Walsall player 155. Clayton Ince


Clayton Ince  (born 12 July 1972) is a Trinidadian football goalkeeper who had lengthy spells in the English Football League at Crewe Alexandra and Walsall. He is his country’s most capped goalkeeper with 79 caps for Trinidad and Tobagoto date, his debut coming on 4 April 1997 against Barbados (the game ended in a 1–0 defeat for Trinidad and Tobago).
Ince was born in Arima. Somewhat unusually, he began his footballing career as a defender before converting to become a goalkeeper. As back-up to Michael McComie he played in goal against the then Soviet Union when Trinidad and Tobago qualified for the 1991 FIFA World Youth Championship held in Portugal, although the tournament did not go too well for his team which conceded a total of 12 goals in three group matches.
Ince began his playing career with the Chaguaramas-based club Defence Force, where he quickly established himself as one of the top goalkeepers in the Caribbean. In 1997 he was named as the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation’s Player of the Year, he has also twice been named as the Best Goalkeeper at the bi-annual Caribbean Cup.
In 1999 he went on trial to the Welsh club Wrexham (who play in the English Football League). Although he played well whilst on trial, the club could not afford to offer him a contract. However, in September of the same year he was offered a contract by Crewe Alexandra, which was accepted by Ince.
Ince spent most of his first two seasons at Crewe as understudy to Jason Kearton, the exception being a one-month loan spell at Dundee, during which time he did not actually play. After returning to Crewe in November 2000 he was placed on the transfer list, the only club who actively tried to sign him was Wrexham, whose bid failed due to a lack of funds. He was removed from the transfer list in the summer of 2001 when Kearton left the club, Ince went on to establish himself as Crewe’s first-choice goalkeeper during the 2000–01 season.
After playing in over 200 games for the club, Ince left Crewe in the summer of 2005 following the expiry of his contract. He signed for fellow Championship side Coventry City on a Bosman transfer. He failed to establish himself as a first-choice with the club, serving as understudy to successive loan signings Stephen Bywater and Márton Fülöp.
Following Trinidad and Tobago’s qualification for the 2006 World Cup, Ince made it publicly known that he wanted to leave Coventry on loan to play first-team football. He has stated that without this his place in the Trinidad and Tobago squad for the tournament would be jeopardised; although he was no longer his country’s first choice goalkeeper, the tournament perhaps represented his last realistic chance of appearing at the World Cup.
In July 2006, Ince signed for Walsall following a successful trial spell. Ince received a 10-day ban from FIFA in October 2006 after Walsall withdrew him from the Trinidad & Tobago squad without permission. He became Walsall’s first choice goalkeeper and received the League One player of the Month award in November.

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Ince during a game for Walsall
In an interview with Walsall’s official website, Ince stated that he saw the move to Walsall as the springboard to win further international caps, and had indeed regained his spot as Trinidad and Tobago’s first-choice goalkeeper following the retirement of Shaka Hislop and the unavailability of injury-prone Kelvin Jack, who were ahead of him in the pecking order at the World Cup. But following Trinidad & Tobago’s failure to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Ince had since been considering retiring from international football, stating that it wouldn’t be practical to continue playing friendlies and that he wouldn’t realistically be around for the 2014 campaign.
Ince was named in the PFA League Two Team of the Year for the 2006–07 season, and also named Walsall’s Player of the Season for the 2008–09 season. Ince had become a favourite with the Walsall fans for his numerous displays that have saved the team from losing.
On 6 May 2010, Ince had formally announced his retirement from professional football and also stated his intention to return to Trinidad to work with younger goalkeepers, but returned to professional football with Trinidadian outfit Ma Pau SC and even spoke about a possible return to International football with Trinidad and Tobago.
After a successful stint with Ma Pau as Player/Assistant Coach where he won the Toyota Classic and was named Player of the Tournament, Ince signed a two-year deal with Pro League side T&TEC FC as Player/Goalkeeping coach.

