Walsall player 121. Alec Jackson

Alec J

 Alec Jackson
Personal information
Full name Alec Jackson
Date of birth 29 May 1937 (age 79)
Place of birth Tipton, England

Playing position Winger / Inside-forward

Senior career
Years                            Team                                    Apps       (Gls)
1954–1964              West Bromwich Albion           192        (50)
1964–1967              Birmingham City                        78        (11)
1967–1968              Walsall                                           38         (7)
Alec Jackson (born 29 May 1937) is an English former footballer who played as a winger or inside-forward. During his professional career he represented West Bromwich Albion, Birmingham City and Walsall.
Jackson was born in Tipton, Staffordshire. He joined West Bromwich Albion as an amateur in May 1954 and turned professional in September of the same year. He became the youngest player to score a league goal for the club when he scored on his debut against Charlton Athletic in November 1954. He would spent another decade at Albion, who were a First Division side but didn’t win any trophies while he was playing for them; they had just won the FA Cup when he made his debut.
He scored 52 goals in 208 appearances for Albion before moving to Birmingham City in 1964. He was in the Birmingham team that suffered relegation from the old First Division in 1965 and stayed at the club for two more seasons.
In 1967 he signed for Walsall where he spent one season.
He later dropped down into non-league football, playing for Nuneaton Borough, Kidderminster Harriers, Warley, Oldbury Town, Warley Borough, Darlaston, Blakenhall, Lower Gornal, Rushall Olympic and Bush Rangers.
After his professional football career was over Alec went on to work on the track, making cars at the Austin works in Longbridge, Birmingham

Update from David Evans. With Rhanks.

Pleasure. Just been reading your Alec Jackson blog and I thought the info the net gave you wasnt quite right. I checked our apps and results and you may have to edit the part where he joined us.
Here is what I found…Alec joined Walsall in February 1967 and scored 5 goals in 17 outings. In 67-8 he scored twice in 19 Third Division games. He scored the winner in the FA Cup replay at Crystal Palace to set up a mouth watering tie against Liverpool in Round 4 and in the FL Cup scored against West Ham in Walsall’s 5-1 defeat up against Bobby Moore, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst.


Walsall player 69. Ray Shaw

Full name Raymond Shaw
Date of birth 18 May 1913
Place of birth Walsall, England

Date of death August 1980 (aged 67)
Playing position Wing half

Youth career
–                                Walsall

Senior career
Years                              Team                  Apps        (Gls)
–                               Streetly Works             ?              (?)
–                                 Darlaston                    ?              (?)
1937–1947               Birmingham              12             (0)
Teams managed
1964–1968 Walsall
Raymond “Ray” Shaw (18 May 1913 – August 1980) was an English professional footballer and manager who played in the Football League forBirmingham.
Shaw was born in Walsall, Staffordshire. He began his football career as an amateur with Walsall, and played local football for Streetly Works and for Darlaston, before turning professional with Birmingham in 1937. He made his debut in the First Division on 25 September 1937 as an emergency centre forward in a 2–1 defeat at Preston North End. He played only occasionally over the next two seasons, but was first choice (at his more normal position of left half) at the start of the 1939–40 season which was abandoned on the outbreak of the Second World War. Shaw made 111 appearances for the club in the wartime leagues, and a few more when the Football League resumed in 1946, before retiring as a player to join Birmingham’s coaching staff.
He succeeded Alf Wood as manager of Walsall in October 1964, stabilising the club in mid-table in the Third Division and twice leading them to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup

. After three-and-a-half years in post, he handed over to Dick Graham and took up a coaching position with Leicester City.
Ray Shaw died in August 1980 at the age of 67

Walsall player 62.Trevor Meath

Trevor Meath


Trevor Meath
Personal information
Full name Trevor John Meath
Date of birth 20 March 1944 (age 72)
Place of birth Wednesbury, Staffordshire, England
Playing position Midfielder

Senior career
Years                                                         Team                           Apps        (Gls)
–                                                         Darlaston
1964–1969                                          Walsall                                 67          (11)
1969–1972                                         Lincoln City                          43           (5)

                                                                Total                                     110          (16)
Trevor John Meath (born 20 March 1944) is an English former footballer, the position he played, was a midfielder, he began his career in non-league football with Darlaston Town. Trevor  made 110 appearances in the Football League playing for Walsall and Lincoln City, whom he joined in October 1969 for a £6,000 fee. His career ended prematurely after an injury sustained in a match in October 1971.

