Walsall player 180. Eddie Cameron.

• Edward S. “Eddie” Cameron (1895 – after 1933) was a Scottish professional footballer who made 139 appearances in the Football League playing for Birmingham, Walsall, Nelson and Exeter City. He played as a forward.
Cameron was born in Glasgow. He began his football career with Clydebank for moving to England to sign for Birmingham in July 1921. Cameron, described as “a burly Scot … never a great goal scorer, but a player who ’employed direct methods’”, made his debut in the First Division on 29 August 1921 in a 2–1 win away at Chelsea. He played five more times, scoring once, but was allowed to leave for Walsall at the end of the 1921–22 season. He played regularly for the club for a little less than two years, then moved up to Nelson of the Second Division in March 1922. Unable to prevent their relegation that season, he contributed to their immediate promotion back to the Second Division in 1924–25.
• In 1926 he joined Stafford Rangers, where his prolific goalscoring helped them to the championship of the Birmingham & District League in the 1926–27 season, and helped him earn a return to the Football League with Exeter City. He scored nine goals from 24 Third Division South games – completing his set of all four Football League divisions played in – before an unsuccessful trial at former club Nelson preceded a return to Stafford Rangers and a runners-up medal in the 1929–30 season. He then won his second Birmingham & District League title, this time with Cradley Heath, and scored goals for Hednesford Town, before finishing off his career with yet another return to Stafford Rangers.


YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
1919–1921 Clydebank ? (?)
1921–1922 Birmingham 6 (1)
1922–1924 Walsall 63 (4)
1924–1925 Nelson 46 (10)
1925–1928 Stafford Rangers ? (?)
1928–1929 Exeter City 24 (9)
1929 Nelson 0 (0)
1929–1931 Stafford Rangers ? (?)
1931–1933 Cradley Heath ? (?)
1933–1934 Hednesford Town ? (?)
1934–193X Stafford Rangers ? (?)

Walsall player 127. Chris Westwood


Chris W

Personal information
Full name Christopher John Westwood
Date of birth 13 February 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth Dudley, England

Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender

Club information
Current team Unknown

Number 4
Senior career
Years               TEAM                                                  Apps      (Gls)
1995–1998         Wolverhampton Wanderers          4        (1)
1998–1999         Reading                                                0        (0)
1999–2005        Hartlepool United                          251        (7)
2005–2007       Walsall                                                 69        (5)
2007–2009       Peterborough United                       53        (0)
2009   Loan       Cheltenham Town                             9        (2)
2009–2011        Wycombe Wanderers                      55        (3)
2011–2013         Wrexham                                            50        (2)
2013–2014         Alfreton Town                                   21         (2)
2014 -2015        Hednesford Town                              18         (1)

2015 ?                   Halesowen Town                                   6        (0)

Christopher John “Chris” Westwood (born 13 February 1977) is an English footballer who plays as a defender for Conference North side Hednesford Town.
Westwood began his career at Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he scored once against Portsmouth.
Westwood moved to Reading in 1998 but. First team chances at both clubs were limited and in his one season with the Berkshire club he didn’t make a senior league appearance.
Westwood moved at the beginning of the 1999–2000 season to Hartlepool United. Westwood was named in the PFA Division Three team of the year for the 2002–03 season, as Hartlepool won promotion to Division Two. Over the course of six seasons at Victoria Park, Westwood made 294 appearances in all competitions, scoring nine goals.
He left Hartlepool at the end of the 2004–05 season after rejecting the offer of a new contract, instead opting to join Walsall on 1 July 2005. Westwood’s final appearance for Hartlepool was the 2004–05 Football League One play-off final. It did not end well for Westwood as he was sent off as his side went on to lose 4–2 to Sheffield Wednesday. Westwood helped Walsall to promotion in the 2006–07 season, and was named in the PFA League Two Team of the Year.
Westwood was signed by Peterborough United from Walsall (along with Dean Keates) on a three-year deal on 14 May 2007, and aided in the team’s back-to-back promotions to League One and the Championship.
On 6 January 2009, Westwood moved on an initial one-month loan to Cheltenham Town, which was later extended for a further month. Following Peterborough’s promotion to the Championship, Westwood was placed on the transfer list.
On 9 July 2009, Westwood signed a two-year contract with League One side Wycombe Wanderers after his contract with Peterborough was cancelled.
Westwood left Wycombe in June 2011 after rejecting their offer of a new contract and signed for Wrexham (where he teamed up again with Dean Keates) on a two-year deal. Westwood scored his first goal for Wrexham in a 2–2 draw against Grimsby Town. In March 2013 Westwood made his first appearance at Wembley Stadium in the FA Trophy Final which he won with Wrexham, beating Grimsby Town on penalties after the match ended 1–1, Westwood successfully converted a penalty in the shoot out. On 21 April Westwood was awarded the Wrexham FC player of the year award for the 2012/2013 season.
On 13 May 2013, it was confirmed that Westwood would not be offered a new contract for the 2013–14 season.
Westwood join fellow Conference National side Alfreton Town on 5 July 2013, signing a one-year contract. He made his debut on the opening day of the season in a 1–0 defeat away to Dartford.
Westwood joined Hednesford Town in September 2014, making his debut against Stockport County FC on 6 September.

