Walsall Player 176. Ally Brown


Alistair “Ally” Brown (born 12 April 1951) is a Scottish former football player who played as a striker. He made 496 league appearances over an eighteen-year career in the Football League, scoring 141 goals.

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He began his career at Leicester City, and helped to fire the “Foxes” to promotion out of the Second Division in 1970–71. He then helped the club to win the 1971 Charity Shield, before he moved on to West Bromwich Albion. He helped the “Baggies” to win promotion out of the Second Division in 1975–76, before helping the club to qualify for European football. He spent some time in 1981 playing in America for the Portland Timbers. In 1983 he moved to Walsall via Crystal Palace. He signed with Port Vale in July 1984, and helped the “Valiants” to win promotion out of the Fourth Division in 1985–86, before he retired in May 1986. A quality finisher, he was the top-scorer over the course of at least one season at Leicester, West Brom, Walsall, and Port Vale. He later worked as a pub landlord and warehouseman in the Midlands.
Brown started his career at Leicester City, who were relegated out of the First Division in 1968–69. They finished third in the Second Division in 1969–70, two points shy of promotion. Brown finished as the club’s top scorer in 1970–71 with 17 goals, as Leicester claimed promotion as the division’s champions under Frank O’Farrell’s stewardship. He played in the 1971 FA Charity Shield victory over Liverpool at Filbert Street. He was the club’s top scorer again in 1971–72 under Jimmy Bloomfield, scoring seven goals, including one against rivals Nottingham Forest. He made 121 appearances for the “Foxes” in all competitions, scoring 35 goals. He then left Filbert Street for West Bromwich Albion.
West Brom suffered relegation out of the First Division under Don Howe in 1972–73, finishing four points short of safety. They finished five places and five points off the promotion places in 1973–74, before finishing three places and eight points short of promotion in 1974–75. Johnny Giles was then appointed as manager at The Hawthorns in July 1975, and Brown finished as the club’s top scorer in 1975–76 with ten goals, as Albion secured the third and final promotion place by a one point margin. They then finished seventh in 1976–77. Despite a managerial merry-go-round that saw Ronnie Allen replaced by John Wile and then Ron Atkinson, Albion managed to secure European football with a sixth place finish in 1977–78. Brown scored 18 goals in 41 appearances in 1978–79, playing up front with Laurie Cunningham and Cyrille Regis, as the “Baggies” posted a third place finish, some nine points behind champions Liverpool. They dropped to 10th in 1979–80, before shooting back up fourth in 1980–81, eight points behind champions Aston Villa. Brown played for Portland Timbers on loan in 1981, scoring nine goals and bagging six assists in 24 NASL appearances for Vic Crowe’s side. However Atkinson left West Brom in 1981, along with Bryan Robson and Remi Moses, and Ronnie Allen could only take the club to two points above the drop zone in 1981–82. New boss Ron Wylie took the club back up to 11th in 1982–83, the last of Brown’s ten seasons at the club. He made a total of 279 league appearances for the “Baggies”, scoring 72 goals.
Brown played for Second Division Crystal Palace in 1983, before moving on to Alan Buckley’s Walsall in the Third Division. He finished as the club’s top scorer in 1983–84 with 15 goals, his only season at Fellows Park. In July 1984 he joined Port Vale, then in the Fourth Division under John Rudge’s stewardship, making his debut in a 1–0 defeat to Mansfield Town at Vale Park on 25 August 1984. With 21 goals in 49 games in the 1984–85 season he became the club’s top scorer, forming a deadly midfield pairing with Robbie Earle However the next season he struggled with injuries and retired from the game in May 1986, at the age of 35. His six goals in 33 games did though help the secure the “Valiants” the fourth automatic promotion place.

