More of a possitive thread, some of the best that have played for us, and would walk into the side now, i will start with one of my alltime favorite the buck
Jean Francois Peron.
and what a player he was
Tony Richards, Albert McPherson, Colin Taylor, Ken Hodgkisson, Allan Clarke, Roy Faulkner, Gordon Chilvers, Bill Gutteridge, Tony Barras, Pedro Matias, Zigor Aranalde, (et al)
Wish we’d had him for longer. One of the most gifted and exquisite players I’ve seen play for us
Never saw him waste a pass. Didnt he used to fly back to Spain after every game then come back just before the next match?
Yes but i think the travelling got to much for him in the end
I started going to games in 2000/01 season so many of that team are like heroes to me. If I had to pick only say 3 I’d pick:
That’d be a good team to watch
Had a fairly quiet debut
Roger Boli the goal against man u earned him a place in Saddlers folklore
Joachim had some decent seasons in the premier league and also pretty much keep kept Walsall on his own in last 10 games of 04/05, just delayed things for a year.
In recent times Oztumer was class, averaging 15 goals a year plus decent amount of assists.
No way he may have been a great player for other clubs but apart from one game he was crap for us.
I am talking about Merson by the way in case of any misunderstanding
Andy Rammell, certainly not for his technical ability. But he dragged the team through many a big game, and absolutely terrorised defenders for 90 minutes.
In all my time watching WFC , I can’t ever remember a Walsall team ever looking so dangerous when putting balls into the box.
Scott Dann - class to watch
Jean ‘Jeff’ Peron - christ I wish he had been with us in one of our more successful seasons. Outstanding player.
Johnny Hodge - not always consistent, but great to watch his whippet runs.
Jimmy Walker - just a solid consistent keeper for us.
I just caught the tail end of Alan Buckleys career but even then as a young lad I could see how good he was, then I was lucky enough to witness the superb David ‘mini’ Preece. David Kelly became the darling of the terraces with his goalscoring and nous. Graeme Forbes was a rock who spilled plenty of blood in the name of walsall fc. Martin O’Connor was everything you want in a midfielder. In the modern era I always thought Neil Etheridge was the best walsall keeper I’ve seen although I get that Jimmy Walker was a legend.