Black Country derby

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Black Country derby
City or region Black Country
Teams involved West Bromwich Albion
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Walsall
First contested 20 January 1883
Most wins West Bromwich Albion

The Black Country derby is most commonly the local derby between the English football teams West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers.[1] The term 'Black Country derby' can also be given to a match between either of these teams and Walsall F.C though such matches are less common as a result of the teams' relative league positionings - as of 2013, Albion and Wolves have played only 14 and 15 competitive matches respectively against Walsall, compared to 160 games against each other. However, in the 2013-14 season Wolves and Walsall will face each other in Football League One while West Brom play in the Premier League. Albion fans historically consider the West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa derby a much bigger and more significant football derby to a game against Wolves[citation needed].

According to a survey by The Football Pools published in 2008, Albion versus Wolves is the most heated derby in English football.[2]

History[edit]

The derby is one of the oldest in the world, with both clubs founder members of the English Football league. The derby is one of the most passionately contested in the country, with both clubs being of similar size with similar fanbases. The game attracts large crowds at The Hawthorns and Molineux. The record attendance for the derby is 60,945, set on 4 March 1950 in a 1–1 draw at The Hawthorns. That same season 56,661 saw the two sides draw 1-1 at Molineux. Both stand today as record league attendances for both clubs. The first ever Black Country derby took place on 20 January 1883, when Albion won 4–2 in the third round of the Birmingham Senior Cup.[3] The teams first met in the FA Cup on 2 January 1886, when Albion won 3–1 en route to reaching the final. In all, there have been 159 Black Country Derbies, seeing 62 Albion wins, 53 Wolves wins and 44 draws. Albion's record victory against Wolves was an 8-0 away win in 1893, whilst Wolves' greatest victory was 7-0 at Molineux in 1963. The derby reached is zenith in the 1950s when both sides challenged at the top of English football when Wolves enjoyed League and Cup domination for a good deal of the 50's whilst Albion were also a strong side, renowned for their attacking flair. The derby has always been fierce although it is worth noting that for a long time Albion fans considered Aston Villa to be their main rivals. However, during the 1990s, when both sides were languishing in the second tier with just local pride to play for, Villa were in the top division, leading to a more heated rivalry surrounding the more common matches between the lower-tier sides. Most Albion fans now consider Wolves to be their greatest rivals whilst fans of Wolves have always considered Albion to be their main rivals.

The two teams have only ever met once in the final of any competition - the Charity Shield in 1954. At the time, Wolves, under manager Stan Cullis, were widely regarded one of the best teams in the world with their fast attacking style of play, whilst Albion were famed for their unique brand of attacking football. The game finished 4–4 in front of a Molineux crowd of 45,035. The scorers that night were Roy Swinbourne (2), Norman Deeley and Johnny Hancocks for Wolves and Ronnie Allen (3) and Reg Ryan for Albion. The previous season had seen Wolves pip Albion to the league title as the latter came close to completing the first 20th century English double, winning their fourth FA Cup. Albion had topped the table for the majority of the season but collapsed late on losing by four points 53-57. It is worth noting that Wolves beat Albion home and away that year, winning 1-0 both times, which proved crucial in the end.

The derby featured in the first 14 consecutive seasons of the Football League. However, the clubs once went 13 years without facing each other between 1911 and 1924 after West Brom were promoted from Division 2 while Wolves remained at that level for the intervening time. In the subsequent time, the derby has featured almost annually or with minor breaks, with the longest gap since occurring between April 1984 and October 1989.

Another major event in the rivalry between the two clubs was West Brom's promotion to the Premier League in 2001–02 season. With nine games of the season remaining for both clubs, Wolves were ten points ahead of West Brom[4] but gained only 10 more points compared to West Brom's 23[5] and West Brom clinched automatic promotion in second place on the final day of the season with a 2-0 win at home to Crystal Palace. Wolves were subsequently beaten in the play-offs by Norwich City.

The 2006–07 season saw the teams meet a record 5 times. West Brom took the first meeting with a 3-0 win at The Hawthorns. Wolves won in the return fixture at Molineux 1-0. The clubs also met in the FA Cup with West Brom winning 3-0 at Molineux - with a major riot following in the city centre as hundreds of fans clashed. 11 police officers were injured in the chaos.[citation needed] The other two matches were both won by West Brom, in the Championship Play-offs, sending them through to the final (4-2 on aggregate), which they lost to Derby.

