Walsall Player 176. Ally Brown


Alistair “Ally” Brown (born 12 April 1951) is a Scottish former football player who played as a striker. He made 496 league appearances over an eighteen-year career in the Football League, scoring 141 goals.

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He began his career at Leicester City, and helped to fire the “Foxes” to promotion out of the Second Division in 1970–71. He then helped the club to win the 1971 Charity Shield, before he moved on to West Bromwich Albion. He helped the “Baggies” to win promotion out of the Second Division in 1975–76, before helping the club to qualify for European football. He spent some time in 1981 playing in America for the Portland Timbers. In 1983 he moved to Walsall via Crystal Palace. He signed with Port Vale in July 1984, and helped the “Valiants” to win promotion out of the Fourth Division in 1985–86, before he retired in May 1986. A quality finisher, he was the top-scorer over the course of at least one season at Leicester, West Brom, Walsall, and Port Vale. He later worked as a pub landlord and warehouseman in the Midlands.
Brown started his career at Leicester City, who were relegated out of the First Division in 1968–69. They finished third in the Second Division in 1969–70, two points shy of promotion. Brown finished as the club’s top scorer in 1970–71 with 17 goals, as Leicester claimed promotion as the division’s champions under Frank O’Farrell’s stewardship. He played in the 1971 FA Charity Shield victory over Liverpool at Filbert Street. He was the club’s top scorer again in 1971–72 under Jimmy Bloomfield, scoring seven goals, including one against rivals Nottingham Forest. He made 121 appearances for the “Foxes” in all competitions, scoring 35 goals. He then left Filbert Street for West Bromwich Albion.
West Brom suffered relegation out of the First Division under Don Howe in 1972–73, finishing four points short of safety. They finished five places and five points off the promotion places in 1973–74, before finishing three places and eight points short of promotion in 1974–75. Johnny Giles was then appointed as manager at The Hawthorns in July 1975, and Brown finished as the club’s top scorer in 1975–76 with ten goals, as Albion secured the third and final promotion place by a one point margin. They then finished seventh in 1976–77. Despite a managerial merry-go-round that saw Ronnie Allen replaced by John Wile and then Ron Atkinson, Albion managed to secure European football with a sixth place finish in 1977–78. Brown scored 18 goals in 41 appearances in 1978–79, playing up front with Laurie Cunningham and Cyrille Regis, as the “Baggies” posted a third place finish, some nine points behind champions Liverpool. They dropped to 10th in 1979–80, before shooting back up fourth in 1980–81, eight points behind champions Aston Villa. Brown played for Portland Timbers on loan in 1981, scoring nine goals and bagging six assists in 24 NASL appearances for Vic Crowe’s side. However Atkinson left West Brom in 1981, along with Bryan Robson and Remi Moses, and Ronnie Allen could only take the club to two points above the drop zone in 1981–82. New boss Ron Wylie took the club back up to 11th in 1982–83, the last of Brown’s ten seasons at the club. He made a total of 279 league appearances for the “Baggies”, scoring 72 goals.
Brown played for Second Division Crystal Palace in 1983, before moving on to Alan Buckley’s Walsall in the Third Division. He finished as the club’s top scorer in 1983–84 with 15 goals, his only season at Fellows Park. In July 1984 he joined Port Vale, then in the Fourth Division under John Rudge’s stewardship, making his debut in a 1–0 defeat to Mansfield Town at Vale Park on 25 August 1984. With 21 goals in 49 games in the 1984–85 season he became the club’s top scorer, forming a deadly midfield pairing with Robbie Earle However the next season he struggled with injuries and retired from the game in May 1986, at the age of 35. His six goals in 33 games did though help the secure the “Valiants” the fourth automatic promotion place.

 

SENIOR CAREER
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1971 Leicester City 101 (32)
1971–1983 West Bromwich Albion 279 (72)
1981  Portland Timbers (loan) 24 (9)
1983 Crystal Palace 11 (2)
1983–1984 Walsall 38 (13)
1984–1986 Port Vale 67 (22)
TOTAL 520 (150)

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.”

Walsall player 25 Martyn O’Conner


Walsall Born Walsall Player 25 Martyn O’conner
Posted on October 12, 2014
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Martyn O’Connor
Personal information
Full name Martyn O’Connor
Date of birth 10 December 1967 (age 48)
Place of birth Walsall, England

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

Youth career
1991–1992 Bromsgrove Rovers

Senior career
Years Team Apps
1992–1994 Crystal Palace 4
1993 Walsall (loan) 10
1994–1996 Walsall 94
1996 Peterborough United 18
1996–2002 Birmingham City 186
2002–2003 Walsall 48
2003–2005 Shrewsbury Town 56
2005–2006 Kidderminster Harriers 12
Total 428
National team
2000 Cayman Islands 2 (requires verification)
Teams managed
2009–2011 Walsall (assistant manager)
Martyn started his career at Bromsgrove Rovers in the early 1990s before moving to Crystal Palace. He then spent the first of three spells at Walsall, joining on loan in March 1993 before signing permanently the following year. His most prominent role at the Saddlers was winning promotion to Division Two in 1995.
He then joined Peterborough United along with Scottie Houghton,(Peterborogh, seem to have a habit of taking two of our players as later they took Westwood and Keates) but he didn’t complete a season with them, before they sold him, to Birmingham City, whom O’Connor represented in the 2001 Football League Cup Final against Liverpool, which Birmingham lost in a penalty shootout.
Martyn re-joined Walsall in 2002, but when his contract was not renewed, at the end of the 2002–03 season. He then signed for Shrewsbury Town in July 2003, playing around 50 games for the Shrews, before ending his playing career with Kidderminster Harriers playing a round a dozen games.
On 20 January 2009, he was named assistant manager to Chris Hutchings at Walsall, but the pair were sacked on 3 January 2011 after a series of poor results left Walsall bottom of Football League One. He was always positive in his play as well as being hard working! Another player that the fans took to their hearts!
O’Connor was called up to the Cayman Islands national football team in 2000, but FIFA soon ruled that he could not play for them. The Cayman Islands had been attempting to exploit their status as a British Overseas Territory by picking British passport holders who would not ordinarily be eligible to play for them. However his record shows that he played 2 games for them (Is this true or not?)
For some strange reason i can find games played but cannot find a record of goals scored! Maybe someone can help!!