Walsall player 129. Bert Williams


Bert Goalie
Personal information
Full name Bert Frederick Williams MBE

Bert MBE
Date of birth 31 January 1920
Place of birth Bradley, Staffordshire, England

Date of death 19 January 2014 (aged 93)
Place of death Wolverhampton, West Midlands

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

Youth career
Thompson’s FC
Senior career
Years                      Team                                             Apps     (Gls)
1937–1945               Walsall                                              25      (0)
1945–1959               Wolverhampton Wanderers             381      (0)
National team
1949                        England B                                           1       (0)
1949–1955               England                                             30       (0)


Bert Frederick Williams MBE (31 January 1920 – 19 January 2014) was an English international football goalkeeper. Nicknamed The Cat, he spent the majority of his playing career at Wolverhampton Wanderers where he won the League Championship and FA Cup. At the time of his death Williams was the oldest living England international.
Williams started playing competitive football as a young man when he was a member of the 19th Wolverhampton Company of The Boys’ Brigade (Bradley Methodist Church). He was then offered the chance to play for Walsall’s reserves, whilst playing for Thompson’s FC, the works team of the local factory he was employed at. He was taken on permanently and turned professional in April 1937, and because he is remembered for his Wolves career, people forgot that he played for Walsall.(His time at Walsall was interrupted by the second World War) The outbreak of World War II halted his progress, after two seasons of playing, as he joined the RAF and also acted as a Physical Training instructor. He found time in between his duties to turn out as a guest for both Nottingham Forest and Chelsea in friendlies.
With the conflict over, Williams resumed his career by signing for First Division Wolverhampton Wanderers in September 1945 for £3,500. He immediately became first choice at the Molineux club, making his official debut when league football resumed on 31 August 1946 in a 6–1 win over Arsenal, a game that was also the Wolves début of Johnny Hancocks.
He gained his first honour in 1949 as the team lifted the FA Cup after defeating Leicester City. His part in winning this prize saw him rewarded with an England call-up later that month, as he made his international debut on 22 May 1949 in a 3–1 friendly win in France. He held onto the goalkeeper’s jersey through the 1950 FIFA World Cup, and at that tournament played in England’s surprise defeat to the USA.
He won the league title with Wolves in 1953–54. In total, he made 420 appearances for Wolves.
After ending his football career, he ran a sports shop in Bilston, a sporting centre and lived near Shifnal in Shropshire.
Williams was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours for services to football and to charity


Walsall player 126. Phil Parkes


Personal information
Full name Philip Benjamin Neil Frederick Parkes
Date of birth 8 August 1950 (age 66)
Place of birth Sedgley, England

Playing position Goalkeeper

Senior career
Years               Team                                   Apps  (Gls)
1968–1970         Walsall                                  52     (0)
1970–1979         Queens Park Rangers       406     (0)
1979–1990         West Ham United                 344     (0)

Phil P

1990–1991         Ipswich Town                          3     (0)
National team
1974                 England U21                            1      (0)
1978                 England                                   1      (0)