Hooliganism has been a major problem in the derby since the 1960s and recent years have seen the police intervene more closely in the timing of the games. The fixture has not been staged at the traditional English kick-off time of 3pm on a Saturday since 1996, although this has also often been at the request of television. Friction between the two clubs' fanbases has also seen major restrictions on local pubs on match days.[6]

On 20 February 2011 the two sides met for the first time in the Premier League (the last top flight derby being in the First Division 27 years earlier) at the Hawthorns and the match ended 1-1 thanks to goals in either half from Jamie O'Hara and an injury time point saver from Carlos Vela, thus preventing a first away win for Wolves at Albion for 14 years.[7] Unfortunately this led to ugly scenes after the match with fans clashing, with a flare being thrown by Wolves fans and seats being thrown back by Albion fans. On 8 May 2011 at Molineux, in the return fixture of the 2010-11 Premier League season, Wolves claimed the bragging rights in a 3-1 win with goals from Steven Fletcher (2) and Adlene Guedioura cancelling out Peter Odemwingie's penalty. The victory was particularly crucial in helping Wolves survive.

On 16 October 2011, the sides met at The Hawthorns and West Brom reclaimed the bragging rights thanks to a 2-0 win, with goals in each half from Chris Brunt and Peter Odemwingie. The last derby to date occurred on 12 February 2012, West Brom humiliated Wolves by winning 5-1 away at Molineux. Striker Peter Odemwingie grabbed a hat-trick while former Wolves midfielder Keith Andrews and Jonas Olsson sealed the victory. Wolves manager Mick McCarthy was sacked the next day, after his team had picked up just 14 points from a possible 66, and Wolves were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season.

Honours[edit]

Wolves have won the league championship three times, compared to Albion's one title. Whilst Albion have won the FA Cup five times and Wolves have won four times, Wolves have won the League Cup twice and Albion have won it once. Albion have also won the Charity Shield (now titled the Community Shield) twice (once shared), with Wolves winning on four occasions (three shared). Wolves reached the UEFA Cup final in 1972 and have spent more time in European competitions than West Bromwich Albion. The two clubs shared the Charity Shield together in 1954. Wolves have recorded more victories against Albion than any other club (in Football League & FA Cup matches).[8] Albion have won all but one of the FA cup encounters between the two rivals.

List of derbies[edit]

Here is a list of all the Black Country derbies:

WBA v Wolves[edit]

