Walsall player 146. Ronnie Michael Ekelund

Ronnie Michael Ekelund (born 21 August 1972 in Glostrup, Denmark) is a Danish football (soccer) player in theforward position, who played professionally in both Europe and the United States. He won two Danish football championships with Brøndby IF and two MLS Cup trophies with San Jose Earthquakes, and represented a number of clubs, including FC Barcelona and several teams in English football. Ekelund played 21 matches and scored three goals for the Danish under-21 national team and represented Denmark at the 1992 Summer Olympics football tournament. He was named 1988 Danish under-17 Talent of the Year.
Ekelund made his name known when he debuted for the Danish under-17 national team in October 1987. He scored 10 goals in 23 games for the Denmark under-17s, and was named 1988 Danish under-17 Talent of the Year. Ekelund started his professional career with Danish club Brøndby IF in 1988. He made his first team debut at the age of 15, becoming the youngest player ever to appear in the top-flight Danish 1st Division. He represented the under-17 national team at the 1989 European Under-17 Championship, and was called up for the Denmark under-21 national football team in June 1990. Ekelund was a part of the 1990 and 1991 Danish championship winning Brøndby team. He played a total 63 games for Brøndby in all competitions.
He represented the Denmark under-21 team in the 1992 Summer Olympics hosted at Barcelona, where he impressed, and was soon off to defending Spanish La Liga champions FC Barcelona. He joined Danish-Spaniard Thomas Christiansen at FC Barcelona B, the second-string team of the club. Due to league restrictions on the number of foreigners in the playing line-up, Ekelund had a hard time displacing stars like Michael Laudrup, Hristo Stoichkov and Romário in the Barcelona attack. He played a single league match during the 1993-94 season, coming on the field as a substitute and playing 33 minutes, before leaving the club.
Ekelund went to England, to FA Premier League club Southampton in 1994. In the 1994 pre-season, Southampton and Barcelona stayed at the same hotel during a training camp. Before leaving, Barcelona manager Johann Cruyff asked Southampton manager Alan Ball what he wanted as a parting gift. Ball replied “A left sided midfielder”, and the next day Ekelund was ready to play for the “Saints”. Ekelund was an instant hit at Southampton’s The Dell stadium with his skills on the ball, forming a great understanding with English midfielder Matthew Le Tissier, who Ekelund later described as being on level with Ronald Koeman and Romário.[11] Ekelund soon suffered a back injury, and which the Southampton medical team felt that this could only be cured by surgery. As Ekelund refused to “go under the knife”, the disagreement put paid to any hopes of a permanenttransfer deal.
Ekelund underwent brief loan deals with English clubs Manchester City and Coventry City, but injuries limited his playing time there. He was loaned out to Danish Superliga clubLyngby FC, playing four games for the club in May 1996.[3] Ekelund went back to Denmark on a permanent basis in 1996, when he moved to Odense BK. He played two Superliga seasons for Odense, before the club was relegated to the secondary Danish 1st Division. He played one season for Odense in the 1st Division before moving on in the summer 1999.
He moved to French club Toulouse FC in the second-best French league. Ekelund helped Toulouse win promotion for the top-flight Ligue 1 championship, but the manager was fired and Ekelund left the club. During a training session while on trial with English club Bolton Wanderers in the second-tier Football League First Division, Ekelund suffered an injury which forced him out of the game for three months. When he recovered, Ekelund signed with English team Walsall in the third-tier Football League Second Division in December 2000, to play under manager Ray Graydon who Ekelund knew as a coach from his time at Southampton. Ekelund played nine league games for Walsall, scoring once against Bournemouth.[ He was offered a new contract by Graydon, but decided to leave Europe in 2001.
In April 2001, Ekelund transferred to US club San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer, who competed with Colorado Rapids for Ekelund’s signature. Ekelund suffered a knee injury in his first season at Earthquakes, but recovered and soon became ever-present in the starting lineup. With great passing skill and leadership qualities, Ekelund helped the team win the 2001 MLS Cup in his first Earthquakes season. In the following season, Ekelund was named in the 2002 MLS Best XI selection. In 2003, he helped the Earthquakes win the MLS Cup once more, as he scored in the 4-2 win against Chicago Fire. In 2004, the Earthquakes management team changed, and Ekelund was deemed surplus to requirements. In four seasons with San Jose, Ekelund scored 11 goals (five of them penalty kicks) and made 16 assists in the regular season. He also scored a goal and made four assists in the playoffs.
He left the team after the 2004 MLS season, and made the move to indoor soccer in 2005 joining the California Cougars, coached by his good friend and former teammate Troy Dayak. During the 2005-06 season, Ekelund offered his experience to Southampton as a coaching staff member unsuccessfully. He joined the coaching staff of the Earthquakes in 2008 as Technical Advisor, helping with the day-to-day training of the team.


