Walsall Player 84. Andy Bishop


Personal information
Full name Andrew Jamie Bishop
Date of birth 19 October 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Cannock, England

Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Striker

Club information
Current team Wrexham

Number 9
Youth career
?–2002                           Walsall

Senior career
Years                             Team                                                  Apps        (Gls)
2002–2004               Walsall                                                        0            (0)
2002–2003               Kidderminster Harriers (loan)           29           (5)
2003                           Kidderminster Harriers (loan)             11           (2)
2003–2004                Rochdale (loan)                                       10           (1)
2004                            Yeovil Town (loan)                                  5            (2)
2004–2006                York City                                                   78          (33)
2006–2013                 Bury                                                          236          (69)
                                     Wrexham (loan)                                        4            (2)
2013–  2015                Wrexham                                                   45            (8)

2015                                Southport                                                    23            (3)
National team
2004–2006                England C                                                     4            (2)

Manager

2016                              Southport

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Andrew Jamie “Andy” Bishop (born 19 October 1982) is an English professional footballer who plays for Wrexham as a striker.
Bishop started his career in the youth team at Walsall, taking 2 loan spells with Kidderminster Harriers (29 games plus11games), Rochdale (10games) and Yeovil Town (5games). He was released by Walsall in 2004 and he joined York City where he stayed for two seasons before signing for Bury.
Born in Cannock, Staffordshire, Bishop started his career at Walsall’s youth system as a trainee, signing a professional contract on 9 August 2002. He joined Kidderminster Harriers on a one-month loan on 18 November 2002. Kidderminster extended this loan in December 2002. He joined Kidderminster for a second spell, joining on loan at the start of the 2003–04 season. His loan at Kidderminster was extended for a second month in September 2003. He was signed by Rochdale on a one-month loan on 20 November 2003. This loan was extended for a second month in December 2003. He returned to Walsall in January 2004, after Rochdale opted not to extend his loan. He joined Yeovil Town on a one-month loan on 5 February 2004. Yeovil decided not to sign Bishop on a permanent deal, because of niggling injury problems. Bishop was signed by Conference National team York City in July 2004 after rejecting a new deal at Walsall. He was named the Conference National Player of the Month for February 2006. He scored 22 goals for York in the Conference National during the 2005–06 season, which made him the division’s top scorer. Bishop was signed by Bury on a free transfer on 8 May 2006, signing a two-year contract. He marked his first season back in the Football League by scoring 21 goals in all competitions, becoming the first Bury player to score 20 or more goals in a season for 13 seasons. He signed a new deal with Bury, which would expire in June 2010, in September 2007. Bury offered Bishop a new contract in January 2009, but he rejected it to weigh up his options. However, he eventually signed a new two-and-a-half-year contract, which contracted him at the club until June 2012. Bishop missed a majority of the 2009–10 season due to two surgeries, and returned to full fitness only in February 2010. Grimsby Town made an enquiry for Bishop in May 2010, following their relegation to the Conference Premier. On 30 November 2011, Bishop signed a contract extension with Bury until the end of the 2013–14 season. On 31 August 2012, Bishop signed for Conference Premier club Wrexham on loan until 2 January 2013. He made his debut in Wrexham’s 0–0 draw away to Luton Town on 15 September 2012, before scoring his first goal the following week in a 2–2 home draw with Dartford. He was recalled by Bury on 4 October 2012, after making four appearances and scoring two goals. His return to the team came after starting in a 1–1 extra time draw with Rochdale in the Football League Trophy second round, which Bury won 5–4 in a penalty shoot-out. Bishop joined Conference Premier side Wrexham permanently on a two-year contract on 9 July 2013. Bishop made his debut in his second spell in a 2–1 home win against Welling United, before scoring his first goal on 14 September 2013 in a 2–0 home win against Luton. Bishop achieved his first hat-trick for Wrexham in November 2013, as they came from behind to beat Gateshead 3–2

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After leaving Wrexham, Andy joined Southport as a player where hwe played 23 games and scored 3 goals. He became manager of the Yellow in 2016.

Walsall player 48. Billy Benton


48. Billy Benton

Personal information
Full name William Henry Benton
Date of birth 5 December 1895
Place of birth Walsall, England

Date of death 1967 (aged 71–72)
Playing position Midfielder

Senior career
Years                                               Team                                    Apps           (Gls)
                                                     Walsall
1920–1931                                   Blackpool                                 353            (24)
                                                     Fleetwood Town
1932–1933                                   Rochdale                                    48              (8)
                                                     Rossendale United

William Henry “Billy” Benton (5 December 1895 – 1967) was an English professional footballer. He spent eleven years at Blackpool in the 1920s and 1930s, making over 350 Football League appearances for the club. He played in midfield.
He started his career at Walsall but there is very little information of when he started but he left to go to Blackpool at the age of 24/ 25.
Benton made his debut for Blackpool on 30 August 1920, in the second league game of the 1920–21 season, a 2–1 defeat at home to Bristol City. He went on to appear in 39 of the club’s 42 league games that campaign, scoring six goals, including a hat-trick in only his third appearance for Bill Norman’s men  a 4–0 home victory over Coventry City on 11 September. Benton’s other three strikes all came in Blackpool victories.
Benton was a regular in the team in all but his final three seasons with Blackpool. He made his final appearance for the club, then under the guidance of Harry Evans, on 7 February 1931, in a 6–0 defeat at Leicester City.

He went on to play his football at the end of his career for Fleetwood Town, Rochdale and Rossendale United.