Walsall player 164. Kyle Lightbourne


Kyle Lightbourne (born 29 September 1968) is a former Bermudian footballer who played for Scarborough, Walsall,Coventry City, Fulham, Stoke City, Swindon Town, Cardiff City, Macclesfield Town and Hull City.
Lightbourne was born in Hamilton, Bermuda and played for PHC Zebras before moving to England to play forScarborough at the age of 23. He played 21 times for Scarborough before joining Walsall in September 1993. Lightbourne soon struck up a partnership with Kevin Wilson and the pair became prolific goalscorers and earned Walsall some success. He scored nine goals in 41 appearances in 1993–94 before scoring 27 goals in 1994–95 as Walsall gained promotion. He scored 24 goals in 1995–96 and 25 in 1995–96.
This earned him a lucrative move to Premier League side Coventry City for a fee of £500,000. However his chances atHighfield Road were limited and after making only seven appearances plus a loan spell at Fulham he moved to Stoke Cityin February 1998. He didn’t get off to the best of starts with Stoke as he struggled with illness and form as Stoke suffered relegation in 1997–98. He improved marginally in 1998–99 scoring eight goals in 38 matches.[1] In 1999–2000Lightbourne scored 10 goals in 52 appearances as Stoke reached the play-offs where they lost to Gillingham. He played in the 2000 Football League Trophy Final as Stoke beat Bristol City 2–1. In 2000–01 he found his chances of first team football restricted and made 28 appearances scoring five goals as well as spending time out on loan at Swindon Town and Cardiff City.
He was released by Stoke in the summer of 2001 and after an unsuccessful spell in Sweden with IFK Norrköping he played two seasons with Macclesfield Town and had a short loan spell at Hull City before returning to Bermuda.
In 2007, Lightbourne joined Shaun Goater as part of the management team of USL team Bermuda Hogges playing 200 minutes, over 6 games, without scoring.
Lightbourne’s international cricket career was less notable, consisting of 5 ICC Trophy games, during which he took 11 wickets at an average of 16.81.

Kyle

YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1992 PHC Zebras
1992–1993 Scarborough 19 (3)
1993–1997 Walsall 165 (65)
1997–1998 Coventry City 7 (0)
1998  Fulham (loan) 4 (2)
1998–2001 Stoke City 111 (21)
2001  Swindon Town (loan) 2 (0)
2001 Cardiff City (loan) 3 (0)
2001 IFK Norrköping 0 (0)
2001–2003 Macclesfield Town 73 (15)
2002  Hull City (loan) 4 (0)
2003–2007 PHC Zebras
2007–2009 Bermuda Hogges 12 (0)
2008  PHC Zebras (loan) 1 (1)
NATIONAL TEAM
1989–2004 Bermuda 40 (16)
TEAMS MANAGED Current  manager at Robin Hood.
Bermuda
2007–2009 Bermuda Hogges

FROM THE BERMUDA NEWS

Kyle Lightbourne Joins Walsall Backroom Staff

April 10, 2013

A former star striker with the UK club Walsall, Bermudian Kyle Lightbourne has joined the League One team’s backroom staff for the second time.

Mr. Lightbourne scored 65 goals in 165 appearances for Walsall Football Club during a four-year playing spell at the Bescot Stadium and is regarded as one of the best strikers in the clubs history.

Last season he joined the backroom staff on a temporary basis before leaving to return back to Bermuda.

It is reported at some sports websites that he may become manager Dean Smith’s number two in the coming months.

A one-time PHC Zebras striker, Mr. Lightbourne also played for Premier League side Coventry City and Stoke City during his professional football career in the UK.

He has been associated with the Bermuda Hogges football team since 2007.

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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 113. John Woodward


 John Woodward
Personal information
Full name John Woodward
Date of birth 16 January 1947 (age 69)
Place of birth Stoke-on-Trent, England

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Playing position Forward

Senior career
Years                   Team                                   Apps       (Gls)
1964–1966            Stoke City                            11         (1)
1966–1969            Aston Villa                          26         (7)
1969–1973            Walsall                                141        (23)
1973–1975             Port Vale                              99        (30)
1975–1977             Scunthorpe United           19         (5)
                                 Oostende                                 ?          ?
                                  Kidderminster Harriers    ?          ?
                                 Total                                   296+      (66+)

