Walsall player 163,Bjarnólfur Lárusson


Bjarnólfur Lárusson (born 11 March 1976) is a former Icelandic professional footballer who played as a midfielder for Walsall and Scunthorpe United in the Football League.

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It may be a long shot, but I have put out a request to Barney on his facebook page, so will hope that he gets back in touch. If he does I will update.

Bjarnólfur Lárusson
Personal information
Full name Bjarnólfur Lárusson
Date of birth 11 March 1976 (age 40)
Place of birth Iceland
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1997 ÍBV ? (?)
1997–1998 Hibernian 7 (1)
1998–2000 Walsall 59 (3)
2000–2001 Scunthorpe United 33 (4)
2001–2005 ÍBV 63 (12)
2005–2008 KR 43 (2)
2008–2009 ÍBV 6 (0)
Total 211 (22)
National team
1991 Iceland U17 7 (0)
1993–1994 Iceland U19 11 (5)
1996–1997 Iceland U21 10 (3)

 

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.

Walsall Player 80. Peter Till


Full name Peter Till
Date of birth 7 September 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Walsall, England

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

Club information
Current team Halesowen Town

Youth career
?–2004 Birmingham City

Senior career
Years                                          Team                      Apps       (Gls)
2004–2007                           Birmingham City         0          (0)
2005–2006  (loan)            Scunthorpe United     10         (0)
2006 (loan)                           Boston United            16          (1)
2006 (loan)                           Leyton Orient              4          (0)
2006–2007 (loan)                Grimsby Town             7          (0)
2007–2009                           Grimsby Town            65          (4)
2009 (loan)                           Chesterfield                16          (0)
2009–2010                            Walsall                       28          (0)
2010–2011                             York City                    41          (4)
2011–2012                             Fleetwood Town        18          (1)
2012–2013                            Tamworth                    31          (1)
2013–2014                            Solihull Moors             18           (2)
2014                                       Leamington                 12           (0)
2014–                                   Halesowen Town          5            (0)

Peter Till (born 7 September 1985) is an English semi-professional footballer who plays for Halesowen Town as a winger.
Till started his career with the Birmingham City youth system before making his first team debut in 2005. He was loaned to Scunthorpe United, Boston United, Leyton Orient and Grimsby Town, whom he joined permanently in 2007. Till made an appearance at Wembley Stadium in the 2008 Football League Trophy Final and was loaned to Chesterfield in 2009. He was released after making over 80 appearances for Grimsby and subsequently joined hometown club Walsall. Being released after one season with the club, he joined York City of the Conference Premier in 2010. Till signed for Fleetwood Town a year later and won the Conference Premier title in his one season with the club.