Philip Benjamin Neil Frederick “Phil” Parkes (born 8 August 1950, Sedgley, Staffordshire, England) is a former football goalkeeper.
He was a pupil at Dormston School from September 1961 to December 1965.
Beginning his football career at Walsall, turning professional in 1968, he made nearly 100 appearances in the Black Countrybefore moving to London, signing for Queens Park Rangers for £15,000 in June 1970. His QPR debut was on Saturday 22 August 1970 in a 3–1 defeat at home to Leicester City.
Parkes was part of the QPR team that reached the last eight of the FA Cup in 1974 and were League runners-up to Liverpool in 1976. Many observers consider that side, managed by Dave Sexton, the finest team never to have won the League. His club career at QPR spanned 344 league appearances (406 in all competitions). He gained his only England cap during this period, against Portugal in 1974.
Parkes was sold to West Ham United in 1979 for £565,000, a world record for a goalkeeper at the time. It is reported that Sexton, who by then was manager of Manchester United, put in six bids for the player but saw them all turned down. It was only the half million pound bid from West Ham United that QPR chairman Jim Gregory could not resist. Upon John Lyall’s signing of Parkes it was thought that he was a huge risk due to the severity of the condition of his knees but his signing was to pay off as Parkes was to remain first choice keeper for the next ten years. Despite this longevity, however, he only ever gained one piece of silverware, when West Ham beat Arsenal 1–0 to win the 1980 FA Cup Final.
Parkes appeared as himself in Thunderbolt and Smokey! in the boys strip Eagle in 1982, giving a coaching session to a schoolboy striker who was having to play in goal in a cup semi-final due to the regular keeper being injured.
Although Parkes collected just one major trophy during his long playing career, his time at Upton Park saw him come close to picking up honours more than once later on in the 1980s. He was on the losing side in the 1981 Football League Cup Final against Liverpool, the same year that he collected a Second Division title medal as the Hammers returned to the First Division after three years away. In 1983–84, the Hammers were in the title race mid season but fell away to finish ninth. They re-emerged as title challengers in 1985–86 and were in the hunt for the title right up to the end of April, finally finishing third. He also helped them reach the League Cup semi-finals in 1988–89, but it was a disappointing season for the Hammers who were then relegated to the Second Division. Parkes had sat out much of the season despite new signing Allen McKnight making many mistakes before Parkes was finally reinstated as first choice. Parkes finished his West Ham career having played exactly the same number of league games for them as he had for QPR – 344.
In 1990, he left the Hammers on a free transfer after 11 years and linked up with John Lyall who had returned to management at Ipswich Town. He played three league games in 1990–91 and moved into coaching.
In 2003, an official West Ham United members poll for the greatest West Ham XI named him as the team’s goalkeeper, beating Ludek Miklosko to that position. He is considered by QPR supporters to be one of the three best goalkeepers in the club’s history, the others being Reg Allen and David Seaman.
Parkes had great ability, and was unfortunate to only ever win one England cap. He would have won a second soon after his first as, during a game against Wales in 1976, the manager Don Revie said Parkes would play the second-half, but at half-time with the score still at 0–0 Revie decided to keep Ray Clemence on. After the game Parkes went home and said to his wife he would never make himself available for England again.

Walsall player 111. Derek Statham

Personal information
Full name Derek James Statham
Date of birth 24 March 1959 (age 57)
Place of birth Wolverhampton, England

Playing position Full-back

picture card by Paninni


West Bromwich Albion

Senior career
Years                          Team                                      Apps      (Gls)
1977–1987                West Bromwich Albion       373         (11)
1987–1989                Southampton                           64          (2)
1989–1991                Stoke City                                   49          (1)
1991–1993                 Walsall                                        58          (0)
1993–1994                Telford United                           34          (0)
                                     Total                                           488         (11)
National team
 1977–1982                  England U21                               6         (0)
1983                                England                                      3          (0)

Derek James Statham (born 24 March 1959) is a former English footballer who played at defensive left-back. He played for West Bromwich Albion (373), Southampton(64), Stoke City (49) and Walsall (58).
Statham won three international caps for England in 1983 under the management of Bobby Robson.
Statham was born in Wolverhampton and began his career with West Bromwich Albion where he earned a reputation as a solid, classy defender with excellent passing ability. He made over 330 league and cup appearances for West Brom, playing for several years alongside Bryan Robson and the ‘Three Degrees’ of Cyrille Regis, Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson in an impressive side assembled by Ron Atkinson. In total Statham spent 12 years at the Hawthorns making 373 appearances for the club, scoring 11 goals in all competitions.He helped Albion win the FA youth cup in 1976 and qualify for the UEFA Cup in 1978, 1979 and 1981.
Statham left West Brom for Southampton in 1987 the fee being in the region of £200,000, playing alongside a young Alan Shearer (in his first professional season) and Matthew Le Tissier, and was an immediate success winning the club’s player of the season award for 1987–88. He stayed at Southampton for the 1988–89 season before joining Stoke City (75,000 + £25,000 if he played 40 games) in August 1989. He played 21 times for Stoke in 1989–90 as the team suffered relegation to the Third Division. He played in 28 games in 1990–91 before being released at the end of the season.
He joined Walsall on a free transfer, where he played his final professional game in the 1992–93 season. His last team were semi-professional side Telford United in the English Football Conference, where he was a mainstay for the 1993–94 season.
In 2004 he was named as one of West Bromwich Albion’s 16 greatest ever players, in a poll organised as part of the club’s 125th anniversary celebrations.

