Walsall player 14 Colin Harrison


Colin Harrison
Personal information
Full name Colin Harrison
Date of birth 18th March 1946
Place of birth Pelsall
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Signed as an Apprentice by Walsall
Senior career
Years
1964–1982 Walsall FC 508(+22) Goals 33+1
1982-?          Rushall Olympic

Colin Harrison (born 18 March 1946 in Pelsall) is an English former football full back. He is best remembered for his time at Walsall where he held the record for the most Football League appearances made by any one outfield player at the club. He joined as an amateur in June 1961 and turning professional in 1963 he is one of a very small band of players to have played 500 games for the Saddlers, which include Jimmy Walker, Nick Athey and Canonball Colin Taylor.
A product of the Walsall youth system, he signed for the club on amateur terms in June 1961 before turning professional on November 13, 1963. His league debut came in September 1964 against Southend United and in his early days at the club he was employed as a utility player before settling into the role of full back. He established himself as first choice in that position for a number of years until suffering an injury in 1979 which saw him miss all but one of the league games in the 1979-80 season, the season that Walsall were in the 4th Division. The result of that injury meant that he played almost all of his games in the third dividion of English football.
He returned for 19 league appearances the following season and made his final appearance in a game against Chesterfield in the number 3 shirt in September 1981.Colin was another of those one club men.

He also acted as trainer of the reserves around this time. Harrison made in total 473 league appearances. He left the club in 1982 and continued playing in the non-league with Rushall Olympic for a number of seasons before retiring.
Harrison’s record for most Walsall appearances in all competitions was overhauled by Jimmy Walker in January 2012. As of January 2014 however he still holds the league appearances record for the club. Colin spent 19 years at Walsall and was revered by the fans

I met Colin many times as a young man, and I have to say that it was always a pleasure. He also followed The Villa (Pelsall not Aston). A very good player well worth his place in the clubs history.

Walsall Player 8 Alan Clarke


Allan (Sniffer) Clarke

Born Short Heath, Willenhall on 31st July 1946.

Allan Clarke

PERSONAL INFORMATION

DATE OF BIRTH

31 July 1946 (age 69)
PLACE OF BIRTH

Willenhall, England
PLAYING POSITION

Striker
SENIOR CAREER

YEARS            Team                  Apps      (Gls)

1963–1966        Walsall                72         (41)

1966–1968       Fulham                86        (45)

1968–1969       Leicester City   36         (12)

1969–1978       Leeds United   273       (110)

1978–1980       Barnsley              47        (15)

NATIONAL TEAM

1970–1975        England               19         (10)

TEAMS MANAGED

1978–1980          Barnsley
1980–1982           Leeds United
1983–1984           Scunthorpe United
1985–1989            Barnsley
1990                       Lincoln City
Allan John Clarke. Born 31st July 1946 in Short Heath, Willenhall, Staffordshire. He obtained the nickname ‘Sniffer’ for the way he scored his goals! The inference being that he could sniff out a goal, but if you went down and stood on the Laundry Bridge on an afternoon, you would see him out on the pitch with the manager and some tyres tied around the goals and he would be hitting the ball from different areas around the pitch and he would have to get so many in the tyres before that days training finished. I watched him many times doing this, so he worked very hard at being able to do that (score in the top and bottom corners of the net) He is a former professional footballer who played in the Football League for Walsall, Fulham, Leicester City, Leeds United and Barnsley during his career. He also won 19 international caps playing for England and 6 under 23 caps.

Clarke started his career at Walsall making his debut at the tender age of 16 in 1963. He moved to Fulham FC in March 1966 in a transfer deadline deal, for £37,500. Such was his early promise that Leicester City then paid £150,000 for Clarke in 1968. He spent just one season at Leicester City, in which he scored the winning goal in the 1969 FA Cup semi final, knocking out the team he had supported as a boy – West Bromwich Albion. He also starred in the final, which Leicester City lost 1–0 to Manchester City.