Peter with Troy Deeney at Walsall

Born in Walsall, West Midlands, Till came through the Birmingham City youth system after joining the club as a schoolboy and he signed a two-year professional contract in July 2005. He was included in the matchday first team squad on a few occasions during the 2004–05 season, with Academy manager Stewart Hall commenting “When he has trained and worked with the first team he has looked very good and he has had an excellent season in the reserves and looked a real threat”. He made his debut as an 85th minute substitute in a 2–0 victory over League One team Scunthorpe United in the League Cup on 20 September 2005. Till was loaned to Scunthorpe United for a month on 5 October 2005 after being brought to their attention in the game weeks earlier, with manager Brian Laws commenting “I’ve watched him twice more since our game and I’ve liked what I’ve seen”. His debut came two days later in a 2–0 victory over Tranmere Rovers The loan deal was extended until January 2006 after Till impressed Laws. He returned to Birmingham on 9 January 2006, having made only 10 appearances for Scunthorpe due to injury and illness.
Till was loaned out again on 13 January 2006, joining League Two team Boston United He made his debut a day later in a 1–0 victory at Chester City and his only goal came in a 3–1 victory over Bury on 21 January 2006. On 31 January 2006, the loan was extended until the end of the 2005–06 season and he finished his spell at the club with 16 appearances and one goal. Till joined League One team Leyton Orient on a one-month loan on 6 October 2006. His debut came the following day, making the starting line-up in a 0–0 draw with Chesterfield and he picked up an injury on his final appearance, a 3–1 defeat to Bristol City in the Football League Trophy on 1 November 2006. Orient opted not to extend Till’s loan and his period at the club ended on 4 November 2006 with five appearances to his name.
Having failed to establish himself at Birmingham, Till joined Grimsby Town of League Two on an initial one-month loan on 23 November 2006. Tony Butcher of Cod Almighty described him as an “instant hit with wonderful wingery” on his debut in a 2–0 victory over Accrington Stanley on 25 November 2006. After impressing manager Alan Buckley during his loan at Blundell Park, Grimsby agreed a deal with Birmingham and offered Till a permanent contract. He eventually joined Grimsby on a two-and-a-half-year contract on 5 January 2007, having already made seven appearances for the team during the 2006–07 season. His first appearance following his permanent transfer was a 2–0 defeat to Chester on 9 January 2007. Till received the firstyellow card of his career in a 1–0 defeat to Swindon Town on 17 March 2007 and he finished the season with 22 appearances.
His first appearance of the 2007–08 season came in a 1–1 draw with Notts County on 11 August 2007 and his first goal came in a 4–1 victory over Huddersfield Town in the Football League Trophy on 4 September 2007. He played six games and scored two goals in Grimsby’s Football League Trophy run in the 2007–08 season, which saw Grimsby reach the final. Till started the game as Grimsby were beaten 2–0 by Milton Keynes Dons (MK Dons) at Wembley Stadium on 30 March 2008. He finished the season with 44 appearances and four goals
Till started the 2008–09 season by playing in a 0–0 draw with Rochdale on 9 August 2008 and he scored in the local derby against League Two rivals Lincoln City at Sincil Bank in a 1–1 draw on 30 August Till joined fellow League Two team Chesterfield on a one-month loan on 15 January 2009, having made 21 appearances and scored two goals for Grimsby up to that point during the season. He made his debut in a 3–1 victory at Chester on 17 January 2009 and in February the loan was extended until the end of the season after impressing manager Lee Richardson. Grimsby released him on 30 April 2009 and in retrospect he commented “It has been a wake-up call if I am honest. I have realised that I can’t coast if I want to get to where I want to be. I have to give 110 per cent every day, not just in games”. Till finished the loan at Chesterfield with 16 appearances.
Till signed for League One side Walsall on a free transfer on a one-year contract on 23 July 2009 following a successful trial with the club. He commented “To be at my hometown club gives me an extra incentive to do well”. His debut came in a 1–0 victory at Brighton & Hove Albion on 8 August 2009, in which he was substituted in the 88th minute. Till suffered a hamstring injury in September 2009, which allowed midfielder Mark Bradley to get a run in the team. After returning to fitness he made his comeback as a 74th minute substitute in a 1–0 defeat at MK Dons on 10 October 2009 and started on his next appearance, which was a 2–1 defeat at Colchester United on 24 October. He picked up a minor injury in a 1–1 draw with Charlton Athleticon 2 February 2010 and he was able to feature in the next game, a 0–0 draw with Bristol Rovers. During Walsall’s 2–1 victory at Leeds United on 16 February 2010 he picked up a hamstring injury and he returned to the team after entering a 2–0 defeat at Leyton Orient on 13 March as a 77th minute substitute. He finished an injury-hit 2009–10 season with 30 appearances for Walsall before the club released him on 10 May 2010.
Till signed a one-year contract with Conference Premier club York City on 29 June 2010 and following the move he said “I spoke to a number of clubs but this felt right. The gaffer made me feel really wanted so that was a key decision in coming”. He made his debut in the opening game of the 2010–11 season as a 38th minute substitute for Levi Mackin in a 2–1 defeat to Kidderminster Harriers on 14 August 2010. His first goal for York came in his next appearance after he scored the equaliser in a 2–2 draw at Bath City on 21 August 2010 after entering the game as a 74th minute substitute. Till made his first start in a 3–0 victory against Altrincham on 28 August 2010 and he was substituted in the 82nd minute. He scored his first home goal with the opener as York beat Rushden & Diamonds 2–0 on 4 September 2010. He finished the season with 45 appearances and four goals.

