Walsall player 164. Kyle Lightbourne


Kyle Lightbourne (born 29 September 1968) is a former Bermudian footballer who played for Scarborough, Walsall,Coventry City, Fulham, Stoke City, Swindon Town, Cardiff City, Macclesfield Town and Hull City.
Lightbourne was born in Hamilton, Bermuda and played for PHC Zebras before moving to England to play forScarborough at the age of 23. He played 21 times for Scarborough before joining Walsall in September 1993. Lightbourne soon struck up a partnership with Kevin Wilson and the pair became prolific goalscorers and earned Walsall some success. He scored nine goals in 41 appearances in 1993–94 before scoring 27 goals in 1994–95 as Walsall gained promotion. He scored 24 goals in 1995–96 and 25 in 1995–96.
This earned him a lucrative move to Premier League side Coventry City for a fee of £500,000. However his chances atHighfield Road were limited and after making only seven appearances plus a loan spell at Fulham he moved to Stoke Cityin February 1998. He didn’t get off to the best of starts with Stoke as he struggled with illness and form as Stoke suffered relegation in 1997–98. He improved marginally in 1998–99 scoring eight goals in 38 matches.[1] In 1999–2000Lightbourne scored 10 goals in 52 appearances as Stoke reached the play-offs where they lost to Gillingham. He played in the 2000 Football League Trophy Final as Stoke beat Bristol City 2–1. In 2000–01 he found his chances of first team football restricted and made 28 appearances scoring five goals as well as spending time out on loan at Swindon Town and Cardiff City.
He was released by Stoke in the summer of 2001 and after an unsuccessful spell in Sweden with IFK Norrköping he played two seasons with Macclesfield Town and had a short loan spell at Hull City before returning to Bermuda.
In 2007, Lightbourne joined Shaun Goater as part of the management team of USL team Bermuda Hogges playing 200 minutes, over 6 games, without scoring.
Lightbourne’s international cricket career was less notable, consisting of 5 ICC Trophy games, during which he took 11 wickets at an average of 16.81.

Kyle

YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1992 PHC Zebras
1992–1993 Scarborough 19 (3)
1993–1997 Walsall 165 (65)
1997–1998 Coventry City 7 (0)
1998  Fulham (loan) 4 (2)
1998–2001 Stoke City 111 (21)
2001  Swindon Town (loan) 2 (0)
2001 Cardiff City (loan) 3 (0)
2001 IFK Norrköping 0 (0)
2001–2003 Macclesfield Town 73 (15)
2002  Hull City (loan) 4 (0)
2003–2007 PHC Zebras
2007–2009 Bermuda Hogges 12 (0)
2008  PHC Zebras (loan) 1 (1)
NATIONAL TEAM
1989–2004 Bermuda 40 (16)
TEAMS MANAGED Current  manager at Robin Hood.
Bermuda
2007–2009 Bermuda Hogges

FROM THE BERMUDA NEWS

Kyle Lightbourne Joins Walsall Backroom Staff

April 10, 2013

A former star striker with the UK club Walsall, Bermudian Kyle Lightbourne has joined the League One team’s backroom staff for the second time.

Mr. Lightbourne scored 65 goals in 165 appearances for Walsall Football Club during a four-year playing spell at the Bescot Stadium and is regarded as one of the best strikers in the clubs history.

Last season he joined the backroom staff on a temporary basis before leaving to return back to Bermuda.

It is reported at some sports websites that he may become manager Dean Smith’s number two in the coming months.

A one-time PHC Zebras striker, Mr. Lightbourne also played for Premier League side Coventry City and Stoke City during his professional football career in the UK.

He has been associated with the Bermuda Hogges football team since 2007.

