Walsall's Northern Ireland Legion

Following on from the excellent thread on foreign players to have played for the Saddlers, as a Northern Ireland Saddler myself, I’ve tried to remember players who have graced the hallowed turf who have represented Northern Ireland at some level.

GK Trevor Wood 1994 69 apps
DF Ryan McGivern 2010 15 apps
DF Chris Baird 2003 10 apps
MF David Sloan 1973 49 apps
MF Danny Sonner 2002 30 apps
MF James McQuilkin 2013 9 apps
FW Will Grigg 2008 99 apps
FW Steve Jones 2009 43 apps
FW Kevin Wilson 1994 125 apps
FW Caolan Lavery 2019 27 apps
FW Joe Bambrick 1938 35 apps**

Subs (scraping the barrel here) ::

DF Johnathon Harkness 2004 2 apps
GK Allen McKnight 1991 8 apps

** Bambrick although well before my time is still a legend here as he still holds the record number of goals scored for a Home Nations player in an international (6 goals v Wales in 7-0 win in 1930.

It’s a pretty unbalanced side but at least there’s a bit of firepower.

Rory Holden is another one.

Good spot Pingu, completely forgot him, 3 N.Ireland U21 caps.

Now there was a keeper.
Always be a hero just for the home performance in the cup against Leeds in the 90’s.


A Northern Ireland scout watched Holden earlier in the season (September/ October time). I hope they have watched him since his form has drastically improved.

You would think he should be in or around the squad sooner rather than later. Probably needs a few more goals for it to happen.

Manager - Chris Nicholl
Goalkeeping coach - Maik Taylor

Reckon they must have about 150 full caps between them.

Good guess, Nicholl has 51, Taylor 88.
139 between them.

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