Walsall player 173. Tom Bennett


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Thomas McNeill “Tom” Bennett (born 12 December 1969 in Bo’ness, near Falkirk) is a Scottish former footballer.
Bennett joined Aston Villa on schoolboy forms aged 14, and was given a professional contract in 1987. However, he remained on their books as a senior pro for just one season before being released without making a first team appearance in July 1988. He joined fellow Midlanders Wolverhampton Wanderers the following day and made his league debut on 10 January 1989 as a substitute in a 2-0 win against Cardiff. He made the vast majority of his Wolves appearances between 1990-1992 (in the second tier), and from then onward made only sporadic first team outings. He was eventually sold in June 1995 to Stockport County for £75,000. At Edgeley Park, he quickly became a first choice player and was part of the team that won promotion from the Second Division in 1996/97, a season which also saw them reach the League Cup semi-finals. Here, he played in his preferred midfield role rather than the full-back position he had usually occupied with his previous club. His career at County was interrupted by a broken leg sustained at Birmingham in January 1998. This injury ended his status as an automatic choice and he made just 17 further appearances for the club over the following two seasons. After 146 appearances in total, he left Stockport for Walsall in July 2000, after previously having had two loan spells with them. He became their captain and helped them gain promotion to the First Division via the play-offs in his first full season, beating Reading in the final. He was a virtual ever-present in their first season back in the second flight, but departed at its conclusion for Boston United.
He played in Boston’s inaugural season in the Football League, but left midway through their second season for fellow League Two side Kidderminster Harriers. However, Harriers were relegated from the league at the season’s end and Bennett returned to his native Scotland with Hamilton Academical. His return proved short-lived though as he managed just three games in all before injury called time on his playing career.
Since leaving football, he joined a rock band as vocalist in the Stockport-based “Fracture” Here is the information from Fratures page on the internet..

Fracture  were first formed by Rodger Wylde and Tom Bennett and their first official gig was on Friday 20th November 1998 in an attempt to raise money for Children in Need. Initially the duo were only going to ʻbuskʼ in the city of Manchester to raise some money for the charity but also, I seem to remember, it was a bit of ʻegoʼ trip to realise the pent up rock star dreams the pair always held!

As news spread of the musical event, plans changed and the line up grew. Music teacher and County fan, John Gerhity, came in on bass guitar, ex-player Brian Croft played drums alongside rhythm guitarist / singer Rodger and lead guitarist / singer Tom.

The concert was held in Countyʼs banqueting suite with 300 tickets being sold raising over £1,000 for the charity. A Dvd was made of the original Fracture gig and Tom has still yet to see the event. Rodger has the only copy of the evenings proceedings which may become available to purchase! It is very funy, interesting and, musically, surprising on some songs given the number of songs crammed in to only 4 weeks rehearsals!!

The name Fracture was chosen as the band name because of the fact that Tom had just recovered from a broken leg, so it seemed appropriate, short and catchy.

Over the next twelve years the Fracture line up changed a few times with the addition of club doctor, Steven Greenhough, coming in on bass guitar and is still a member to this day. At one point Pete Collins, a County fan, came in on lead guitar to free main lead singer Tom Bennett up from the constraints of guitar playing while singing.

The next few years saw turmoil in the ranks of Fracture, ex-County pro James Flood became the bands lead singer for a while, mainly because he could actually sing! But, after going AWOL before a gig, leaving the band ʻhigh and dryʼ on the night, Floody was quickly ʻbinnedʼ, never to return! Pete Collins left due to transportation problems – he couldʼnt carry his guitar on his motorbike! A similar fate to Floodyʼs ʻno showʼ awaited Brian Croft on drums but this ʻsackingʼ lead to an unbelievable capture in 2007 on drums of Keith Chadwick.

Keith was an original member of the 90ʼs Manchester Indie band Northern Uproar who had 3 top ten CDʼs and at one point toured with Oasis!

Fracture, in 2006, played a small gig in Rodgerʼs home town of Sheffield and Keith, who was affectionately know as ʻMooneyʼ after Keith Moon of The Who, was jokingly heard to say as the band had finished their sound check, ʻthe last gig I played in Sheffield was at the Area in front of 10,000 people! How times change!ʼ

Collinsʼ departure saw the enrollment to the band of a work colleague of the Docʼs who could play lead guitar Dave ?. Wow and how he could play! Dave was like was like Jimi Hendrix and vastly broadened the repertoire of the band. As Tom and I said to each other when Dave had auditioned and agreed to join Fracture, ʻsurrounding ourselves all these good musicians really took the focus from the two of us and make us look miles better than we really were!!ʼ

Mooney was a Fracture regular for three years before his job took him to the east coast of England and he was no longer able to rehearse. Dave move on to a new band that paid him – fair enough – was not the kudos of being in Fracture reward enough?!! Oh well.