Walsall player 108. Ashley Hemmings

Personal information
Full name Ashley Josiah Hemmings
Date of birth 3 March 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Wolverhampton, England

Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Forward / Winger

Club information
Current team Mansfield

Number 23
Youth career
?–2009 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Senior career
Years                              Team                                               Apps   (Gls)
2009–2012                    Wolverhampton Wanderers        2        (0)
2009            Loan           Cheltenham Town                          1        (0)
2010–2011   Loan          Torquay United                               9        (0)
2011–2012   Loan           Plymouth Argyle                           23      (2)
2012–2014                       Walsall                                              43      (3)
2014            Loan             Burton Albion                                   2      (0)
2014–                                Dagenham & Redbridge                14      (1)

2016                                    Mansfield                                           0           (0)
National team
2007                                  England U17                                    1       (0)
Ashley Josiah Hemmings (born 3 March 1991) is an English footballer who plays for Mansfield Town as either a striker or winger. He began his career with Wolverhampton Wanderers before being released by them in 2012, by then having also had loan spells at Cheltenham Town, Torquay United and Plymouth Argyle. Hemmings is a product of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ academy, having been with the club since age nine, and has represented England at youth level.He signed a professional contract age 17 in February 2009 and soon went on loan for a month to gain first team experience at League One side Cheltenham Town, where he made his senior debut against Millwall. He made his Wolves debut as a substitute against Barnsley on 25 April 2009 in which the club clinched the Championship title; he also featured as a substitute against Doncaster Rovers a week later on the final day of the season.
To gain further first team experience, he went on a month’s loan to League Two side Torquay United in October 2010 making his debut on 23 October, as a substitute, in a 1–1 draw at Gillingham. In the second round of a FA Cup, Hemmings provided a winning goal for Billy Kee as Torquay beat Walsall 1–0. However, after making nine league appearance, Hemmings loan spell at Torquay United had ended, despite having it extended until the end of the season.
In November 2011, he moved on loan to League Two side Plymouth Argyle until January 2012. He scored his first senior goal on his debut for the Pilgrims against Northampton Town; then scored his second goal, which turns out to be a winner and provided a double assist in a 3–2 win over Bristol Rovers. His loan spell was then extended to run until the end of the season.
His contract at Wolves expired in June 2012 and was not renewed. After being released by Plymouth, Hemmings was linked a return to Plymouth on a permanent basis, but manager Carl Fletcher decided against signing Hemmings.
A free agent, Hemmings signed for League One side Walsall in a two-year deal. Hemmings scored on his Walsall debut against Brentford with an 18-yard drive into the bottom corner of the goal in the first round of the League Cup and made his league debut in an opening game of the season; as Walsall lost 3–0 against Doncaster Rovers. On 17 November 2012, Hemmings scored his first league goal in a 2–2 draw against Crawley Town.
On 27 March 2014, Hemmings joined League Two side Burton Albion on loan until 24 April 2014. Because the Brewers reached the play-offs Hemmings extended his loan until the end of the 2013–14 season. He was released by Walsall in May 2014.
In July 2014, he signed for League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge on a one-year contract after training with the club during pre-season.

He joined Mansfiwld in 2016.

Walsall player 93. Dickie Baugh

Personal information
Full name Richard Baugh
Date of birth 14 February 1864
Place of birth Wolverhampton, England

Date of death 14 August 1929 (Aged 65)
Place of death Wolverhampton, England

Dickie Baugh

Photo Wolves (Not sure if its our Dickie or his son Dickie Both played for Wolves)

Playing position Right back

Youth career
— Rose Villa
– Wolverhampton Rangers
Senior career
Years                              Team                                          Apps     (Gls)
1884–1886                      Stafford Road

