Walsall player 183. Maurice Joseph John “Joe” Connor

Maurice Joseph John “Joe” Connor[ (26 September 1877 – 1934) was an Irish footballer who played as an inside right at both professional and international levels.
Maurice Joseph John Connor was born on 26 September 1877 in Philipstown, Ireland.
Connor played professionally in The Football League for West Bromwich Albion, Walsall, Bristol City, Woolwich Arsenal and Blackpool. Connor also played in the Southern League for Brentford, New Brompton, and Fulham, and in the Lancashire Combination for Colne. Connor also played in Scotland for Dundee Fereday and Gordon Highlanders and in Wales for Treharris Athletic.
Connor played at international level for Ireland, and participated at the 1903 British Home Championship.



YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
Dundee Fereday ? (?)
Gordon Highlanders ? (?)
1898–1899 West Bromwich Albion 10 (0)
1899–1901 Walsall 48 (14)
1901–1902 Bristol City 25 (8)
1902 Woolwich Arsenal 14 (2)
1902–1903 Brentford 11 (3)
1903–1904 New Brompton 4 (0)
1904–1905 Fulham 11 (1)
1905 Colne ? (?)
1905 Blackpool 0 (0)
Treharris Athletic ? (?)
TOTAL 124 (28)
1903–1904 Ireland 3 (1)

Walsall player 180. Eddie Cameron.

• Edward S. “Eddie” Cameron (1895 – after 1933) was a Scottish professional footballer who made 139 appearances in the Football League playing for Birmingham, Walsall, Nelson and Exeter City. He played as a forward.
Cameron was born in Glasgow. He began his football career with Clydebank for moving to England to sign for Birmingham in July 1921. Cameron, described as “a burly Scot … never a great goal scorer, but a player who ’employed direct methods’”, made his debut in the First Division on 29 August 1921 in a 2–1 win away at Chelsea. He played five more times, scoring once, but was allowed to leave for Walsall at the end of the 1921–22 season. He played regularly for the club for a little less than two years, then moved up to Nelson of the Second Division in March 1922. Unable to prevent their relegation that season, he contributed to their immediate promotion back to the Second Division in 1924–25.
• In 1926 he joined Stafford Rangers, where his prolific goalscoring helped them to the championship of the Birmingham & District League in the 1926–27 season, and helped him earn a return to the Football League with Exeter City. He scored nine goals from 24 Third Division South games – completing his set of all four Football League divisions played in – before an unsuccessful trial at former club Nelson preceded a return to Stafford Rangers and a runners-up medal in the 1929–30 season. He then won his second Birmingham & District League title, this time with Cradley Heath, and scored goals for Hednesford Town, before finishing off his career with yet another return to Stafford Rangers.


YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
1919–1921 Clydebank ? (?)
1921–1922 Birmingham 6 (1)
1922–1924 Walsall 63 (4)
1924–1925 Nelson 46 (10)
1925–1928 Stafford Rangers ? (?)
1928–1929 Exeter City 24 (9)
1929 Nelson 0 (0)
1929–1931 Stafford Rangers ? (?)
1931–1933 Cradley Heath ? (?)
1933–1934 Hednesford Town ? (?)
1934–193X Stafford Rangers ? (?)

Walsall player 177. Tom Brownlee

Thomas C ‘Tom’ Brownlee (born 21 May 1935 in Carnwath, Scotland) was a Scottish professional footballer. He was a centre forward.
Brownlee’s career started at Broxburn Athletic before he moved to England, with Walsall. His career then took him to York City, Workington in an exchange deal with Gus Alexander, non-league Netherfield and Bradford City, where he was the club’s top goal-scorer in 1964–65 scoring 14 goals in just 18 games. After just seven games the following season he returned to Netherfield

YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
Broxburn Athletic
1957–1958 Walsall 30 (14)
1958–1959 York City 9 (2)
1959–1961 Workington 25 (2)
1961–1964 Netherfield   76+ ?
1964–1966 Bradford City 25 (15)
Netherfield  ?  ?