Peter at Solihull Boro

Till agreed on 25 May 2011 to sign for Conference Premier rivals Fleetwood Town on a two-year contract after the expiration of his York contract. Due to a knee injury,[ he had to wait until 12 November 2011 to make his Fleetwood debut, when he entered their 2–0 FA Cup first round victory over League One team Wycombe Wanderers as a substitute in stoppage time. Till finished the season with 22 appearances and one goal as Fleetwood won the Conference Premier title and thus promotion to League Two, before being released by the club after having his contract cancelled by mutual consent on 3 July 2012.
Till signed for Conference Premier side Tamworth on 19 July 2012.

He made a scoring debut for Tamworth in the opening game of the 2012–13 season with the first goal of a 3–2 victory away at Hyde on 11 August 2012. He finished the season with 34 appearances and one goal.
Till signed for Solihull Moors of the Conference North on 6 June 2013.
He signed for Solihull’s Conference North rivals Leamington on 22 January 2014.
Till joined newly promoted Northern Premier League Premier Division club Halesowen Town on 12 June 2014.

Peter at Tamworth

Till plays as winger on the left or right sides and his play has been described as “tricky”. He has described himself as an old-fashioned winger, saying “I am very quick, very fit. I like to get at the full-back – an old-fashioned winger type, if you like. I like to cause the full-back problems and get my crosses in and link up with our full-back as well”. Walsall manager Chris Hutchings described him as “an attacking wide-man with pace who is not afraid to take people on” in 2009. Till is also able to play as a striker
His father Peter, Sr. is a former professional boxer.

Walsall player 41. Lee Sinnott


Born Aldridge12 July 1965 (50) (or Pelsall) depending which source you believe
Team Games Goals
Rushall Olympic
1982-83 Walsall 40 2
1983-87 Watford 95 2
1987-91 Bradford City 213 6
1991-93 Crystal Palace 55 0
1993-94 Bradford City 34 1
1994-97 Huddersfield 87 1
1997-99 Oldham Athletic 31 0
1998 Loan Bradford City 7 0
1999-2000 Scunthorpe 22 0
1985 England U21 1 0
Teams Managed
2003-07 Farsley Celtic
2007-08 Port Vale
2009 Bradford Park Avenue
2011= Altrincham
Lee came to Walsall as a youngster, from Rushall Olympic in November 1981, he played in Walsall Youth team . 1982 brought his debut for The Saddlers first team. He was able to play full back centre back or sweeper. He won Youth caps for England and gained one cap for England under 21’s. Walsall sold Lee to Watford for £100,000 in September 1983 and he went on to play against Everton in the 1984 F.A Cup final . He was sold to Bradford City for £130,000 in 1987, his next move was to Crystal Palace for £300,000 in 1991, he then went back to Bradford. When Sinnott returned to Valley Parade over the summer of 1993, Bradford were still in the third tier of the English league. He played in most of their first-team games that season, but the “Bantams” missed out on the play-offs and manager Frank Stapleton was sacked. Sinnott followed his manager out of the exit door and signed for local rivals Huddersfield Town. He was made captain of Neil Warnock’s team, and guided them to the Second Division play-off victory in his first season. He spent two more seasons in West Yorkshire before crossing the Pennines and signing for Oldham Athletic, who had just been relegated to the Second Division.
Sinnott played 31 games over two seasons at Boundary Park, but Oldham struggled in a division that they had been expected to win promotion from, and in Sinnott’s second season they narrowly avoided relegation to the Third Division
The 1998–99 campaign proved to be Lee Sinnott’s final season as a Football League player. Upon its conclusion he moved to Scarborough, who had just been relegated to the Football Conference, and played 22 games in one season for a side who finished fourth in the country’s highest non-league division. He then retired from playing after a career spanning almost 20 years.
When he finished playing he moved into management and was still manager at Altrincham at the start of the season.

