Walsall player 106. Billy Cook


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Personal information
Full name William Charles Crook
Date of birth 7 June 1926
Place of birth Wolverhampton, England

Date of death 29 May 2011 (aged 84)
Playing position Wing half

Youth career
Boulton & Paul’s
1940–1943 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Senior career
Years                Team                                                     Apps    (Gls)
1943–1954         Wolverhampton Wanderers            196     (2)
1954–1956         Walsall                                                     45     (2)
1956–1960         Wellington Town                                  –      (-)

William Charles “Billy” Crook (7 June 1926 – 29 May 2011) was an English footballer who spent the majority of his playing career at Wolverhampton Wanderers, with whom he won the 1949 FA Cup.
Crook first joined Wolverhampton Wanderers in August 1940 aged 14, eventually signed professional forms three years later. He made his debut in a League War Cup tie on 10 January 1942 against Blackpool, en route to lifting the trophy. He made 121 wartime appearances for the club in total, as well as guesting for Aldershot and Chelsea.
He became a regular first team player when league football recommenced in 1946, and held his place over the next six seasons. He was part of the team that lifted the FA Cup in 1949, beating Leicester City 3-1 at Wembley. However, Crook lost his place in the 1952–53 season to Ron Flowers and left for Walsall in October 1954.
He spent two seasons in the Third Division with the Saddlers then dropped into the non-league with Wellington Town before retiring in 1960 aged 34.
After giving up the game, he worked as a structural draughtsman for an engineering company in Darlaston, a role he had already held part-time during his playing days

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Walsall player 87. Johnny Hancock


Personal information
Date of birth 30 April 1919
Place of birth Oakengates, England

Date of death 19 February 1994 (aged 74)
Place of death Oakengates, England

Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Playing position Right wing

Youth career
Wrekin Schools
– Oakengates Town
Senior career
Years                             Team                                        Apps              (Gls)
1938–1939                    Walsall                                       30                   (9)
1946–1957              Wolverhampton Wanderers    343              (158)
1957–1959               Wellington Town                             ?                (?)
1960                       Cambridge United                               ?                (?)
National team
1948–1950               England                                               3               (2)
Teams managed
1957–1959               Wellington Town        (player/manager)
Johnny Hancocks (30 April 1919 – 19 February 1994) was an English footballer, most associated with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Jonny Hancocks
A diminutive figure, standing just 5′ 4″ with size 3 boots, Hancocks played in the Wrekin Schools team before making his debut for hometown club Oakengates Town in the Birmingham League, aged just 15. In October 1938, he turned professional with Walsall of the Third Division South and played a full season of league football there.
The outbreak of World War II halted his football career, as he joined the army in 1940 and became a physical training instructor. He did, however, manage to make several appearances for the army in representative games and also guested for Wrexham and Shrewsbury Town.
With the resumption of league football, Hancocks was signed by First Division side Wolverhampton Wanderers on 11 May 1946 for £4,000, making his debut on 31 August 1946 in a 6-1 thrashing of Arsenal. He claimed his first goal for the club in another 6-1 victory on 12 October, against Huddersfield Town, and added 9 more in his debut season. The following season he was even more prolific, finishing as joint top scorer (alongside Jesse Pye) with 16.
Such form won him a call-up to the England team. He made his international debut on 2 December 1948 in a 6-0 hammering of Switzerland at Highbury, during which Hancocks scored twice. Despite his goal scoring debut, the likes of Stanley Matthews and Tom Finney saw him overlooked until October 1949 for his next cap (against Wales), and he subsequently managed only one more cap (against Yugoslavia in November 1950). He deserved to have earned more caps than he did.
Although international acclaim eluded him, Hancocks enjoyed success at club level as his goals helped fire Wolves to their first league title in 1953/54. He also collected an FA Cup winners medal in 1949, playing in the 3-1 final win over Leicester City, and later scored in the subsequent Charity Shield draw with Portsmouth.
He finished as top goal scorer for the club in the 1954/55 and 1955/56 seasons. In total, Hancocks scored 168 goals for Wolves in 378 appearances, making him the fourth highest goal scorer in the club’s history. His tally of 158 top-flight goals is still a club record.
Despite his goals, he fell out of favour with manager Stan Cullis, and after the signing of Harry Hooper in 1956, he was relegated to the reserves. After a season out in the cold, he left the Molineux club to become player/manager of non-league Wellington Town in 1957.

