Walsall player 101. Darren Asherton Byfield


Personal information
Full name Darren Asherton Byfield
Date of birth 29 September 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Sutton Coldfield, England

Darren Byefield

Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Forward

Club information
Current team Redditch United

Youth career
Aston Villa

Senior career
Years                    Team                                      Apps          (Gls)
1997–1999             Aston Villa                            7              (0)
1998–1999 Loan     Preston North End           5              (1)
1999          Loan     Northampton Town            6              (1)
1999          Loan     Cambridge United               4              (0)
2000          Loan     Blackpool                              3              (0)
2000–2002             Walsall                                77             (13)
2001          Loan     Rotherham United              3              (2)
2002–2004             Rotherham United           65             (20)
2004                      Sunderland                             17              (5)
2004–2006             Gillingham                          67             (19)
2006–2007             Millwall                                31             (16)
2007–2008             Bristol City                          33               (8)
2008–2009             Doncaster Rovers              15               (0)
2008–2009  Loan    Oldham Athletic               8              (1)
2009                      Oldham Athletic                     3              (0)
2009–2011              Walsall                                  55             (12)
2012                       Solihull Moors                        2              (0)
2012                      AFC Telford United                7              (1)
2013–2014             Tamworth                              31              (4)
2014–2016                    Solihull Moors               31              (4)
National team
2003                     Jamaica                                        6                (1)