1886–                           Wolverhampton Wanderers        185         (1)
1896–1897                    Walsall                                                 6
National team
1886–1890                      England                                                  2          (0)
Richard “Dickie” Baugh (14 February 1864 – 14 August 1929) was an English footballer who spent the majority of his career with Wolverhampton Wanderers, for whom he played in three FA Cup finals (one as captain).
Baugh began his career with the Wolverhampton-based Stafford Road. During his time here, he earned a call-up to the England team – the club’s only player to achieve this honour – making his international debut on 13 March 1886 in a 6-1 win over Ireland.
The defender joined Wolves just weeks later, and made his club debut on 30 March 1886 in a 6-0 FA Cup thumping of Matlock. He played in Wolves’ first-ever league game in the inaugural season of the Football League in 1888/89 and played in that season’s FA Cup Final defeat to Preston North End.
He appeared in two further FA Cup finals with the club – in 1893 he was on the winning side in a 1-0 triumph overEverton, while in 1896 he was captain as they went down 2-1 to Wednesday.
After playing over 220 senior games for Wolves, he moved to Walsall in 1896, this was to be his last season in football and he played only 6 games before retiring due to a knee injury.
His son Dickie Baugh, Jr later also played for Wolves.

Walsall player 87. Johnny Hancock

Personal information
Date of birth 30 April 1919
Place of birth Oakengates, England

Date of death 19 February 1994 (aged 74)
Place of death Oakengates, England

Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Playing position Right wing

Youth career
Wrekin Schools
– Oakengates Town
Senior career
Years                             Team                                        Apps              (Gls)
1938–1939                    Walsall                                       30                   (9)
1946–1957              Wolverhampton Wanderers    343              (158)
1957–1959               Wellington Town                             ?                (?)
1960                       Cambridge United                               ?                (?)
National team
1948–1950               England                                               3               (2)
Teams managed
1957–1959               Wellington Town        (player/manager)
Johnny Hancocks (30 April 1919 – 19 February 1994) was an English footballer, most associated with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Jonny Hancocks
A diminutive figure, standing just 5′ 4″ with size 3 boots, Hancocks played in the Wrekin Schools team before making his debut for hometown club Oakengates Town in the Birmingham League, aged just 15. In October 1938, he turned professional with Walsall of the Third Division South and played a full season of league football there.
The outbreak of World War II halted his football career, as he joined the army in 1940 and became a physical training instructor. He did, however, manage to make several appearances for the army in representative games and also guested for Wrexham and Shrewsbury Town.
With the resumption of league football, Hancocks was signed by First Division side Wolverhampton Wanderers on 11 May 1946 for £4,000, making his debut on 31 August 1946 in a 6-1 thrashing of Arsenal. He claimed his first goal for the club in another 6-1 victory on 12 October, against Huddersfield Town, and added 9 more in his debut season. The following season he was even more prolific, finishing as joint top scorer (alongside Jesse Pye) with 16.
Such form won him a call-up to the England team. He made his international debut on 2 December 1948 in a 6-0 hammering of Switzerland at Highbury, during which Hancocks scored twice. Despite his goal scoring debut, the likes of Stanley Matthews and Tom Finney saw him overlooked until October 1949 for his next cap (against Wales), and he subsequently managed only one more cap (against Yugoslavia in November 1950). He deserved to have earned more caps than he did.
Although international acclaim eluded him, Hancocks enjoyed success at club level as his goals helped fire Wolves to their first league title in 1953/54. He also collected an FA Cup winners medal in 1949, playing in the 3-1 final win over Leicester City, and later scored in the subsequent Charity Shield draw with Portsmouth.
He finished as top goal scorer for the club in the 1954/55 and 1955/56 seasons. In total, Hancocks scored 168 goals for Wolves in 378 appearances, making him the fourth highest goal scorer in the club’s history. His tally of 158 top-flight goals is still a club record.
Despite his goals, he fell out of favour with manager Stan Cullis, and after the signing of Harry Hooper in 1956, he was relegated to the reserves. After a season out in the cold, he left the Molineux club to become player/manager of non-league Wellington Town in 1957.