Walsall player 90. Colin Askey


Personal information
Full name Colin Askey
Date of birth 3 October 1932 (age 84)
Place of birth Milton, Stoke-on-Trent, England

Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Right-winger

Youth career
Milton Youth Club
1947–1948                     British Aluminium
1948–1949                     Port Vale

Senior career
Years                            Team                                 Apps          (Gls)
1949–1958                     Port Vale                           200             (21)
1958–1962                      Walsall                                83             (12)
1962–1964                     Mansfield Town                30               (2)
                                     Wellington Town                    ?                ?
                                     Stafford Rangers                    ?                 ?
                                     Winsford United                     ?                 ?
                                     Macclesfield Town                 ?                 ?
                                      Milton United
                                                                        Total      313+           (35+)
Teams managed
                                      Milton United
Colin Askey (born 3 October 1932) is an English former footballer who played on the right wing. He made a total of 313 appearances in the Football League, scoring 35 goals. His son, John Askey, played for and managed Macclesfield Town. His grandson, James Askey, played amateur football for Newcastle Town.

picture Stoke Sentinal
He is most famed for his time at Port Vale, where he scored 21 goals in 200 league games between 1949 and 1958. This period was one of the most memorable in the club’s history, as the “Valiants” stormed to the Third Division North title and FA Cup semi-finals in 1953–54. Following this he spent four years with Walsall and then two years at Mansfield Town. He won two successive promotions with the “Saddlers” in 1959–60 and 1960–61, and also won promotion out of the Fourth Division with the “Stags” in 1962–63. He then went into non-league football, playing for Wellington Town, Stafford Rangers, Winsford United,Macclesfield Town, and Milton United.
Askey came through the Port Vale juniors to sign professional forms in October 1949. He had the option of signing with Stoke City or Bolton Wanderers, but felt he had more chance to win a first team place at The Old Recreation Ground.[4] He played four Third Division South games for Gordon Hodgson’s “Valiants” in 1949–50, though spent much of his time serving his conscription with the RAF. He featured seven times in 1951–52 and ten times in 1952–53, and scored his first senior goal on 6 April 1953, in a 2–2 draw with Chester City at Sealand Road. He scored six goals in 53 appearances in 1953–54, asFreddie Steele’s side won the Third Division North title and reached the FA Cup semi-finals. Following his performance in a win at Ninian Park, First Division club Cardiff City made a blank cheque offer which was refused in January 1954. Cardiff made the blank cheque offer after Vale initially rejected an offer of £30,000. Vale also recorded a win over Stanley Matthews’Blackpool on the way to the semi-finals, and were only denied a place in the final itself after some debatable refereeing decisions handed West Bromwich Albion victory in the semi-finals. He scored four goals in 39 Second Division games in 1954–55. He made 26 appearances in 1955–56, before he scored five goals in 39 games in 1956–57, as Vale suffered relegation under new boss Norman Low. He scored seven goals in 37 games in 1957–58, before he departed Vale Park when he was sold to Walsall for ‘a fairly substantial fee’ in July 1958.[1] However he continued to train at Vale Park until 17 December 1960, when he angered Norman Low by “celebrating too much” after helping Walsall beat Vale 6–2. Following that incident he trained at the Victoria Ground.[4]
The “Saddlers” finished sixth in the Fourth Division in 1958–59, just six points outside the promotion places. Bill Moore’s side went on to win the league title in 1959–60, before winning a second successive promotion with a second place finish in the Third Division in 1960–61. The Fellows Park outfit posted a 14th place finish in the Second Division in1961–62, before Askey moved on to Mansfield Town. He had spent 18 months on the sidelines after a horrific challenge from Port Vale’s Roy Pritchard. The “Stags” won promotion out of the Fourth Division in fourth place in 1962–63 under Raich Carter’s stewardship, and then finished seventh in the Third Division in 1963–64 under Tommy Cummings. Askey then departed Field Mill and went on to play for Wellington Town (Southern League), Stafford Rangers, Winsford United, Macclesfield Town, Milton United, and pub teams ‘The Ancient Briton’ and ‘The Miner’s Arms’ (in Milton).
Former teammate Roy Sproson said that: “only his lack of real speed stopped Colin from becoming a great player because he had all the other equipment. A good crosser of the ball, Colin would take defenders on and was as brave as a lion, too”, with a good “overall consistency.” He was fit enough to track back and defend when the opposition was in possession – a rare trait for attackers of the 1950s.[4] His former goalkeeper at Port Vale, Ray King, said that “He would consistently display a level of skill and an indomitable strength that were quite amazing” and he was impressed with his “phenomenal work rate” and the way that he “beat an opponent with comparative ease and passed and crossed the ball using either foot with supreme accuracy.”
After finally retiring from football, he became the manager, later chairman, of Milton United. He also managed the Ind Coope Sunday League team before becoming the northern area manager of the Staffordshire Football Association. After retiring as a player he worked in the insurance industry.