Walsall player 121. Alec Jackson


Alec J

 Alec Jackson
Personal information
Full name Alec Jackson
Date of birth 29 May 1937 (age 79)
Place of birth Tipton, England

Playing position Winger / Inside-forward

Senior career
Years                            Team                                    Apps       (Gls)
1954–1964              West Bromwich Albion           192        (50)
1964–1967              Birmingham City                        78        (11)
1967–1968              Walsall                                           38         (7)
Alec Jackson (born 29 May 1937) is an English former footballer who played as a winger or inside-forward. During his professional career he represented West Bromwich Albion, Birmingham City and Walsall.
Jackson was born in Tipton, Staffordshire. He joined West Bromwich Albion as an amateur in May 1954 and turned professional in September of the same year. He became the youngest player to score a league goal for the club when he scored on his debut against Charlton Athletic in November 1954. He would spent another decade at Albion, who were a First Division side but didn’t win any trophies while he was playing for them; they had just won the FA Cup when he made his debut.
He scored 52 goals in 208 appearances for Albion before moving to Birmingham City in 1964. He was in the Birmingham team that suffered relegation from the old First Division in 1965 and stayed at the club for two more seasons.
In 1967 he signed for Walsall where he spent one season.
He later dropped down into non-league football, playing for Nuneaton Borough, Kidderminster Harriers, Warley, Oldbury Town, Warley Borough, Darlaston, Blakenhall, Lower Gornal, Rushall Olympic and Bush Rangers.
After his professional football career was over Alec went on to work on the track, making cars at the Austin works in Longbridge, Birmingham

Update from David Evans. With Rhanks.

Pleasure. Just been reading your Alec Jackson blog and I thought the info the net gave you wasnt quite right. I checked our apps and results and you may have to edit the part where he joined us.
Here is what I found…Alec joined Walsall in February 1967 and scored 5 goals in 17 outings. In 67-8 he scored twice in 19 Third Division games. He scored the winner in the FA Cup replay at Crystal Palace to set up a mouth watering tie against Liverpool in Round 4 and in the FL Cup scored against West Ham in Walsall’s 5-1 defeat up against Bobby Moore, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst.

Walsall player 74. Robert Mark Taylor


 Robert Mark Taylor
Date of birth 22 February 1966 (age 50)
Place of birth Walsall, England

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

Senior career
Years                                             Team                       Apps          (Gls)
1984–1989                                 Walsall                        113             (4)
1989–1991                                 Sheffield Wednesday      9             (0)
1991 →                  (loan)            Shrewsbury Town          19             (2)
1991–1998                                 Shrewsbury Town         249           (13)
1998–2000                                 Hereford United             76             (3)
2000–2001                                 Nuneaton Borough        20             (0)
2001–2002                                 Halesowen Town           45             (2)
2002–2006                                 Redditch United              ?               ?
2006–2008                                 Bromsgrove Rovers        29             (0)
2008                                           Rugby Town                    4              (0)

Robert Mark Taylor (born 22 February 1966 in Walsall), known as Mark Taylor, is an English former professional footballer who played as a midfielder in the Football League for Walsall where he made 113 appearances scoring 4 goals. At Sheffield he played 9 times and scored no goals and at Shrewsbury Town where he made 19 appearances on loan prior to signing where he made another 249 and scored 13 goals plus 2 when on loan. He then moved into the non-league  for clubs including Hereford United, Nuneaton Borough, Halesowen Town,] Redditch United, Bromsgrove Rovers and Rugby Town, prior to retirement.

Walsall player 72. Roger Smith


Roger Smith
Personal information
Full name Roger William Smith
Date of birth 19 February 1945 (age 71)
Place of birth Tamworth, England

Playing position Right-winger

Senior career
Years                                               Team                         Apps            (Gls)
1962–1965                                     Walsall                         53               (2)
1965–1966                                     Port Vale                      30               (6)
1966–1967                                     Walsall                           9               (0)
                                                      Nuneaton Borough
                                                      Atherstone Town
                                                                            Total       92+             (8+)
Teams managed
1986–1987                                    Tamworth
Roger William Smith (born 19 February 1945) is an English formerfootballer and football manager. A right-winger, he played 92 league games in a five-year career in the Football League with Walsall andPort Vale. He then went to play non-league football for Nuneaton Borough and Atherstone Town, before briefly taking the management reigns at Tamworth between April 1986 and February 1987.
Smith began his career with Walsall. Bill Moore’s “Saddlers” were relegated out of the Second Division in 1962–63, and struggled to avoid the relegation zone of the Third Division in 1963–64 and 1964–65. He scored twice in 53 appearances for the Fellows Park side. He dropped down to the Fourth Division when he joined Port Vale in July 1965. He was a first team regular at Vale Park throughout the 1965–66 season until he suffered an ankle injury in March 1966. He was released by manager Jackie Mudie in July 1966, having scored six goals in 33 league and cup games for the “Valiants”, and immediately returned to former club to Walsall. Under the stewardship of Ray Shaw, the club posted a 12th place finish in the Third Division in 1966–67. He then left the club for a second time, and later he played for non-league sides Nuneaton Borough and Atherstone Town.
He served West Midlands (Regional) League club Tamworth as manager between April 1986 and February 1987.