Walsall player 100. Josh Craddock

Personal information
Full name Joshua Glynn Craddock

Date of birth 5 March 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Wolverhampton, England

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

Club information
Current team Rushall Olympic

Youth career
?–2008 Walsall

Senior career
Years                      Team                       Apps              (Gls)
2008–2009               Walsall                         3                (0)

 2009                       Cradley Town                 ?                  ?

2009                        Halesowen Town          12                (1)
2010                        Hednesford Town            3                (0)
2010–2012               Stourbridge
2012-                       Rushall Olympic
Craddock started his senior career in the Football League for Walsall. He made his debut on 3 May 2008 as a substitute in the Football League One clash with Hartlepool United which finished as a 2–2 draw.
In August 2009, Walsall confirmed that Craddock had chosen to leave professional football and go to study at University full-time. The club retain his registration. After leaving Walsall, Craddock spent time with Halesowen Town before joining Hednesford Town in February 2010. He joined in August 2010 to Non League side Stourbridge F.C.] and in July 2012 to Rushall Olympic.

Following report from Pics on his signing…………..

Josh CRADDOCK – Midfielder. Highly rated, tough tackling midfield enforcer who possesses a formidable engine, he signed during summer 2012 after ending the previous campaign with Stourbridge. Began his career by coming through the ranks with Walsall as a front runner to complete a two-year Apprenticeship at the Banks’s Stadium, culminating in him netting 12 goals in just 16 starts as the Youth Team scooped the Youth Alliance North-West Conference Championship in 2007-08. May 2008 saw him awarded a professional deal after also making his Saddler’s debut just prior to the end of the campaign as a substitute in the Football League One clash with Hartlepool United. During 2008-09 he featured extensively for the Reserve’s, but appeared only twice more as a substitute for the First Team. During summer 2009 Walsall confirmed he had chosen to leave professional football in order to pursue a University education. After linking up with local side Cradley Town for a short spell at the start of the 2009-10 campaign, he later signed for Halesowen Town, before eventually transferring to Hednesford Town in February 2010 – where he helped the Pitmen reach the semi-final of the Southern League Premier Division play-offs. During summer 2010 he moved on to Stourbridge and last season he was an integral part of the Glassboys side who reached the Second Round of the FA Cup – disposing of League Two Plymouth Argyle in a first-round replay, before eventually losing out to League One Stevenage. DoB: 5 March 1991 (Aged 21).

Walsall player 89. Graham Newton.

Personal information
Full name Graham Wilfred Newton
Date of birth 22 December 1942 (age 71)
Place of birth Bilston, England

Playing position Forward

Chiefs 68 Head Graham Newton

Youth career
1961 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Senior career
Years                   Team                         Apps             (Gls)
1961–1962            Blackpool                     0                 (0)
1962–1964            Walsall                        30               (10)
1964                     Coventry City                8                 (3)
1964–1967       Bournemouth &           28                 (3)
1967–1968        Atlanta Chiefs              36                (18)
1968–1969        Port Vale                          4                  (4)
1969–1970         Atlanta Chiefs              15                 (5)
1970                  Reading                             0                  (0)
Hednesford Town
Worcester City