Clarke came from a footballing family, his brothers Wayne, Frank, Derek and Kelvin played League Soccer, but he was the pick of the crop. He represented Birmingham Schools and South East Staffordshire Boys before joining Walsall as an apprentice on leaving school in 1961, turning professional on 12th August 1963. He began scoring goals regularly and was voted Walsall’s Player of the Year by the supporters in 1964-65, when he top-scored with twenty-three League goals. He finished top scorer again in 1965-66, netting another twenty-three goals even though he was sold to Fulham well before the end of the season. He had scored forty-one League goals in seventy-two games when First Division Fulham signed him in March 1966 for £35,000. While at Fulham he picked up five England Under-Twenty-Three Caps and he burst onto the International scene with a four-goal blast past a bewildered and shell-shocked Wales at Molineux in an 8-0 landslide on 12th October 1966. His second followed almost a year later at Boothferry Park, when he teamed up for the first time with Mick Jones to pilot England to a 3-0 win over Austria and his third came at the end of that month on 31st May 1967 as England were held to a 0-0 draw by Greece in Athens. Three days later he picked up his fourth cap in a 1-1 draw with Bulgaria in Sofia and on the 7th June 1967 he scored in a 3-1 win over Turkey in Ankara to make it five goals in five games. In just over two years at Craven Cottage he had scored forty-five League goals in eighty-six games while playing in a very mediocre team, before he joined Leicester City for a record £150,000 in June 1968. He picked up his sixth and final Under-Twenty-Three cap in a 4-0 win over Portugal at Highfield Road, Coventry when he got two of the goals to take his tally to seven from six games. Once again he had joined a struggling team but once again he proved his ability to score goals from nothing with remarkable consistency, and Don Revie had already noted his ability when he caused his defenders trouble when in opposition. However, it was a “Man of the Match” display for the Foxes in their 1968-69 F.A. Cup Final loss to Manchester City, which co-incided with their relegation, that prompted the Leeds Manager to break the club transfer record and pay £165,000 to bring him to Leeds, in July 1969, and so add the final piece to his jig-saw puzzle of making Leeds, freshly crowned Champions of England, the best team in Europe. His time at Leicester had seen him score twelve League goals in thirty-six games and the man they called “Sniffer” was united with Mick Jones to make the strongest spearhead in the Football League. “Sniffer” Clarke’s instinctive nose for goals won scores of games for Leeds. Sometimes he was criticised for a lack of work-rate but when it came to goal-poaching, he was devastating. His partnership with Mick Jones was one which few clubs have bettered. He made his debut in the Charity Shield against Manchester City at Elland Road on 2nd August 1969, in what was to become the legendary Leeds team. Sprake, Reaney, Cooper, Bremner, Charlton, Hunter, Madeley, Clarke, Jones, Giles and Gray, with Lorimer, on this occasion, substitute. He was the final piece in the jigsaw, the jewel in the crown. In his first League game, he immediately became a fans’ favourite, scoring once in United’s 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur in front of a crowd of 35,000 at Elland Road on 9th August 1969. Possibly the deadliest goalscoring career that Leeds United fans have ever seen was about to begin. In his first season with the club, Clarke and Leeds were on course for the treble. The European Cup, the F.A. Cup and the First Division Title were all on the Leeds agenda for the vast majority of the season, and they came very close to achieving their target, but fell so cruelly short of all three goals. Due to the small squad all clubs had in those days, Leeds just eventually burned, and fatigue took its toll on the club’s players. FA rules of the time restricted each team to a squad of twenty players, and Leeds took part in sixty-two games, excluding the Charity Shield, that season. They lost to Celtic 3-1 on aggregate in the European Cup Semi-Final, and eventually fell away from the League title as Everton went from strength to strength. However, due to the fixtures being crammed into a smaller period, due to the timing of the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, even after the League programme had been completed, United still had an FA Cup Final Replay to contest before the end of April. The Final was United’s first in five years. They had played nine games in twenty-two days as Don Revie led them onto the pitch to face Chelsea, at Wembley, on 11th April 1970. In a game in which Leeds totally outclassed Chelsea, they appeared to have the game won, with only minutes left. Billy Bremner played in Johnny Giles on the wing and from the Irishman’s cross Clarke headed the ball against the post, but the ever-alert Mick Jones was on hand to force the rebound low and hard into the corner of the net. Leeds looked to have gained some tangible result for a season of high endeavour, but it was not to be. Chelsea then went up the other end of the pitch and scored to send the game into a replay at Old Trafford, a game in which Clarke played a major part in, and a game which was revered in F.A. Cup history. Leeds took the lead through Jones. Clarke had received the ball, skipped past several challenges and put Jones clear, near the half-way line. Jones brushed aside tackles from the Chelsea defence before dribbling forty yards and placing the ball into the far top corner of the net. Chelsea scored a late goal to force the game into extra-time through Peter Osgood, and David Webb