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Walsall player 173. Tom Bennett

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Thomas McNeill “Tom” Bennett (born 12 December 1969 in Bo’ness, near Falkirk) is a Scottish former footballer.
Bennett joined Aston Villa on schoolboy forms aged 14, and was given a professional contract in 1987. However, he remained on their books as a senior pro for just one season before being released without making a first team appearance in July 1988. He joined fellow Midlanders Wolverhampton Wanderers the following day and made his league debut on 10 January 1989 as a substitute in a 2-0 win against Cardiff. He made the vast majority of his Wolves appearances between 1990-1992 (in the second tier), and from then onward made only sporadic first team outings. He was eventually sold in June 1995 to Stockport County for £75,000. At Edgeley Park, he quickly became a first choice player and was part of the team that won promotion from the Second Division in 1996/97, a season which also saw them reach the League Cup semi-finals. Here, he played in his preferred midfield role rather than the full-back position he had usually occupied with his previous club. His career at County was interrupted by a broken leg sustained at Birmingham in January 1998. This injury ended his status as an automatic choice and he made just 17 further appearances for the club over the following two seasons. After 146 appearances in total, he left Stockport for Walsall in July 2000, after previously having had two loan spells with them. He became their captain and helped them gain promotion to the First Division via the play-offs in his first full season, beating Reading in the final. He was a virtual ever-present in their first season back in the second flight, but departed at its conclusion for Boston United.
He played in Boston’s inaugural season in the Football League, but left midway through their second season for fellow League Two side Kidderminster Harriers. However, Harriers were relegated from the league at the season’s end and Bennett returned to his native Scotland with Hamilton Academical. His return proved short-lived though as he managed just three games in all before injury called time on his playing career.
Since leaving football, he joined a rock band as vocalist in the Stockport-based “Fracture” Here is the information from Fratures page on the internet..

Fracture  were first formed by Rodger Wylde and Tom Bennett and their first official gig was on Friday 20th November 1998 in an attempt to raise money for Children in Need. Initially the duo were only going to ʻbuskʼ in the city of Manchester to raise some money for the charity but also, I seem to remember, it was a bit of ʻegoʼ trip to realise the pent up rock star dreams the pair always held!

As news spread of the musical event, plans changed and the line up grew. Music teacher and County fan, John Gerhity, came in on bass guitar, ex-player Brian Croft played drums alongside rhythm guitarist / singer Rodger and lead guitarist / singer Tom.

The concert was held in Countyʼs banqueting suite with 300 tickets being sold raising over £1,000 for the charity. A Dvd was made of the original Fracture gig and Tom has still yet to see the event. Rodger has the only copy of the evenings proceedings which may become available to purchase! It is very funy, interesting and, musically, surprising on some songs given the number of songs crammed in to only 4 weeks rehearsals!!

The name Fracture was chosen as the band name because of the fact that Tom had just recovered from a broken leg, so it seemed appropriate, short and catchy.

Over the next twelve years the Fracture line up changed a few times with the addition of club doctor, Steven Greenhough, coming in on bass guitar and is still a member to this day. At one point Pete Collins, a County fan, came in on lead guitar to free main lead singer Tom Bennett up from the constraints of guitar playing while singing.

The next few years saw turmoil in the ranks of Fracture, ex-County pro James Flood became the bands lead singer for a while, mainly because he could actually sing! But, after going AWOL before a gig, leaving the band ʻhigh and dryʼ on the night, Floody was quickly ʻbinnedʼ, never to return! Pete Collins left due to transportation problems – he couldʼnt carry his guitar on his motorbike! A similar fate to Floodyʼs ʻno showʼ awaited Brian Croft on drums but this ʻsackingʼ lead to an unbelievable capture in 2007 on drums of Keith Chadwick.

Keith was an original member of the 90ʼs Manchester Indie band Northern Uproar who had 3 top ten CDʼs and at one point toured with Oasis!