We’re Back Where We Belong Says Altrincham Manager Lee Sinnott

SPORT - Skrill North Promotion Final - Altrincham v Guiseley AFCHAVING restored a traditional Non-League name back to the top tier, Altrincham boss Lee Sinnott immediately set to work to make sure they stay there.

Alty returned to the Conference Premier three years after relegation.

They’ve come close, with two play-off appearances in the last two seasons, but they finally got back among the big boys last weekend.

That was thanks to Greg Wilkinson’s extra-time winner at the death to help the Robins past Guiseley 2-1.

And while Sinnott enjoyed the occasion, the former Farsley Celtic and Port Vale manager knows he can’t afford to waste any time getting ready for the big kick-off in August.

“Planning has started already,” Sinnott said. “I’ve had a meeting with the chairman to formulate our plans.

“There are some longer journeys and bigger commitments needed from the players. But they can class themselves as Conference Premier players now. That’s a big fillip for them and it’s a box ticked after the disappointment of last year and losing in the play-offs.

Altrincham are back in the Conference Premier

“They’ve broken through the glass ceiling and shown they can come through the tough mental, and not just physical, encounters.

“I felt the desire to go again very early. If you look at our first 12 games we started very strongly. I’d expect the same again now because of the excitement of playing against quite a few ex-League teams.

“It’s a big challenge for them but I’m sure they are looking forward to it immensely.”

Alty’s biggest crowd in 32 years witnessed the play-off glory with 4,632 packing into their Moss Lane home.

Sinnott, who described the support as jaw-dropping, admitted that super-sub Wilkinson had been sent on with the scores locked at 1-1 and the dreaded penalty shoot-out in mind.

Instead he was calmness personified from 18 yards instead of 12, stroking the ball home from the edge of the box to send their support barmy.

And the incredible scenes left Sinnott shocked for 48 hours after the game.

“You’re numb, especially in the circumstances that it did happen,” said Sinnott. “We were putting Greg on with the intention of taking a penalty – within 22 seconds he writes himself into folklore. It worked out perfectly.

“When the dust settles after 48 hours you do think it’s nice to put them back where they were.

“When a club gets relegated there is doom and gloom, of course there is. You look at the playing side of it; some didn’t want to step down to the Conference North, some stayed and you need to bring other bodies in as well so it was a big change.

“The idea was to get the team pointed in right direction and then make progress from there. From an OK first season finishing eighth, the last two seasons have been testament to that progress.

“You can wave a magic wand – look at Liam Watson at Telford. He’s done a tremendous job and they’ve gone straight back up. In the Conference North where only one team goes up automatically and another in the play-offs, it can be achieved but it’s not a given that’s for sure.

“We’ve made progress and the majority of the squad are a good age so we’re looking to push on next season.”

With part-timers FC Halifax finishing in this season’s Skrill Premier top five and the likes of Braintree, Alfreton, Woking and Nuneaton all having good campaigns, Altrincham know they’re not taking on a mission impossible taking on so many ex-League heavyweights.

“Non-League has changed dramatically over the last ten or more years, with so many ex-League clubs being in the Conference at one stage or another,” he said.

“Altrincham has been a very big name traditionally in Non-League football and that’s the most pleasing aspect of getting them back.”

Walsall player 37. Karl Hawley.