scored in extra-time. Leeds couldn’t recover and Chelsea won the F.A. Cup for the first time. A devasting blow for Leeds to finish with nothing from a season which had promised so much and in which Allan Clarke had top-scored with twenty-six goals for them. However, for several Leeds players, including Clarke, their season was still not at an end, as they went on to represent their countries in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. Following on his caps for the England Under-Twenty-Three team, he had appeared for an England XI and scored twice in a 4-0 win over a Mexico XI in Guadalajara on 4th June 1969. He had followed this up in the prelude to the 1970 Mexico World Cup by playing for the England “B” team on 20th May 1970 in a 1-0 win over Columbia in Bogata and also against an Ecuador XI known as Liga Deportiva Universidad which they beat 4-1 in Quito on 24th May 1970, but an England full cap still eluded him. On 11th June 1970 this was rectified, when he made his England debut, as the only previously uncapped player in England’s vital World Cup Group “C” qualifying match against Czechoslovakia at Guadalajara. With England needing to win to stay in the competition, Clarke lined up with his Leeds team-mates Terry Cooper and Jack Charlton and it was he who took the vital English penalty, when other more experienced players would not, and with ice-cool precision hit the back of the net to give England the win they needed. It was his only appearance of the tournament. His second appearance, against East Germany at Wembley on 12th November 1970, brought his second goal and he kept up his International scoring record as he scored from the spot in an European Cup qualifier in a 5-0 win over Malta at Wembley on 12th May 1971. He brought his Cap collection to six as he played in all three Home Internationals in quick succession. He made it four goals in four games when he scored the only goal of the game against Northern Ireland in Belfast on 15th May 1971, but failed to score when he came on as a substitute in the 0-0 draw with Wales at Wembley on 19th May and in the 3-1 win over Scotland also at Wembley on 22nd May 1971. Those games came at the end of another long and once more frustrating and almost unrewarding season at Leeds. He led the Leeds scorers for the second successive season with twenty-three goals, missing only three of United’s fifty-nine games in a season when they lifted the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup on 2nd June 1971, at the end of another long and arduous season, in which Clarke had not had a break since his debut in the Charity Shield game, almost two years earlier. United had suffered another season of disappointments robbed, this time, by referee Ray Tinkler against West Bromwich Albion in April 1971. Clarke scored for Leeds, but Leeds lost 2-1 due to Tinkler failing to spot a clear offside, flagged for by a linesman, but ignored by him. He allowed play to continue and Jeff Astle went on to score to win the game for his team. Arsenal won the title by one point, in what was the most controversial title race of the 1970’s. However, United still had something to cheer as they beat Juventus in the Inter-City Fairs Cup on away goals, and Clarke scored at Elland Road for United in that Final, but, yet again United had falling short of their potential. The 1971-72 season saw Clarke write himself indeluably into United folklore and their History, when his renowned diving header against Arsenal in the F.A. Cup Final win over Arsenal at Wembley on 6th May 1972, became a goal all United supporters, young and old could relate to. Mick Jones got to behind Arsenal full-back Bob McNab, crossed the ball towards the edge of the penalty area where Clarke, ran onto the ball, diving in the air, meeting it perfectly and sending it into the bottom corner. Clarke also hit the bar in that game, and played a major part in some virtuoso performances, that season, as Leeds turned in some outstanding performances of football brilliance to the delight of television audiences. However, Leeds were once again robbed of the title. After playing a gruelling FA Cup Final in front of 100,000 people, and millions worldwide, Leeds were forced to play Wolves away on the following Monday to win the title. Lacking the services of an injured Mick Jones, a fatigued United lost 2-1 to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux, which just a draw would have given them, the second half to the “Double”. Clarke had not been as prolific as in previous seasons and Peter Lorimer had top scored, with Clarke collecting fifteen. 1972-73 was another season of disappointment for Leeds and for Clarke, as Leeds dropped to third in the League and provided one of the all-time F.A. Cup shocks when they were beaten 1-0 at Wembley in the Final by Second Division Sunderland. The disappointment did not stop there as United lost in the Final of the European Cup-Winners’ Cup, with AC Milan, with the help of a biased and bought referee, winning 1-0 over a depleted United, with Clarke and several others unavailable. He was top in the Leeds goalscorers list, for the third time, with twenty-six goals. It was towards the end of that season, however, that Clarke was recalled to the England team when he scored twice in a 5-0 win over Scotland at Hampden Park on 14th February 1973. He was also in the team at Wembley when England beat Wales 3-0 on 15th May 1973 and Scotland 1-0 on 19th May before scoring against Czechoslovakia in a 1-1 draw in Prague on 27th May. He then played in the World Cup qualifier in Chorzow when England went down to Poland 0-2 on 6th June, but four days later he played in a 2-1 win over USSR in Moscow before bringing his England Caps to thirteen on 14th June 1973 as England lost 0-2 to Italy in Turin and his goal tally remained at seven. From the ashes of the 1972-73 season rose the phoenix that saw United go twenty-nine games undefeated in the season that gave Clarke his only Football League Championship medal and one again saw him second to Mick Jones as United’s top goalscorer with sixteen goals. He also accumulated another three England Caps and scored three more goals, as he scored twice in a 7-0 rout of Austria at Wembley on 26th September 1973, then a penalty in England’s calamitous 1-1 defeat by Poland, which saw England eliminated from the World Cup in the qualifying game at Wembley on 17th October 1973 and he was also in the team beaten 0-2 by Italy at Wembley on 14th November 1973. 