Walsall player 159.José Luiz Guimarães Sanabio Júnior


José Luiz Guimarães Sanabio Júnior, or simply Júnior, (born June 15, 1976 in Fortaleza) is a Brazilian footballstriker playing for ABC of the Brazilian Série B.
Júnior has represented many clubs, including Derby County and Rotherham United, and has, to date, played in eight different countries. He arrived in Europe and at English First Division side Walsall from Brazilian side Treze at the beginning of the 2002/03 season. Júnior and Jorge Leitão formed a Portuguese speaking front-line that was envied by most clubs in the league. Between them they scored 29 goals during the course of the season, Júnior scoring 16 of them, for a side which many believe was the most talented Walsall team since the club’s golden era under Bill Moore in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Despite the best efforts of Walsall manager Colin Lee to sign him permanently, Júnior moved on to Derby County in August 2003; in his final game at Bescot Stadium, he had demonstrated his skills perfectly by scoring a hat-trick against the Rams. Júnior got off to a good start at Derby, forming a talented partnership up front with Charlton loanee Mathias Svensson, but Svensson was recalled by Charlton. Júnior then injured a cruciate knee ligament in September, and, when he had recovered, he did not get much of a chance to play. He moved to Rotherham United (on loan) and to Watford, who sold him due to a problem with legal paperwork and his apparent lack of correct personal permits.
Júnior then moved to Denmark in October 2005, to Odense Boldklub. He scored 9 goals in 16 matches before being sold to Swedish club Malmö FF on July 1, 2006. He scored 17 goals in 38 appearances for Malmö FF, increasing his reputation in Sweden. On 16 April 2007, he famously scored Malmö’s 3000th goal in Swedish league history, when he scored the opening goal against GAIS after one minute.
F.C. Copenhagen signed José Junior on 31 January 2008. He spent much of his time there on the bench because of the stiff competition from Morten Nordstrand and fellow Brazilians Aílton Almeida and César Santin. He signed with FC Nordsjælland on loan in February 2009.
In May 2009, José Junior threatened not to show up for the game between FC Nordsjælland and F.C. Copenhagen, because he refused to be a substitute. FC Nordsjælland manager Morten Wieghorst subsequently announced that José Junior had played his last game for the club.
On 23 November 2009, Júnior agreed with FC Copenhagen to suspend his contract. It was then supposed that Júnior should sign with Randers FC, whom he was previously loaned to, but his contract was cancelled as he had not attended the latest training sessions. He then returned to his homeland Brazil and signed for Vitória in February 2010.
Júnior helped Vitória reach the final of the 2010 Copa do Brasil, scoring 7 goals in the competition, including one against Santos in the final’s second leg.

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The facts below were taken from a Brazilian site and translated by Google translate. Again I cannot verify them.

YEARS CLUBS GAMES (GOALS / GOALS)
1998
1999
19992000
20002001
20012002
2002
20022003
20032005
20042005
2005
20052006
20062007
20082010
2009
2009
2010
2011
20112012
2013
2014
2014 –2016
Brazil Fortress
Chile Unión Española
Spain Cordoba
Belgium Beveren
France AC Ajaccio
Brazil Treze
England Walsall
England Derby County
England Rotherham United
England Watford
Denmark Odense Boldklub
Sweden Malmö FF
Denmark Copenhagen
Denmark Nordsjælland ( Loan. )
Denmark Randers ( Loan. )
Brazil Victory
Brazil Ceará
Brazil Bahia
Brazil ABC
Brazil Tiradentes
Brazil Juazeirense
0                        (0)
7                         (3)
5                          (0)
29                       (20)
9                           (2) 

36                         (15)
30                         (25)
12                           (7)
0                            (0)
16                           (9)
38                          (30)
17                           (10)
11                             (5)
10                             (1)
63                           (30)
18                             (5)
64                            (20)
2                               (0)
6                                (2)
2                                 (3)

Walsall player 137. Gijsbert Bos


Gijsbert Bos (born 22 March 1973 in Spakenburg, Netherlands), is a footballer who played in the Football League, at Rotherham United (18) Gateshead (10) Lincoln City (34) and Walsall (0)