 

SENIOR CAREER
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1971 Leicester City 101 (32)
1971–1983 West Bromwich Albion 279 (72)
1981  Portland Timbers (loan) 24 (9)
1983 Crystal Palace 11 (2)
1983–1984 Walsall 38 (13)
1984–1986 Port Vale 67 (22)
TOTAL 520 (150)
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Walsall player 143. Florent Cuvelier


Florent Cuvelier (born 12 September 1992) is a Belgian football player who plays as a midfielder for League One side Walsall, having signed for the current season (2016-17)
Cuvelier began his career with Mouscron before joining the Academy of English side Portsmouth. Due to Portsmouth financial demise Cuvelier signed for Stoke City in the summer of 2010. At Stoke he has spent time out on loan at Walsall and Peterborough United. He joined Sheffield United in September 2013 for an undisclosed fee. He joined Port Vale on loan in January 2014.
Cuvelier started playing football for his local side Mouscron before moving to England to play for Portsmouth’s youth team. He spent just a year on the south coast before joining Stoke City in July 2010. He rejected contract offers from Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham. Cuvelier spent the 2010–11 season with the academybefore becoming a regular with the reserves.
On 27 January 2012 Cuvelier joined League One side Walsall on a month long loan. He made his professional debut four days later against Notts County He scored his first professional goal against Oldham Athletic in a 2–1 defeat at Boundary Park. After impressing “Saddlers” manager Dean Smith, Cuvelier extended his loan until the end of the 2011–12 season. He was nominated for the League One Player of the Month award for his performances in March 2012. He returned to Stoke after playing 18 matches for Walsall, scoring four goals. He signed a new two-year contract with Stoke in May 2012.
Cuvelier returned to Walsall on a six-month loan in July 2012. He scored against his old club Portsmouth on 15 September 2012 in a 2–1 win. In total he played 17 times in his second spell at the Bescot Stadium, scoring three goals. On 27 March 2013, Cuvelier joined Championship side Peterborough United on loan until the end of the 2012–13 season  He played once for Peterborough before returning to Stoke where he appeared on the bench for the first time against Southampton in the final match of the 2012–13 season.
On 2 September 2013, Cuvelier joined League One side Sheffield United on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee. He started six games at the start of the 2013–14 campaign under manager David Weir but lost his first team place after Nigel Clough took charge in October; Clough stated that Cuvelier was available to go out on loan during the January transfer window. On 16 January 2014, he joined league rivals Port Vale on loan until the end of the season. Manager Micky Adams stated that “He’s had very little football at Sheffield United so if there is one worry it is that maybe he might need four or five games to get himself up to full speed. Really we can’t afford four or five games, we need him to hit the floor running if he possibly can. He made his debut at Vale Park three days later, but was forced to leave the pitch on a stretcher on 36 minutes after picking up a knee injury. He was later ruled out for the rest of the season after it was found that he had torn his anterior cruciate ligament.

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Personal information
Full name Florent Cuvelier
Date of birth 12 September 1992 (age 23)
Place of birth Anderlecht, Belgium
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Central Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Walsall
Youth career
1998–2000 Excelsior Biévène
2000–2002 La Louvière
2002–2008 Mouscron
2008–2010 Portsmouth
2010–2011 Stoke City
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Stoke City 0 (0)
2012 Walsall (loan) 18 (4)
2012 Walsall (loan) 19 (2)
2013  Peterborough United (loan) 1 (0)
2013–2016 Sheffield United 19 (0)
2014  Port Vale (loan) 1 (0)
2015 Burton Albion (loan) 1 (1)
2016– Walsall 0 (0)
National team
2008 Belgium U16 4 (0)
2008–2009 Belgium U17 12 (0)
2009–2010 Belgium U18 10 (0)
2010–2011 Belgium U19 18 (2)
2010–2012 Belgium U20 3 (0)
2012 Belgium U21 1 (0)

Walsall player 113. John Woodward


 John Woodward
Personal information
Full name John Woodward
Date of birth 16 January 1947 (age 69)
Place of birth Stoke-on-Trent, England