1974-75 saw United struggle after the departure of Don Revie and the forty-four days of disaster that was the reign of Brian Clough, before Jimmy Armfield was able to salvage something from the ruins by leading United to the European Cup Final in Paris, and finish ninth in the League. Once again United were denied in a European Final by some dubious decisions by a referee, with Clarke being the subject of a clear penalty as he was scythed down from behind by Beckenbauer in the act of scoring. He again led the Leeds scorers for the fourth time with twenty-two goals and he added his fourteenth cap to his collection when he played in England’s 0-0 draw at Wembley on 20th November 1974 in a European Cup qualifier. Clarke was second to Duncan McKenzie in United’s scoring list with thirteen goals as Leeds consolidated in fifth position of the First Division, and he added his two final England caps to bring his collection to sixteen with appearances in the European Cup qualifiers against Czechoslovakia in Bratislavia, which was lost 1-2, on 30th October 1974 and his final appearance, as a substitute in a 1-1 draw with Portugal in Lisbon on 19th November 1974. 1974-75 saw United in tenth spot as Joe Jordan topped the scorers for United with Clarke getting seven, as injuries started to punctuate his career. In his final season at Leeds injuries again took their toll as Leeds finished ninth and Hankin led their scorers with Clarke scoring just four from nine starts and two games from the bench. He joined Barnsley as Player-Manager in June 1978 for £45,000, and got them promoted from Division Four at his first attempt in 1978-79, scoring twelve times in thirty-four games. The Oakwell crowds increased as their confidence in the Tykes grew. Clarke invested wisely in new players, but in general would have been disappointed in finishing eleventh as he contributed three goals in thirteen games before he hung up his boots in September 1980. In the 1980-81 season his team came together and promotion to the Second Division was achieved, but Clarke was not there to see it as he had returned to Elland Road to take over from Jimmy Adamson as Manager on 16th September 1980 and took his Coach Barry Murphy and Chief Scout Martin Wilkinson with him, leaving Norman Hunter to become Player-Manager and ensure their promotion. United had been in decline for several seasons and Clarke managed to stabilise a team that had won only one of its first nine games of the 1980-81 season and by working on the defence turned around their fortunes to ensure a creditable ninth spot in the final table. However, despite the disastrous purchase of Peter Barnes, it was a lack of goals that caused his downfall as he acquired Frank Worthington just a little too late for his nine goals to prevent the club’s relegation to the Second Division at season’s end and Clarke fell on his sword on 25th June 1982. He returned to become Manager of Scunthorpe United on 2nd February 1983 and guided them to promotion from the Fourth Division in fourth spot, at the end of the season. In the close season Clarke brought in several players to bolster the team for the fight to retain Third Division status. Despite eliminating Leeds United in a money-spinning three games in the Third Round of the F.A. Cup, and the purchase of more players as the season progressed, a poor away record meant that relegation ensued and, as the 1984-85 started, a boardroom power struggle saw Clarke and the club Chairman leave. Almost a year later Clarke came back to replace Bobby Collins as Manager of Barnsley in July 1985. His reign was severely restricted by lack of finance and having to sell his better players to balance the books. In his first season of 1985-86, he took them to a creditable twelfth in the Second Division, followed by an eleventh in 1986-87, but a good run in the Cup saw them reach the Fifth Round before being eliminated by Arsenal, 0-2 at Highbury . In 1987/88, they had some fine wins, one being in eliminating First Division West Ham United from the League Cup after winning 5-2 at Upton Park, but in the League they finished a disappointing fourteenth. 1988-89 saw his best season of his second reign at Barnsley, when a fine second half to the season, in which they only lost twice in the last sixteen games, saw the Tykes almost reach the play-offs, while in the F.A. Cup they again reached the Fifth Round of the F.A. Cup before being beaten 0-1 by Everton at Oakwell. Things turned sour the following season and with Barnsley firmly in the relegation places, Clarke was sacked on 8th November 1989. His final fling at Football Management lasted only five months and just eighteen games, when he took over at Lincoln City on 4th June 1990. A poor start to the season saw Clarke dismissed on 30th November 1990, just one hundred and seventy-nine days after his appointment. He still lives in Lincolnshire and has worked as a representative of a ventilation extractor business and is a frequent visitor to Elland Road and supporter of past players events

