Walsall player 125. John Harris

124. John Harris
Personal information
Date of birth 3 April 1939 (age 77)
Place of birth Gornal, West Midlands, England

Playing position Full back

Youth career
1955–1958                        Wolverhampton Wanderers

Senior career
Years                              Team                                              Apps (Gls)
1958–1965                       Wolverhampton Wanderers    3      (0)
1965–1969                       Walsall                                          74      (2)
                                                              Total                            77      (2)

Non League                   Rushall Olympic                              ?        ?

John Harris (born 3 April 1939) is an English former professional footballer who played as a full back. He played in the Football League for Wolverhampton Wanderers and Walsall.
Harris joined Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1955 as a junior. He signed professional forms in May 1958, and made his senior debut on 26 August 1961 in a 3–2 win against West Ham United. However, he broke his leg the following week in only his second appearance and was out of the first team until December 1962, when he made his final appearance for the club. He made a total of 3 appearances in the Football League for Wolves.
In January 1965, Harris moved to Midlands neighbours Walsall. He made 74 league appearances, many as captain – in the Third Division for the Saddlers, before he dropped into non-league football with Rushall Olympic.


Walsall player 121. Alec Jackson

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 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 100. Josh Craddock

Personal information
Full name Joshua Glynn Craddock

Date of birth 5 March 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Wolverhampton, England

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

Club information
Current team Rushall Olympic

Youth career
?–2008 Walsall

Senior career
Years                      Team                       Apps              (Gls)
2008–2009               Walsall                         3                (0)

 2009                       Cradley Town                 ?                  ?

2009                        Halesowen Town          12                (1)
2010                        Hednesford Town            3                (0)
2010–2012               Stourbridge
2012-                       Rushall Olympic
Craddock started his senior career in the Football League for Walsall. He made his debut on 3 May 2008 as a substitute in the Football League One clash with Hartlepool United which finished as a 2–2 draw.
In August 2009, Walsall confirmed that Craddock had chosen to leave professional football and go to study at University full-time. The club retain his registration. After leaving Walsall, Craddock spent time with Halesowen Town before joining Hednesford Town in February 2010. He joined in August 2010 to Non League side Stourbridge F.C.] and in July 2012 to Rushall Olympic.

Following report from Pics on his signing…………..

Josh CRADDOCK – Midfielder. Highly rated, tough tackling midfield enforcer who possesses a formidable engine, he signed during summer 2012 after ending the previous campaign with Stourbridge. Began his career by coming through the ranks with Walsall as a front runner to complete a two-year Apprenticeship at the Banks’s Stadium, culminating in him netting 12 goals in just 16 starts as the Youth Team scooped the Youth Alliance North-West Conference Championship in 2007-08. May 2008 saw him awarded a professional deal after also making his Saddler’s debut just prior to the end of the campaign as a substitute in the Football League One clash with Hartlepool United. During 2008-09 he featured extensively for the Reserve’s, but appeared only twice more as a substitute for the First Team. During summer 2009 Walsall confirmed he had chosen to leave professional football in order to pursue a University education. After linking up with local side Cradley Town for a short spell at the start of the 2009-10 campaign, he later signed for Halesowen Town, before eventually transferring to Hednesford Town in February 2010 – where he helped the Pitmen reach the semi-final of the Southern League Premier Division play-offs. During summer 2010 he moved on to Stourbridge and last season he was an integral part of the Glassboys side who reached the Second Round of the FA Cup – disposing of League Two Plymouth Argyle in a first-round replay, before eventually losing out to League One Stevenage. DoB: 5 March 1991 (Aged 21).

Walsall player 78. Kris Taylor

Personal information
Full name Kris Taylor
Date of birth 12 January 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Cannock,(or Brownhills) Staffordshire, England

Staffie Kris

Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Left-back
Left winger

Club information
Current team Hednesford Town, or Rushall Olympic (confirmation required)

Youth career
1998 Wolverhampton Wanderers

1998–2001 Manchester United

Senior career
Years                                   Team                     Apps             (Gls)
2001–2003                 Manchester United           0                  (0)              2003-2006                  Walsall                             82                 (6)

