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

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Walsall Born Walsall Player 1 Dean Keates.


Walsall player 1. Dean Keates Footballer
Originally Posted on January 25, 2015

I am republishing this due to the fact that many of you may well have missed it, but it was the one that set me on the way, so thought that it was worth putting it out there again!

First of all i have to say that i cannot find any information on where Dean played his football as a talented schoolboy. The grown up lads, from his schoolboy times, remember him playing on the green, but that’s it, so if anyone who knows anything of the young boy please contact me, via the blog and i will update it!

Dean Scott Keates (born 30 June 1978 in Walsall, West Midlands) is an English footballer, who currently plays as a midfielder, for Welsh side Wrexham. He has won promotion six times with three different clubs. Dean was bought up on The Beechdale Estate, Walsall, where he had a normal upbringing, Like any other boy Dean enjoyed playing football with his friends. Never dreaming that he would make it as a professional Football, he worked hard at learning the skills that he would require to make it at his chosen sport. He would play for his home town club and others (listed below) during his career. I am sure that he will give his current club the same commitment he gave to Walsall as a young lad getting into the first team; He always did that at Walsall.

 

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Walsall
Beginning his career with his hometown club Walsall, Keates made his professional debut as a substitute in a 1–0 loss to Plymouth Argyle on 12 October 1996. He made his first start for the club on 25 January 1997, playing the full game in a 3–1 victory over Notts County. He became a regular in the side the next season as, at the age of 19; he played in 48 games in all competitions, scoring his first goal for the club. Keates was a key member of the Saddlers’ midfield in a successful 1998–99 season, playing in all but three games as Walsall won promotion to Division One as runners-up. Relegation followed the next year as Walsall struggled to adapt, though the club immediately won promotion back to Division One with a 3–2 play-off final victory over Reading at the end of the 2000–01 campaign, Keates playing for the full 120 minutes of the game, which ended in extra time. He played 15 games in the 2001–02 season as Walsall survived in the division, though he was released in July 2002.
Keates subsequently moved to Division Three side Hull City, initially on a non-contract basis, in August 2002. By the end of September, Keates’ displays had earned him a two-year contract, awarded to him by then-Hull manager Jan Mølby. Despite new chairman Adam Pearson’s money being pumped into the club on new players, Keates endured a lukewarm season at Hull, playing in 35 league games as they finished mid-table. The next season, 2003–04, was more fruitful with Hull achieving promotion to the newly named League One as runners-up. Keates, however, played no part in the campaign after December 2003 – a knee injury that kept him sidelined proved his undoing, as he could not force his way back into the team.
On 10 February 2004, Division Three side Kidderminster Harriers, now managed by former Hull boss Jan Mølby, signed Keates on a free transfer. He played in eight games as the Harriers avoided relegation back to the Football Conference. Though he played 41 games the next season, Keates and Kidderminster were relegated. He left the club at the end of the season, his contract having expired.
On 1 July 2005, Keates signed for League Two side Lincoln City. He played 24 games, scoring four times for Lincoln.
On transfer deadline day 2006 Keates re-joined former club Walsall on a free transfer after his contract was cancelled at Lincoln by mutual consent. Walsall were relegated to League Two at the end of the season. Richard Money was appointed as the Saddlers’ new manager in May 2006, and under him, Keates was appointed captain. He played a key role in Walsall’s promotion as champions back to League One in the 2006–07 season, scoring 13 goals. Keates was named in the PFA League Two Team of the Year for the 2006–07 season, as well as being named Walsall’s Player of the Season. He was to leave at the end of that season along with stalwart defender Chris Westwood.
Keates was signed by League Two side Peterborough United on a three-year deal on 14 May 2007, having refused the offer of a new contract from Walsall. He played 78 league games, scoring 11 goals, as Peterborough achieved successive promotions to the Championship. Keates was released by Peterborough United on 31 December 2009, having not played a minute of football under new Posh manager Mark Cooper, and managing just 6 games and 1 goal against Newcastle at St James Park in the 2009–10 season even before Cooper’s arrival.
On 21 January 2010, Keates signed for League One side Wycombe Wanderers on a 6-month contract, ending speculation of a return to Walsall or a switch to League Two Torquay United. On 3 April 2010, he scored his first goal for the club against Huddersfield. He was released by Wycombe on 10 May 2010.
Keates signed for Conference National side Wrexham two days after being released by Wycombe. He was named captain for the season, and scored his first goal four games into the season with a 30-yard volley against Kidderminster Harriers. In 2010/2011 season captain Keates lead the side to a play-off semi-final against Luton Town but lost the 1st leg 3–0 and the 2nd 2–1. In the 2011/2012 season Keates remained captain for the season and played in some major matches, including the FA Cup 3rd round match at Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion. A draw at the Albion’s American Express Stadium meant a replay was to be played at The Racecourse which Wrexham lost 4–5 on penalties, the only missed penalty being the first taken by Keates. Also that season he played in another play-off semi-final in which Wrexham lost again to Luton Town. On 31 May 2012 Keates signed a new one-year deal alongside young striker Robert Ogleby.

Walsall
• 1998–99: Division Two runner-up (promotion to Division One)
• 2000–01: Division Two play-off winner (promotion to Division One)
• 2006–07: League Two champion (promotion to League One)
Hull City
• 2003–04: Division Three runner-up (promotion to Division Two)
Peterborough United
• 2007–08: League Two runner-up (promotion to League One)
• 2008–09: League One runner-up (promotion to The Championship)
Wrexham F.C.
• 2012–13: F.A. Trophy Winner

Rhyl FC

2015   signed for Rhyl as player coach.