Teams managed
1973 Worcester City

Graham Wilfred Newton (born 22 December 1942) is an English former footballer and manager. A forward, he played for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Blackpool, Walsall, Coventry City, Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic, The Atlanta Chiefs, Port Vale, Reading, Hednesford Town, Worcester City, and Stourbridge. He won the North American Soccer League with The Atlanta Chiefs in 1968. He briefly managed Worcester City in 1973.
Newton began his career with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Blackpool, without making a league appearance for either club. He moved on to Bill Moore’s Walsall, who were relegated out of the Second Division in 1962–63, before finishing 19th in the Third Division in 1963–64. He scored ten goals in 30 league games during his time at Fellows Park. He then scored three goals in eight league games for Jimmy Hill’s Coventry City in a brief stay at Highfield Road. He transferred to Reg Llewin’s Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic, and helped the club to finish 11th in the Third Division in 1964–65. New boss Freddie Cox then took the “Cherries” to 18th in 1965–66 and 20th in 1966–67. Newton scored just three goals in 28 league appearances at Dean Court. He joined American side Atlanta Chiefs of the National Professional Soccer League in 1967. The Chiefs switched to the North American Soccer League in 1968, who were crowned champions after a 3–0 win over San Diego Toros. He returned to England to join Port Vale on a trial basis in November 1968. He played four Fourth Division games and one FA Cup game for the “Valiants”, and scored one goal in a 1–0 win over Lincoln City at Sincil Bank on Boxing day. Manager Gordon Lee then allowed Newton to leave Vale Park in January 1969. Newton returned to the Chiefs for the 1969 and 1970 campaigns, and scored 18 goals in 36 games in his second spell at the Atlanta Stadium. He made his return to England again in 1970 to play for Reading, but did not play a league game for the “Royals”. He later played non-league football for Hednesford Town, Worcester City and Stourbridge, before returning to Worcester as their player-manager for a brief spell in 1973.


Walsall player 78. Kris Taylor

Personal information
Full name Kris Taylor
Date of birth 12 January 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Cannock,(or Brownhills) Staffordshire, England

Staffie Kris

Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Left-back
Left winger

Club information
Current team Hednesford Town, or Rushall Olympic (confirmation required)

Youth career
1998 Wolverhampton Wanderers

1998–2001 Manchester United

Senior career
Years                                   Team                     Apps             (Gls)
2001–2003                 Manchester United           0                  (0)              2003-2006                  Walsall                             82                 (6)

