Walsall player 160 John Keister


John Keister (born Manchester, played for Sierra Leone. 11 November 1970. is a former football (soccer) player currently managing in Sierra Leone. Although born in England he has gained international caps for Sierra Leone.
Keister started his career at Sierra Leone side Tigres in 1992 before moving to England in 1993. Since living in England he has played for Walsall, Chester City, Shrewsbury Town, Stevenage Borough, Margate and Dover Athletic where he was captain before returning to previous club Margate on a free transfer in September 2009. However in January 2010 he was suspended from all his contract duties for a period of 14 days whilst his club JK walsallinvestigated allegations against him of misconduct.
Whilst playing for non-league club Margate he gained 2 international caps for Sierra Leone, he played in two World Cup qualifying games against Nigeria and Morocco, making him the first player from the club to receive international recognition whilst playing for them.
Keister was player/assistant manager at the club but left in February 2011, and is now head coach of FC Johansen.

YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 Tigres
1993–2000 Walsall 106 (2)
2000 Chester City 10 (0)
2000–2001 Shrewsbury Town 8 (0)
2001 Stevenage Borough
2001–2006 Margate 186 (22)
2006–2009 Dover Athletic 97 (3)
2009–2011 Margate 3 (0)
NATIONAL TEAM
2000–2002 Sierra Leone 7 (0)

Walsall player 116. George Andrews



Personal information
Date of birth 23 April 1942 (age 74)
Place of birth Dudley, England

Playing position Striker

Senior career
Years                    Team                              Apps      (Gls)
1960–1961               Luton Town                       0         (0)
1961–1965               Gornal Athletic                  ?          ?
1965–1967               Cardiff City                      43        (21)
1967–1970               Southport                       117        (41)
1970–1973                Shrewsbury Town         124        (49)
1973–1977                Walsall                          177        (40)
1977–?                     Worcester City                 ?            ?

Non League

AFC Telford United

Dudley Town

Oldswinford FC

Solihull Borough

Management

Player manager Tipton Town

 

George Andrews (born 23 April 1942 in Dudley, Worcestershire) was an English professional footballer during the 1960s and 1970s. He is probably most notable for scoring Walsall’s winning goal in their shock FA Cup third round victory over Newcastle United in January 1975.
Andrews began his career as an apprentice with Luton Town in the late 1950s, turning professional in 1960 but leaving the following year without making a first team appearance. He then continued his career at non-league level with Gornal Athletic in 1961, reaching the Football League in October 1965 on signing for Cardiff City after being spotted by manager Jimmy Scoular. He made his first team debut just a few days later in a 2-1 defeat against Portsmouth, before scoring his first goal for the club a week later in a second 2-1 defeat against Bolton Wanderers. He went on to finish his first professional season with 20 goals in all competitions and scored 6 in the opening 12 matches of the following season before being displaced by new signing Bobby Brown and was allowed to leave to join Southport for £6,000.
He later played for Shrewsbury Town, and in 1973 signed for Walsall where he spent the final four seasons of his professional career, playing 177  games and scoring 40 goals. He retired from professional football in 1977, though he continued at non-league level with Telford United, Dudley Town, Oldswinford F.C., Solihull Borough and player-manager at Tipton Town.
On retiring from football, he was employed by Dudley MBC as a gardener tending the parks and gardens of Dudley until his retirement in April 2007.
He was married to Janet for nearly 50 years until her death in November 2012 and has two daughters, Priscilla (born 1968) and Melissa (born 1971). He has lived on the Foxyards Estate in Dudley since signing for Walsall in 1973.

Walsall player 74. Robert Mark Taylor


 Robert Mark Taylor
Date of birth 22 February 1966 (age 50)
Place of birth Walsall, England

Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder

Senior career
Years                                             Team                       Apps          (Gls)
1984–1989                                 Walsall                        113             (4)
1989–1991                                 Sheffield Wednesday      9             (0)
1991 →                  (loan)            Shrewsbury Town          19             (2)
1991–1998                                 Shrewsbury Town         249           (13)
1998–2000                                 Hereford United             76             (3)
2000–2001                                 Nuneaton Borough        20             (0)
2001–2002                                 Halesowen Town           45             (2)
2002–2006                                 Redditch United              ?               ?
2006–2008                                 Bromsgrove Rovers        29             (0)
2008                                           Rugby Town                    4              (0)

Robert Mark Taylor (born 22 February 1966 in Walsall), known as Mark Taylor, is an English former professional footballer who played as a midfielder in the Football League for Walsall where he made 113 appearances scoring 4 goals. At Sheffield he played 9 times and scored no goals and at Shrewsbury Town where he made 19 appearances on loan prior to signing where he made another 249 and scored 13 goals plus 2 when on loan. He then moved into the non-league  for clubs including Hereford United, Nuneaton Borough, Halesowen Town,] Redditch United, Bromsgrove Rovers and Rugby Town, prior to retirement.