Clayton Ince

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Senior career

Years                               Team                            Apps
1991–1996                        Fulham SC                     ?
1996–1998                        KFC Memphis               ?
1998–1999                        Defence Force               ?
1999–2005                        Crewe Alexandra         123
2000                 (loan)        Dundee                          0
2005–2006                        Coventry City                1
2006–2010                        Walsall                            152
2010–2011                        Ma Pau                              ?
2011–2013                        T&TEC                                ?

National team

1997–2010                        Trinidad and Tobago      79

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Walsall player 138. Bertrand Bossu


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Bertrand Bossu (born 14 October 1980) is a French footballer who plays as a goalkeeper who played for Isthmian League Division One North club Harlow Town.
Born in Calais, Pas-de-Calais, Bossu started out as a boy at small French amateur club US Blériot-Plage, before joining Calais RUFC. When he was 16 he moved to RC Lens but never managed to play for the professional team there as he was confined to the third and fourth teams.
Bossu joined Barnet in March 2000. He made his debut and subsequently only first team appearance for Barnet on 17 May 2000 in the second leg of the play-off semi-final. Barnet were trailing 2–0 (4–1 on aggregate) away to Peterborough United when Bossu replaced the injured Lee Harrison in the Barnet goal. He conceded one more goal, giving David Farrell his hat-trick and confirming Peterborough’s place in the final.
He joined Conference side Hayes on loan in December 2000. His one-man heroics in the 1–0 win away to Boston United on 2 December ended a run of seven consecutive defeats. However, in the process Bossu broke a finger and returned to Barnet to recuperate.
He joined Rushden & Diamonds on loan in March 2001, but failed to make a first team appearance for them and was released by Barnet at the end of the season. He rejoined Hayes in August 2001, but lost his place as Hayes were relegated from the Conference. Although he began the following season as second-choice, he regained his place in the side and went on to win the Hayes Supporters’ Player of the Year Award in 2003. In the midst of this he had also become the first Hayes goalkeeper to score a goal, with a last-minute header in the game away to St Albans City.
Bossu joined Gillingham in September 2003 and made his debut later that month away to Walsall. He played just five more times that season, including the victory at home toPremier League side Charlton Athletic in the FA Cup.
In August 2004 he joined Torquay United on a three-month loan deal playing in the first two games of the season away to Bristol City and at home to Hull City the same month. However, he was sent back to Gillingham by Torquay with a knee injury, prompting a row over who should pay his wages. He joined Oldham Athletic in late October 2004, but failed to make their first team.
He was released by Gillingham at the end of the 2004–05 season, joining Darlington in August 2005. The same month he joined Accrington Stanley on loan, playing one Conference National game away to Cambridge United before returning to Darlington where he played 10 times before being released at the end of the season. He then joined Walsall in September 2006, but was released in May 2008.
After being released by Walsall, Bossu then went on trial with Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen. After impressing goalkeeping coach Jim Leighton, he was offered a contract with the Scottish club. Bossu left Aberdeen in August 2009 after only three appearances for the club.
He signed for Crewe Alexandra on a two-month contract on 28 October following a successful trial. However, he left six days later after asking for his contract to be cancelled.

Bertrand Bossu
Personal information
Full name Bertrand Bossu
Date of birth 14 October 1980 (age 35
Place of birth Calais, France
Height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Gravelines
Youth career
1989–1997 Calais RUFC
1997–1999 RC Lens
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 RC Lens 0 (0)
2000–2001 Barnet 1 (0)
2000 Hayes (loan) 1 (0)
2001  Rushden & Diamonds (loan) 0 (0)
2001–2003 Hayes 60 (1)
2003–2005 Gillingham 4 (0)
2004 Torquay United (loan) 2 (0)
2004  Oldham Athletic (loan) 0 (0)
2005–2006 Darlington 9 (0)
2005  Accrington Stanley (loan) 1 (0)
2006–2008 Walsall 1 (0)
2008–2009 Aberdeen 1 (0)
2009 Crewe Alexandra 0 (0)
2011–2013 Harlow Town 22 (0)
2013–2015 Calais RUFC 0 (0)
2015– Gravelines 0 (0)