Walsall player 7 Nicky Cross


Nicky Cross

Born ? some places say Birmingham others have it as Walsall, it is said that he attended T P Riley school. But he was such a good player that Just for (follower Trev) that I am putting him in…

 

Nicky Cross
Real name Nicholas Cross
Age 53 (Born 07 Feb, 1961)
Height 5ft 9in (1.75m)
Weight 11st 12lb (75.28kg)

Place of birth Birmingham
Nationality England
Date Signed 01 Aug, 1997
Fee
Career

CLUB FROM TO FEE LEAGUE FA CUP LGE CUP OTHER,

APPS GLS APPS GLS APPS GLS APPS GLS
Solihull Borough 01 Aug, 97 0 (0) 0 3 (0) 3 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
Hereford 13 Jul, 94 31 May, 96 Free 56 (9) 14 6 (0) 1 4 (1) 0 9 (1) 3
Port Vale 28 Jun, 89 13 Jul, 94 £125,000 120 (24) 39 12 (0) 1 2 (4) 0 2 (1) 1
Leicester 21 Jan, 88 28 Jun, 89 £65,000 54 (4) 15 1 (0) 0 3 (2) 1 1 (0) 0
Walsall 15 Aug, 85 21 Jan, 88 £48,000 107 (2) 45 12 (1) 3 10 (0) 2 6 (1) 1
West Brom 12 Feb, 79 15 Aug, 85 Apprentice 68 (37) 15 5 (0) 1 6 (2) 2 0 (1) 0
Totals £238,000 405 (76) 128 39 (1) 9 25 (9) 5 18 (4) 5
Goals per Game 0.26 0.22 n/a 0.22

Nicholas Jeremy Rowland “Nicky” Cross (born 7 February 1961) is a former English footballer who played as a forward. He scored 129 goals in 480 league games in a sixteen-year career in the football league, playing for five different clubs.

When at Walsall he did a column called Crosstalk

He began his career at top-flight West Bromwich Albion in 1980, and played more than 100 games in a five-year spell, before moving on to Walsall for a £48,000 fee. He also played more than 100 games for Walsall, scoring 45 league goals, before he was sold on to Leicester City for a £80,000 fee in January 1988. He was sold on to Port Vale for a £125,000 fee in June 1989, and would play a total of 176 games for the club in league and cup competitions, winning the Football League Trophy in 1993 , and helping the club to promotion out of the Third Division in 1993-94. After this success he spent two years with Hereford United, before heading into non-league football with Solihull Borough in 1996. He later managed Redditch United and Studley KBL, before heading into the financial sector.

