Walsall player 166. Marcelo dos Santos Cipriano


Marcelo dos Santos Cipriano (born 11 October 1969), simply known as Marcelo, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a striker.
He played professionally in Portugal (most notably one season for Benfica), England (appearing for three Football League Championship clubs) and Spain.
Born in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro to Portuguese parents, Marcelo returned to their homeland still in his teens, entering the youth system of Associação Académica de Coimbra, which loaned him to fourth division team Sertanense F.C. in the 1989 summer.
After one season apiece with Académica and C.D. Feirense in the second level, Marcelo made his top flight debuts with Gil Vicente FC, scoring three goals for the Barcelos-based club. His most successful period in his adopted nation would be lived at lowly F.C. Tirsense, which he helped achieve first division promotion in 1994, subsequently netting 17 times in 1994–95 as the northern side achieved a best-ever eight-place in the competition.
Marcelo’s exploits earned him a transfer to national giants S.L. Benfica, finishing his sole season as the Reds’ topscorer in the league behind João Vieira Pinto, but the club did not win any silverware. Subsequently, he played one year in the Spanish second division with Deportivo Alavés, going scoreless in nearly 25 league appearances.
In the following five years, Marcelo played in England, starting in 1997 with Sheffield United, which signed the player for a fee of £400,000.[1] In the FA Cup tournament during his first year, he helped take the team to the semifinals, after scoring against Coventry City at Highfield Road to set up the (eventually victorious) replay.
Birmingham City acquired Marcelo’s services in 1999 for a fee of £500,000. He played on the losing side in the 2001 Football League Cup Final, coming on as a second-half substitute and netting in the penalty shootout. He ended his career in the country at Walsall, for whom he played nine times and scored once, against Burnley.
At nearly 33, Marcelo returned to Portugal and first professional team Académica, amassing a further 30 top division matches in two seasons, after which he retired from the game.

Marcelo
Football career Stats
2003/04 – Academic – 16 games / 4 Goals
2002/03 – Academic – 14 games / 1 goal
2001/02 – Walsall – 9 games / 1 goal
2001/02 – Birmingham – 21 games / 12 Goals
2000/01 – Birmingham – 31 games / 7 Goals
1999/00 – Birmingham – 25 games / 5 Goals
1999/00 – Sheffield – 10 games / 2 Goals
1998/99 – Sheffield – 35 games / 16 Goals
1997/98 – Sheffield – 21 games / 6 Goals
1996/97 – Alavés – 23 games / 0 Goals
1995/96 – SLBenfica – 27 games / 7 Goals
1994/95 – Tirsense – 33 games / 17 Goals
1993/94 – Tirsense – 32 games / 9 Goals
1992/93 – Gil Vicente – 22 games / 3 Goals
1991/92 – Feirense – 31 games / 12 Goals
1990/91 – Academic – 26 games / 4 Goals
1989/90 – Sertanense – Games /? Goals
1988/89 – Academic – 9 games / 1 goal

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Walsall player 157. Jean-Philippe Javary


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Jean-Philippe Javary (born 10 January 1978) is a retired French professional footballer. He played in his homeland, where he started at hometown team Montpellier, as well as numerous clubs in England and Scotland. He was a midfielder.Born in Montpellier, France, Javary started his career with his hometown club Montpellier HSC as a junior, where he played nine Ligue 1 games during the 1995–96 and 1996–97 seasons He was offered a five-year contract at Spanish La Ligaside FC Barcelona, although the offer was later withdrawn, and instead joined another Spanish Barcelona-based clubRCD Espanyol in June 1998. He returned to France for a period on loan with Ligue 2 club ASOA Valence in the 1999–2000 season, where he played four games.
In January 2000, he joined Scottish Division One side Raith Rovers. He played 11 games with Raith during the latter half of the 2000–01 season. After one more game at the start of the following season, he was signed in August by English Division Two side Brentford for £150,000 by manager–chairman Ron Noades. He played only six games with Brentford, and another four with Plymouth Argyle in English Division Three at the end of the same season.
Javary moved back to Scotland and played a game on trial with Division One side Partick Thistle in October 2001, before he returned to Raith Rovers the following month. He played another seven games with Raith, before he moved back to England, with Sheffield United in Division One on non-contract terms in March 2002, and was given a two-year contract by manager Neil Warnock the following month. He was given a one-month loan spell at Walsall in January 2003, but was suffering from tonsilitis and never played a game. In July 2003, Javary was one of four senior players to be told he could leave the club by Neil Warnock, before he was released from his contract in September 2003; Javary decided to return to France. He played 14 games with Sheffield United, all but one in the league, and scored one goal against Watford.
After a spell with AS Excelsior in the French Réunion Islands, he returned to Scotland in January 2005 with Hamilton Academical again in Division One. He was released by Hamilton during the 2005 summer, after he had played 13 league matches, during which time he scored one goal against Falkirk. After his release he moved back to Réunion, again with Excelsior, and later moved on to FC Avirons.
In 2008, Javary moved to Australia to find an A-League team to continue his career.
Javary has also played for the French national sides from under 16 to under 19 level. He captained his country’s European Youth Championship side in 1995.

