Walsall player 150. Dávid Gróf


Dávid Gróf (born 17 April 1989) is a Hungarian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Berliner AK. Gróf started his senior career with Scottish club Hibernian, making one appearance during the 2008–09 season before being released from his contract. He subsequently played in England for Notts County, Tamworth, Mansfield Town and Walsall.
Gróf started his professional career with Hibernian, making his professional debut in their 4–3 defeat by Greenock Mortonin the Scottish League Cup on 26 August 2008.
Later that season, Gróf was convicted of a drink driving offence and was consequently banned from driving for two years. Hibs also disciplined the player, who made a public apology through the club’s website. He was relegated to the status of fourth choice goalkeeper at Hibs after the arrival of Grzegorz Szamotulski during January 2009. Gróf went on trial at West Bromwich Albion, but was released by Hibs towards the end of the 2008–09 season, despite having 18 months left on his contract
Following his release by Hibs, Gróf trained with English League Two side Gillingham, featuring in a reserve team match against Lewes.
Gróf went on trial with League One club Notts County in July 2010. He agreed a deal to sign for the club, subject to medical. On the same day as the deal with Notts County was announced, Gróf played for Tamworth in a friendly match against Aberdeen. He completed the move on 26 July. On 4 August 2010 it was confirmed that Gróf would be joining The Lambs on a one month loan deal in time for the new season Just six days later Gróf was recalled by his parent club.
Gróf signed on loan with Conference National club Mansfield Town on 31 January 2011. Grof played an integral part in Mansfield’s FA Trophy run which saw the Stags lose to Darlington in the final at Wembley on 7 May. Despite not being permitted to play in the final itself, Grof became a hero to the Mansfield fans due to his performances in both the FA Trophy and the Conference National, and appeared before the game against Darlington to a standing ovation from the 15000 strong travelling Mansfield fans.
Despite rave reviews of his performances at Mansfield, Grof was waived by Notts County at the end of the season alongside defender Graeme Lee
Following a trial spell, Gróf signed a one year contract with Football League One side Walsall in July 2011.  Gróf made his full Walsall debut against Bournemouth, keeping a cleen sheet in a 2-0 win, and then made his home debut the following game—a Football League Trophy first round fixture against Shrewsbury Town, which Walsall won 2-1.. On 17 March 2013, Gróf announced that he was moving to France to pursue a career away from the Saddlers, having fallen down the pecking order at Walsall behind a string of successive loan goalkeepers manager Dean Smith had signed due to his poor early season form
On 18 March 2013, Gróf began his trial with Clermont, successfully completing the first part of his medical and training with the first team later that day.
In November 2013, Gróf moved to German side Goslarer SC, where he remained until the end of the season before signing for Berliner AK.
Gróf’s father Attila also played professionally as a goalkeeper, for Vasas Budapest, Újpesti Dózsa, Videoton, Honvéd and Hungary.
Gróf was convicted of a drink driving offence and banned from driving for two years. He was charged with another drink driving offence in April 2009

David Grf

Personal information
Date of birth 17 April 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Budapest, Hungary
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Budapest Honvéd
Number TBA
Youth career
2006–2008 Hibernian
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Hibernian 0 (0)
2010–2011 Notts County 0 (0)
2010 Tamworth (loan) 0 (0)
2011 Mansfield Town (loan) 13 (0)
2011–2013 Walsall 23 (0)
2013–2014 Goslarer SC 14 (0)
2014–2016 Berliner AK 10 (0)
2016- Budapest Honvéd 0 (0)
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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 55 Mel Eves


Mel Eves
Personal information
Full name Melvyn James Eves
Date of birth 10 September 1956 (age 60)
Place of birth Darlaston, England

Playing position Attacker
Senior career
Years                                             Team                                  Apps              (Gls)
1975–1984                             Wolverhampton Wanderers        180                (44)
1984                                        Huddersfield Town (loan)             7                  (4)
1984–1986                               Sheffield United                           26                (10)
1986–1988                                Gillingham                                     27                  (9)
1988 →                                      Mansfield Town (loan)               3                   (0)
1988–1989                                Walsall                                             0                   (0)
1988–1989                                King’s Lynn (loan)                        ?                    (2)
1989                                         Cheltenham Town (loan)                1                   (0)
1989                                         Willenhall Town                                2                    (0)
1989–1990                              Telford United                                  21                    (3)

                                                               Total                 
National team      1978            England B                                   3                    (1)
Melvyn James “Mel” Eves (born September 10, 1956 in Darlaston) is a former English professional footballer who had a long career playing as a striker and left sided attacker, mostly known for his time with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Eves was educated at Wolverhampton Grammar School from 1968 to 1975 when he represented England as a Schoolboy International before joining Wolves. He eventually made his debut on 26 November 1977 againstIpswich Town at Molineux in the First Division.
His first goal was at Chelsea in 1978, followed by the winner againstManchester United in the following game and a goal in victory over Aston Villa afterwards. Such a run saw him earn a spot in the England B’s summer tour of 1978, managed by Sir Bobby Robson, where he made three appearances and scored one goal (in a record 8-0 success over Singapore’s full team).
Eves played in Wolves’ 1980 League Cup final triumph over then-European Cup holders Nottingham Forest at Wembley.
He was top goalscorer in 1981/82 (seven goals) as Wolves slumped out of the top flight, but his 18 league goal haul the following year, not only earned him the top goalscorer award again, but saw the team immediately return to Division One.
Financial problems then struck Wolves and saw many players, including Eves, leave after relegation. After a period of time training at Manchester City, recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon sustained in his last game for Wolves in May 1984, Eves was signed by Sheffield United in December 1984. Here, he played until May 1986 and was also voted ‘Player of the Year’ by fans.
Eves then moved to Gillingham and played two further seasons in the third tier. He retired through injury in May 1989 after a six-month spell at Walsall, aged 32.
Upon leaving the game, Eves became an independent financial advisor (IFA), often dealing with advising young footballers. He became a licensed FA agent in the mid-1990s and became more involved with the agency work, although also running an IFA business. In the 2000s, though, he has focused more on his agency commitments, representing players such as Enzo Maresca, Benito Carbone, Fabrizio Ravanelli, Robert Earnshaw and Gareth McAuley. He now heads up Eleven Sports Management and has working alongside him ex-professional footballers John Williams, Carl Hutchings, Ben Abbey and Chris Marsh.
Eves also had a short stint as manager of part-time non-league Willenhall Town from March 2006 until November 2007 when he resigned through work commitments.Hewon the Birmingham Senior Cup for the first time in the 125 year history of the competition and reached the play-off final in the 2006-07 season eventually losing out in extra time to Bromsgrove Rovers.