It is common knowledge that all bands have their internal differences and Fracture were no exception. Tom and ʻthe Docʼ, Steve, were constantly at each others throats because Tom rarely practiced his chords for the few songs he had to know while Rodger sang. Tom was often heard to say, at rehearsals before a song started that he was playing guitar on, ʻwhat are the chords to this one?ʻ This infuriated Steve immensely and many an argument had to be calmed down by the the diplomatic Rodger who managed to hold the peace on many occasion.

It was a sad day, however, when Tom decided to ʻcall it a dayʼ with Fracture and he left. It was at this point that the band were in a state of flux with a few guests appearing to sing with Rodger who was now fronting the band. At his own admittance he was not the greatest singer in the world but he could rival Farhouk Bulsara (Freddie Mercury) as a front man!! Former player Leon McSweeney aided and abetted Rodger as lead singer at one gig, soon after Tomʼs departure. And, on another occasion, ex X Factor finalist Carolyn Poole (wife of ex-County player David) duetted with Rodger at one gig performing ʻMustang Sallyʻ with the pair dancing seductively during the mid song guitar solo!! Rodger was quoted as saying, in the post gig press conference referring to the dance, “I thought Iʼd died and gone to heaven!”

In Fractureʼs last gig the line up was Rodger Wylde – lead singer, Steve ʻThe Docʼ Greenhough – bass, Daniel OʼDonnell – drums, David Poole – rhythm guitar, James Vincent – lead guitar and guest vocalist Phil Brennan.

At the moment Fracture is in a transitional period, so wait and see what the next line up will be for Rodgerʼs 2013 25th Year Testimonial Tour!

 

YOUTH CAREER
Gaerdoch United
1984–1987 Aston Villa
SENIOR CAREER
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1988 Aston Villa 0 (0)
1988–1995 Wolverhampton Wanderers 115 (2)
1995–2000 Stockport County 110 (5)
1999–2000  Walsall (loan) 4 (1)
2000  Walsall (loan) 7 (2)
2000–2002 Walsall 78 (5)
2002–2004 Boston United 79 (1)
2004–2005 Kidderminster Harriers 24 (0)
2005 Hamilton Academical 1 (0)
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Walsall player 144. Yari Kofi Kuranchi Dakinah


Yari Kofi Kuranchi Dakinah (born 1 February 1980) is a Danish professional footballer who plays as a defender.
Born in Copenhagen, Dakinah has played in Denmark and England for FC Copenhagen, Herfølge BK, Walsall,Kidderminster Harriers, FC Nordsjælland and Skjold.
He signed for Walsall on a free transfer in July 2004, before being released in November 2004. At Walsall, Dakinah made two first-team appearances – one in the Football League and one in the League Cup. After leaving Walsall, Dakinah played for the reserve team of Kidderminster Harriers.
He earned ten caps for the Denmark U19 national team
Dakinah also holds South African nationality.

Personal information
Full name Yari Kofi Kuranchi Dakinah
Date of birth 1 February 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 FC Copenhagen 7 (1)
2003–2004 Herfølge BK 29 (0)
2004 Walsall 1 (0)
2004 Kidderminster Harriers 0 (0)
2004–2005 FC Nordsjælland 5 (0)
Skjold
National team
1997–1999 Denmark U19 10 (1)

Walsall player 121. Alec Jackson


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 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 118. Dean Coleman


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Personal information
Full name Dean Samuel Coleman

Date of birth 18 September 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Dudley, England

Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper

Club information
Current team  ? unknown.

Number 1
Youth career
–2004 Walsall

Senior career
Years                          Team                                        Apps      (Gls)
2004–2006                Walsall                                       2           (0)
2005–2006    Loan    Halesowen Town                  53           (0)
2006                              Bromsgrove Rovers              4            (0)
2006–2007                 Willenhall Town                      0           (0)
2007–2010                  Kidderminster Harriers      36           (0)
2010–                            Halesowen Town                   12           (0)
2013–                             Stourbridge                              0           (0)

