouth Argyle 139 26
1990 Exeter City (loan) 4 0
1990-1996 Shrewsbury Town 203 21
He began his career with West Bromwich Albion as a forward, making his first team debut in 1977, before joining Birmingham City five years later. A few months later, he signed for his hometown club Walsall and enjoyed a successful 18 months there, scoring 17 league goals, which led to a transfer to Cardiff City in 1984. He was signed by Dave Smith for Plymouth Argyle six months later, where was converted into a midfielder, and was an important member of the squad for the next five years. A broken leg sustained in January 1989 led to a year on the sidelines, and after regaining full fitness he spent time on loan with Exeter City. He ended his playing career with Shrewsbury Town.
He returned to Plymouth Argyle in 1997 as the club’s youth team coach, and was appointed caretaker manager three years later. He became the club’s assistant manager after the arrival of Paul Sturrock and led the club to the brink of promotion to the Football League Championship before joining Sturrock at Southampton. He gained promotion two more times with Sturrock, at Sheffield Wednesday in 2005, and Swindon Town in 2007, before returning to Plymouth Argyle once again. He then spent two years as Assistant Boss at Tranmere Rovers, before moving to Burton Albion to take up the same role. When Rowett joined Birmingham City as manager he took Summerfield with him as his assistant.

Gary Rowett

18 May 2012 Last updated at 14:20

Burton Albion appoint Kevin Summerfield as assistant boss

Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett has named Tranmere Rovers assistant boss Kevin Summerfield as his number two.

The 53-year-old has previously worked as assistant at Sheffield Wednesday, Plymouth Argyle and Swindon Town, achieving promotion at all three clubs.

He leaves Tranmere after spending two years with the League One side.

Rowett, who was appointed full-time Brewers boss last week, told BBC Radio Derby:“Kevin is a very experienced guy and a nice guy.”

He added: “What I think I had to do with this appointment was not go down the route of bringing in someone who was a mate of mine that perhaps couldn’t do the job well.

“The crucial thing we needed to add to the team was experience, someone who has experience at this level and at higher levels and has a good idea of what it takes to get promotion.

“He’s a good guy to have in the office. He’s good fun, he’s got a really nice character about him. And he’s got the experience and success as an assistant.”