Walsall player 178. Craig Burley


Craig William Burley (born 24 September 1971 in Ayr) is a television pundit and Scottish former professional association footballer who played as a midfielder from 1989 until 2004.
He played in the Premier League for Chelsea and Derby County and in the Scottish Premier League for Celtic.

Craig Celtic

He also played for Dundee and finished his career in the Football League with Preston North End and Walsall. He earned 46 caps for Scotland, scoring 3 goals.
Burley began his professional career with Chelsea in 1989, however he didn’t make his debut until April 1991 when he came on as a substitute for Kerry Dixon in a 7–0 defeat against Nottingham Forest. He made his first appearance in the newly formed Premier League on 5 December 1992 in a 2–1 away win at Tottenham Hotspur.
He went on to become a regular under Glenn Hoddle and played in the 1994 FA Cup Final against Manchester United, picking up a runners-up medal following a 4–0 defeat. Two years later, Chelsea got to the FA Cup semi finals where they again faced Manchester United. With the score level at 1–1, Burley hit an errant back pass to set up David Beckham for what proved to be the winning goal. He was sold by Ruud Gullit on 25 July 1997 to Celtic for £2.5 million.
He made his Celtic debut on 3 August 1997 against Hibernian, and went on to make 64 appearances scoring 20 goals before transferring back to England with Derby County on 1 December 1999 for £3 million. He played in four seasons for The Rams and suffered his first career relegation when the club lost their Premier League status at the end of the 2001–02 season.
On 12 September 2003 he signed with Dundee on a free transfer but only played twice in a two month spell before being released and eventually signing for Preston North End in January 2004. By March he was a free agent again after only making four appearances for North End. He signed with Walsall on a free transfer for the remainder of the 2003–04 season and played five times before retiring at the end of the season.
Burley played for Scotland in the 1998 World Cup in France. He scored the Scotland goal in a 1–1 draw with Norway in Bordeaux, latching on to a ball played forward by defender David Weir. He was then sent off in the final group game against Morocco as Scotland were eliminated.
Burley continued to be a plaything under Craig Brown until the end of the unsuccessful 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, captaining the side in what proved to be his penultimate appearance. After suffering injury problems, Burley won a Scotland recall against Austria in 2003 under new manager Berti Vogts but then announced his international retirement.
Burley previously worked as a pundit and commentator for ESPN UK and currently contributes to Absolute Radio, ESPN and BBC Radio 5 Live’s Barclays Premier League coverage. He is currently a commentator for ESPN FC. He is the nephew of former Scotland manager George Burley.

Craig Pundit

SENIOR CAREER
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1997 Chelsea 113 (7)
1997–1999 Celtic 64 (20)
1999–2003 Derby County 73 (10)
2003 Dundee 2 (0)
2004 Preston North End 4 (0)
2004 Walsall 5 (0)
TOTAL 261 (37)
NATIONAL TEAM
1992–1993 Scotland U21 7 (0)
1995–2003 Scotland 46 (3)

Walsall player 172. Joe Bambrick


• Joseph Gardiner Absolom “Joe” Bambrick, (3 November 1905 – 13 October 1983), was an Irish footballer who played for Chelsea, Walsall, Glentoran, and Linfield.
• Bambrick scored 12 goals in 11 games for Ireland, including six in one game against Wales.
• A former gas worker of medium build, he was a prolific goalscorer, adept at getting into good scoring positions and athletic enough to make the final touch count. “Head, heel or toe, Slip it to Joe” became a famous catch-phrase when referring to him. His scoring of six goals for Ireland v Wales at Celtic Park on 1 February 1930 in a 7–0 win, still remains the record score for a British Isles player in an international fixture.
• Bambrick scored Chelsea’s goal in their highest-attended competitive match at their ground Stamford Bridge. A crowd of 82,905 watched the 1-1 draw with local rivals Arsenal on 12 October 1935.

Joe is one of few footballers who get blue placques on their home, but on thewall of the house he lived in. is one commemorating him hitting two hatricks in one game.