Walsall Kris    
2006 →                       Burton Albion (loan)         15                (4)
2007–2009                 Hereford United                70               (2)
2009–2011                 Port Vale                               61               (3)
2011–2012                 Darlington                           20               (0)
2012                           Darlington                               16               (0)
2012–2013                AFC Telford United              23               (0)
2013 →                     Hednesford Town (loan)      10               (4)
2013–2014                Hednesford Town                 33               (2)
2014                          Rushall Olympic                      42                 (?)
Kris Taylor (born 12 January 1984) is an English footballer who plays for Conference North side Hednesford Town.
Never making the first team at Manchester United, he spent over three seasons at Walsall, after signing in February 2003. He spent two seasons at Hereford United from 2007 to 2009, before moving on to Port Vale for another two season spell. Following this he signed with non-league Darlington in June 2011, before his contract was terminated in January 2012. He signed with AFC Telford United in August 2012, and was loaned out to Hednesford Town in March 2013. His move to Hednesford was permanent three months later after he helped the club to win the Birmingham Senior Cup and the Northern Premier League play-off final.
Former Port Vale and Hereford team mate Lee Collins described Taylor as: “really good on the ball and is also good to have around. He filled in at left-back at Hereford, but is also talented in central midfield. He has two good feet, but is particularly strong on his left foot. He’s got a good touch and a good passing range.”
Early in his career he was a goalscoring midfielder, and in January 2005 said that the left-back spot “isn’t really me”. In addition to his ability to play down the wings, he can also play as a centre-back if the situation dictates.
“The best [full-back] I have come up against this season would be Port Vale’s Kris Taylor. His positioning as a full back is very good and he has got a great left foot. He also contributes with a goal now and then as well and is comfortable with the ball at his feet which is something you can’t say about every defender in this division.”
—Notts County midfielder Ben Davies speaking in March 2010.
Taylor was born in Cannock and was originally on the books of Wolves; he was signed by Manchester United at the age of 14 for a fee of £200,000. He signed his first professional contract on 26 January 2001, but never played for the first team. He left Old Trafford in February 2003, having featured three times for the reserves, and joined Walsall.
Initially playing for the reserves at Walsall, he went on to score on his first team debut on 31 January 2004 in a 3–2 defeat away at Stoke City. He went on to make a further ten first-team appearances for the club that season and was retained upon the season’s conclusion, signing a one-year deal. Walsall having been relegated in 2003–04, Taylor could still not break into the team in League One. After three cup and three league appearances early in 2004–05 he was put on the transfer list by Paul Merson. Taylor went out on loan to Burton Albion in December, after he caught the eye of Nigel Clough during a Birmingham Senior Cup match with Burton. He impressed at Eton Park, making a total of six appearances and scoring four goals. He scored a memorable goal from 35 yards against Tamworth, and also scored against his future club Hereford in a 3–0 win.[14] He scored four goals in six games for the Conference club, making a massive impact in his five weeks in Burton. On his return to the Bescot Stadium an offer from Carlisle United was rejected, and he signed a new two-year contract at the end of the season.
He was a regular in the first team in the first half of the 2005–06 season, before returning to Burton Albion in early January. This time the loan lasted until the end of the season, though Taylor didn’t manage to find the form he reached in his previous loan spell. He scored four goals in fifteen games before returning to Walsall in time for the last game of the season. Walsall were relegated once again in 2005–06, leaving them in League Two for 2006–07 season. He hit forty games for the “Swifts”, helping the club achieve promotion as champions. Taylor was not rewarded for his efforts and was instead told to look for a new club by “Saddlers” boss Richard Money.
In July 2007, he signed for Hereford United. In his first season with the club he was noted for his versatility, playing at left back, left midfield and central midfield. In similar form to the previous season, Taylor put in a forty game season to help his club win promotion to League One, this time with a third-place finish. In contrast to his experience with Walsall, Taylor stayed with the “Bulls” for the 2008–09 campaign. He played 43 games, though could do little to prevent the “Whites” suffering relegation with a last place finish, 14 points off safety. Holding out on the club’s offer of a new contract he left the club in the summer of 2009 in search of pastures new.