He took up the managerial reins in September 1959, and left the club later that year. He finished the 1959/60 season with Cambridge United. The following season he spent spells at Oswestry Town then GKN Sankeys, before retiring in 1961, aged 42.
After his playing career ended, he worked at the iron founders Maddock & Sons in his native Oakengates, until taking retirement on his 60th birthday in 1979. He died on 19 February 1994 aged 74.

Walsall player 82. Harry Wood

Full name Harry Wood
Date of birth 26 June 1868
Place of birth Walsall, England

Date of death 7 July 1951 (aged 83)
Place of death Portsmouth, England

Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Inside forward

Senior career
Years                            Team                                    Apps       (Gls)
                            Walsall Swifts                                      ?          ?
1887–1891        Wolverhampton Wanderers        60        (35)
1891                    Walsall                                                   ?           ?
1891–1898        Wolverhampton Wanderers       181        (74)
1898–1905        Southampton                                  158        (62)
National team
1890–1896         England                                               3         (1)
Harry Wood (26 June 1868 – 5 July 1951) was a professional footballer who played most of his career as an inside forward for Wolverhampton Wanderers and Southampton.
• Wood was born in Walsall and started his career with Walsall Swifts before moving to Wolverhampton Wanderers for the first time in 1887. In the following season, Wolves became one of the inaugural members of the Football League, finishing the season in third place. Wolves also reached the final of the FA Cup, losing to the league champions Preston North End. Wood was Wolves’ top scorer with thirteen goals from his seventeen league appearances. He was also Wolves’ top scorer in 1890–91 (jointly with Sammy Thomson) and 1892–93 (with 16 goals).
Wood remained with Wolves for the following two seasons, before returning to Walsall in the summer of 1891. His sojourn with Walsall was brief, however, and in November he returned to Wolves.
He remained with Wolves for a further seven seasons, during which he made two further appearances in FA Cup finals, being part of the winning team in 1893 (beating Everton 1–0), and losing 2–1 to Sheffield Wednesday in 1896. Whilst with Wolves, he made three appearances for England scoring once. Again he was Wolves’ top scorer in 1894–95 and 1895–96.
In the summer of 1898, Southampton’s trainer, Bill Dawson, was on a short holiday in Stoke when he read in a local paper that Wood had not yet renewed the terms of his contract with Wolves. Dawson tracked Wood down to a Walsall pub and eventually persuaded Wood to sign for the Saints, who had just claimed the Southern League championship for the second consecutive year.
According to Holley & Chalk’s The Alphabet of the Saints, “Harry Wood stands out as probably the most popular footballer to wear the Saints’ colours during the Southern League era.”.
In his first season at The Dell Wood was an ever-present making 24 appearances and scoring 16 goals as Saints took the Southern League championship for the third time. The following season, Saints only managed third place in the league, but reached the FA cup final for the first time in their history, beating three First Division clubs along the way. Unfortunately, the Cup Final was a great disappointment as Saints were swept aside 4–0 by Bury.
In the following season, 1900–01, Saints once again took the Southern League title, with Wood scoring 10 goals and Edgar Chadwick top-scorer with 14 goals. The 1901–02 season followed a similar pattern to 1899–00 with Saints finishing in third place and reaching their second FA Cup final, losing to Sheffield United after a replay.
In 1902–03, Saints won their sixth (and last) Southern League title with Wood only missing two games, scoring 12 goals. By now he was sharing the goal-scoring with John Fraser (15 goals), dab Fred Harrison (17 goals in only 13 games) and Joe Turner (14 goals).
Wood’s cunning passing earned him the nickname “the wolf” and for seven years he captained the Saints during their most successful era. In all, he made 180 appearances for the Saints, scoring 65 goals.
In his final season at The Dell, the Saints played a testimonial match for Woods against Aston Villa. The “gate” money raised was £106 5s 6d which was boosted by donations from the Southampton public to make a total benefit cheque of £250 5s.
Wood eventually left the Saints in May 1905 (aged 37), becoming a trainer with Portsmouth. After seven years at Fratton Park, he retired from football and became the licensee at the local Milton Arms public house.
His son Arthur Wood played for Southampton as a goalkeeper from 1914–1921. Harry Wood died at Portsmouth in July 1951, shortly after his 83rd birthday.