Dean Samuel Coleman (born 18 September 1985) is an English footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Stourbridge.
Born in Dudley, West Midlands, Coleman came up through the youth system at Football League club Walsall, playing in two first team games during the 2004–05 season and spending the 2005–06 season on loan at Halesowen Town, before being released by the club in May 2006.
He played for Bromsgrove Rovers during the 2006–07 season.
Also during the 2006–07 season he played for Willenhall Town. Helping Willenhall to the Southern Football League Division One Midlands play-off Final in May 2007.
Coleman joined Conference National club Kidderminster Harriers in July 2007. He was used as a back-up to the club’s other goalkeepers Scott Bevan and Chris Mackenzie during the 2007–08 season and signed a new one-year contract in May 2008.
In the 2010–11 season Coleman joined Halesowen Town in a part exchange deal with Kidderminster Harriers and has become a regular starter for the Yeltz, Starting every game so far. Dean left Halesowen but since rejoined in December 2012. then joined Stourbridge, but as of now I cannot find that he has played any games.

Maybe if Dean reads this he may wish to add to the blog detyails via comments, or maybe a team mate or friend may do it so that we can have an up to date blog.

Walsall player 113. John Woodward


 John Woodward
Personal information
Full name John Woodward
Date of birth 16 January 1947 (age 69)
Place of birth Stoke-on-Trent, England

WALSALL FC - VINTAGE ENAMEL CREST BADGE

Playing position Forward

Senior career
Years                   Team                                   Apps       (Gls)
1964–1966            Stoke City                            11         (1)
1966–1969            Aston Villa                          26         (7)
1969–1973            Walsall                                141        (23)
1973–1975             Port Vale                              99        (30)
1975–1977             Scunthorpe United           19         (5)
                                 Oostende                                 ?          ?
                                  Kidderminster Harriers    ?          ?
                                 Total                                   296+      (66+)

John Woodward (born 6 January 1947) is an English former footballer. A forward, he scored 66 goals in 269 league games in a 13-year career in the Football League. He played and scored in all four divisions of the Football League.
He began his career at Stoke City, before he was sold on to Aston Villa for a £30,000 fee in October 1966. He switched to Walsall three years later, before he joined Port Vale for a fee of £2,250 in February 1973. He finished as the club’s top-scorer in 1973–74, but suffered a loss of form and was allowed to join Scunthorpe United in May 1975. After two years with the “Iron” he had spells with Belgian club Oostende and Southern League side Kidderminster Harriers.
Woodward began his career with Stoke City, playing three First Division games in the 1964–65 season. He scored his first senior goal on 27 March 1965, in a 2–1 victory over Aston Villa at the Victoria Ground. He played six games without scoring in 1965–66, and made just two appearances in 1966–67. Aston Villa had been suitably impressed however to offer £30,000 for the striker’s services in October 1966, and “Potters” boss Tony Waddington gladly accepted the offer. He was signed to replace Tony Hateley, who had been sold to Chelsea.
The “Villans” suffered relegation in 1966–67, and could only finish 16th and 18th in the Second Division in 1967–68 and 1968–69. Woodward scored seven goals in 26 league games during a turbulent time at Villa Park, in which Dick Taylor, Tommy Cummings, and Tommy Docherty all had brief spells as manager.
He moved on to Bill Moore’s Walsall, who posted a 12th place finish in the Third Division in 1969–70. The “Saddlers” avoided relegation on goal difference in 1970–71, before rising to ninth in 1971–72. John Smith then took over at Fellows Park, and led the club to a 17th place finish in 1972–73. He scored 23 goals in 125 league games during his four-year spell at the club.
Woodward joined league rivals Port Vale for a fee of £2,250 in February 1973. He hit nine goals in 17 Third Division games in 1972–73, as Gordon Lee’s “Valiants” finished four places and four points shy of promotion. Woodward hit 18 goals in 48 appearances in 1973–74 to finish as the club’s top-scorer. However Lee resigned in January, and the club finished just one place above the relegation zone under new boss Roy Sproson. Under Sproson’s management there were numerous contract disputes, and Woodward was the first to get into such a dispute, and was placed on the transfer-list at his own request in July 1974. Sproson said “he is trying to hold us to ransom and we are not having that”. Woodward only hit five goals in 41 games in 1974–75, and was given a free transfer in May 1975.
He moved on to Fourth Division side Scunthorpe United for the 1975–76 campaign. The “Iron” avoided the re-election places on goal difference, and then finished one place and one point above the re-election zone in 1976–77 under the stewardship of Ron Ashman. Woodward then departed the Old Showground, and had a spell in Belgium with Oostende, before returning to England to play at Aggborough for Southern League side Kidderminster Harriers.