Fracture, in 2006, played a small gig in Rodgerʼs home town of Sheffield and Keith, who was affectionately know as ʻMooneyʼ after Keith Moon of The Who, was jokingly heard to say as the band had finished their sound check, ʻthe last gig I played in Sheffield was at the Area in front of 10,000 people! How times change!ʼ

Collinsʼ departure saw the enrollment to the band of a work colleague of the Docʼs who could play lead guitar Dave ?. Wow and how he could play! Dave was like was like Jimi Hendrix and vastly broadened the repertoire of the band. As Tom and I said to each other when Dave had auditioned and agreed to join Fracture, ʻsurrounding ourselves all these good musicians really took the focus from the two of us and make us look miles better than we really were!!ʼ

Mooney was a Fracture regular for three years before his job took him to the east coast of England and he was no longer able to rehearse. Dave move on to a new band that paid him – fair enough – was not the kudos of being in Fracture reward enough?!! Oh well.

It is common knowledge that all bands have their internal differences and Fracture were no exception. Tom and ʻthe Docʼ, Steve, were constantly at each others throats because Tom rarely practiced his chords for the few songs he had to know while Rodger sang. Tom was often heard to say, at rehearsals before a song started that he was playing guitar on, ʻwhat are the chords to this one?ʻ This infuriated Steve immensely and many an argument had to be calmed down by the the diplomatic Rodger who managed to hold the peace on many occasion.

It was a sad day, however, when Tom decided to ʻcall it a dayʼ with Fracture and he left. It was at this point that the band were in a state of flux with a few guests appearing to sing with Rodger who was now fronting the band. At his own admittance he was not the greatest singer in the world but he could rival Farhouk Bulsara (Freddie Mercury) as a front man!! Former player Leon McSweeney aided and abetted Rodger as lead singer at one gig, soon after Tomʼs departure. And, on another occasion, ex X Factor finalist Carolyn Poole (wife of ex-County player David) duetted with Rodger at one gig performing ʻMustang Sallyʻ with the pair dancing seductively during the mid song guitar solo!! Rodger was quoted as saying, in the post gig press conference referring to the dance, “I thought Iʼd died and gone to heaven!”

In Fractureʼs last gig the line up was Rodger Wylde – lead singer, Steve ʻThe Docʼ Greenhough – bass, Daniel OʼDonnell – drums, David Poole – rhythm guitar, James Vincent – lead guitar and guest vocalist Phil Brennan.

At the moment Fracture is in a transitional period, so wait and see what the next line up will be for Rodgerʼs 2013 25th Year Testimonial Tour!


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1984–1987 Aston Villa
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1988 Aston Villa 0 (0)
1988–1995 Wolverhampton Wanderers 115 (2)
1995–2000 Stockport County 110 (5)
1999–2000  Walsall (loan) 4 (1)
2000  Walsall (loan) 7 (2)
2000–2002 Walsall 78 (5)
2002–2004 Boston United 79 (1)
2004–2005 Kidderminster Harriers 24 (0)
2005 Hamilton Academical 1 (0)

Walsall player 172. Joe Bambrick

• Joseph Gardiner Absolom “Joe” Bambrick, (3 November 1905 – 13 October 1983), was an Irish footballer who played for Chelsea, Walsall, Glentoran, and Linfield.
• Bambrick scored 12 goals in 11 games for Ireland, including six in one game against Wales.
• A former gas worker of medium build, he was a prolific goalscorer, adept at getting into good scoring positions and athletic enough to make the final touch count. “Head, heel or toe, Slip it to Joe” became a famous catch-phrase when referring to him. His scoring of six goals for Ireland v Wales at Celtic Park on 1 February 1930 in a 7–0 win, still remains the record score for a British Isles player in an international fixture.
• Bambrick scored Chelsea’s goal in their highest-attended competitive match at their ground Stamford Bridge. A crowd of 82,905 watched the 1-1 draw with local rivals Arsenal on 12 October 1935.

Joe is one of few footballers who get blue placques on their home, but on thewall of the house he lived in. is one commemorating him hitting two hatricks in one game.