He took up the managerial reins in September 1959, and left the club later that year. He finished the 1959/60 season with Cambridge United. The following season he spent spells at Oswestry Town then GKN Sankeys, before retiring in 1961, aged 42.
After his playing career ended, he worked at the iron founders Maddock & Sons in his native Oakengates, until taking retirement on his 60th birthday in 1979. He died on 19 February 1994 aged 74.

Walsall player 22 Moses Lane


Personal information
Full name Moses Alexander Edmund Lane
Date of birth 17 February 1895
Place of birth Willenhall, England

Date of death 14 July 1949 (aged 54)
Place of death Cannock, England

Playing position Centre forward / Inside forward

Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
19xx–1920 Willenhall ? (?)
1920–1921 Walsall 18 4
1921–1922 Willenhall ? (?)
1922–1924 Birmingham 15 (4)
1924–1925 Derby County 0 (0)
1925–1926 Wellington Town? (?)
1926–1927 Worcester City ? (29)
1927–1929 Walsall 57 (51)
1929–19xx Brierley Hill Alliance? (?)
– Netherton ? (?)
19xx–1933 Dudley Town ? (?)

Moses Alexander Edmund Lane (17 February 1895 – 14 July 1949) was an English professional footballer who was born in Willenhall, Staffordshire. During the First World War he served in France and Italy and was awarded the Military Medal.
He began his football career in junior football in the Black Country area with a team called Willenhall Pickwick in 1912-13 He served his country in the first world war and he served in France and Italywinning the Military Medal. Upon Demob he joined Willenhall town. He played for Walsall for the first time in the 1920-21 before joining Birmingham in April 1922.He made his debut in the First Division on 28 April 1923, in the penultimate game of the1922–23 season, playing at inside left in a 1–0 win at home to Burnley. He kept his place for the last game of the season, and for the first six games of the next, but the arrival of Ernie Islip and the form and fitness of Johnny Crosbie and Joe Bradford restricted his first-team opportunities. He spent the 1924–25 season with Derby County, but was unable to break into the league side,[and returned to non-league football with successively Wellington Town and Worcester City.
His performances for Worcester, for whom he scored 34 goals in all competitions in the1926–27 season,earned him a return to the Football League with Walsall of the Third Division South. Lane repaid them with 36 goals in all competitions in his first season,One more season at Walsall brought his goals tally up to 51 league goals from 57 appearances, and he finished off his career back in non-league with Brierley Hill Alliance, Netherton and Dudley Town. But this was due to the fact that he had an injury and was only able to play a single game in four months. Who knows how many games he would have scored for Walsall had they been able to hold on to him for a couple of seasons more? He finally hung his boots up forever in 1933.
He died in Cannock on 14th July 1949.

Lane died in Cannock, Staffordshire, in 1949 at the age of 54.

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!

Walsall player 12 Ron Crutchley


Full name Ronald Crutchley
Date of birth 20 June 1922
Place of birth Walsall, England

Date of death 1987
Playing position Wing half

Senior career
Years             Team                                Apps (Gls)
1945–50        Walsall                                 62    (4)
1950–54        Shrewsbury Town           146    (1)
1954–             Wellington Town (now Telford Utd)

Ronald “Ron” Crutchley (20 June 1922 – 1987) was born in Brownhills
Crutchley joined Walsall Football Club in 1945, where he gained a reputation as a “hard-working defensive wing-half” and he formed part of a middle line which contained Reg Foulkes and Albert ‘Nutty’Newman. He had a useful spell with Walsall and in the two seasons 1944-45 and 1945-46 he made 42 appearences. He was another player who sufferred with injuries while at Walsall, at one time it was thought that his career would be over but it cleared up,( luckily at Shrewsbury he had better luck)! After 62 appearances in four seasons, he joined Shrewsbury Town in 1950. In 1954 he left Shrewsbury and signed for Wellington Town.
After retiring from football he was a popular figure behind his stall in the Bull Ring Market in Birmingham, as well as working with his brother at Crutchleys of Walsall in Littleton Street, they dealt in toys and fancy goods.. He was married twice and had two sons he also had a daughter with a previous girlfriend . After retirement he attended as many matches as he could watching his beloved Saddlers.