Walsall player 105. Aaron Brown


Personal information
Full name Aaron Anthony Brown
Date of birth 23 June 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth Wolverhampton, England

Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Playing position Centre back

Club information
Current team UnKnown

Senior career
Years                     Team                               Apps      (Gls)
2004                   Stafford Rangers                   ?        ?
2004–2005          Tamworth                            39       (2)
2005–2008          Reading                                  0        (0)
2006       Loan     Bournemouth                        4       (0)
2008       Loan     Walsall                                     0       (0)
2008–2009          Yeovil Town                         23       (3)
2009                   Redditch United                       2       (0)
2009–2010           Burton Albion                        1       (0)
2010                   AFC Telford United                  1        (0)
2010                   Truro City                                    8        (1)
2010                   Aldershot Town                        14        (1)
2010–2011          Leyton Orient                           5         (0)
2011        Loan    Stockport County                    17        (1)
2011–2012           Aldershot Town                     10         (0)
2012                   Preston North End                     4         (0)
2012–2013           Floriana                                      5          (1)
2013                   Limerick                                        9          (2)
2013                   Kidderminster Harriers           0          (0)
2014–    ?             Worcester City                        12          (2)
National team
2005 England C

Aaron Brown
Aaron Anthony Brown (born 23 June 1983 in Wolverhampton, England) is a professional footballer who is currently playing for Worcester City. He played as a centre back.
A defender who had previously played for Stafford Rangers and Tamworth, Brown joined Reading on 23 November 2005 on loan, before signing permanently in January 2006, for a fee in the region of £100,000. After one month since joining Reading, but made no appearance for the team so far, Brown joined Bournemouth, to cover for Shaun Cooper, who suffered an injury. After one month with Bournemouth, Brown made a return to Reading. Ahead of a new season, with Reading promoted, Brown suffered an ankle injury, in a friendly match against Bromley on 15 July 2006, which they won and his injury ruled him out for two months. Brown said on his injury and career: “I am devastated, absolutely gutted. This was going to be the biggest year of my career. But everything happens for a reason and I have to stay really positive and try to come back even stronger and more determined. I have never even had an injury before, so it’s a new experience for me. It’s about being strong mentally as much as anything. I will be out for around six to eight weeks and then I will need a few weeks after that to get fit.” However, Brown suffered another set-back injury on his ankle. In January, Brown made a recovery from injury.
On 5 June 2007, Reading took up the option to extend his contract by a year, which will keep him at the club for the duration of the 2007–08 season. He moved to Walsall on loan for the remainder of that contract on 27 March 2008. He was released by Reading on 16 May 2008, following their relegation from the Premier League. He signed a week-by-week contract with Yeovil Town on 11 August 2008. Having yet featured in the club’s starting line-up for the first eight games, Brown finally made his debut for the club, making his first start and playing 90 minutes, in a 2–1 loss against Southend United on 4 October 2008. Five weeks after his debut, Brown scored his first goal for the club, in a 2–0 win over Oldham Athletic. After scoring his first goal, Brown says “I am a big guy and I like going forward, I should be scoring a lot more goals. I have given myself a target of a few more and it is something I work on in training. Scoring at Oldham was a dream. It was good to score and get the tension out of the whole team. Once we scored we kicked on and got a good win away from home.” Also a week after scoring his first goal, Brown received a red card for a professional foul, in the first round replay of the FA Cup, in a 5–0 loss against Stockport City. Skipper Terry Skiverton believes Brown must move on from the red card incident. A month later, on 24 January 2009, Brown scored his second goal, in a 1–0 win over against Southend United – the team that he made his Yeovil debut. A week later, on 14 February 2009, Brown scored his third goal, in a 3–1 win over Peterborough United. However, his time at Yeovil Town was struggling despite scoring three goals, battling to hold down a regular place in the Yeovil Town defence. He released by Yeovil Town at the end of the 2008–09 season. Brown spent the summer of 2009 on trial at Gillingham, Wrexham and Burton Albion before signing non-contract forms at Conference North side Redditch United. At the end of September, Brown then joined Burton Albion on a one month deal and played one League game against Accrington Stanley. In January, Brown was then released by the club, along with striker Serge Makofo.
On 19 January, Brown joined Telford United on a short term contract, where he made one appearance. After leaving AFC Telford, Brown then moved on to Truro City. On 11 March 2010 Brown signed for Aldershot Town on non-contract terms until the end of the 2009–10 season. On 26 May 2010 Brown Joined League One Leyton Orient on a one-year deal.
On 24 January 2011 he joined Stockport County on an initial one month loan deal and made his club debut five days later and scored an own-goal in his new club’s 4–0 defeat at Rotherham. Having made six appearance, Brown loan spell at Stockport County was extended for another month. Again, his loan spell was extended until 26 April, having stayed at Stockport County, under the 93-day rule. He returned to Orient on 26 April 2011 having made 17 appearances during his loan spell.
In May 2011, he was released by Orient at the end of his contract and a week later rejoined Aldershot Town on a free transfer, signing a two-year contract. After seven months at the club, with only ten appearance, his contract with Aldershot Town ended after having his contract terminated by mutual consent. On 4 February 2012, Brown signed for Preston North End, having had his Aldershot contract settled, allowing him to complete his formalities with the Lilywhites after the deadline. Brown did not play many games while with the club, but he did feature as a striker against Sheffield Wednesday. In May 2012, Brown was released from the club after being told his contract would not be renewed. After leaving Preston, Brown joined Maltese side Floriana on 23 August 2012, become his first club outside of England. One day after his move, Brown made his debut for the club, in a 1–1 draw against Ħamrun Spartan, making his first start and playing 90 minutes for the club. Aged 28 on his debut, Brown scored his first goal with a header, from a cross from Aman Verma, in a 3–0 win over Rabat Ajax. However, during the match, Brown received a red card following a second bookable offence after a confrontation with Patrick Borg, who also received a red card. In early November, Brown’s contract with Floriana was terminated over a financial dispute, along with that of Akanni-Sunday Wasiu. The dispute led to Malta FA Control and Disciplinary Board threatening to give Floriana a points deduction, unless the club paid the wages owed to Brown. Eventually, the club avoided a points deduction after settling outstanding payments to Brown and Wasiu. In March 2013, Brown joined newly promoted League of Ireland Premier Division club Limerick. Brown’s registration was completed only hours ahead of Limerick’s second match of the season, away to 2012 runners up Drogheda United. He made an immediate impact, getting on the end of a cross to head home Limerick’s first top flight goal in 19 seasons, leaving both sides level at half time. Shortly after the restart, Brown received his marching orders as the referee adjudged him to have taken down an opponent in the box. Limerick ‘keeper Barry Ryan saved the resultant penalty, and a very eventful match eventually finished with both sides sharing the spoils at 2–2. With little prior publicity, Brown appeared on the bench for the Harriers’ FA Cup game against Sutton United on 9 November 2013.