Kris campaigned for Testicular cancer


In July 2009 he went out on trial at League Two side Port Vale, and scored from around 20 yards in a 7–0 win over Rocester in a pre-season friendly. He impressed manager Micky Adams on his trial and would have been signed to a contract if the cash-strapped club could find the finance; instead Adams offered Taylor non-contract terms, he signed a short-term deal in early August. This was not enough for Taylor, who resolved to win a long-term contract with the club. His man-of-the-match performances also persuaded Adams to try to hold on to him. On 25 August he went a long way towards achieving this goal, scoring a wonder goal in a 2–0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup Second Round.
“I was happy to see Vale get the win, and the first goal from Kris Taylor was probably the goal of the competition so far.”
—Pundit and former Vale star Mark Bright.
Unable to find the cash to fund Taylor’s wages, the club were aided by a £5,000 donation from ‘Vale Volunteers’, raised specifically by fans to keep Taylor at the club. He was transfer listed in late September, along with the entire Port Vale squad, after manager Micky Adams saw his team slip to a third consecutive defeat. His second goal of the season came in the local derby at Crewe Alexandra, Taylor scoring the winner in a 2–1 victory. In October 2009 he signed a new deal that would keep him at the club until the end of the season. He made 49 appearances throughout the season, as his club finished just outside the play-offs. He was offered a new one-year contract by the club at the end of the season, which he quickly signed. His manager explained that Taylor’s inconsistency prevented a longer contract offer, and Taylor accepted the explanation.
He made a slow start to the 2010–11 campaign, but in November declared he aimed to re-establish himself into the first team. He got his opportunity to shine when left-back Lee Collins was out of action for a month with split shins. Ending the season with just twenty league appearances throughout the season, he was released from the club in May 2011 Adams said that he had faith in Taylor’s ability, but that he hadn’t played enough games in 2010–11 to justify a new contract.
In June 2011, he signed with Darlington of the Conference National on a one-year contract. Manager Mark Cooperstated that “It’s a big signing for us, Kris has a great range of passing and is a set-piece specialist, he’s certainly a player who will excite.” Darlington suffered financial difficulties during Taylor’s time at the club and his contract was terminated on 16 January 2012, along with the rest of the playing squad and caretaker manager Craig Liddle. However a surprise decision meant that the club would continue to complete their remaining fixtures, and Taylor returned to Darlington on a non-contract basis.
In August 2012, he returned to Port Vale to train and maintain his match fitness. On 9 August, he signed a one-year deal with Conference club AFC Telford United. Manager Andy Sinton said that “We’re very fortunate to get somebody of his calibre”.
Taylor joined Northern Premier League side Hednesford Town on loan in March 2013 He was recalled to the Telford squad for the last two games of the season after Ryan Valentine and Dan Preston both picked up injuries. Telford ended the season in last place, and were relegated. Taylor returned to Keys Park to help the “Pitmen” win the Birmingham Senior Cup final against Sutton Coldfield Town and the play-off final against F.C. United of Manchester. The move had been made permanent in June when Taylor signed a one-year contract with Hednesford. He made 36 appearances in the 2013–14 season, as the club reached the play-off semi-finals, where they were beaten by Altrincham.
Taylor is a Manchester United supporter. In January 2011, his fiancée Jenny gave birth to the couple’s first child, Lydia.
In January 2014, Taylor was informed he had been diagnosed with testicular cancer. He was back playing before the end of the season and still plays for them.
Please Note that this may no be true as looking at today,s Rushall Olympic match on the internet it looks as though he could be playing for them now. I would love someone to confirm either way.

Popularside 1 sent me the following from the Pics.


By Terry Brumpton, 6th Oct 2014

Rushall Olympic have been boosted with the news this evening that midfielder KRIS TAYLOR has signed for the club and is available for selection for tomorrow night`s home league game with Belper Town.

As a fourteen year old schoolboy Manchester United paid Wolverhampton Wanderers £ 200,000 for him. He never made the first team but made three Reserve team appearances. He spent over three seasons at Walsall after signing in February 2003 scoring on his first team debut in the 3-2 away defeat at Stoke City on the 31st January 2004. He went on to make a further ten appearances for the Saddlers that season and was retained for the following season. However, he still couldn`t break into the first team and went out on loan to Burton Albion where he soon caught the eye of Manager, Nigel Clough. On his return to the Bescot Walsall rejected an offer for him from Carlisle United and he went on to sign a two year contract. He was a regular in the first team in the first half of the 2005-2006 season before returning to Burton Albion in early January but at the end of the season he returned to Walsall and left the Saddlers at the end of that season.

He then joined Hereford United and then went on trial at Port Vale where he impressed Manager, Micky Adams and signed non-contract terms for the Valiants. Vale couldn`t afford to put him on contract but a number of Man of the Match performances, and help from the fans, who donated £ 5000 kept him at the club. In June 2011 he joined Conference outfit Darlington on a one year contract but during his time there the club suffered financial problems and he had his contract terminated in January 2012. He returned to Port Vale to train and maintain his match fitness but then joined AFC Telford United on a one year deal.

In March 2013 he joined Hednesford Town on loan but was recalled to the Telford squad for the last two games of the season after the club had picked up a number of injuries. Telford ended the campaign in bottom position and were relegated but Taylor returned to Keys Park and helped the Pitmen win the Birmingham Senior Cup Final and then the play-off final against FC United. Last season he made thirty six appearances for Hednesford as the club reached the Conference North Play-off semi-finals only to lose to Altrincham.