Walsall Kris    
2006 →                       Burton Albion (loan)         15                (4)
2007–2009                 Hereford United                70               (2)
2009–2011                 Port Vale                               61               (3)
2011–2012                 Darlington                           20               (0)
2012                           Darlington                               16               (0)
2012–2013                AFC Telford United              23               (0)
2013 →                     Hednesford Town (loan)      10               (4)
2013–2014                Hednesford Town                 33               (2)
2014                          Rushall Olympic                      42                 (?)
Kris Taylor (born 12 January 1984) is an English footballer who plays for Conference North side Hednesford Town.
Never making the first team at Manchester United, he spent over three seasons at Walsall, after signing in February 2003. He spent two seasons at Hereford United from 2007 to 2009, before moving on to Port Vale for another two season spell. Following this he signed with non-league Darlington in June 2011, before his contract was terminated in January 2012. He signed with AFC Telford United in August 2012, and was loaned out to Hednesford Town in March 2013. His move to Hednesford was permanent three months later after he helped the club to win the Birmingham Senior Cup and the Northern Premier League play-off final.
Former Port Vale and Hereford team mate Lee Collins described Taylor as: “really good on the ball and is also good to have around. He filled in at left-back at Hereford, but is also talented in central midfield. He has two good feet, but is particularly strong on his left foot. He’s got a good touch and a good passing range.”
Early in his career he was a goalscoring midfielder, and in January 2005 said that the left-back spot “isn’t really me”. In addition to his ability to play down the wings, he can also play as a centre-back if the situation dictates.
“The best [full-back] I have come up against this season would be Port Vale’s Kris Taylor. His positioning as a full back is very good and he has got a great left foot. He also contributes with a goal now and then as well and is comfortable with the ball at his feet which is something you can’t say about every defender in this division.”
—Notts County midfielder Ben Davies speaking in March 2010.
Taylor was born in Cannock and was originally on the books of Wolves; he was signed by Manchester United at the age of 14 for a fee of £200,000. He signed his first professional contract on 26 January 2001, but never played for the first team. He left Old Trafford in February 2003, having featured three times for the reserves, and joined Walsall.
Initially playing for the reserves at Walsall, he went on to score on his first team debut on 31 January 2004 in a 3–2 defeat away at Stoke City. He went on to make a further ten first-team appearances for the club that season and was retained upon the season’s conclusion, signing a one-year deal. Walsall having been relegated in 2003–04, Taylor could still not break into the team in League One. After three cup and three league appearances early in 2004–05 he was put on the transfer list by Paul Merson. Taylor went out on loan to Burton Albion in December, after he caught the eye of Nigel Clough during a Birmingham Senior Cup match with Burton. He impressed at Eton Park, making a total of six appearances and scoring four goals. He scored a memorable goal from 35 yards against Tamworth, and also scored against his future club Hereford in a 3–0 win.[14] He scored four goals in six games for the Conference club, making a massive impact in his five weeks in Burton. On his return to the Bescot Stadium an offer from Carlisle United was rejected, and he signed a new two-year contract at the end of the season.
He was a regular in the first team in the first half of the 2005–06 season, before returning to Burton Albion in early January. This time the loan lasted until the end of the season, though Taylor didn’t manage to find the form he reached in his previous loan spell. He scored four goals in fifteen games before returning to Walsall in time for the last game of the season. Walsall were relegated once again in 2005–06, leaving them in League Two for 2006–07 season. He hit forty games for the “Swifts”, helping the club achieve promotion as champions. Taylor was not rewarded for his efforts and was instead told to look for a new club by “Saddlers” boss Richard Money.
In July 2007, he signed for Hereford United. In his first season with the club he was noted for his versatility, playing at left back, left midfield and central midfield. In similar form to the previous season, Taylor put in a forty game season to help his club win promotion to League One, this time with a third-place finish. In contrast to his experience with Walsall, Taylor stayed with the “Bulls” for the 2008–09 campaign. He played 43 games, though could do little to prevent the “Whites” suffering relegation with a last place finish, 14 points off safety. Holding out on the club’s offer of a new contract he left the club in the summer of 2009 in search of pastures new.