Season League Results
2011–2012 Premier League WBA 2–0 Wolves (24,872)
Wolves 1–5 WBA (27,131)
2010–2011 Premier League Wolves 3–1 WBA (28,510)
WBA 1–1 Wolves (26,170)
2007–2008 Championship Wolves 0–1 WBA (27,883)
WBA 0–0 Wolves (27,493)
2006–2007 Championship Play-Off WBA 1–0 Wolves (27,415)
Wolves 2–3 WBA (27,750)
FA Cup Round 4 Wolves 0–3 WBA (28,107)
Championship Wolves 1–0 WBA (28,016)
WBA 3–0 Wolves (26,606)
2001–2002 Division One Wolves 0–1 WBA (27,515)
WBA 1–1 Wolves (26,143)
2000–2001 Division One Wolves 3–1 WBA (25,069)
WBA 1–0 Wolves (21,492)
1999–2000 Division One WBA 1–1 Wolves (21,097)
Wolves 1–1 WBA (25,500)
1998–1999 Division One Wolves 1–1 WBA (27,038)
WBA 2–0 Wolves (22,682)
1997–1998 Division One Wolves 0–1 WBA (28,244)
WBA 1–0 Wolves (22,511)
1996–1997 Division One Wolves 2–0 WBA (27,336)
WBA 2–4 Wolves (21,791)
1995–1996 Division One WBA 1–1 Wolves (21,658)
Wolves 1–1 WBA (26,329)
1994–1995 Division One WBA 2–0 Wolves (20,661)
Wolves 2–0 WBA (27,764)
1993–1994 Division One Wolves 1–2 WBA (28,039)
WBA 3–2 Wolves (26,615)
1990–1991 Division One Wolves 2–2 WBA (22,982)
WBA 1–1 Wolves (28,310)
1989–1990 Division One Wolves 2–1 WBA (24,475)
WBA 1–2 Wolves (21,316)
1983–1984 Division One Wolves 0–0 WBA (13,208)
WBA 1–3 Wolves (18,914)
1981–1982 Division One Wolves 1–2 WBA (19,813)
WBA 3–0 Wolves (23,329)
1980–1981 Division One Wolves 2–0 WBA (29,764)
WBA 1–1 Wolves (26,324)
1979–1980 Division One WBA 0–0 Wolves (30,843)
Wolves 0–0 WBA (32,564)
1978–1979 Division One WBA 1–1 Wolves (32,395)
Wolves 0–3 WBA (29,117)
1977–1978 Division One Wolves 1–1 WBA (29,757)
WBA 2–2 Wolves (31,359)
1972–1973 Division One Wolves 2–0 WBA (33,520)
WBA 1–0 Wolves (31,121)
1971–1972 Division One Wolves 0–1 WBA (30,319)
WBA 2–3 Wolves (37,696)
1970–1971 Division One WBA 2–4 Wolves (36,754)
Wolves 2–1 WBA (39,300)
1969–1970 Division One WBA 3–3 Wolves (37,819)
Wolves 1–0 WBA (39,832)
1968–1969 Division One Wolves 0–1 WBA (37,920)
WBA 0–0 Wolves (40,175)
1967–1968 Division One WBA 4–1 Wolves (44,573)
Wolves 3–3 WBA (52,438)
1964–1965 Division One Wolves 3–2 WBA (26,722)
WBA 5–1 Wolves (23,006)
1963–1964 Division One WBA 3–1 Wolves (19,839)
Wolves 0–0 WBA (37,338)
1962–1963 Division One WBA 2–2 Wolves (15,517)
Wolves 7–0 WBA (22,618)
1961–1962 FA Cup Round 4 Wolves 1–2 WBA (46,411)
Division One Wolves 1–5 WBA (20,558)
WBA 1–1 Wolves (24,778)
1960–1961 Division One WBA 2–1 Wolves (34,108)
Wolves 4–2 WBA (31,385)
1959–1960 Division One Wolves 3–1 WBA (49,791)
WBA 0–1 Wolves (48,739)
1958–1959 Division One Wolves 5–2 WBA (44,240)
WBA 2–1 Wolves (55,498)
1957–1958 Division One WBA 0–3 Wolves (56,904)
Wolves 1–1 WBA (55,618)
1956–1957 Division One Wolves 5–2 WBA (27,942)
WBA 1–1 Wolves (34,379)
1955–1956 FA Cup Round 3 Wolves 1–2 WBA (55,564)
Division One Wolves 3–2 WBA (31,068)
WBA 1–1 Wolves (50,306)
1954–1955 Charity Shield Wolves 4–4 WBA (45,035)
Division One WBA 1–0 Wolves (28,573)
Wolves 4–0 WBA (55,374)
1953–1954 Division One WBA 0–1 Wolves (58,884)
Wolves 1–0 WBA (56,590)
1952–1953 Division One Wolves 2–0 WBA (48,375)
WBA 1–1 Wolves (54,480)
1951–1952 Division One Wolves 1–4 WBA (48,940)
WBA 2–1 Wolves (36,429)
1950–1951 Division One WBA 3–2 Wolves (39,066)
Wolves 3–1 WBA (45,087)
1949–1950 Division One WBA 1–1 Wolves (60,945)
Wolves 1–1 WBA (56,661)
1948–1949 FA Cup Round 6 Wolves 1–0 WBA (55,684)
1937–1938 Division One Wolves 2–1 WBA (43,639)
WBA 2–2 Wolves (55,444)
1936–1937 Division One Wolves 5–2 WBA (28,486)
WBA 2–1 Wolves (33,962)
1935–1936 Division One Wolves 2–0 WBA (34,790)
WBA 2–1 Wolves (43,406)
1934–1935 Division One WBA 5–2 Wolves (31,494)
Wolves 3–2 WBA (35,386)
1933–1934 Division One WBA 2–0 Wolves (24,892)
Wolves 0–0 WBA (37,308)
1932–1933 Division One Wolves 3–3 WBA (34,534)
WBA 4–1 Wolves (31,068)
1930–1931 FA Cup Round 6 WBA 1–1 Wolves (52,385)
FA Cup Round 6 Replay Wolves 1–2 WBA (46,860)
Division Two Wolves 1–4 WBA (36,054)
WBA 2–1 Wolves (40,065)
1929–1930 Division Two WBA 7–3 Wolves (20,311)
Wolves 2–4 WBA (25,961)
1928–1929 Division Two Wolves 0–1 WBA (24,340)
WBA 0–2 Wolves (24,902)
1927–1928 Division Two WBA 4–0 Wolves (37,342)
Wolves 4–1 WBA (40,816)
1923–1924 FA Cup Round 3 WBA 1–1 Wolves (55,849)
FA Cup Round 3 Replay Wolves 0–2 WBA (40,083)
1910–1911 Division Two WBA 2–1 Wolves (26,303)
Wolves 2–3 WBA (18,500)
1909–1910 Division Two WBA 0–1 Wolves (24,899)
Wolves 3–1 WBA (24,000)
1908–1909 Division Two Wolves 0–1 WBA (20,000)
WBA 0–2 Wolves (30,600)
1907–1908 Division Two WBA 1–0 Wolves (30,026)
Wolves 1–2 WBA (24,000)
1906–1907 Division Two WBA 1–1 Wolves (28,000)
Wolves 0–3 WBA (25,000)
1903–1904 Division One WBA 1–2 Wolves (6,338)
Wolves 1–0 WBA (12,431)
1902–1903 Division One WBA 2–2 Wolves (26,081)
Wolves 1–2 WBA (14,072)
1900–1901 Division One WBA 1–2 Wolves (18,188)
Wolves 0–0 WBA (12,000)
1899–1900 Division One WBA 3–2 Wolves (6,680)
Wolves 2–0 WBA (10,089)
1898–1899 Division One Wolves 5–1 WBA (12,052)
WBA 1–2 Wolves (6,457)
1897–1898 Division One Wolves 1–1 WBA (8,100)
WBA 2–2 Wolves (11,750)
1896–1897 Division One Wolves 6–1 WBA (11,561)
WBA 1–0 Wolves (6,000)
1895–1896 Division One Wolves 1–2 WBA (8,114)
WBA 2–1 Wolves (3,000)
1894–1895 FA Cup Round 3 WBA 1–0 Wolves (20,977)
Division One Wolves 3–1 WBA (6,500)
WBA 5–1 Wolves (5,100)
1893–1894 Division One Wolves 0–8 WBA (8,000)
WBA 0–0 Wolves (10,000)
1892–1893 Division One Wolves 1–1 WBA (8,000)
WBA 2–1 Wolves (4,000)
1891–1892 Division One Wolves 2–1 WBA (7,200)
WBA 4–3 Wolves (10,000)
1890–1891 Division One Wolves 4–0 WBA (9,300)
WBA 0–1 Wolves (4,300)
1889–1890 Division One Wolves 1–1 WBA (8,500)
WBA 1–4 Wolves (5,550)
1888–1889 Division One WBA 1–3 Wolves (4,000)
Wolves 2–1 WBA (8,600)
1887–1888 FA Cup Round 3 WBA 2–0 Wolves (7,429)
1885–1886 FA Cup Round 4 WBA 3–1 Wolves (5,196)

