Walsall player 109. Adrian Littlejohn


Personal information
Full name Adrian Sylvester Littlejohn
Date of birth 26 September 1970 (age 46)
Place of birth Wolverhampton, England

Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder / Forward

Youth career
1988–1989 West Bromwich Albion

Senior career
Years                        Team                                    Apps       (Gls)
1989–1991                 Walsall                                   44         (1)
1991–1995                 Sheffield United                  69        (12)
1995–1998                 Plymouth Argyle                110        (29)
1998                            Oldham Athletic                  21         (5)
1998–2001                 Bury                                         99       (14)
2001–2003                 Sheffield United                    3         (0)
2003–2004                 Port Vale                                49       (10)
2004–2005                 Lincoln City                             8         (0)
2005                             Rushden & Diamonds           15         (0)
2005–2006                 Mansfield Town                       7         (0)
2006                             Leek Town                                4          (0)
2007–2008                 Retford United                         ?           ?

                                         Total                                  437+      (71+)
Adrian Sylvester Littlejohn (born 26 September 1970) is an English former footballer, who played as a midfielder and a striker. He scored 74 goals in 425 league appearances in an 18-year career in the Football League.
He began his professional career at Walsall, after moving from West Bromwich Albion in 1989. He moved on to Sheffield United two years later, before making a £100,000 move to Plymouth Argyle in September 1995. He helped Plymouth to win promotion out of the Third Division in 1996, before moving on to Oldham Athletic in March 1998. Eight months later he was sold on to Bury for £75,000. He returned to Sheffield United in October 2001, before transferring to Port Vale in February 2003. In August 2004 he switched to Lincoln City, before ending the season at Rushden & Diamonds. In September 2005 he signed with Mansfield Town before moving on to non-league club Leek Town the following year. He retired in 2008 following a brief spell at Retford United.
Littlejohn started his footballing career at West Bromwich Albion, but failed to play a match and was released at the end of the 1988–89 season to find first team football elsewhere. He stayed in his native West Midlands and joined Walsall prior to the 1989–90 season; the “Saddlers” finished bottom of the Third Division under John Barnwell’s stewardship and were relegated into the Fourth Division. They then finished a disappointing 16th in 1990–91 under Kenny Hibbitt. Littlejohn played 54 games, scoring one goal, in his two seasons with the club.
Prior to the 1991–92 season, Littlejohn was signed by Dave Bassett of Sheffield United. He played a part in the “Blades” first ever Premier League season in 1992–93, scoring eight goals in 27 games. He scored three goals in 19 top-flight games in 1993–94, as United were relegated into the First Division. He appeared just 18 times in 1994–95, before he moved to Plymouth Argyle for a £100,000 fee in September 1995.
Bagging 18 goals, he was the club’s top scorer in his debut season at Home Park, which helped Plymouth finish fourth in the Third Division. They were just one point short of automatic promotion, but managed to gain promotion via the play-offs with a 1–0 win over Darlington. The 1996–97 and 1997–98 seasons saw the club involved in relegation battles; Littlejohn had escaped the cycle however, joining Second Division side Oldham Athletic in March 1998.
At Oldham he joined Neil Warnock, the manager who had signed him at Plymouth. Littlejohn scored his début against Watford, however both men’s stay at Boundary Park was brief; Bury appointed Warnock manager in May 1998, and six months later he bought Littlejohn for £75,000. The “Shakers” occupied the final relegation place in the First Division in 1998–99, finishing behind Port Vale on goals scored. They finished 15th in 1999–2000 under new boss Andy Preece, with Littlejohn scoring 10 times in his 48 appearances. He scored five goals in 43 games for the Gigg Lane club in 2000–01, and in total scored 16 goals in 112 games in close to three seasons at the club.
In December 1999, Warnock was made manager of Sheffield United and in October 2001 he brought Littlejohn back to the club, on a non-contract basis. He remained loyal to Warnock, refusing to sign a permanent contract with Carlisle United, though he was to only play three competitive matches for the first team in 2001–02, two of those coming from off the bench. Leaving the club in February 2003 he rejected the chance to sign with Bradford City, and instead signed with Port Vale. After impressing manager Brian Horton, his initial one month deal was extended to the end of the season. He then went on to score seven goals in 41 appearances in the 2003–04 campaign.
In August 2004 he put pen to paper with League Two side Lincoln City. Failing to make at impact at Sincil Bank, he was released by manager Keith Alexander in January 2005. He then joined Rushden & Diamonds on a contract expiring at the end of the season. The ageing striker made fifteen appearances for the club and also gave the younger players the benefit of his experience. In September 2005 he signed with Mansfield Town, making seven substitute appearances in the league over the course of the 2005–06 season for Peter Shirtliff’s “Stags”.
He wound his career down with a few games for non-league Leek Town, playing for the club from March] to October in 2006. In June 2007, Littlejohn agreed to return to playing at Retford United for his old teammate Peter Duffield, before leaving the club at the end of the season.

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Walsall player 95. Malvind Benning


Personal information
Date of birth 2 November 1993 (age 23)
Place of birth Sandwell, England

Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender

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Club information
Current team Mansfield Town

Number 14
Youth career
2010–2012 Walsall

Senior career
Years                    Team                           Apps             (Gls)
2011– 2015                  Walsall                   26                 (2)
2012       (loan)      Evesham United       ?                  ?

2015        (Loan)      York                                9                   (0)

2015                           Mansfield Town        31                    (4)
Malvind Singh Benning (born 2 November 1993) is an English footballer who plays as a defender for Walsall.
Benning was born in Sandwell. Educated at Queen Mary’s Grammar School, he started his career with Walsall progressing through the youth system, starting a two-year scholarship in the summer of 2010. In January 2012, he joined Southern Football League side Evesham United on a youth loan. In April 2012, he was offered his first professional contract on a one-year deal. He made his professional debut for Walsall on 6 November 2012, in a 4–1 defeat toScunthorpe United in Football League One, coming on as a substitute for James Chambers. Benning went on to receive Young Player of the Year at Walsall’s 2014 awards ceremony.

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.

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.