Years                       Team                                  games       goals
1988–1992               Brøndby                                   ?             ?

1992–1994               Barcelona B                            66             10

1992–1994              Barcelona                                  1               0           

1994–1995    loan    Southampton                           17              5

1995–1996    loan    Manchester City                        4              0

1996            loan      Coventry City                           0              0

1996            loan      Lyngby                                    4              0

1996–1999              Odense Boldklub                       ?              ?

1999–2000              Toulouse                                    ?              ?

2000–2001              Walsall                                       9              1

2001–2004              San Jose Earthquakes                91            11

2005–2006              California Cougars                      22            11

National team
1987–1989             Denmark u-17                              23            10

1989–1991             Denmark u-19                               7              0

1990–1993             Denmark u-21                              21             3

Teams managed
2008–                   San Jose Earthquakes (Technical Advisor)


Walsall player 128. Alf Wheeler

Personal information
Full name Alfred James Wheeler
Date of birth April qtr. 1910
Place of birth Bilston, England

Date of death Not known
Playing position Inside-forward / centre-forward

Senior career
Years                     Team                                 Apps    (Gls)
1931–1932              Walsall                                  11      (3)
1932                         Mossley                                  ?       ?
1932–1933              Brentford                               1      (0)
1933–1934              Northampton Town            5      (1)
1934–1935              Southampton                      11      (6)
1935                         Barnsley                                 0       (0)
1935–1936              Norwich City                         0       (0)
1936                          Gillingham                            8       (3)

Alfred James “Alf” Wheeler (born 1910) was an English professional footballer who played as a forward for various clubs inthe Football League in the 1930s.
Wheeler was born in Bilston, near Wolverhampton and started his professional career with Walsall in the Football League Third Division North, for whom he scored three goals in eleven league appearances. After a spell in the Cheshire County League with Mossley, Wheeler joined Brentford, before joining Northampton Town for the 1933–34 season, in which he made five appearances, scoring once.
In July 1934, he joined Southampton of the Second Division, making his debut playing at inside-left at home to Port Vale on 27 August. He was in and out of the side for most of the season, with Arthur Holt the preferred inside-left. In November 1934, Wheeler played three matches at centre-forward in place of Norman Cole, scoring an “outstanding” hat-trick in the first 27 minutes of a 4–1 victory over Bradford City. A lack of consistency led to him being dropped in favour of new signing, Walter Pollard, and Wheeler was transfer listed at the end of the season.
In August 1935, he joined Barnsley for a fee of £100, and in October he moved on to Norwich City, but he never played first-team football for either club. In the summer of 1936, he joined his final league club, Gillingham, making a further eight league appearances, scoring three goals.

Walsall player 111. Derek Statham

Personal information
Full name Derek James Statham
Date of birth 24 March 1959 (age 57)
Place of birth Wolverhampton, England

Playing position Full-back

picture card by Paninni


West Bromwich Albion

Senior career
Years                          Team                                      Apps      (Gls)
1977–1987                West Bromwich Albion       373         (11)
1987–1989                Southampton                           64          (2)
1989–1991                Stoke City                                   49          (1)
1991–1993                 Walsall                                        58          (0)
1993–1994                Telford United                           34          (0)
                                     Total                                           488         (11)
National team
 1977–1982                  England U21                               6         (0)
1983                                England                                      3          (0)

