Walsall player 59. Frank Lester

Frank Lester
Personal information
Date of birth 1870
Place of birth Wednesbury, England

Playing position Full back

Senior career
Years                                                         Team                      Apps          (Gls)
                                                               Walsall Unity 

                                                                Small Heath              68          (0)
1901–19??                                              Walsall

Frank Lester (1870 – after 1902) was an English professional footballer who played as a fullback. He was born in Wednesbury in 1870He made 68 appearances in the Football Leaguefor Small Heath.
Lester was born in Wednesbury, Staffordshire. He played football for Walsall Unity before joining First Division club Small Heath. They were relegated in1895–96, Lester’s first season with the club, but the next season he formed a sound fullback partnership with Billy Pratt. However, the arrival of Arthur Archer as first-choice right back meant Lester was in competition with Pratt for the left-back position, which restricted his appearances. He contributed to Small Heath’s runners-up finish in 1900–01 season, thereby winning promotion back to the top flight, but left the club for Walsall later the same year.


Walsall player 47. John Thomas (TOM) Bayley

47 Tom Bayley
Date of birth August 1868
Place of birth Walsall, England

Date of death Deceased
Playing position Right back

Senior career
Years                           Team                                            Apps                    Gls
1887–1889                 Walsall Swifts
1889–1890                 Walsall Town Swifts

1890–1893                 Small Heath                                    60                        (0)
1893–1895                  Walsall Town Swifts                        23                        (0)
1895–1899                 Gainsborough Trinity                       89                        (1)
1899                            South Shields
1899–1900                  Watford                                             4                        (0)
1900                            Leamington Town
John Thomas “Tom” Bayley (August 1868 – after 1899) was an English professional footballer who played as a right back. Born in Walsall, Staffordshire, he played for Walsall Town Swifts and Small Heath in the Football Alliance before going on to make 130 appearances in the Football League representing Small Heath, Walsall Town Swifts and Gainsborough Trinity. He also played for Watford, South Shields and Leamington town. But cannot find out what happend to him after 1900 when he was still only 32 years old.

Walsall player 39. Harry Haynes

The more research I do in to these players, the more I learn! The more I learn the more I getr confused! I always thought that if a club held on to your registration then you could not play for anyone else. So How could Harry Play all of those games for Southampton if Small Heath held his registration. Confusing eh!

 39. Harry Haynes
Date of birth 21 April 1873
Place of birth Walsall, England

Date of death 29 May 1902 (aged 29)
Place of death Southampton, England

Playing position Half back / Full back

Youth career
Walsall Unity
Senior career
Years                    Team                                    Apps            (Gls)
1892–1893           Walsall Town Swifts                 3                (0)
1893–1895           Wolverhampton Wanderers    24                (2)
1895–1896           Small Heath                            9                 (0)
1896–1900           Southampton                         63                 (4)

Haynes was born in Walsall and after playing his club football with Walsall Unity, he joined Walsall Town Swifts making three appearances in the Football League Second Division in the 1892–93 season. In February 1893, he moved up to the First Division with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
After two seasons with Wolves, he joined Midlands rivals Small Heath in July 1895. He made ten appearances as one of several players tried at centre-half before Alex Leake came through from the reserve team to become the regular first choice in that position.
In the 1896 close season, Haynes was persuaded to leave the Midlands and move to the south coast to join Southern League Southampton St. Mary’s, though Small Heath retained his Football League registration. History has it that He signed his contract with his new club on Birmingham New Street station with a pen borrowed from a booking office clerk! Don’t know if that is fact or fiction, but it sounds good!
In his first season with the “Saints”, he converted from a half back to play at left back; his pairing with Samuel Meston helped Southampton to claim their first Southern League title at the end of the 1896–97 season, with only 18 goals conceded from 20 matches. For the following season, Haynes linked up with Tom Nicol, with Meston moving to right half. Their defensive prowess helped Southampton to retain their Southern League title, again conceding only 18 goals (from 22 matches). The Saints also reached the 1898 FA Cup semi-final, where they were defeated by Nottingham Forest in rather controversial circumstances after goalkeeper George Clawley had his eyes “choked with snow” and conceded two goals in the final minutes of the game.
Haynes continued to appear regularly in the 1898–99 season, but was gradually moved forward, first to centre half, and finally onto the left wing, from where he scored twice at the end of the season to help the Saints claim the championship for the third consecutive season. In the 1899–00 season, Haynes lost his place to Peter Durber and made only four appearances, before retiring at the end of the season.
In his four seasons with the Saints, Haynes made a total of 76 appearances, scoring five goals.
Haynes had already made plans for his life after football, taking over as landlord at the Turks Head pub in September 1898. After retiring from playing, he continued to act as a scout for Southampton – the most notable player introduced by him to the club was Joe French who spent two seasons at The Dell as a centre half before moving to New Brompton.
In May 1902, whilst behind the bar at the Edinburgh Castle pub, Haynes collapsed and died suddenly at the age of 29.