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Playing position Forward

Senior career
Years                   Team                                   Apps       (Gls)
1964–1966            Stoke City                            11         (1)
1966–1969            Aston Villa                          26         (7)
1969–1973            Walsall                                141        (23)
1973–1975             Port Vale                              99        (30)
1975–1977             Scunthorpe United           19         (5)
                                 Oostende                                 ?          ?
                                  Kidderminster Harriers    ?          ?
                                 Total                                   296+      (66+)

John Woodward (born 6 January 1947) is an English former footballer. A forward, he scored 66 goals in 269 league games in a 13-year career in the Football League. He played and scored in all four divisions of the Football League.
He began his career at Stoke City, before he was sold on to Aston Villa for a £30,000 fee in October 1966. He switched to Walsall three years later, before he joined Port Vale for a fee of £2,250 in February 1973. He finished as the club’s top-scorer in 1973–74, but suffered a loss of form and was allowed to join Scunthorpe United in May 1975. After two years with the “Iron” he had spells with Belgian club Oostende and Southern League side Kidderminster Harriers.
Woodward began his career with Stoke City, playing three First Division games in the 1964–65 season. He scored his first senior goal on 27 March 1965, in a 2–1 victory over Aston Villa at the Victoria Ground. He played six games without scoring in 1965–66, and made just two appearances in 1966–67. Aston Villa had been suitably impressed however to offer £30,000 for the striker’s services in October 1966, and “Potters” boss Tony Waddington gladly accepted the offer. He was signed to replace Tony Hateley, who had been sold to Chelsea.
The “Villans” suffered relegation in 1966–67, and could only finish 16th and 18th in the Second Division in 1967–68 and 1968–69. Woodward scored seven goals in 26 league games during a turbulent time at Villa Park, in which Dick Taylor, Tommy Cummings, and Tommy Docherty all had brief spells as manager.
He moved on to Bill Moore’s Walsall, who posted a 12th place finish in the Third Division in 1969–70. The “Saddlers” avoided relegation on goal difference in 1970–71, before rising to ninth in 1971–72. John Smith then took over at Fellows Park, and led the club to a 17th place finish in 1972–73. He scored 23 goals in 125 league games during his four-year spell at the club.
Woodward joined league rivals Port Vale for a fee of £2,250 in February 1973. He hit nine goals in 17 Third Division games in 1972–73, as Gordon Lee’s “Valiants” finished four places and four points shy of promotion. Woodward hit 18 goals in 48 appearances in 1973–74 to finish as the club’s top-scorer. However Lee resigned in January, and the club finished just one place above the relegation zone under new boss Roy Sproson. Under Sproson’s management there were numerous contract disputes, and Woodward was the first to get into such a dispute, and was placed on the transfer-list at his own request in July 1974. Sproson said “he is trying to hold us to ransom and we are not having that”. Woodward only hit five goals in 41 games in 1974–75, and was given a free transfer in May 1975.
He moved on to Fourth Division side Scunthorpe United for the 1975–76 campaign. The “Iron” avoided the re-election places on goal difference, and then finished one place and one point above the re-election zone in 1976–77 under the stewardship of Ron Ashman. Woodward then departed the Old Showground, and had a spell in Belgium with Oostende, before returning to England to play at Aggborough for Southern League side Kidderminster Harriers.

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.

Walsall player 99. John Burndred


This is another one of those strange ones that crop up from time to time. It seems as though John only ever played one football league match and that was for Port Vale. He then had a trial for Walsall.

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Personal information
Full name John Nigel Burndred
Date of birth 23 March 1968 (age 48)
Place of birth Stoke-on-Trent, England

Playing position Forward

Youth career
Knypersley Victoria

Senior career
Years                    Team                   Apps       (Gls)
1995                      Port Vale                  1          (0)
                             Stafford Rangers      ?           ?

1995                      Walsall                     0           0

                             Stafford Rangers      ?           ?

                             Newcastle Town       ?           ?