Personal information
Full name Karl Leon Hawley
Date of birth 6 December 1981 (age 34)
Place of birth Walsall, England

Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Striker

Club information
Current team StourBridge

Karl H

Number 23
Senior career*
Years                                 Team                            Apps                     (Gls)
2000–2004             Walsall                                         1                      (0)
2002–2003             Raith Rovers (loan)               17                       (7)
2003                          Hereford United (loan)           6                       (1)
2003                          Raith Rovers (loan)                  9                        (2)
2004                          Hednesford Town                     1                        (0)
2004–2007              Carlisle United                      118                       (47)
2007–2009              Preston North End                 30                       (3)
2008                         Northampton Town (loan)     11                       (2)
2009                           Colchester United (loan)         4                        (0)
2009–2012               Notts County                             81                        (5)
2012                           Crawley Town (loan)               4                         (0)
2012–2013                Scunthorpe United                 39                        (11)
2013–2014                Torquay United                       25                         (3)
2014– 2015                Alfreton Town                         33                        (10)

2015                              Stourbridge                        46                     (24)
National team
2004–2005                    England C                          2
Born in Walsall, West Midlands, Hawley started his career for his hometown team Walsall but only played one league game. While at the Bescot Stadium he also spent loan spells at Raith Rovers and Hereford United, where he scored once against Burton Albion.
After his release by Walsall in 2004, Hawley joined Southern Football League side Hednesford Town, but only made one start for the Pitmen, playing in a league game against Hinckley United. He was again released towards the end of the 2003–04 season. Hawley joined Conference team Carlisle United in the summer of 2004 and played a part in their return to the Football League. He was the League Two top scorer in the 2005–06 season, forming a successful partnership with Michael Bridges as Carlisle achieved a second successive promotion to League One. Hawley was voted League Two Fans’ Player of the Year and was part of the League Two Team of the Year. In May 2007, Hawley was offered an improved contract by Carlisle manager Neil McDonald, but Hawley rejected the offer and left the club on 11 May 2007. In three seasons for Carlisle United he was the club’s top scorer.
He signed for Championship side Preston North End on 14 June 2007, on a three-year contract. After making 26 appearance and 3 goals in League and 2 in FA Cup at his first season for Preston, Hawley suffered poor forms for Preston in his second season and got less playing time under manager Alan Irvine. Also during his time at Preston, Hawley also struggled to replicate the goal scoring form he showed at Carlisle and joined Northampton Town for a one months loan where he made 11 appearance and scoring two. Afterwards, Hawley returned to the club despite Northampton Town was keen to extend his contract. Afterwards his loan finish with Northampton, Hawley returns to Preston and as made just five substitute appearances in the League and 2 starts in League Cup and eventually Hawley join Colchester United on month loan deal along with Neal Trotman and made 4 appearance.
He signed for League Two side Notts County on 3 August 2009, on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee to revive his career. In his first season for Preston, Hawley made total of 38 appearance(31 in League, 6 in FA Cup, 1 in League Cup and 1 in Football League Trophy) and scoring 4 (3 in league and 1 in FA Cup). Under manager of Cotterill, Short, Paul Ince and Martin Allen, Hawley fell out with favour due to that he has struggled to make an impact for Notts County and his poor performance struck again. In May 2012 he was released by Notts County, along with 12 other players.
On 31 January 2012 Hawley signed, on loan until the end of season, for Crawley Town. However, Hawley made four appearance and return to Notts County, with another disappointing loan spell.
Having been released, Hawley went on a trial at Doncaster Rovers. On 7 September 2012, he signed a short term deal with League 1 side Scunthorpe United. At Scunthorpe United, Hawley made an impressive display at the club, with five goals in seventeen appearance. In January, Hawley signed a new contract, with the club until the end of the season as his old deal expires in January.
On July 1 2013 Hawley signed a two-year deal with Torquay United scoring 3 goals in 30 appearances. However on 29th August 2014 Karl and the club agreed to terminate his contract by mutual consent. On 5 September 2014 Hawley signed a one-year deal with Conference Premier Alfreton Town.When this contract finished Karl signed for Stourbridge