Qalsall player 130. Dave Wilson


 

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Personal information
Full name David Wilson
Date of birth 4 October 1944 (age 72)
Place of birth Wednesfield, England

Playing position Striker
Senior career
Years                    Team                                        Apps      (Gls)
1962–1965             Nottingham Forest                   9        (1)
1965–1967             Carlisle United                          55      (23)
1967–1969             Grimsby Town                          63      (22)
1969–1970             Walsall                                         35      (10)
1970–1971             Burnley                                          13       (0)
1971–1975             Chesterfield                                 128     (21)
                                                             Total                  303     (77)

David “Dave” Wilson (born 4 October 1944 in Wednesfield) is an English former professional association football player who played as a striker, for Nottingham Forest, Carlisle, Grimsby, Walsall, Burnley and Chesterfireld.

I HOPE THAT SOMEONE OUT THERE CAN FILL IN DETAILS OF DAVE’S LIFE OF FOOTBALL AND AFTER!

Walsall player 85. Alan Birch


Personal information

Alan Birch
Date of birth 12 August 1956 (age 60)
Place of birth West Bromwich, England

Playing position Winger

Youth

1972 Walsall as an apprentice

Senior career
Years                     Team                                                   Apps       (Gls)
1973–1979              Walsall                                               191           (24)
1979–1981             Chesterfield                                        90            (35)
1981–1982             Wolverhampton Wanderers           15             (0)
1982–1983             Barnsley                                                44           (10)
1983–1984             Chesterfield                                         32             (5)
1984–1986             Rotherham United                           101           (28)
1986–1987             Scunthorpe United                            23             (2)
1987–1988             Stockport County                               20             (3)
Frickley Athletic                                       ?            ?

Total                                   511          (107)
Alan Birch (born 12 August 1956) is an English former professional footballer who played as a winger, making over 500 career appearances.He is the brother of Paul Birch who played for Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Alan arrived at Walsall as a 16 year old in 1972 after having had some trial games with West Bromwich Albion. He came through his apprentiship and signed professionaling in August/september 1973. Alam was loved by the fans for the enthusiasm and energy he gave on the field, he soon settled into the team and became a regular playing 191 times inclusive of substitute games, and scored 24 goals. He was sold to Chesterfield for a sum of around £40,000 in 1979, two years later he joined Wolves for £180,000 but never settled into the Wolverhampton system. He was sold to Barnsley and then returned to Chesterfield, Rotherham, Scunthorpe United, Stockport County and Frickley Athletic.

Here is an article from the spirites, about Alan’s time with them.

Chesterfield’s capture of Alan Birch was not only Walsall’s loss. Shortly before joining the Spireites he reportedly went to Field Mill for talks and agreed terms with Billy Bingham at Mansfield Town. Apparently, he went for lunch while the contract was drawn up and came back an hour later, to find that the Stags had sacked Bingham! Although the Stags were still keen on him, Birch decided that the move was no longer in his best interests, and the Spireites stepped in, consolidating an interest in Alan that dated back to an excellent performance for the Saddlers at Saltergate in March 1979.

Chesterfield paid £40,000 for Birchy in July 1979. He immediately became a crowd favourite and Alan graced a Chesterfield side enjoying its best spell for thirty years.His tightly-curled perm made him instantly recognisable as he executed the ‘roving brief’ that Arthur Cox gave him.He was allowed and encouraged to take people on, cut in from the wing and unleash powerful shots, and scored a number of memorable goals in this fashion.

The club finished fourth in the Third Division in his first season and one place lower in his second. A string of excellent individual performances attracted a £200,000 bid from Wolverhampton Wanderers and with a financial crisis hanging over the Spireites by a Damoclean thread, the bid was accepted. Much bitterness still surrounds the circumstances of his move to Wolves: They went into voluntary liquidation soon after signing him and re-formed, rescheduling their debts in such a way that Chesterfield did not receive the agreed fee.This was particularly hard on the Spireites, who needed the Wolves money in order to pay of a debt to Leicester so that a Football League-imposed transfer ban might be lifted. Wolves eventually coughed up a total of £177,500, very nearly all they promised, but in the eyes of many Town fans, Wolves were allowed to get away with it in order to keep a ‘big name’ alive: the same bonhomie was not shown to Chesterfield in their hour of need a few seasons later.