Senior career
Years                            Team                         Apps          Gls
1995–1998                   Montpellier                9
1998–2000                  Espanyol                      ?

1999–2000   Loan      Valence                        4
2000                               Raith Rovers             12
2000–2001                   Brentford                    6
2001                               Plymouth Argyle        4
2001                               Partick Thistle            1
2001–2002                   Raith Rovers               7
2002–2003                  Sheffield United         13               1
2003           Loan          Walsall                           0

AS  Excelsior                 ?

2005                              Hamilton Aca              13         1

AS Excelsior                     ?

Avirons  FC                        ?

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 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 65. Derek ‘Doc’ Pace


Derek ‘Doc’ Pace

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Personal information
Full name Derek Pace
Date of birth 11 March 1932
Place of birth Bloxwich, England

Date of death 17 October 1989 (aged 57)
Playing position Striker

Drawing from The Saturday Pink Sports Paper of the time!

Youth career
Walsall Schoolboys
Bloxwich Scouts
Bloxwich Wesley
Walsall Wood
Senior career
Years                         Team                Apps       (Gls)
1950-1957              Aston Villa              98        (40)
1957-1964            Sheffield United     253        (140)
1964-1965                 Notts County        29        (15)
1966                           Walsall                 5          (1)
1950-1966                               Total    284       (196)
Derek ‘Doc’ Pace (born 11 March 1932, in Bloxwich, England – died 17 October 1989)
He went to Essington Junior School in Essington and was captain for Walsall Schoolboys playing at centre half. On leaving school, he went on to play for amateur sides Bloxwich Scouts in the Bloxwich Combination, Bloxwich Wesley in the Walsall Minor League and had a spell with Walsall Wood in the Walsall Senior League during the 1948-49 season.
Derek was signed by Aston Villa from Bloxwich Scouts in September 1949, not long after his signing for Villa; he was called up for two years National service in the Medical Corps where he obtained the nickname “Doc”. Derek was small in stature for a centre forward at five feet eight inches, and less than 12 stone, but was nonetheless hardy and tough, and a real problem for defenders to cope with. He came out of the Army in June 1953.
He played as an inside-forward with Aston Villa, and although he enjoyed lengthy runs in the side, he did not quite fully establish himself at Villa Park, although he did score on his debut against Burnley on 17 March 1951.
In 1953-1954 season, Derek was one of seven forwards who appeared for Aston Villa following the departure of regular forward Trevor Ford – who had joined Sunderland. He seized his opportunity and scored six goals from six league matches. The following season, he played in 18 league matches scoring one goal also made one appearance in the FA Cup.
In 1955-56, Villa were next to bottom of the league three points behind Sheffield United with three matches remaining. Sheffield United manager Joe Mercer had tried to sign Pace in mid-season, but his attempts were blocked by Villa. And in the closing games it was Derek’s goals that did a great deal to save Villa from relegation, they eventually finished third from bottom on goal difference and avoided relegation. In 1956-57 Derek played in 21 league matches scoring six goals and in six cup games scoring two goals. Although he missed out on being selected for the Aston Villa 1957 FA Cup Final side, being twelfth man after playing in all the rounds up to the semi-final.
He started the 1957-58 season with Villa and played in 12 games scoring three goals – including the Charity Shield side that was beaten by Manchester United. In total he scored 42 league and FA Cup goals in 106 matches for Aston Villa.
On 26 December 1957, he was finally signed by Sheffield United manager Joe Mercer for £12,000. It was with the Blades that he began to excel as a striker. He made his debut for United on the day he had signed – scoring after just eight minutes, against Blackburn Rovers at Bramall Lane on 26 December 1957.
At Sheffield United he switched his playing position to centre-forward, and met with increasing success. Pace was a superb header of the ball and some of the goals he scored with his head were spectacular. He could also shoot with both feet and had outstanding anticipation and timing. Many of his goals were scored from half chances in the goalmouth.
He was an ever present in the side when United achieved First Division status again in season 1960-61 with Pace scoring 26 goals, including a FA Cup run in which the team reached the Semi-finals. He became a great favourite with the Blades fans, who warmed to his enthusiasm, sportsmanship, quick shooting and brilliant heading ability, and his signing was undoubtedly a major factor in bringing better days ahead to the Lane.
Immediately after his signing, the improvement to the Blades team was instantly apparent. Between 22 February 1958 and 5 April 1958, United won eight consecutive league matches, with Pace scoring nine of the goals in this period. The spell included one of United’s most memorable FA Cup victories. The occasion was a 4th Round against Tottenham Hotspur atWhite Hart Lane in front of 51,536 spectators. Pace put United ahead in the first minute and United won the tie 3-0. Pace was a consistent scorer for the Blades, and started 1960 in great form. Between 2 January and 5 March that year, he scored 16 goals in eight matches, including a hat-trick against his former club and (at the time) Division Two league leaders Aston Villa at Villa Park on 27 February 1960. His last match for Sheffield United was against Burnley at Bramall Lane on 29 August 1964. In total he had scored 140 goals in 253 league appearances (175 goals in 302 league and cup games) for United. He was the Blades top scorer for six successive seasons.
In December 1964, he moved to Notts County where he scored 15 goals from 29 matches. He then left to join Walsall in July 1966, only playing four matches plus one as substitute, and scoring one goal – a flying header at Grimsby Town on 27 August 1966.
In his career he scored a grand total of 233 goals in 444 games.
After retiring from football Derek became a sales representative for Churchfield Springs Ltd of West Bromwich. He died on 17 October 1989.