At First Division Albion in 1980(under Ron Atkinson as manager), the club finished fourth in the league 1980-81 The club struggled under Ronnie Allen’s stewardship in 1981-82, avoiding relegation by only two points. They went on to finish in mid-table in 1982-83 under Ron Wylie, before Wylie was replaced by Johnny Giles in February 1984. At the end of the 1983-84 campaign, West Brom avoided relegation by a narrow three-point margin. At the end of the 1984-85 season, Cross left The Hawthorns to sign in at Fellows Park, Walsall paid a £48,000 transfer fee for him, a fee which many supporters felt he repaid many times over. He had played a total of 105 league games for West Brom, scoring 15 goals.

Dropping from the top-flight down to Alan Buckley’s Third Division “Saddlers”, Cross finished the 1985-86 season as the club’s top-scorer with 21 goals. Walsall pushed for promotion in 1986-87 under new manager Tommy Coakley, but finished three points off the play-offs. Walsall would win promotion out of the play offs in 1988, though Cross left the club before the end of the 1987-88 campaign. He had played a total of 109 league games for Walsall, scoring 45 goals.

In January 1988, Cross signed with David Pleat’s Leicester City for a £80,000 fee. The “Foxes” posted comfortable mid-table finishes in 1987-88 and 1988-89; Cross made a total of 58 league appearances, scoring 15 goals.

Cross signed with Leicester’s newly promoted Second Division rivals Port Vale for a £125,000 fee in June 1989 he went straight into the first team at Vale, and played a total of 50 games in 1989-90, scoring 15 goals.His first goal for the club came against former club Leicester, in a 2–1 win at Vale Park on 7 October. He scored braces in wins against Barnsley, Plymouth Argyle and Brighton and Hove Albion and also netted the winner against top-flight Derby County in an FA Cup third round replay at the Baseball Ground. He played 22 games in 1990-91, scoring three goals, until he was sidelined for fourteen months after he damaged his knee ligaments in December. He returned to action at the end of the 1991-92 campaign, playing eight games as the “Valiants” were relegated into the Third Division (which was immediately renamed the Second Division due to the creation of the Premier League.

He was a key first team member again in the club’s 1992-93 promotion push, scoring 12 goals in 47 games.He scored against former club West Brom on 27 February, in a 2–1 home victory. However Vale finished third in the league, and faced the “Baggies” again in the play-off Final at Wembley Stadium, on 30 May; Cross was a substitute as Vale lost 3–0 after going down to ten men. Eight days earlier though, Vale had beaten Stockport County at Wembley in the final of the Football League Trophy Nicky was an unused substitute.The club went on to finish the 1993-94 campaign as Second Division runners-up, and were thus promoted; He contributed twelve goals to the success, half of which came in the space of three consecutive October league games against Wrexham,Hull City and Blackpool – later in the season he scored another brace against Blackpool in the return fixture.

At age 33 he was given a free transfer to Hereford United in May 1994; he had scored a total of 43 goals in 176 goals for Port Vale in all competitions. He would play a total of 85 games for the “Bulls” in all competitions, scoring 18 goals, as they posted a sixteenth place finish in 1994-95, before missing out on promotion out of the Third Division in 1995-96 after losing out to Darligton at the play-off semi-final stage. Following this disappointment he joined non-league side Solihull Borough. He helped Solihull to reach the First Round of the FA Cup for the second time in their history in 1997-98, and scored in both their 1–1 draw with Darlington at Feethams, and the 3–3 draw in the replay at Damson Park – Darlington won the resulting penalty shoot out to go into the next round.

I cannot find information on when he left Solihull, or when he left Football.

He served every club for which he played, and Walsall fans know that he always gave his all for their beloved team!

Walsall born player 6 Brian Caswell.


Brian Caswell

Team

Walsall 400 1972-1985

Doncaster Rovers ? 1985-1985

Leeds United 10 1985-1987

Wolverhampton Wanderers(Loan)

Coaching

Birmingham City

Stoke City

Northampton Town

Shrewsbury Town

Assistant Manager

Telford United

Brian Leonard Caswell was born on the 14th February 1956, and is a former English footballer who played in the Football League for Doncaster Rovers and Leeds United, Walsall and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Brian, was born in Wednesbury and began his career with Walsall (his home town club) signing straight from school (Wood Green) in 1971 and turning professional in september 1973. He made his debut against Chesterfield the previous season in the April. He became the regular in the “Saddlers” side, whilst left back was the key position he was able to play in all outfield positions and was a key member of the side! He was hugely popular with Walsall’s supporters and was voted Player of the Season in 1976-77. Early the following season he broke his ankle, but quickly regained his fitness and regained his place in the team. Brian only missed one match in the 1979-80 team which won promotion.