Walsall player 49. Tom Butler

49. Tom Butler
Personal information
Full name Thomas Butler
Place of birth Darlaston, England

Date of death 11 November 1923
Place of death Hackney, England

Playing position Inside-left

Youth career

Senior career
Years                                                             Team                     Apps              (Gls)
1921–1922                                                   Walsall                      28                (12)
1922                                                             Darlaston                    ?                  ? 1922–1923                                                                                         Port Vale                  32                 (11)
                                                                        Total                       60                (23)
Thomas “Tom” Butler (died 11 November 1923) was an English footballer who played as an inside-left. He played 60 league games in the Football League, scoring 23 goals. He played for non-league Willenhall, before spending the 1921–22 season at Walsall. He joined Port Vale via Darlaston in December 1922. He broke his arm in a game on 3 November 1923, and died eight days later from a subsequent tetanus infection.
Butler started his career at Birmingham & District League side Willenhall, before joining Walsall in 1921. He played 28 Third Division North games for the “Saddlers” in 1921–22, scoring 12 goals. He then returned to semi-professional football with Darlaston Town..
He had a one-month trial at Second Division Port Vale in December 1922, and manager Joe Schofield signed him permanently for £100 the following month. Butler was a huge success in the 1922–23 season, becoming top scorer with nine goals in 26 games. At the end of the season he played in a defeat to local rivals Stoke in the North Staffordshire Infirmary Cup.
He started 1923–24 by scoring in a defeat to Stoke at The Old Recreation Ground. However, after scoring in a 1–1 draw with Clapton Orient on 3 November he suffered a compound fracture of the left arm; he died from tetanus (also called lockjaw) eight days later in Hackney Hospital after complications had set in. When you see items like this you have to appreciate how far football has come in the way they look after the health of their players.

Walsall player 45 Harry Wait Snr.

Harry Wait
Born Darlaston 1892 died 1974
Now here was a great man, as far as Walsall football Club are concerned! A Man who there is very little information about.. Harry played for Darlaston in the Birmingham and District League for 15 years. He was signed for Walsall by Joe Burchall , at the ripe old age of 31 years old.. Lots of people thought that Joe had made a big mistake signing some one of that age who had no experience outside non league football. They were saying that after the two good goalkeepers before him (Dick Mann andCyril Houghton) that it was foolish. However Harry soon made his mark, after his full debut against Rotherham in August 1923, He went on a run of 200 games without missing a game. He then missed a cup replay against Middlesboro in January 1929, with of all things, A BOIL.
Walsall signed Roy John and Fred Biddlestone and after a handfull of games as a standin, Harry decided to retire in May 1932, but surprisingly in 1936 he was recalled to duty in the first team in an emergency when no goalkeeper was available. This return meant that he is still the oldest player in the History of the club to wear a Walsall Shirt in a first class game, and made the total games played to around 275-8. However he stayed at the club in various positions for 37 years, serving as player assistant trainer and groundsman. Harry was given a testimonial game against a Midland All Star eleven in 1957 which Walsall lost 7 – 0. Harry lived right by Fellows Park in Wallows Lane.

Walsall player 43 Brian Taylor

Brian (Joseph) Taylor

Date of birth 24 March 1937 (age 78)    Died June 10th 2015
Place of birth Walsall, England
Playing position Winger

Youth career
1952–1954 Walsall

Senior career
    Years                                             Team                             Apps
1954–1958                                     Walsall                               77
1958–1961                                     Birmingham City                54
1961–1963                                     Rotherham United              42
1963–1965                                     Shrewsbury Town              73
1965–1967                                     Port Vale                            46
1967–1968                                     Barnsley                             24
1968–1970                        Kidderminster Harriers