Walsall player 27. Albert Mullard


Albert Mullard
Personal information
Full name Albert Thomas Mullard
Date of birth 22 November 1920
Place of birth Tamworth, England

Date of death 27 May 1984 (aged 63)
Place of death Bilston, England

Playing position Right-half / Inside forward

Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Hinckley United (?)
1938–1949 Walsall 67 (13)
1949–1950 Crewe Alexandra 44 (14)
1950–1951 Stoke City 21 (3)
1951–1956 Port Vale 163 (22)
Northwich Victoria ? (?)
Wednesbury Tube ? ?
TOTAL 295+ (52+)
Albert Mullard was born to Albert Ernest Mullard and Sarah Mullard (who outlived all three of her sons, Albert, Eric and Arthur) on 22 November 1920. His father died whilst Mullard was in his teens, which was possibly due to wounds sustained during the First World War, having been wounded three times during his service in the South Wales Borderers and then the Machine Gun Corps.
He signed for Walsall in 1938 but as with many young men at that time, his career would be interupted by War! Mullard worked as a labourer at a brickworks, but enlisted in the Royal Marines on 24 September 1940. He was posted to North Africa and was eventually sent to Crete as part of MNDBO1 (Marine Naval Base Defence Organisation). He participated in the Battle of Crete in May 1941 and was captured by German Mountain Troops on 31 May 1941 while fighting in the rearguard action to defend the British evacuation at Sfakia.
He was moved to mainland Europe after his capture, spending time at Stalag III-D at Steglitz (suburb of Berlin) then transferred to Stalag IV-D at Torgau, before being liberated by US troops in April 1945.I cannot find any information of him being decorated for his wartime activities! During his captivity in Germany he regularly corresponded via letter with his future wife, née Mary Rickuss who he had met briefly at a family function prior to his enlistment. Whilst a POW he played football for a Royal Marine side after his mother sent him his football boots in a Red Cross parcel. On his return to the United Kingdom he contemplated staying in the Marines, but married Mary Rickuss and embarked on a career as a professional footballer.
Mullard, a “good all-round player”, played for Hinckley United, before entering the Football League with Harry Hibbs’s Walsall in the 1946–47 season. The “Saddlers” finished fifth in the Third Division South in 1946–47, third in 1947–48, and 14th in 1948–49. In his three years at Fellows Park, he scored 13 goals in 61 league games. In June 1949 he joined Arthur Turner’s Crewe Alexandra,[4] but left Gresty Road after the “Railwaymen” posted a seventh place finish in the Third Division North in 1949–50 season.
Stoke City manager Bob McGrory paid £8,000 to bring Mullard to the Victoria Ground in August 1950. He scored four goals in 16 games in1950–51, one each against Manchester United and Aston Villa, and two against rivals Port Vale in the FA Cup. He scored once in seven First Division games in 1951–52, before he and £10,000 were traded to Third Division South side Port Vale in September 1951, in exchange for Alan Martin.
Mullard was the “Valiants” leading scorer in the 1951–52 campaign with 13 goals in 35 games. Though signed by Ivor Powell, he remained a consistent first team player under new boss Freddie Steele. He scored seven goals in 43 appearances in 1952–53, as Vale finished second in the Third Division North. He was an ever-present during the 1953–54 campaign, as the club won the league title and reached the FA Cup semi-finals. He played at right-half throughout the campaign, and so only found the net once in 54 games. He scored once in 37 Second Division games in 1954–55, but only featured seven times in 1955–56 as he tore a groin muscle. He was transferred to Cheshire County League side Northwich Victoria in the summer of 1956. He later played in the Wolverhampton Works League for Wednesbury Tube.
Arthur Mullard passed away on the 27th May 1984 of Cancer, He left behind a wife and two daughters