He would probably say that this weekend has been the best weekend of his football life with a win in the first round of the F.A. Cup.

Walsall player 86. Matt Gadsby


 Matt Gadsby

In his Walsall Days

After the birth

Personal information
Full name Matthew John Gadsby
Date of birth 6 September 1979
Place of birth Sutton Coldfield, England

Date of death 9 September 2006 (aged 27)
Place of death Harrogate, England

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

Youth career
1996–1998 Walsall

Senior career
Years                              Team                                    Apps      (Gls)
1998–2002                    Walsall                                       37        (0)
2002–2003                    Mansfield Town                           20        (0)
2003–2004                    Kidderminster Harriers                 32        (2)
2004–2006                    Forest Green Rovers                    66        (3)
2006                                Hinckley United                             7        (1)

Matthew John Gadsby (6 September 1979 – 9 September 2006) was  Born in Sutton Coldfield, he played for Walsall, Mansfield Town, Kidderminster Harriers, Forest Green and Hinckley United as a defender and midfielder.
He signed for Hinckley United in 2006 from Football Conference side Forest Green Rovers.
Gadsby had previously played at clubs including Walsall, where he graduated from the youth team and played in the Division Two Play-off final of 2001, when Walsall defeated Reading 3–2. After being released by Walsall, he was signed by Mansfield Town.
Gadsby collapsed on the pitch on 9 September 2006, playing for Hinckley United in a Conference North game against Harrogate Town. Despite efforts by paramedics to revive him, he died soon afterwards in Harrogate District Hospital, three days after his 27th birthday. Medical tests revealed that Gadsby died from a heart condition known as Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy, an inherited condition that affects the muscle of the right ventricle of the heart.
Hinckley United’s next game away at Moor Green was postponed after his death. The club, after consultation with the Football Conference, also decided to withdraw the number five shirt worn by Gadsby for the remainder of the season. It was replaced by the number 18 shirt in the starting line-up.
A remembrance area was set up at the Marston’s Stadium by the turnstiles, and a memorial game was played on 29 October 2006, at the Newton Regis recreational ground, between Tamworth Sunday league team Newton Thistle and a Leicester City old stars side.