Joe Bambrick JBPlacque

 

YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
1926–1927 Glentoran 22 (28)
1927–1935 Linfield 183 (286)
1935–1938 Chelsea 59 (34)
1938–1939 Walsall 35 (15)
TOTAL 299 (364)
NATIONAL TEAM
1928–1938 Ireland (IFA) 11 (12)
1927–1932 Irish League XI 12 (9)

Walsall player 161. Milan Lalkovič


Milan Lalkovič (born 9 December 1992) is a Slovak professional footballer who plays as a forward or winger.
Born in Košice, Lalkovič spent his early career with Košice-Barca and MFK Košice before signing for English clubChelsea in 2007He joined Doncaster Rovers in August 2010; Lalkovič made a total of six appearances for Doncaster before returning to Chelsea.
Lalkovič signed a season-long loan deal with Dutch club ADO Den Haag in August 2011,[] and a season-long loan deal with Portuguese club Vitória de Guimarães in July 2012. On 4 January 2013 Lalkovič was recalled by Chelsea as he was struggling to find regular playing time.
On 15 July 2013, Lalkovič signed for Walsall on a six-month loan deal. During this period, Lalkovič scored 4 times in 24 appearances. On 6 January 2014, Lalkovič extended his loan with Walsall until the end of the season. On 23 May 2014, Chelsea released Lalkovič and made him available for free transfer.
On 25 July 2014, Lalkovič signed a deal with Czech FK Mladá Boleslav.

Milan WFC MilanWFC2

Milan Lalkovič
Personal information
Full name Milan Lalkovič
Date of birth 9 December 1992 (age 23)
Place of birth Košice, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward / Winger
Club information
Current team
Portsmouth
Number 10
Youth career
Košice-Barca
1998–2007 MFK Košice
2007–2010 Chelsea
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2014 Chelsea 0 (0)
2011  Doncaster Rovers (loan) 6 (0)
2012 ADO Den Haag (loan) 2 (0)
2012–2013 Vitória de Guimarães (loan) 8 (0)
2013–2014 Walsall (loan) 38 (6)
2014–2015 Mladá Boleslav 6 (0)
2015 Barnsley 17 (0)
2015-2016 Walsall 40 (7)
2016- Portsmouth 0 (0)
National team
2007–2009 Slovakia U17 9 (2)
2009–2010 Slovakia U19 3 (0)
2011–2014 Slovakia U21 16 (1)

Walsall player 71. Sammy Smith


Sam Smith
Personal information
Full name Samuel James Smith
Date of birth 7 September 1909
Place of birth Pelsall, England

Date of death November 1994 (aged 85)
Place of death England

Playing position Centre forward

Senior career
Years                                        Team                 Apps              (Gls)
–                                        Walsall LMS                   ?                  (?)
1930–1934                         Birmingham                 31                (13)
1934–1935                         Chelsea                         0                  (0)
1935–1936                          Norwich                        1                  (0)
1936                                    Walsall                       14                  (4)
1936–19xx                          Stourbridge                   ?                 (?)

Samuel James “Sam” Smith (7 September 1909 – November 1994) was an English footballer who played as a centre forward. He scored 17 goals in 46 appearances in the Football League playing for Birmingham, Norwich andWalsall.
Smith was born in Pelsall, then in Staffordshire. He played for Walsall LMSbefore joining Birmingham in 1930. He scored twice on his debut against local rivals Aston Villa, and finished the 1931–32 season with ten goals from 15 league games, but the following season Bob Gregg regained his place alongside Joe Bradford in attack Under George Liddell, who took over from Leslie Knighton as manager, Smith played rarely, and in 1934 he followed Knighton to Chelsea. He failed to make the first team at Chelsea, and a year later moved on to Norwich City, but six months produced only one league appearance, so he returned to the Midlands with Walsall in January 1936. At the end of that season he moved into non-league football with Stourbridge