Derek James Statham (born 24 March 1959) is a former English footballer who played at defensive left-back. He played for West Bromwich Albion (373), Southampton(64), Stoke City (49) and Walsall (58).
Statham won three international caps for England in 1983 under the management of Bobby Robson.
Statham was born in Wolverhampton and began his career with West Bromwich Albion where he earned a reputation as a solid, classy defender with excellent passing ability. He made over 330 league and cup appearances for West Brom, playing for several years alongside Bryan Robson and the ‘Three Degrees’ of Cyrille Regis, Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson in an impressive side assembled by Ron Atkinson. In total Statham spent 12 years at the Hawthorns making 373 appearances for the club, scoring 11 goals in all competitions.He helped Albion win the FA youth cup in 1976 and qualify for the UEFA Cup in 1978, 1979 and 1981.
Statham left West Brom for Southampton in 1987 the fee being in the region of £200,000, playing alongside a young Alan Shearer (in his first professional season) and Matthew Le Tissier, and was an immediate success winning the club’s player of the season award for 1987–88. He stayed at Southampton for the 1988–89 season before joining Stoke City (75,000 + £25,000 if he played 40 games) in August 1989. He played 21 times for Stoke in 1989–90 as the team suffered relegation to the Third Division. He played in 28 games in 1990–91 before being released at the end of the season.
He joined Walsall on a free transfer, where he played his final professional game in the 1992–93 season. His last team were semi-professional side Telford United in the English Football Conference, where he was a mainstay for the 1993–94 season.
In 2004 he was named as one of West Bromwich Albion’s 16 greatest ever players, in a poll organised as part of the club’s 125th anniversary celebrations.

Walsall player 103. George Bradburn

Personal information
Full name George Bradburn
Date of birth 1894
Place of birth Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England

Date of death 1975
Place of death Walsall, West Midlands, England

Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Centre-half

Senior career
Years                Team                              Apps           (Gls)
1914–1915         Walsall                                 0             (0)
1919–1922         Southampton                  34             (0)
1922–1923         Walsall                              12             (0)

Bradburn was born in Wolverhampton and was on the books of Walsall in the immediate pre-war period. During the war, he moved to Southern England and was employed at the Whitehead Torpedo Works in Weymouth, Dorset. He played in the Garrison League throughout the war and also made one guest appearance for Southampton in 1917.
At the end of the war, he returned to Walsall before signing for Southampton in May 1919. Described as a “strong, rugged centre-half”, Bradburn displaced Alec Campbell at centre-half on the restart of League football in 1919, making 28 appearances in the Southern League, before Campbell regained his place in March. Under manager Jimmy McIntyre Saints were admitted into Division 3 of the Football League in 1920; Campbell had by now been re-established as the first choice centre-half, with George Moorhead in reserve, and Bradburn spent the next two seasons mainly playing reserve-team football, only making six appearances for Southampton in the Football League.
In 1922, Bradburn was given a free transfer back to Walsall, for whom he made 12 appearances in the Football League Third Division North before his career came to an end.