Kris campaigned for Testicular cancer


In July 2009 he went out on trial at League Two side Port Vale, and scored from around 20 yards in a 7–0 win over Rocester in a pre-season friendly. He impressed manager Micky Adams on his trial and would have been signed to a contract if the cash-strapped club could find the finance; instead Adams offered Taylor non-contract terms, he signed a short-term deal in early August. This was not enough for Taylor, who resolved to win a long-term contract with the club. His man-of-the-match performances also persuaded Adams to try to hold on to him. On 25 August he went a long way towards achieving this goal, scoring a wonder goal in a 2–0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup Second Round.
“I was happy to see Vale get the win, and the first goal from Kris Taylor was probably the goal of the competition so far.”
—Pundit and former Vale star Mark Bright.
Unable to find the cash to fund Taylor’s wages, the club were aided by a £5,000 donation from ‘Vale Volunteers’, raised specifically by fans to keep Taylor at the club. He was transfer listed in late September, along with the entire Port Vale squad, after manager Micky Adams saw his team slip to a third consecutive defeat. His second goal of the season came in the local derby at Crewe Alexandra, Taylor scoring the winner in a 2–1 victory. In October 2009 he signed a new deal that would keep him at the club until the end of the season. He made 49 appearances throughout the season, as his club finished just outside the play-offs. He was offered a new one-year contract by the club at the end of the season, which he quickly signed. His manager explained that Taylor’s inconsistency prevented a longer contract offer, and Taylor accepted the explanation.
He made a slow start to the 2010–11 campaign, but in November declared he aimed to re-establish himself into the first team. He got his opportunity to shine when left-back Lee Collins was out of action for a month with split shins. Ending the season with just twenty league appearances throughout the season, he was released from the club in May 2011 Adams said that he had faith in Taylor’s ability, but that he hadn’t played enough games in 2010–11 to justify a new contract.
In June 2011, he signed with Darlington of the Conference National on a one-year contract. Manager Mark Cooperstated that “It’s a big signing for us, Kris has a great range of passing and is a set-piece specialist, he’s certainly a player who will excite.” Darlington suffered financial difficulties during Taylor’s time at the club and his contract was terminated on 16 January 2012, along with the rest of the playing squad and caretaker manager Craig Liddle. However a surprise decision meant that the club would continue to complete their remaining fixtures, and Taylor returned to Darlington on a non-contract basis.
In August 2012, he returned to Port Vale to train and maintain his match fitness. On 9 August, he signed a one-year deal with Conference club AFC Telford United. Manager Andy Sinton said that “We’re very fortunate to get somebody of his calibre”.
Taylor joined Northern Premier League side Hednesford Town on loan in March 2013 He was recalled to the Telford squad for the last two games of the season after Ryan Valentine and Dan Preston both picked up injuries. Telford ended the season in last place, and were relegated. Taylor returned to Keys Park to help the “Pitmen” win the Birmingham Senior Cup final against Sutton Coldfield Town and the play-off final against F.C. United of Manchester. The move had been made permanent in June when Taylor signed a one-year contract with Hednesford. He made 36 appearances in the 2013–14 season, as the club reached the play-off semi-finals, where they were beaten by Altrincham.
Taylor is a Manchester United supporter. In January 2011, his fiancée Jenny gave birth to the couple’s first child, Lydia.
In January 2014, Taylor was informed he had been diagnosed with testicular cancer. He was back playing before the end of the season and still plays for them.
Please Note that this may no be true as looking at today,s Rushall Olympic match on the internet it looks as though he could be playing for them now. I would love someone to confirm either way.

Popularside 1 sent me the following from the Pics.


By Terry Brumpton, 6th Oct 2014

Rushall Olympic have been boosted with the news this evening that midfielder KRIS TAYLOR has signed for the club and is available for selection for tomorrow night`s home league game with Belper Town.

As a fourteen year old schoolboy Manchester United paid Wolverhampton Wanderers £ 200,000 for him. He never made the first team but made three Reserve team appearances. He spent over three seasons at Walsall after signing in February 2003 scoring on his first team debut in the 3-2 away defeat at Stoke City on the 31st January 2004. He went on to make a further ten appearances for the Saddlers that season and was retained for the following season. However, he still couldn`t break into the first team and went out on loan to Burton Albion where he soon caught the eye of Manager, Nigel Clough. On his return to the Bescot Walsall rejected an offer for him from Carlisle United and he went on to sign a two year contract. He was a regular in the first team in the first half of the 2005-2006 season before returning to Burton Albion in early January but at the end of the season he returned to Walsall and left the Saddlers at the end of that season.

He then joined Hereford United and then went on trial at Port Vale where he impressed Manager, Micky Adams and signed non-contract terms for the Valiants. Vale couldn`t afford to put him on contract but a number of Man of the Match performances, and help from the fans, who donated £ 5000 kept him at the club. In June 2011 he joined Conference outfit Darlington on a one year contract but during his time there the club suffered financial problems and he had his contract terminated in January 2012. He returned to Port Vale to train and maintain his match fitness but then joined AFC Telford United on a one year deal.

In March 2013 he joined Hednesford Town on loan but was recalled to the Telford squad for the last two games of the season after the club had picked up a number of injuries. Telford ended the campaign in bottom position and were relegated but Taylor returned to Keys Park and helped the Pitmen win the Birmingham Senior Cup Final and then the play-off final against FC United. Last season he made thirty six appearances for Hednesford as the club reached the Conference North Play-off semi-finals only to lose to Altrincham.

We are delighted to welcome Kris to Dales Lane and hope that his stay will be a long and successful one

Walsall player 36. Henry Beck

Henry Alfred Beck
Date of birth 21 February 1901
Place of birth Walsall Wood, England

Date of death 1979
Playing position Centre half, Right half, Left half

Senior career
Years                      Team                  Apps  (Gls)
Rushall                    ? (?)
1921                        Walsall                     3 (1)
Darlaston                  ? (?)
Cannock Town         ? (?)
Burton Town            ? (?)
1921-1927            Walsall                     40 (0)
Stafford Rangers       ? (?)
1928                       Barrow                      29 (0)
1929-1932            York City                119 (12)
1932-1933            Wrexham                 30 (2)
–                            Glentoran                  ? (?)
–                            Dudley Town             ? (?

Henry Alfred “Harry” Beck, also known as Harold Beck, (21 February 1901 in Walsall Wood, England – 1979) was an English footballer.Information  is very scarce…..