Joe Bambrick JBPlacque


YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
1926–1927 Glentoran 22 (28)
1927–1935 Linfield 183 (286)
1935–1938 Chelsea 59 (34)
1938–1939 Walsall 35 (15)
TOTAL 299 (364)
1928–1938 Ireland (IFA) 11 (12)
1927–1932 Irish League XI 12 (9)

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.

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

Walsall player 165. Part 2.

Veteran Whitecap Lyall retires

Vancouver Whitecaps News Release – www.whitecapsfc.com

Monday, November 2, 2009

VANCOUVER, BC — Vancouver Whitecaps FC defender Geordie Lyall announced his retirement from professional soccer.

“It has been a privilege to be a part of the Whitecaps organization for the past 11 years,” said Lyall. “I’ve been very fortunate to have played my career in such an amazing city. The players I played with, the championships we won, and the fans that supported us, will never be forgotten.”

(Josh Devins)

Lyall leaves the professional game after 11 straight seasons with the club, having first seen action with the Blue and White during the 1999 campaign. The speedy fullback is ranked 15th on the Whitecaps all-time appearance list with 193 matches played and 12th all-time in minutes played for the club with 14,969. Born in Toronto, Ontario, the native of Victoria, BC, also scored five goals and added five assists during his Whitecaps career.

The defender won both the 2006 and 2008 United Soccer Leagues First Division (USL-1) championship titles as a member of the Whitecaps, with 2006 proving to be his best season with the club. Lyall’s efforts that year earned him a spot in the USL-1 All-League First Team and a nomination for the league’s Defender of the Year award.

“Geordie was a dedicated member of our club,” said Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi. “As his one big asset was speed, Geordie demonstrated over the years that he had attacking qualities, while also proving to be one of the most difficult defenders for opposition players to beat. On top of that, Geordie is a solid individual that was always a good team player. We’re fortunate that he was with us for 11 seasons and wish him well in his future endeavours.”

Before joining the Whitecaps, Lyall was a standout in Canadian Interuniversity Sport men’s soccer with the University of Victoria Vikes. He also spent part of the 2006-07 English Football League Two season with Walsall FC and had a short spell in professional indoor soccer with former National Professional Soccer League club Edmonton Drillers in 2000-01. In December 2003, Lyall was a member of the Canadian Futsal national team that claimed a bronze medal in a four-nation tournament in Anaheim, California.


Geordie Lyall Retires: Another Great Departs

November 2, 2009 at 5:34 am | Posted in Whitecaps Season 2009 | Leave a comment

Another great gone!!!  The turnover at the Whitecaps over the last 12 months has been tough to take, especially when those who have left have been the ones carrying the biggest burden for the Whitecaps for years and years.

When we name the long time players that have left, they really have been the heart and soul of the Whitecaps: Valente, Jordan, Clarke, Kindel.  Lyall was perhaps the longest serving of them all, and not the least important. Geordie was a joy to watch over the years with his fantastic speed and strength.   What made him the complete player was his character, which was impeccable.  He gave his all for the Whitecaps and 86ers jerseys, and never pulled out of a tackle.  When you consider these guys are not paid big amounts of money and are playing for the love of the game, it really is a credit to them that they play so hard.

I missed one of Geordie’s best moments: a goal scored against Romario’s Miami FC back in what was the Quarter Final in 2006.   I was out of town.  An ecstatic Geordie jumped into the spot where I usually stand and nearly knocked my dad over!

Geordie struggled all this year for fitness due to back injuries that have plagued him.   Perhaps the struggle for fitness became too much, or perhaps it was just time to move on.

In any event, words can’t express the gratitude the fans feel for a guy like Geordie.  Geordie was key in bringing us two USL-1 Championships. He was a real fan favourite who enjoyed the respect and admiration of all.  In the years we watched him play I never heard one word of criticism about him from any of my fellow fans.   I certainly never found fault with anything he did.

I hope Geordie comes to future matches so we can see him and thank him in person.  We love you Geordie!   All the best in the future and thanks for the memories.