Walsall player 82. Harry Wood

Full name Harry Wood
Date of birth 26 June 1868
Place of birth Walsall, England

Date of death 7 July 1951 (aged 83)
Place of death Portsmouth, England

Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Inside forward

Senior career
Years                            Team                                    Apps       (Gls)
                            Walsall Swifts                                      ?          ?
1887–1891        Wolverhampton Wanderers        60        (35)
1891                    Walsall                                                   ?           ?
1891–1898        Wolverhampton Wanderers       181        (74)
1898–1905        Southampton                                  158        (62)
National team
1890–1896         England                                               3         (1)
Harry Wood (26 June 1868 – 5 July 1951) was a professional footballer who played most of his career as an inside forward for Wolverhampton Wanderers and Southampton.
• Wood was born in Walsall and started his career with Walsall Swifts before moving to Wolverhampton Wanderers for the first time in 1887. In the following season, Wolves became one of the inaugural members of the Football League, finishing the season in third place. Wolves also reached the final of the FA Cup, losing to the league champions Preston North End. Wood was Wolves’ top scorer with thirteen goals from his seventeen league appearances. He was also Wolves’ top scorer in 1890–91 (jointly with Sammy Thomson) and 1892–93 (with 16 goals).
Wood remained with Wolves for the following two seasons, before returning to Walsall in the summer of 1891. His sojourn with Walsall was brief, however, and in November he returned to Wolves.
He remained with Wolves for a further seven seasons, during which he made two further appearances in FA Cup finals, being part of the winning team in 1893 (beating Everton 1–0), and losing 2–1 to Sheffield Wednesday in 1896. Whilst with Wolves, he made three appearances for England scoring once. Again he was Wolves’ top scorer in 1894–95 and 1895–96.
In the summer of 1898, Southampton’s trainer, Bill Dawson, was on a short holiday in Stoke when he read in a local paper that Wood had not yet renewed the terms of his contract with Wolves. Dawson tracked Wood down to a Walsall pub and eventually persuaded Wood to sign for the Saints, who had just claimed the Southern League championship for the second consecutive year.
According to Holley & Chalk’s The Alphabet of the Saints, “Harry Wood stands out as probably the most popular footballer to wear the Saints’ colours during the Southern League era.”.
In his first season at The Dell Wood was an ever-present making 24 appearances and scoring 16 goals as Saints took the Southern League championship for the third time. The following season, Saints only managed third place in the league, but reached the FA cup final for the first time in their history, beating three First Division clubs along the way. Unfortunately, the Cup Final was a great disappointment as Saints were swept aside 4–0 by Bury.
In the following season, 1900–01, Saints once again took the Southern League title, with Wood scoring 10 goals and Edgar Chadwick top-scorer with 14 goals. The 1901–02 season followed a similar pattern to 1899–00 with Saints finishing in third place and reaching their second FA Cup final, losing to Sheffield United after a replay.
In 1902–03, Saints won their sixth (and last) Southern League title with Wood only missing two games, scoring 12 goals. By now he was sharing the goal-scoring with John Fraser (15 goals), dab Fred Harrison (17 goals in only 13 games) and Joe Turner (14 goals).
Wood’s cunning passing earned him the nickname “the wolf” and for seven years he captained the Saints during their most successful era. In all, he made 180 appearances for the Saints, scoring 65 goals.
In his final season at The Dell, the Saints played a testimonial match for Woods against Aston Villa. The “gate” money raised was £106 5s 6d which was boosted by donations from the Southampton public to make a total benefit cheque of £250 5s.
Wood eventually left the Saints in May 1905 (aged 37), becoming a trainer with Portsmouth. After seven years at Fratton Park, he retired from football and became the licensee at the local Milton Arms public house.
His son Arthur Wood played for Southampton as a goalkeeper from 1914–1921. Harry Wood died at Portsmouth in July 1951, shortly after his 83rd birthday.

Walsall player 73. Ernest Steventon

 Ernest Steventon
Date of birth July qtr 1888
Place of birth Walsall, England

Date of death 23 November 1950 (aged 62)
Place of death Walsall, England

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

Senior career
Years                                     Team                             Apps            (Gls)
19??–19??                         Walsall
19??–1913                         Wednesbury Old Athletic
1913–1915                         Southampton                      44               (0)

War time Guest appearances for Blackpool

Ernest “Ernie” Steventon (1888 – 23 November 1950) was an English professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper forSouthampton in the years prior to World War I.
Steventon was born in Walsall in the West Midlands and after a spell with Walsall, then playing in the Birmingham & District League, he moved to local rivals Wednesbury Old Athletic. He soon acquired a reputation as “the best young goalkeeper in the Black Country”, which brought him to the attention of Southampton of the Southern League.
Steventon joined the “Saints” in May 1913, aged 24, and was initially in the shadow of veteran goalkeeper George Kitchen. He made his debut on 8 November 1913,  in a 2–2 draw with Crystal Palace atThe Dell taking over from Kitchen after a run of four defeats,,. Once he had established himself in the side, his agility and “safe pair of hands” quickly made the ‘keeper’s jersey his own, with Kitchen only making two further appearances.
Steventon made 25 league appearances in the 1913–14 season, but in 1914–15 he had to contest the goalkeeper’s position with Arthur Wood, both making 19 league appearances each. The outbreak of the First World War brought Steventon’s football career to a premature end, although he did make some guest appearances for Blackpool in 1917.
After the war, Steventon returned to his home town, and later became a director of Walsall Football Club.]

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.