We are delighted to welcome Kris to Dales Lane and hope that his stay will be a long and successful one

Walsall player 75. Frank Leslie Talbot

 Frank Leslie Talbot
Date of birth 3 August 1910
Place of birth Hednesford, England

Date of death 5 December 1983 (aged 73)
Place of death Alkmaar, Netherlands

Playing position Inside forward

Les Talbot picture from Google images

Senior career
Years                                            Team                          Apps            (Gls)
?–1930                                Hednesford Town                    ?                (?)
1930–1936                          Blackburn Rovers                 90               (20)
1936–1939                          Cardiff City                            94                (21)
1939–1947                          Walsall                                  18                 (4)
Teams managed
1949–1961 RC Heemstede

1961–1962 Be Quick 1887

1962–1966 DWS

1966–1967 Heracles Almelo

1967–1968 AZ Alkmaar

1968–1969 DWS

1969–1972 FC Eindhoven
Frank Leslie “Les” Talbot (3 August 1910 – 5 December 1983) was an English professional footballer. He was born in Hednesford,Staffordshire.
Talbot began his career playing non-league football for his hometown side Hednesford Town before signing for Blackburn Rovers in 1930. Several years later he secured a first team place in the side, but was sold to Cardiff City in 1936 as part of a two player deal which saw Albert Pinxton also travel to Ninian Park. At the time of his signing the club had been in decline over the five previous seasons, but Talbot was part of the side that managed to improve the club’s fortunes. In 1939 he was sold to Walsall, but the outbreak of World War II meant he only played one season for the club, the 1946-47 season, before retiring. During the war he also guested for Bath City. Following his retirement he remained active in football as a coach, including working in the Netherlands from 1949 to the early 1970s. In 1953 and 1964 he became with respectively Racing Club Heemstede (RCH) and Door Wilskracht Sterk (DWS) champion of the Netherlands.
Talbot died in December 1983 at a hospital in Alkmaar, the Netherlands.

Walsall player 61. Tom Lyons

Tom Lyons

Personal information
Full name Alfred Thomas Lyons

Date of birth 5 July 1885[

Place of birth Hednesford, England

Date of death October 1938 (age 63)

Place of death Hednesford, England

Playing position Full-back

Youth career
Hednesford Town

Bridgtown Amateurs
Senior career
Years                                                Team                                         Apps       (Gls)
1907–1915                                       Aston Villa                                  238         (0)
1917–1922                                        Port Vale                                    146        (3)
                                                             Walsall                                          ?           ?
                                                 Total                                            374         (2)
Alfred Thomas “Tom” Lyons (5 July 1885 – October 1938) was an English footballer and cricketer. He played as a wicket-keeper for Staffordshire in the 1913 Minor Counties Cricket Championship.
He played for Aston Villa from 1907 to 1915, and then joined Port Vale in January 1917. Five years later he moved on to Walsall as a player-coach. He helped Villa to win the First Division in 1909–10 and the FA Cup in 1913. They also finished second in the league in 1907–08, 1910–11, 1912–13, and 1913–14, and was also on the losing side in the 1910 FA Charity Shield.
Lyons played for Hednesford Town and Bridgtown Amateurs, before joining Aston Villa. The “Villans” ended the 1907–08 campaign in second place in the First Division, nine points behind champions Manchester United. They dropped to seventh spot in 1908–09, before being crowned champions of the Football League in 1909–10. He played at Stamford Bridge in the 1910 FA Charity Shield, which ended in a 1–0 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion. Villa went on to finish the 1910–11 season in second place, just one point behind Manchester United. They then dropped to sixth in 1911–12, before finishing second in 1912–13 just four points behind champions Sunderland. He played against Sunderland in the 1913 FA Cup Final at Crystal Palace, which ended in a 1–0 victory for Villa. They then finished second in the league once again in 1913–14, finishing seven points behind champions Blackburn Rovers. Villa dropped to 14th place in 1914–15, and league football was suspended due to World War I. In his eight years at Villa Park, Lyons played 238 competitive games.
Lyons joined Port Vale, initially on guest terms, in January 1917. He was a member of the side that lifted the Staffordshire Senior Cup and shared the North Staffordshire Infirmary Cup in 1920. He played 32 Second Division games in the1919–20 season, and played 32 league and FA Cup games in the 1920–21 campaign. He was released from The Old Recreation Ground in the summer. He had played a total of 146 first team games and scored three goals for the club. Lyons later played for Walsall in a player-coach capacity.