Walsall player 43 Brian Taylor


Brian (Joseph) Taylor

Date of birth 24 March 1937 (age 78)    Died June 10th 2015
Place of birth Walsall, England
Playing position Winger

Youth career
1952–1954 Walsall

Senior career
    Years                                             Team                             Apps
1954–1958                                     Walsall                               77
1958–1961                                     Birmingham City                54
1961–1963                                     Rotherham United              42
1963–1965                                     Shrewsbury Town              73
1965–1967                                     Port Vale                            46
1967–1968                                     Barnsley                             24
1968–1970                        Kidderminster Harriers

1970–19??                            Bromsgrove Rovers

                                                  Welshpool Town

                                                 Oswestry Town

                                                  Darlaston

Taylor started his career as an amateur with Walsall, and turned professional in September 1954. He made more than 70 appearances for the “Saddlers” in the Third Division South. Frank Buckley failed to keep Walsall out of the re-election zone in the 1954–55 season, and the Fellows Park outfit continued to struggle in the lower half of the table in 1955–56 and 1956–57 under the stewardship of John Love. Despite the introduction of new boss Bill Moore, a 20th place finish in 1957–58 left the club to become founder members of the Fourth Division.
He moved to First Division club Birmingham City in June 1958 in exchange for £10,000 and the inside-forward Jimmy Cochrane. Manager Arthur Turner described him as a “wonderful prospect”. He scored six goals from 30 appearances in the 1958–59 season. Each of the six was the last goal of its match: his first top-flight goal, “tearing through straight from the second-half kick-off”, helped earn his club a draw at Portsmouth, the other five all came in comfortable wins. Having come into the first team early in the 1959–60 season when Gordon Astall was injured in the home defeat of Newcastle United, Taylor suffered double vision in the reverse fixture a week later and was out for a month. He was selected regularly during October by manager Pat Beasley until a broken leg, sustained in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup semi-final win over R.U. Saint-Gilloise in mid-November, kept him out for a year. Though he returned to the first team, the injury had robbed him of much of his pace. He scored on his return, against Manchester United, and made 24 appearances during the remainder of the season, sharing the outside-left position with Billy Rudd: Taylor was preferred on a heavy pitch.
After the removal of the maximum wage in 1961, Taylor was unable to agree terms for the coming season, so Birmingham circulated other clubs inviting offers for him. By mid-September, it became clear that the remaining few contract “rebels”, Taylor included, would get no help from the League in settling their disputes with their clubs, and the Professional Footballers’ Association advised them to submit transfer requests. Taylor played four first-team matches during September, then signed for Rotherham United on 13 October for a £10,000 fee.
Rotherham were competing in the Second Division under the stewardship of Tom Johnston. Taylor quickly became an established member of the team at Millmoor with his “good crossing ability”, making a total of 26 appearances in the 1961–62 season. In the following season he was in and out of the team under new boss Danny Williams, but still managed another 20 appearances for the “Millers”.
He moved to Shrewsbury Town for the 1963–64 season. Arthur Rowley’s “Shrews” posted 11th and 16th place finishes in the Third Division in 1963–64 and 1964–65. Taylor played 73 league games in his two seasons at the Gay Meadow.
Taylor was sold to Jackie Mudie’s Port Vale for £3,000 in July 1965.] He scored three goals in 42 appearances in the 1965–66 campaign, but made just 11 appearances at Vale Park in the 1966–67 season. He was given a free transfer to Fourth Division rivals Barnsley in May 1967.
Taylor played 24 games, and helped Johnny Steele’s “Tykes” to win promotion with a second place finish in 1967–68, five points behind champions Luton Town. Despite this success, he left Oakwell and entered non-league football with Kidderminster Harriers (West Midlands (Regional) League), Bromsgrove Rovers, Welshpool Town, Oswestry Town and Darlaston.

Brian passed away June 10th 2015.

Walsall player 42. Kevin Summerfield


Kevin Summerfield
Born Walsall 7 January 1959
School Alma Street and Joseph Leckie
Youth football
Walsall Town Boys
West Bromwich Albion
Senior Football
1977-82 West Bromwich Albion 9 4
1982-83 Birmingham City 5 1
1983-84 Walsall 54 17
1984 Cardiff City 10 1
1984-1990 Plymouth Argyle 139 26
1990 Exeter City (loan) 4 0
1990-1996 Shrewsbury Town 203 21
He began his career with West Bromwich Albion as a forward, making his first team debut in 1977, before joining Birmingham City five years later. A few months later, he signed for his hometown club Walsall and enjoyed a successful 18 months there, scoring 17 league goals, which led to a transfer to Cardiff City in 1984. He was signed by Dave Smith for Plymouth Argyle six months later, where was converted into a midfielder, and was an important member of the squad for the next five years. A broken leg sustained in January 1989 led to a year on the sidelines, and after regaining full fitness he spent time on loan with Exeter City. He ended his playing career with Shrewsbury Town.
He returned to Plymouth Argyle in 1997 as the club’s youth team coach, and was appointed caretaker manager three years later. He became the club’s assistant manager after the arrival of Paul Sturrock and led the club to the brink of promotion to the Football League Championship before joining Sturrock at Southampton. He gained promotion two more times with Sturrock, at Sheffield Wednesday in 2005, and Swindon Town in 2007, before returning to Plymouth Argyle once again. He then spent two years as Assistant Boss at Tranmere Rovers, before moving to Burton Albion to take up the same role. When Rowett joined Birmingham City as manager he took Summerfield with him as his assistant.