Walsall player 55 Mel Eves


Mel Eves
Personal information
Full name Melvyn James Eves
Date of birth 10 September 1956 (age 60)
Place of birth Darlaston, England

Playing position Attacker
Senior career
Years                                             Team                                  Apps              (Gls)
1975–1984                             Wolverhampton Wanderers        180                (44)
1984                                        Huddersfield Town (loan)             7                  (4)
1984–1986                               Sheffield United                           26                (10)
1986–1988                                Gillingham                                     27                  (9)
1988 →                                      Mansfield Town (loan)               3                   (0)
1988–1989                                Walsall                                             0                   (0)
1988–1989                                King’s Lynn (loan)                        ?                    (2)
1989                                         Cheltenham Town (loan)                1                   (0)
1989                                         Willenhall Town                                2                    (0)
1989–1990                              Telford United                                  21                    (3)

                                                               Total                 
National team      1978            England B                                   3                    (1)
Melvyn James “Mel” Eves (born September 10, 1956 in Darlaston) is a former English professional footballer who had a long career playing as a striker and left sided attacker, mostly known for his time with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Eves was educated at Wolverhampton Grammar School from 1968 to 1975 when he represented England as a Schoolboy International before joining Wolves. He eventually made his debut on 26 November 1977 againstIpswich Town at Molineux in the First Division.
His first goal was at Chelsea in 1978, followed by the winner againstManchester United in the following game and a goal in victory over Aston Villa afterwards. Such a run saw him earn a spot in the England B’s summer tour of 1978, managed by Sir Bobby Robson, where he made three appearances and scored one goal (in a record 8-0 success over Singapore’s full team).
Eves played in Wolves’ 1980 League Cup final triumph over then-European Cup holders Nottingham Forest at Wembley.
He was top goalscorer in 1981/82 (seven goals) as Wolves slumped out of the top flight, but his 18 league goal haul the following year, not only earned him the top goalscorer award again, but saw the team immediately return to Division One.
Financial problems then struck Wolves and saw many players, including Eves, leave after relegation. After a period of time training at Manchester City, recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon sustained in his last game for Wolves in May 1984, Eves was signed by Sheffield United in December 1984. Here, he played until May 1986 and was also voted ‘Player of the Year’ by fans.
Eves then moved to Gillingham and played two further seasons in the third tier. He retired through injury in May 1989 after a six-month spell at Walsall, aged 32.
Upon leaving the game, Eves became an independent financial advisor (IFA), often dealing with advising young footballers. He became a licensed FA agent in the mid-1990s and became more involved with the agency work, although also running an IFA business. In the 2000s, though, he has focused more on his agency commitments, representing players such as Enzo Maresca, Benito Carbone, Fabrizio Ravanelli, Robert Earnshaw and Gareth McAuley. He now heads up Eleven Sports Management and has working alongside him ex-professional footballers John Williams, Carl Hutchings, Ben Abbey and Chris Marsh.
Eves also had a short stint as manager of part-time non-league Willenhall Town from March 2006 until November 2007 when he resigned through work commitments.Hewon the Birmingham Senior Cup for the first time in the 125 year history of the competition and reached the play-off final in the 2006-07 season eventually losing out in extra time to Bromsgrove Rovers.