Teams Managed

2016                       Redditch United
Darren Asherton Byfield (born 29 September 1976) is a footballer whose last club was Solihull Moors where he was a forward.. He is now manager of Redditch United.
Byfield won six caps for Jamaica in 2003, and has scored 110 goals in 484 appearances across all domestic competitions so far in his football career. He was briefly married to pop star Jamelia, with whom he had one child.
He began his career with Aston Villa in 1997, and enjoyed loan spells with Preston North End, Northampton Town,Cambridge United, and Blackpool, before winning a move to Walsall in June 2000. He scored the winning goal in the2001 Second Division play-off final, and then made a £50,000 move to Rotherham United in March 2002. He was traded to Sunderland in February 2004, and then moved on to Gillingham five months later. He transferred to Millwallin June 2006, before joining Bristol City in August 2007. He moved on to Doncaster Rovers in July 2008, before linking up with Oldham Athletic in August 2009, having played on loan at the club during the previous season. His stay at Oldham lasted only a handful of games, after which he returned to Walsall. He left the Football League in June 2011 following an injury-hit 2010–11 campaign. He joined non-league Solihull Moors for a brief spell in March 2012, before moving on to AFC Telford United six months later. He joined Tamworth in January 2013.
Byfield started his career at Aston Villa, and graduated through the club’s Academy to make his Premier League debut on 28 December 1997, in a 1–1 draw with Leeds United at Elland Road. Given his debut by outgoing boss Brian Little, he rarely featured under new “Villans” manager John Gregory. He made six further substitute appearances in 1997–98.
He appeared in the UEFA Cup in a 3–2 win over Norwegian outfit Strømsgodset IF at Villa Park on 15 September 1998. Byfield was loaned out to Preston North End in November 1998, and scored on his debut at Deepdale on 7 November, in a 4–1 win over Burnley. He played four further Second Division games for David Moyes’s “Lilywhites”, and did not feature in the latter half of the 1998–99 season.
He joined Northampton Town on a six-week loan in August 1999, and scored twice in seven games for the “Cobblers”. After the departure of manager Ian Atkins, Kevin Wilson led the Sixfields outfit to promotion out of the Third Division. Byfield meanwhile joined Cambridge United on loan immediately after leaving Northampton, and featured four times at the Abbey Stadium under manager Roy McFarland. In March 2000 he joined Blackpool on loan, in his third such move of the 1999–2000 campaign. He played three Second Division games for Steve McMahon’s “Seasiders”, in a brief stay at Bloomfield Road.
In June 2000, Byfield signed with Ray Graydon’s Second Division side Walsall. He hit 11 goals in 51 games in 2000–01, and scored the winning goal in the 109th minute of the play-off final, giving the “Saddlers” a 3–2 victory overReading. He scored four goals in 37 First Division games in 2001–02, and left the Bescot Stadium soon after Colin Lee was appointed as manager.
In March 2002, he joined Rotherham United in a £50,000 deal. He got off to a flying start to his Millmoor career, hitting two goals in three games at the back end of the 2001–02 campaign. He scored 13 goals in 38 games in 2002–03, and told the media that “Even if the manager (Ronnie Moore) brought in Ruud van Nistelrooy and Alan Shearer it wouldn’t bother me, I am very confident in my own abilities.” His tally included four goals against Millwall on 10 August in a “stunning display” on the opening day of the season. He went on to bag eight goals in 33 appearances for the “Millers” in 2003–04.
After Rotherham rejected a bid from Derby County, he signed with Sunderland in February 2004, after the two clubs agreed to a trade for Michael Proctor. Byfield scored five goals in 17 games for Mick McCarthy’s “Black Cats” in the latter half of the 2003–04 campaign, before departing the Stadium of Light at the end of the season.
Byfield signed a two-year contract with Championship club Gillingham in July 2004, after rejecting offers from former clubs Preston and Walsall. He hit just six goals in 39 appearances in 2004–05, despite maintaining an excellent work rate. The club suffered relegation into League One, as well as a merry-go-round of managers, with Andy Hessenthaler making way for Stan Ternent, who was in turn replaced by Neale Cooper and then Ronnie Jepson. Byfield told the press that his teammates should take the blame for Neale Cooper’s departure in November 2005, and should be “ashamed” of their performances. Byfield scored 14 goals during the 2005–06 campaign, becoming the club’s top-scorer, despite spending two months on the sidelines nursing a knee injury.
He joined Millwall in June 2006, despite manager Ronnie Jepson’s best efforts to keep him at Priestfield. Byfield later claimed he was not offered a new contract by the “Gills”, something which chairman Paul Scally denied. Scally had previously accused Southend United manager Steve Tilson of making an illegal approach for Byfield. Having scored a hat-trick at the start of the month, he was nominated for the League One player of the month award for January, but lost out to Bristol City’s Enoch Showunmi. Despite missing the end of the campaign due to an ankle injury, he scored 16 goals in 31 League One games in 2006–07 to become the club’s top-scorer. However he seemed keen to move away from The Den, and did not appear in pre-season friendlies or photo opportunities. “Lions” boss Willie Donachie had previously rejected an offer of £165,000 from Brighton & Hove Albion chairman Dick Knight.
Byfield was signed by Bristol City for an undisclosed fee (in the region of £250,000) in August 2007The Ashton Gate club exceeded all expectations in 2007–08, and top-scorer Byfield’s eight goals helped them to secure a place in the Championship play-offs. However, the play-off final ended in defeat to Hull City at Wembley; Byfield was a late substitute for Nick Carle. In May 2008, Byfield was released by the “Robins”, having struggled to secure a place in Gary Johnson’s starting eleven after proving himself to be something of a “super-sub”.
In July 2008, he joined Doncaster Rovers on a two-year deal. On 14 November, he joined Oldham Athletic on a one month loan, which was later extended until January 2009. His “Latics” debut came in a 1–0 win over Northampton Town. Manager John Sheridan described Byfield’s performance as “excellent”, and stated that “he caused them a lot of problems with his pace and his touch”. The only goal of his eight game spell came on Boxing Day against Crewe Alexandra; he scored the opening goal in a 3–0 victory at the Alexandra Stadium. He returned to the Keepmoat Stadium at the end of the 2008–09 season, though sat out the end of the campaign after undergoing a hernia operation. He was released from his contract by manager Sean O’Driscoll on 7 May, having failed to find the net in 16 appearances for “Donny”.
On 6 August 2009, Byfield joined Oldham Athletic on a short-term deal However, after four appearances with no goals, he left Boundary Park on 25 August. Byfield re-signed with Walsall three days after leaving Oldham – to the delight of manager Chris Hutchings. He was given a contract lasting until January 2010, with an option to extend it until the end of the 2009–10 season. He formed an effective partnership with Troy Deeney, and won praise from coach Mick Kearns. Appointed club captain, he missed much of the 2010–11 season due to a knee injury,[ and was released by new manager Dean Smith in May 2011.
In March 2012 he signed for Solihull Moors. He featured in two Conference North games before the end of the 2011–12 season, in what was a brief stay at Damson Park. He joined League Two side Port Vale on trial in August 2012, and “proved he could still have something to offer with a busy performance” during a pre-season friendly with Nantwich Town. The “Valiants” were unable to offer him a contract due to financial problems, and Byfield instead signed a six-month deal with Conference club AFC Telford United in September, after manager Andy Sinton needed cover to deal with injuries. He moved on to Conference rivals Tamworth in January 2013, joining on non-contract terms. He scored two goals in 18 games for Dale Belford’s “Lambs” in the 2012–13 season and two goals in 14 games in the 2013–14 season, before departing in May 2014 after the club were relegated out of the Conference Premier.
Though born in Birmingham, his Jamaican heritage allowed him to win six caps for Jamaica in 2003. He was a squad member for the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The “Reggaeboyz” exited the tournament at the quarter-finals with a 5–0 defeat to hosts Mexico.