Walsall Player 80. Peter Till


Full name Peter Till
Date of birth 7 September 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Walsall, England

Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Winger

Club information
Current team Halesowen Town

Youth career
?–2004 Birmingham City

Senior career
Years                                          Team                      Apps       (Gls)
2004–2007                           Birmingham City         0          (0)
2005–2006  (loan)            Scunthorpe United     10         (0)
2006 (loan)                           Boston United            16          (1)
2006 (loan)                           Leyton Orient              4          (0)
2006–2007 (loan)                Grimsby Town             7          (0)
2007–2009                           Grimsby Town            65          (4)
2009 (loan)                           Chesterfield                16          (0)
2009–2010                            Walsall                       28          (0)
2010–2011                             York City                    41          (4)
2011–2012                             Fleetwood Town        18          (1)
2012–2013                            Tamworth                    31          (1)
2013–2014                            Solihull Moors             18           (2)
2014                                       Leamington                 12           (0)
2014–                                   Halesowen Town          5            (0)

Peter Till (born 7 September 1985) is an English semi-professional footballer who plays for Halesowen Town as a winger.
Till started his career with the Birmingham City youth system before making his first team debut in 2005. He was loaned to Scunthorpe United, Boston United, Leyton Orient and Grimsby Town, whom he joined permanently in 2007. Till made an appearance at Wembley Stadium in the 2008 Football League Trophy Final and was loaned to Chesterfield in 2009. He was released after making over 80 appearances for Grimsby and subsequently joined hometown club Walsall. Being released after one season with the club, he joined York City of the Conference Premier in 2010. Till signed for Fleetwood Town a year later and won the Conference Premier title in his one season with the club.