John Nigel Burndred (born 23 March 1968) is an English former footballer who played for Knypersley Victoria, Port Vale,Stafford Rangers, and Newcastle Town.
Burndred played for Knypersley Victoria, where he won the Midland Football Alliance golden boot with 31 goals in the 1994–95 season, before joining his favourite club Port Vale in February 1995, initially on trial. He made his First Division debut at Vale Park in a 1–1 draw with Notts County on 7 May 1995, the last day of the 1994–95 season, but “Valiants” manager John Rudge allowed him to leave on a free transfer later that month. After a trial with Walsall he moved back into non-league football with Stafford Rangers (Southern League) and Newcastle Town.
During his long periods of non-league football he worked as a manager at a Burslem pottery firm.

Walsall player 94. Kenny Beech


Personal information
Full name Kenneth Beech
Date of birth 18 March 1958 (age 58)
Place of birth Stoke-on-Trent, England

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Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Playing position Midfielder

Youth career
1975–1976 Port Vale

Senior career
Years                      Team                             Apps            (Gls)
1976–1981               Port Vale                       175              (18)
1978               Cleveland Cobras (loan)        ?                 ?
1981–1983              Walsall                             79               (5)
1983–1985           Peterborough United      60               (5)
1985–1988          Stafford Rangers                ?                 ?
                                                  Total               314+            (28+)
Kenneth “Kenny” Beech (born 18 March 1958) is a former English footballer. A midfielder, he played for Port Vale between 1976 and 1981, picking up the club’s Player of the Year award in 1980, also playing on loan at American club Cleveland Cobras in 1978. In 1981 he was sold to Walsall, before he moved on to Peterborough United two years later. He dropped into non-league football with Stafford Rangers in 1985, with whom he won the Conference League Cup, before he retired in 1988. He played 314 league games in the Football League, scoring 28 goals.
I was in a team which played in one of the Staffordshire cup competitions and a young kid playing against us scored 13 goals (The match took place on Pelsall Villa’s Ground) as we came off the field having been well and truely beaten our player manager asked who the young kid was. The opposition manager said ‘Oh that’s young Kenny Beech, Look out for him as he will be playing league football before long! How true were his words!
Beech was signed to Third Division Port Vale as a youngster after impressing coach Reg Berks – this was despite Beech suffering from a broken leg at the time. He made his debut in the 1974–75 season under Roy Sproson. He played seven games in 1975–76, signing professional forms in January 1976, getting his first senior goal at Vale Park in a 1–1 draw with Halifax Town on 17 April. His early arrival at league level brought him England youth trials at Lilleshall and three weeks as a triallist with Manchester United.
Still a teenager, he played 35 games in 1976–77, scoring four goals, as the “Valiants” narrowly avoided relegation. He made another thirty appearances in 1977–78, scoring twice, as Vale suffered relegation under Bobby Smith. Beech went to the United States to play on loan for Cleveland Cobras from May to August in 1978. He returned to Burslem to score 4 goals in 24 games under Dennis Butler in the 1978–79 Fourth Division campaign. He scored four goals and made 49 appearances in 1979–80, keeping his first team place under the management merry-go-round that saw Dennis Butler, Alan Bloor, and then John McGrath take charge. For his performances, fans voted him Player of the Year. He posted another 52 appearances in 1980–81, scoring seven goals, as Vale again struggled near the foot of the Football League.
Beech was sold to Third Division Walsall for a £10,000 fee in August 1981. Under Neil Martin’s stewardship, the “Saddlers” avoided relegation in 1981–82 after finishing ahead of Wimbledon on goal difference. Walsall improved under Alan Buckley in 1982–83, and finished in tenth place. With five goals in 79 league appearances for Walsall, Beech moved on to Fourth Division Peterborough United. “Posh” posted mid-table finishes under John Wile in 1983–84 and 1984–85. Beech scored five goals in sixty league games for the club.
Beech joined newly promoted Alliance Premier League side Stafford Rangers in 1985. Rangers finished seventh in 1985–86, and lifted the Conference League Cup after victory over Barnet in the final. They followed this with a thirteenth place finish in 1986–87 and a sixth place finish in 1987–88. Beech then retired from the game at age 30, to take up a job with Michelin in his native Stoke.

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.

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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.