Gary Rowett

18 May 2012 Last updated at 14:20

Burton Albion appoint Kevin Summerfield as assistant boss

Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett has named Tranmere Rovers assistant boss Kevin Summerfield as his number two.

The 53-year-old has previously worked as assistant at Sheffield Wednesday, Plymouth Argyle and Swindon Town, achieving promotion at all three clubs.

He leaves Tranmere after spending two years with the League One side.

Rowett, who was appointed full-time Brewers boss last week, told BBC Radio Derby:“Kevin is a very experienced guy and a nice guy.”

He added: “What I think I had to do with this appointment was not go down the route of bringing in someone who was a mate of mine that perhaps couldn’t do the job well.

“The crucial thing we needed to add to the team was experience, someone who has experience at this level and at higher levels and has a good idea of what it takes to get promotion.

“He’s a good guy to have in the office. He’s good fun, he’s got a really nice character about him. And he’s got the experience and success as an assistant.”

Walsall player 25 Martyn O’Conner


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Martyn O’Connor
Personal information
Full name Martyn O’Connor
Date of birth 10 December 1967 (age 48)
Place of birth Walsall, England

Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder

Youth career
1991–1992 Bromsgrove Rovers

Senior career
Years Team Apps
1992–1994 Crystal Palace 4
1993 Walsall (loan) 10
1994–1996 Walsall 94
1996 Peterborough United 18
1996–2002 Birmingham City 186
2002–2003 Walsall 48
2003–2005 Shrewsbury Town 56
2005–2006 Kidderminster Harriers 12
Total 428
National team
2000 Cayman Islands 2 (requires verification)
Teams managed
2009–2011 Walsall (assistant manager)
Martyn started his career at Bromsgrove Rovers in the early 1990s before moving to Crystal Palace. He then spent the first of three spells at Walsall, joining on loan in March 1993 before signing permanently the following year. His most prominent role at the Saddlers was winning promotion to Division Two in 1995.
He then joined Peterborough United along with Scottie Houghton,(Peterborogh, seem to have a habit of taking two of our players as later they took Westwood and Keates) but he didn’t complete a season with them, before they sold him, to Birmingham City, whom O’Connor represented in the 2001 Football League Cup Final against Liverpool, which Birmingham lost in a penalty shootout.
Martyn re-joined Walsall in 2002, but when his contract was not renewed, at the end of the 2002–03 season. He then signed for Shrewsbury Town in July 2003, playing around 50 games for the Shrews, before ending his playing career with Kidderminster Harriers playing a round a dozen games.
On 20 January 2009, he was named assistant manager to Chris Hutchings at Walsall, but the pair were sacked on 3 January 2011 after a series of poor results left Walsall bottom of Football League One. He was always positive in his play as well as being hard working! Another player that the fans took to their hearts!
O’Connor was called up to the Cayman Islands national football team in 2000, but FIFA soon ruled that he could not play for them. The Cayman Islands had been attempting to exploit their status as a British Overseas Territory by picking British passport holders who would not ordinarily be eligible to play for them. However his record shows that he played 2 games for them (Is this true or not?)
For some strange reason i can find games played but cannot find a record of goals scored! Maybe someone can help!!

Walsall player 19. Teddy Groves.


Teddy Groves
Born Walsall July 1900
Died ?
Clubs.
Talbot Stead 19??-1922
Walsall 1922-1930 249 games 25 goals
Shrewsbury Town 1930-1933
Wellington Town. 1933

Teddy Groves was another 1920’s star, he was signed from Talbot Stead Works team in March 1922, he made his debut for Walsall in April 1922 against Crewe as a right back.
He began the next season in the reserves but played one game as a right half. They converted him to a Centre forward and during that season scored 13 goals in just 22 games, as they finished third in the Third division North.
Teddy stood 5ft 10ins tall and weighed about 11stone, and during the next season (23-24) he again finished top scorer. In 1924-25 season he was changed into the defense. When Wally Webster left the club for Scunthorpe in 1925 Teddy then became a right back where he did an outstanding job until they reverted him back to central defender. Then after he had been at the Saddlers for 9 years he moved to Shrewsbury Town until he retired in 1933 due to injury problems, He had a few games for Wellington Town, but had to give up altogether due to his injury!