John Woodward (born 6 January 1947) is an English former footballer. A forward, he scored 66 goals in 269 league games in a 13-year career in the Football League. He played and scored in all four divisions of the Football League.
He began his career at Stoke City, before he was sold on to Aston Villa for a £30,000 fee in October 1966. He switched to Walsall three years later, before he joined Port Vale for a fee of £2,250 in February 1973. He finished as the club’s top-scorer in 1973–74, but suffered a loss of form and was allowed to join Scunthorpe United in May 1975. After two years with the “Iron” he had spells with Belgian club Oostende and Southern League side Kidderminster Harriers.
Woodward began his career with Stoke City, playing three First Division games in the 1964–65 season. He scored his first senior goal on 27 March 1965, in a 2–1 victory over Aston Villa at the Victoria Ground. He played six games without scoring in 1965–66, and made just two appearances in 1966–67. Aston Villa had been suitably impressed however to offer £30,000 for the striker’s services in October 1966, and “Potters” boss Tony Waddington gladly accepted the offer. He was signed to replace Tony Hateley, who had been sold to Chelsea.
The “Villans” suffered relegation in 1966–67, and could only finish 16th and 18th in the Second Division in 1967–68 and 1968–69. Woodward scored seven goals in 26 league games during a turbulent time at Villa Park, in which Dick Taylor, Tommy Cummings, and Tommy Docherty all had brief spells as manager.
He moved on to Bill Moore’s Walsall, who posted a 12th place finish in the Third Division in 1969–70. The “Saddlers” avoided relegation on goal difference in 1970–71, before rising to ninth in 1971–72. John Smith then took over at Fellows Park, and led the club to a 17th place finish in 1972–73. He scored 23 goals in 125 league games during his four-year spell at the club.
Woodward joined league rivals Port Vale for a fee of £2,250 in February 1973. He hit nine goals in 17 Third Division games in 1972–73, as Gordon Lee’s “Valiants” finished four places and four points shy of promotion. Woodward hit 18 goals in 48 appearances in 1973–74 to finish as the club’s top-scorer. However Lee resigned in January, and the club finished just one place above the relegation zone under new boss Roy Sproson. Under Sproson’s management there were numerous contract disputes, and Woodward was the first to get into such a dispute, and was placed on the transfer-list at his own request in July 1974. Sproson said “he is trying to hold us to ransom and we are not having that”. Woodward only hit five goals in 41 games in 1974–75, and was given a free transfer in May 1975.
He moved on to Fourth Division side Scunthorpe United for the 1975–76 campaign. The “Iron” avoided the re-election places on goal difference, and then finished one place and one point above the re-election zone in 1976–77 under the stewardship of Ron Ashman. Woodward then departed the Old Showground, and had a spell in Belgium with Oostende, before returning to England to play at Aggborough for Southern League side Kidderminster Harriers.

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

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Youth

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 104. Dave Beswick


Personal information
Full name David Beswick
Date of birth 18 June 1910
Place of birth Stoke-on-Trent, England

Date of death 1991 (aged 81)
Playing position Goalkeeper

Senior career
Years                     Team                           Apps             (Gls)
–                          Mount Pleasant
1929–1932            Stoke City                        9                 (0)
1933                     Walsall                                 1                 (0)

Beswick was born in Stoke-on-Trent and played for Mount Pleasant before joining Stoke City in 1929. He provided back up to Dick Williams, Norman Lewis and Roy John during a four year spell at the Victoria Ground. He played once in 1929–30 six times in 1930–31 and twice in 1932–33 before leaving for Walsall. He made just one appearance for the “Saddlers” which came in the Third Division North Cup.

Walsall player 98. Peter Bullock


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Personal information
Full name Peter Leonard Bullock
Date of birth 17 November 1941 (age 74)
Place of birth Stoke-on-Trent, England

Playing position Inside forward

Youth career
1957–1958 Stoke City

Senior career
Years                       Team                            Apps       (Gls)
1958–1962                Stoke City                       44          (13)
1962–1965                Birmingham City             27          (3)
1965                         Southend United            12           (2)
1965–1968                Colchester United           95          (33)
1968                         Exeter City                     14            (2)
1968                         Stafford Rangers            ?             (?)
1968–1969                Walsall                           l7             (0)
                                                  Total          199+           (53+)
Peter Leonard Bullock (born 17 November 1941) is an English former footballer who played as an inside forward. He scored 53 goals in 199 appearances in the Football League playing for Stoke City, Birmingham City, Southend United, Colchester United, Exeter City and Walsall.
Bullock was born in Stoke-on-Trent and began his career with Stoke City. He made his debut for Stoke in a 4–1 defeat away at Swansea Town on 19 April 1958 at the age of 16 years and 163 days becoming the club’s youngest player, he also scored Stoke’s goal thus becoming youngest goalscorer. He scored five goals in 13 appearances in 1958–59 but injury kept him out of the entire 1959–60 season. He returned to the side in 1960–61 under new manager Tony Waddington playing in 19 matches scoring five goals. He scored five goals again in 1961–62 and was sold to First Division Birmingham City for a fee of £10,000. He was never able to live up to his potential at Birmingham and after making 28 appearances in four years he left for Southend United.
Bullock didn’t stay long at Roots Hall quickly moving to local rivals Colchester United with whom he helped gain promotion from the Fourth Division in 1965–66. He scored 15 goals in 1966–67 as the “U’s” finished in 13th position, but relegation was suffered in 1967–68 and Bullock joined Exeter City in August 1968. He spent just three months at Exeter before returning to Staffordshire and played for non-league Stafford Rangers. He made a short return to professional football playing seven matches for Walsall before retiring.
Bullock comes from a footballing family. His elder brother Brian was an amateur with West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City, and younger brother Mickey had a long playing career before going into management. His son Simon played for Halifax Town while Mickey Bullock was manager there

Walsall player 97. Tommy Bowyer


Personal information
Full name Thomas William Bowyer
Date of birth 1902
Place of birth Stoke-upon-Trent, England

Date of death Unknown
Playing position Forward

Senior career
Years                         Team                                 Apps        (Gls)
1918–1919                  Stoke                                      3          (0)
1919–1920                  Clapton Orient                  21         (6)
1920–1921                  Gillingham                           0         (0)
1921–1922                  Walsall                                  34         (5)
Thomas William “Tommy” Bowyer (1902 – unknown) was an English footballer who played in the Football League for Clapton Orient, Gillingham, Stoke and Walsall.
Bowyer was born in Stoke-upon-Trent and joined Stoke during World War I. He played three times for Stoke in 1918–19 and once the War was over and League football resumed Bowyer decided to join Clapton Orient. He scored six goals in 22 for Orient in 1919–20 and he joined Gillingham for the 1920–21 season. But he never made an appearances for the “Gills” and went on to play for Walsall in 1921–22, scoring five goals in 40 matches.

There seems to be no further information as to whether he retired from football or moved elsewhere when he left Walsall or for that matter where he went or what he did……..