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Walsall player 37. Karl Hawley.


Personal information
Full name Karl Leon Hawley
Date of birth 6 December 1981 (age 34)
Place of birth Walsall, England

Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Striker

Club information
Current team StourBridge

Karl H

Number 23
Senior career*
Years                                 Team                            Apps                     (Gls)
2000–2004             Walsall                                         1                      (0)
2002–2003             Raith Rovers (loan)               17                       (7)
2003                          Hereford United (loan)           6                       (1)
2003                          Raith Rovers (loan)                  9                        (2)
2004                          Hednesford Town                     1                        (0)
2004–2007              Carlisle United                      118                       (47)
2007–2009              Preston North End                 30                       (3)
2008                         Northampton Town (loan)     11                       (2)
2009                           Colchester United (loan)         4                        (0)
2009–2012               Notts County                             81                        (5)
2012                           Crawley Town (loan)               4                         (0)
2012–2013                Scunthorpe United                 39                        (11)
2013–2014                Torquay United                       25                         (3)
2014– 2015                Alfreton Town                         33                        (10)

2015                              Stourbridge                        46                     (24)
National team
2004–2005                    England C                          2
Born in Walsall, West Midlands, Hawley started his career for his hometown team Walsall but only played one league game. While at the Bescot Stadium he also spent loan spells at Raith Rovers and Hereford United, where he scored once against Burton Albion.
After his release by Walsall in 2004, Hawley joined Southern Football League side Hednesford Town, but only made one start for the Pitmen, playing in a league game against Hinckley United. He was again released towards the end of the 2003–04 season. Hawley joined Conference team Carlisle United in the summer of 2004 and played a part in their return to the Football League. He was the League Two top scorer in the 2005–06 season, forming a successful partnership with Michael Bridges as Carlisle achieved a second successive promotion to League One. Hawley was voted League Two Fans’ Player of the Year and was part of the League Two Team of the Year. In May 2007, Hawley was offered an improved contract by Carlisle manager Neil McDonald, but Hawley rejected the offer and left the club on 11 May 2007. In three seasons for Carlisle United he was the club’s top scorer.
He signed for Championship side Preston North End on 14 June 2007, on a three-year contract. After making 26 appearance and 3 goals in League and 2 in FA Cup at his first season for Preston, Hawley suffered poor forms for Preston in his second season and got less playing time under manager Alan Irvine. Also during his time at Preston, Hawley also struggled to replicate the goal scoring form he showed at Carlisle and joined Northampton Town for a one months loan where he made 11 appearance and scoring two. Afterwards, Hawley returned to the club despite Northampton Town was keen to extend his contract. Afterwards his loan finish with Northampton, Hawley returns to Preston and as made just five substitute appearances in the League and 2 starts in League Cup and eventually Hawley join Colchester United on month loan deal along with Neal Trotman and made 4 appearance.
He signed for League Two side Notts County on 3 August 2009, on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee to revive his career. In his first season for Preston, Hawley made total of 38 appearance(31 in League, 6 in FA Cup, 1 in League Cup and 1 in Football League Trophy) and scoring 4 (3 in league and 1 in FA Cup). Under manager of Cotterill, Short, Paul Ince and Martin Allen, Hawley fell out with favour due to that he has struggled to make an impact for Notts County and his poor performance struck again. In May 2012 he was released by Notts County, along with 12 other players.
On 31 January 2012 Hawley signed, on loan until the end of season, for Crawley Town. However, Hawley made four appearance and return to Notts County, with another disappointing loan spell.
Having been released, Hawley went on a trial at Doncaster Rovers. On 7 September 2012, he signed a short term deal with League 1 side Scunthorpe United. At Scunthorpe United, Hawley made an impressive display at the club, with five goals in seventeen appearance. In January, Hawley signed a new contract, with the club until the end of the season as his old deal expires in January.
On July 1 2013 Hawley signed a two-year deal with Torquay United scoring 3 goals in 30 appearances. However on 29th August 2014 Karl and the club agreed to terminate his contract by mutual consent. On 5 September 2014 Hawley signed a one-year deal with Conference Premier Alfreton Town.When this contract finished Karl signed for Stourbridge