1970–19??                            Bromsgrove Rovers

                                                  Welshpool Town

                                                 Oswestry Town


Taylor started his career as an amateur with Walsall, and turned professional in September 1954. He made more than 70 appearances for the “Saddlers” in the Third Division South. Frank Buckley failed to keep Walsall out of the re-election zone in the 1954–55 season, and the Fellows Park outfit continued to struggle in the lower half of the table in 1955–56 and 1956–57 under the stewardship of John Love. Despite the introduction of new boss Bill Moore, a 20th place finish in 1957–58 left the club to become founder members of the Fourth Division.
He moved to First Division club Birmingham City in June 1958 in exchange for £10,000 and the inside-forward Jimmy Cochrane. Manager Arthur Turner described him as a “wonderful prospect”. He scored six goals from 30 appearances in the 1958–59 season. Each of the six was the last goal of its match: his first top-flight goal, “tearing through straight from the second-half kick-off”, helped earn his club a draw at Portsmouth, the other five all came in comfortable wins. Having come into the first team early in the 1959–60 season when Gordon Astall was injured in the home defeat of Newcastle United, Taylor suffered double vision in the reverse fixture a week later and was out for a month. He was selected regularly during October by manager Pat Beasley until a broken leg, sustained in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup semi-final win over R.U. Saint-Gilloise in mid-November, kept him out for a year. Though he returned to the first team, the injury had robbed him of much of his pace. He scored on his return, against Manchester United, and made 24 appearances during the remainder of the season, sharing the outside-left position with Billy Rudd: Taylor was preferred on a heavy pitch.
After the removal of the maximum wage in 1961, Taylor was unable to agree terms for the coming season, so Birmingham circulated other clubs inviting offers for him. By mid-September, it became clear that the remaining few contract “rebels”, Taylor included, would get no help from the League in settling their disputes with their clubs, and the Professional Footballers’ Association advised them to submit transfer requests. Taylor played four first-team matches during September, then signed for Rotherham United on 13 October for a £10,000 fee.
Rotherham were competing in the Second Division under the stewardship of Tom Johnston. Taylor quickly became an established member of the team at Millmoor with his “good crossing ability”, making a total of 26 appearances in the 1961–62 season. In the following season he was in and out of the team under new boss Danny Williams, but still managed another 20 appearances for the “Millers”.
He moved to Shrewsbury Town for the 1963–64 season. Arthur Rowley’s “Shrews” posted 11th and 16th place finishes in the Third Division in 1963–64 and 1964–65. Taylor played 73 league games in his two seasons at the Gay Meadow.
Taylor was sold to Jackie Mudie’s Port Vale for £3,000 in July 1965.] He scored three goals in 42 appearances in the 1965–66 campaign, but made just 11 appearances at Vale Park in the 1966–67 season. He was given a free transfer to Fourth Division rivals Barnsley in May 1967.
Taylor played 24 games, and helped Johnny Steele’s “Tykes” to win promotion with a second place finish in 1967–68, five points behind champions Luton Town. Despite this success, he left Oakwell and entered non-league football with Kidderminster Harriers (West Midlands (Regional) League), Bromsgrove Rovers, Welshpool Town, Oswestry Town and Darlaston.

Brian passed away June 10th 2015.

Walsall player 36. Henry Beck

Henry Alfred Beck
Date of birth 21 February 1901
Place of birth Walsall Wood, England

Date of death 1979
Playing position Centre half, Right half, Left half

Senior career
Years                      Team                  Apps  (Gls)
Rushall                    ? (?)
1921                        Walsall                     3 (1)
Darlaston                  ? (?)
Cannock Town         ? (?)
Burton Town            ? (?)
1921-1927            Walsall                     40 (0)
Stafford Rangers       ? (?)
1928                       Barrow                      29 (0)
1929-1932            York City                119 (12)
1932-1933            Wrexham                 30 (2)
–                            Glentoran                  ? (?)
–                            Dudley Town             ? (?

Henry Alfred “Harry” Beck, also known as Harold Beck, (21 February 1901 in Walsall Wood, England – 1979) was an English footballer.Information  is very scarce…..