Peter with Troy Deeney at Walsall

Born in Walsall, West Midlands, Till came through the Birmingham City youth system after joining the club as a schoolboy and he signed a two-year professional contract in July 2005. He was included in the matchday first team squad on a few occasions during the 2004–05 season, with Academy manager Stewart Hall commenting “When he has trained and worked with the first team he has looked very good and he has had an excellent season in the reserves and looked a real threat”. He made his debut as an 85th minute substitute in a 2–0 victory over League One team Scunthorpe United in the League Cup on 20 September 2005. Till was loaned to Scunthorpe United for a month on 5 October 2005 after being brought to their attention in the game weeks earlier, with manager Brian Laws commenting “I’ve watched him twice more since our game and I’ve liked what I’ve seen”. His debut came two days later in a 2–0 victory over Tranmere Rovers The loan deal was extended until January 2006 after Till impressed Laws. He returned to Birmingham on 9 January 2006, having made only 10 appearances for Scunthorpe due to injury and illness.
Till was loaned out again on 13 January 2006, joining League Two team Boston United He made his debut a day later in a 1–0 victory at Chester City and his only goal came in a 3–1 victory over Bury on 21 January 2006. On 31 January 2006, the loan was extended until the end of the 2005–06 season and he finished his spell at the club with 16 appearances and one goal. Till joined League One team Leyton Orient on a one-month loan on 6 October 2006. His debut came the following day, making the starting line-up in a 0–0 draw with Chesterfield and he picked up an injury on his final appearance, a 3–1 defeat to Bristol City in the Football League Trophy on 1 November 2006. Orient opted not to extend Till’s loan and his period at the club ended on 4 November 2006 with five appearances to his name.
Having failed to establish himself at Birmingham, Till joined Grimsby Town of League Two on an initial one-month loan on 23 November 2006. Tony Butcher of Cod Almighty described him as an “instant hit with wonderful wingery” on his debut in a 2–0 victory over Accrington Stanley on 25 November 2006. After impressing manager Alan Buckley during his loan at Blundell Park, Grimsby agreed a deal with Birmingham and offered Till a permanent contract. He eventually joined Grimsby on a two-and-a-half-year contract on 5 January 2007, having already made seven appearances for the team during the 2006–07 season. His first appearance following his permanent transfer was a 2–0 defeat to Chester on 9 January 2007. Till received the firstyellow card of his career in a 1–0 defeat to Swindon Town on 17 March 2007 and he finished the season with 22 appearances.
His first appearance of the 2007–08 season came in a 1–1 draw with Notts County on 11 August 2007 and his first goal came in a 4–1 victory over Huddersfield Town in the Football League Trophy on 4 September 2007. He played six games and scored two goals in Grimsby’s Football League Trophy run in the 2007–08 season, which saw Grimsby reach the final. Till started the game as Grimsby were beaten 2–0 by Milton Keynes Dons (MK Dons) at Wembley Stadium on 30 March 2008. He finished the season with 44 appearances and four goals
Till started the 2008–09 season by playing in a 0–0 draw with Rochdale on 9 August 2008 and he scored in the local derby against League Two rivals Lincoln City at Sincil Bank in a 1–1 draw on 30 August Till joined fellow League Two team Chesterfield on a one-month loan on 15 January 2009, having made 21 appearances and scored two goals for Grimsby up to that point during the season. He made his debut in a 3–1 victory at Chester on 17 January 2009 and in February the loan was extended until the end of the season after impressing manager Lee Richardson. Grimsby released him on 30 April 2009 and in retrospect he commented “It has been a wake-up call if I am honest. I have realised that I can’t coast if I want to get to where I want to be. I have to give 110 per cent every day, not just in games”. Till finished the loan at Chesterfield with 16 appearances.
Till signed for League One side Walsall on a free transfer on a one-year contract on 23 July 2009 following a successful trial with the club. He commented “To be at my hometown club gives me an extra incentive to do well”. His debut came in a 1–0 victory at Brighton & Hove Albion on 8 August 2009, in which he was substituted in the 88th minute. Till suffered a hamstring injury in September 2009, which allowed midfielder Mark Bradley to get a run in the team. After returning to fitness he made his comeback as a 74th minute substitute in a 1–0 defeat at MK Dons on 10 October 2009 and started on his next appearance, which was a 2–1 defeat at Colchester United on 24 October. He picked up a minor injury in a 1–1 draw with Charlton Athleticon 2 February 2010 and he was able to feature in the next game, a 0–0 draw with Bristol Rovers. During Walsall’s 2–1 victory at Leeds United on 16 February 2010 he picked up a hamstring injury and he returned to the team after entering a 2–0 defeat at Leyton Orient on 13 March as a 77th minute substitute. He finished an injury-hit 2009–10 season with 30 appearances for Walsall before the club released him on 10 May 2010.
Till signed a one-year contract with Conference Premier club York City on 29 June 2010 and following the move he said “I spoke to a number of clubs but this felt right. The gaffer made me feel really wanted so that was a key decision in coming”. He made his debut in the opening game of the 2010–11 season as a 38th minute substitute for Levi Mackin in a 2–1 defeat to Kidderminster Harriers on 14 August 2010. His first goal for York came in his next appearance after he scored the equaliser in a 2–2 draw at Bath City on 21 August 2010 after entering the game as a 74th minute substitute. Till made his first start in a 3–0 victory against Altrincham on 28 August 2010 and he was substituted in the 82nd minute. He scored his first home goal with the opener as York beat Rushden & Diamonds 2–0 on 4 September 2010. He finished the season with 45 appearances and four goals.

Peter at Solihull Boro

Till agreed on 25 May 2011 to sign for Conference Premier rivals Fleetwood Town on a two-year contract after the expiration of his York contract. Due to a knee injury,[ he had to wait until 12 November 2011 to make his Fleetwood debut, when he entered their 2–0 FA Cup first round victory over League One team Wycombe Wanderers as a substitute in stoppage time. Till finished the season with 22 appearances and one goal as Fleetwood won the Conference Premier title and thus promotion to League Two, before being released by the club after having his contract cancelled by mutual consent on 3 July 2012.
Till signed for Conference Premier side Tamworth on 19 July 2012.

He made a scoring debut for Tamworth in the opening game of the 2012–13 season with the first goal of a 3–2 victory away at Hyde on 11 August 2012. He finished the season with 34 appearances and one goal.
Till signed for Solihull Moors of the Conference North on 6 June 2013.
He signed for Solihull’s Conference North rivals Leamington on 22 January 2014.
Till joined newly promoted Northern Premier League Premier Division club Halesowen Town on 12 June 2014.

Peter at Tamworth

Till plays as winger on the left or right sides and his play has been described as “tricky”. He has described himself as an old-fashioned winger, saying “I am very quick, very fit. I like to get at the full-back – an old-fashioned winger type, if you like. I like to cause the full-back problems and get my crosses in and link up with our full-back as well”. Walsall manager Chris Hutchings described him as “an attacking wide-man with pace who is not afraid to take people on” in 2009. Till is also able to play as a striker
His father Peter, Sr. is a former professional boxer.