Walsall player 34. Keith Ball


Keith Ball
Date of birth 26 October 1940 (age 75)
Place of birth Walsall, England

Playing position Goalkeeper

Senior caree
Years                  Team                           Apps (Gl
1958–1962         Walsall                           11    (0)
1962–1966         Worcester City              ?      ?
1966–1968         Walsall                           34    (0)
1968–1972          Port Vale                     130    (0)
1972                      Stourport                        ?      ?
1972–1973           Walsall                             2   (0)
Darlaston                         ?     ?
Nuneaton Borough       ?     ?
Kidderminster Harriers?    ?
Total                              177+ (0)

Keith Ball (born 26 October 1940) is an English former footballer. He was a short but agile goalkeeper who made 145 league and cup appearances for Port Vale and enjoyed three spells with Walsall. He also played non-league football for Worcester City, Stourport, Darlaston, Nuneaton Borough, and Kidderminster Harriers. He was a squad player as Walsall won back-to-back promotions in 1959–60 and 1960–61, and was an ever-present for Port Vale as they won promotion out of the Fourth Division in 1968–69.

Ball began his career at hometown club Walsall, as the “Saddlers” posted a sixth place finish in the Fourth Division in 1958–59. Bill Moore’s side then went on to win the divisional 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 then settled in the Second Division with a 14th place finish in 1961–62. Having only featured in 11 league games, Ball was allowed to join Southern League side Worcester City. City finished one point above the relegation zone in the 1962–63 campaign, before rising to 13th place in 1963–64 and then third place in 1964–65, before dropping to eighth position in 1965–66. Ball returned to Walsall, now managed by Ray Shaw, to play 34 Third Division games in the 1966–67 and 1967–68 campaigns.
He was bought by Gordon Lee’s Port Vale in November 1968 for ‘a small fee’, to replace the injured Stuart Sharrat.[1] He was immediately the first choice keeper for the “Valiants” after being preferred ahead of Milija Aleksic Ball played 38 matches in the 1968–69 season and played all 52 matches in the 1969–70 Fourth Division promotion winning campaign. He made 30 appearances in the 1970–71 season and 35 appearances in the 1971–72 season, as Sharrat battled to win back his first team place. Ball was given a free transfer in May 1972, as experienced Bolton Wanderers stopper Alan Boswell was signed to take over goalkeeping duties at Vale Park. He moved on to Stourport before making another return to Walsall. He played two Third Division games under the stewardship of John Smith in the 1972–73 season, before moving into non-league football with Darlaston, Nuneaton Borough and Kidderminster Harriers.

Walsall player 9. Roy Cross


Roy Cross

Personal information
Full name Roy Cross
Date of birth 4 December 1947 (age 68)
Place of birth Wednesbury, England
Playing position Central defender
Senior career
Years                      Team                            Apps (Gls)
1966–1970            Walsall                             12     (0)
1970–1975             Port Vale                       136      (1)
?            ?                Nuneaton Borough      ?          ?
Total                                                                148+   (1+)

Now this one is for Trev, I did not remember Roy playing for Walsall, so when Trev asked me to do him, I thought he had the first name wrong, and I knew of Nicky, I remember and saw him play many times, I also saw Roy play but his name did not stick in my head, apologies !

Now Roy did go to T P Riley school for his education whereas Nicky went to school in Birmingham

Roy Cross (born 4 December 1947) is an English former footballer who had a nine year career playing as a central defender in the Football League with Walsall and Port Vale between 1966 and 1975.

Playing career

Cross began his career at Walsall, who finished 12th in the Third Division in 1966-67 under the under the stewardship of Ray Shaw. New boss Ron Lewin then took the “Saddlers” to a seventh place finish in 1967-68. After a 13th place finish in 1968-69, Bill Moore returned to lead Walsall to 12th place in 1969-70. Cross played just 12 league games in his four years at Fellows Park. He joined Gordon Lee at Port Vale in July 1970. He made his debut on 5 September, in a 1–0 win over Preston North End at Vale Park. He played 42 Third Division Games in the 1970-71 season, and scored his first goal in The Football League on 2 January, in a 2–1 win over Doncaster Rovers at Belle Vue. He was an ever-present in the 1971-72 season, playing all 46 league and five cup games.He made 40 appearances in the 1972-73 season, and ended a series of 134 consecutive appearances from his debut in March 1973 when he wrenched his left knee..He recovered from this injury to play just two games in the 1973-74 campaign, but then he injured his knee ligaments in October 1973 and was out of action for 17 months. managed to play just two games in the 1974-75 season, and was handed a free transfer in May 1975 by new manager Roy Sproson. He went on to play for Southern League side Nuneaton Borough. Upon his retirement as a player, he became a School of Excellence coach at Stoke City.

No pictures seem to be available for Roy, but he was another player who did not play the amount of games which he should have, because of injury!