Brian was a key member of the side, which lost narrowly to Liverpool in the semi-final of the League Cup in 1983-84.

After racking up 400 league appearances for Walsall he joined Billy Bremner at Doncaster Rovers, however in November 1985. Bremner joined Leeds United, and he signed Caswell for £30,000. Injuries disrupted his time at Elland Road ending a short time out on loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers, he decided to retire from playing. He then joined Birmingham City’s and then became youth coach.

In 1992 he became youth coach at Stoke City until 1995 when he became assistant manager to another ex saddler, Wayne Clarke at Telford United. He then returned to being youth coach at Northampton Town and then Shrewsbury Town, before leaving football in 2002 to work for BMW in Birmingham.

I have not been able to find out what he has been up to since then,

Walsall born player 5 Phil Chapman


Phil Chapman.

Born 27th November 1925 in Chasetown, he burst on to the football scene by scoring 28 goals for Walsall in his first season of competitive League and Cup football. He signed for The Saddlers from Cannock Town Fc in 1948, he was signed to replace a player called Dave Massart. Massart had left Walsall the previous season and three or four other players had filled the roll till the end of that season and the first 2 months of the new season. He was seen as the man not only to fill the Massart gap, but to make it his own! He did it in some style with his all action style of play he was a godsend to them and he became a great favourite with the fans scoring in his first two games, and netting two hat tricks in matches against Crystal Palace then Exeter City. He scored in eight successive games between November and January and in the last four games he netted in each match.

Season1949-50, was to be injury hit, but he still scored ten goals in 23 games and in 1950-51 only played in 11 games. He found himself out in the cold with the arrival of Jack Winter! So after two and a half seasons , this remarkable marksman left for Weymouth.

No picture available. Sorry that this is so small but the information about Phil is scarce, maybe he didn’t play football very long. I can find nothing about what he did from Weymouth, so would be grateful if anyone can add to this story

Walsall player. 345. Sidney ‘Sid’ Helliwell


Sidney ‘Sid’ Helliwell (30 January 1904 – 1939) was a professional footballer who played for Wycliffe, Sheffield Wednesday,Reading, Tottenham Hotspur, Walsall, Hednesford Town, Halifax Town.
After spells at Wycliffe F.C., Sheffield Wednesday and Reading the centre half joined Tottenham Hotspur. He made his debut for the club against Manchester United on 24 September 1927 featured in nine matches for the Lilywhites in all competitions between 1927–28. Helliwell went on to play for Walsall where he played in 101 matches and scoring on eight occasions, Hednesford Town and finally Halifax Town.

Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
?–? Wycliffe ? (?)
1923 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
1926 Reading 5 (2)
1927–1928 Tottenham Hotspur 9 (0)
1929–1931 Walsall 101 (8)
?–? Hednesford Town ? (?)
1933 Halifax Town 1 (0)

Walsall player 344. Philip Nigel “Phil” Hawker


Philip Nigel “Phil” Hawker (born 7 December 1962) is an English former footballer who played as a defender. He scored 11 goals in 213 appearances in the Football League playing for Birmingham City, Walsall and West Bromwich Albion.
Hawker was born in Solihull. He began his football career as an apprentice with Birmingham City where he turned professional in 1980. He deputised at left-back for Mark Dennis in the latter’s absence, but was allowed to join Walsall in the 1982–83 season. Hawker spent eight seasons with the club, helping them to promotion to the Second Division in 1988. He played one league game on loan for West Bromwich Albion before moving into non-league football with Kidderminster Harriers and then Solihull Borough. He went on to run a car dealership.

Youth career
1978–1980 Birmingham City
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1983 Birmingham City 35 (1)
1982–1990 Walsall 177 (10)
1990 West Bromwich Albion (loan) 1 (0)
1990–1991 Kidderminster Harriers ? (?)
1991–1993 Solihull Borough ? (?)