Gijsbert Bos

Personal information
Full name Gijsbert Bos
Date of birth 22 February 1973 (age 43)
Place of birth Spakenburg, Netherlands
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Forward
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1996 IJsselmeervogels 36 (16)
1996–1997 Lincoln City 36 (10)
1997  Gateshead (loan) 10 (8)
1997–1998 Rotherham United 18 (4)
1998  Walsall (loan) 0 (0)
1998–1999 IJsselmeervogels 15 (7)
1999–2000 SV Huizen 24 (9)
2000–2001 Nunspeet 20 (10)
2001–2003 GVVV
2003–2004 SDC Putten
2004– VV Eemdijk

One thing that I have found out doing this research is that finding information on these players is far from easy, especially if they are not sucessfull here in the Football League.

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.

Walsall player 85. Alan Birch


Personal information

Alan Birch
Date of birth 12 August 1956 (age 60)
Place of birth West Bromwich, England

Playing position Winger

Youth

1972 Walsall as an apprentice

Senior career
Years                     Team                                                   Apps       (Gls)
1973–1979              Walsall                                               191           (24)
1979–1981             Chesterfield                                        90            (35)
1981–1982             Wolverhampton Wanderers           15             (0)
1982–1983             Barnsley                                                44           (10)
1983–1984             Chesterfield                                         32             (5)
1984–1986             Rotherham United                           101           (28)
1986–1987             Scunthorpe United                            23             (2)
1987–1988             Stockport County                               20             (3)
Frickley Athletic                                       ?            ?

Total                                   511          (107)
Alan Birch (born 12 August 1956) is an English former professional footballer who played as a winger, making over 500 career appearances.He is the brother of Paul Birch who played for Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Alan arrived at Walsall as a 16 year old in 1972 after having had some trial games with West Bromwich Albion. He came through his apprentiship and signed professionaling in August/september 1973. Alam was loved by the fans for the enthusiasm and energy he gave on the field, he soon settled into the team and became a regular playing 191 times inclusive of substitute games, and scored 24 goals. He was sold to Chesterfield for a sum of around £40,000 in 1979, two years later he joined Wolves for £180,000 but never settled into the Wolverhampton system. He was sold to Barnsley and then returned to Chesterfield, Rotherham, Scunthorpe United, Stockport County and Frickley Athletic.

Here is an article from the spirites, about Alan’s time with them.

Chesterfield’s capture of Alan Birch was not only Walsall’s loss. Shortly before joining the Spireites he reportedly went to Field Mill for talks and agreed terms with Billy Bingham at Mansfield Town. Apparently, he went for lunch while the contract was drawn up and came back an hour later, to find that the Stags had sacked Bingham! Although the Stags were still keen on him, Birch decided that the move was no longer in his best interests, and the Spireites stepped in, consolidating an interest in Alan that dated back to an excellent performance for the Saddlers at Saltergate in March 1979.

Chesterfield paid £40,000 for Birchy in July 1979. He immediately became a crowd favourite and Alan graced a Chesterfield side enjoying its best spell for thirty years.His tightly-curled perm made him instantly recognisable as he executed the ‘roving brief’ that Arthur Cox gave him.He was allowed and encouraged to take people on, cut in from the wing and unleash powerful shots, and scored a number of memorable goals in this fashion.

The club finished fourth in the Third Division in his first season and one place lower in his second. A string of excellent individual performances attracted a £200,000 bid from Wolverhampton Wanderers and with a financial crisis hanging over the Spireites by a Damoclean thread, the bid was accepted. Much bitterness still surrounds the circumstances of his move to Wolves: They went into voluntary liquidation soon after signing him and re-formed, rescheduling their debts in such a way that Chesterfield did not receive the agreed fee.This was particularly hard on the Spireites, who needed the Wolves money in order to pay of a debt to Leicester so that a Football League-imposed transfer ban might be lifted. Wolves eventually coughed up a total of £177,500, very nearly all they promised, but in the eyes of many Town fans, Wolves were allowed to get away with it in order to keep a ‘big name’ alive: the same bonhomie was not shown to Chesterfield in their hour of need a few seasons later.