Dean Keates
Personal information

Full name
Dean Scott Keates

Date of birth
30 June 1978 (age 37)

Place of birth
Walsall, England

Height
5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)

Playing position
Midfielder

Club information

Current team
Rhyl

Senior career
Years                               Team                                             Apps (Gls)

1995–2002                     Walsall                                            156   (12)

2002–2004                    Hull City                                           50   (4)

2004–2005                    Kidderminster Harriers               49   (7)

2005–2006                    Lincoln City                                     21   (4)

2006–2007                   Walsall                                               53   (15)

2007–2009                   Peterborough United                    84   (12)

2010                               Wycombe Wanderers                     13    (1)

2010–2015                    Wrexham                                          153   (13)

2015–                             Rhyl                                                      22    (1)

Thanks to follower Tony who pointed me in the direction of Cresswell Wanders, Deans Junior club.

These are exciting times at Cresswell Wanderers F.C, the club has been in existence for over 20 years co-ordinating youth football. Who would have believed back then from our humble beginnings with just two teams, we would now be coaching and managing no fewer than twenty teams from Under 7’s and Under 18’s.
Through our web site we were able to arrange a friendly match against a youth team from Vancouver in Canada, Boston in the USA, Bangor in N.Ireland, France and Germany.
There are currently over 250 registered players with Cresswell Wanderers.
Cresswell Wanderers is possibly the largest junior youth football club in both Walsall and the West Midlands. The development plans, aims and objectives for the future is to increase it’s growth, membership, facilities and support to junior youth football in the area.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the parents / guardians that have supported our teams and the club throughout the season. Not forgetting our managers who give so much of their own time voluntarily to make all this possible.

Cresswell Wanderers are affiliated to the Staffs FA and are members of the following leagues:

Walsall Junior Youth League (including Mini-Soccer)
tCode of Conduct

Promote the positive aspects of sport (e.g fair play)
Coaches/Managers to consistently display high standards of behaviour and be a role model for players, parents and spectators
At all times respect should be shown to the facilities and opposition
Respect the rights & dignity of each player
Adhere to guidelines laid down in the constitution
Place the well being and safety of every player above all other considerations
To encourage & guide players
Over the years, the club has enjoyed its fair share of success winning many honours and in the process launched a number of professional careers.
Andy Thompson (Wolves)
Dean Keats (Walsall)
PLEASE NOTE THAT I CANNOT PUT THE WHOLE OF THE CRESWELL PAGE ON HERE BUT IF YOU WISH TO READ IT THEN HERE IS THE LINK.

http://www.cresswellwanderersfc.com

If your interested in junior football then it’s worth a visit, and you never know you may wish to join in with them, Like all kids teams today, I am sure they could do with help both actual and monetary.

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 ? (?)

Walsall player 343. Peter Osborne Hart


Peter Osborne Hart (born 14 August 1957 in Mexborough) is an English former footballer who played mainly as a defender. He made 600 appearances in the Football League playing for Huddersfield Town and Walsall.
Hart holds the record for the youngest debutant for Huddersfield Town, having made his debut aged 16 years and 229 days against Southend United in 1974. He played for Huddersfield in the final of the 1974 FA Youth Cup, and captained the club to the Fourth Division title in 1980. He then moved to Walsall, helped them reach the semi-final of the 1983–84 Football League Cup, and captained the side to promotion to the Second Division via the play-offs in 1988. The final game at Walsall’s Fellows Park ground was Hart’s testimonial match against West Bromwich Albion. After retiring from football he was ordained as a minister of the Church of England and became vicar of St Luke’s church in Cannock.

Youth career
Huddersfield Town
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974-1980 Huddersfield Town 210 (7)
1980-1990 Walsall 401 (12)
Total 600 (19)

Walsall player 342. Wallace Norman “Wally” Harris


Another of those early days- short blogs.

Wallace Norman “Wally” Harris (22 February 1900 – 7 September 1933) was an English professional footballer. Born in Birmingham, he played as an outside right for Birmingham and Walsall in the Football League during the 1920s. Released by Birmingham due to health problems, he retired not long afterwards and died in a sanatorium in Davos, Switzerland, aged 33.

Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Burton All Saints
1922–1929 Birmingham 89 (12)
1929–1930 Walsall 6 (1)

Walsall player. 341. Gerald William Harris


Gerald William Harris (born 8 October 1935) is an English former professional footballer. He spent the majority of his league career with Wolverhampton Wanderers, winning two league championships and the FA Cup.Harris was signed up by Wolves as an amateur, after an unsuccessful trial at West Bromwich Albion in 1953. He turned pro in January 1954 but spent a few seasons in the reserves before finally making his senior debut on 29 August 1956 in a 5–4 win over Luton Town.
He initially only found himself in the team to cover for the then-injured Bill Shorthouse, but made the position his own. He was a virtual ever-present over the period 1956–1961, which saw the club win two successive league championships – missing out on a third by a single point – and the 1960 FA Cup. He also appeared in every European Cup game in the club’s history.
The emergence of Bobby Thomson in 1962 though, pushed Harris out of the first team and he was again consigned to reserve team football over the next few seasons. He returned to contention in the 1964–65 campaign which ended in relegation. He played just twice more for the club after the drop, before moving to neighbours Walsall in 1966, after a total of 270 appearances for Wolves. However, injury curtailed his career with the Saddlers after just 12 months.

Youth career
Bobbington
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1953–1966 Wolverhampton Wanderers 270 (2)
1966–1968 Walsall 15 (1)
National team
1957–1958 England Under 23 4 (0)