Statistics[edit]

West Brom wins Draws Wolves wins
League 54 40 52
Play-Offs 2 0 0
FA Cup 8 2 1
Charity Shield 0 1 0
Total 64 43 53

Managers[edit]

Years West Bromwich Albion manager P WBA D WW Wolverhampton Wanderers manager
1885–90 none 6 2 1 3 England Jack Addenbrooke
1890–92 England Louis Ford 4 1 0 3
1892–94 England Henry Jackson 4 2 2 0
1894–95 England Edward Stephenson 3 2 0 1
1895–96 England Clement Keys 2 2 0 0
1896–02 England Frank Heaven 10 2 3 5
1902–22 England Fred Everiss 14 7 2 5
1922–24 2 1 1 0 England George Jobey
1927–44 22 12 4 6 England Frank Buckley
1948–52 Wales Jack Smith 7 3 2 2 England Stan Cullis
1952–53 England Jesse Carver 1 0 1 0
1953–59 England Vic Buckingham 15 3 4 8
1959–61 England Gordon Clark 4 1 0 3
1961–63 Scotland Archie Macaulay 4 2 1 1
1963–64 England Jimmy Hagan 3 1 2 0
1964–65 2 1 0 1 Scotland Andy Beattie
1967–68 England Alan Ashman 3 1 2 0 England Ronnie Allen
1968–71 5 1 1 3 England Bill McGarry
1971–75 England Don Howe 4 2 0 2
1977 England Ronnie Allen 1 0 1 0 England Sammy Chung
1978 England Ron Atkinson 1 0 1 0
1978–81 6 1 4 1 England John Barnwell
1981–82 England Ronnie Allen 1 1 0 0
1982 1 1 0 0 England Ian Greaves
1982–84 Scotland Ron Wylie 1 0 0 1 England Graham Hawkins
1984 Republic of Ireland Johnny Giles 1 0 1 0
1988–91 England Brian Talbot 3 0 1 2 England Graham Turner
1991–92 England Bobby Gould 1 0 1 0
1993–94 England Keith Burkinshaw 2 2 0 0
1994 1 0 0 1 England Graham Taylor
1994–95 England Alan Buckley 2 1 1 0
1995–97 3 0 1 2 Scotland Mark McGhee
1997 England Ray Harford 1 1 0 0
1997–98 England Denis Smith 2 2 0 0
1998–99 1 0 1 0 England Colin Lee
1999–00 England Brian Little 2 0 2 0
2000 England Gary Megson 1 1 0 0
2001–04 3 1 1 1 England Dave Jones
2006–09 England Tony Mowbray 7 5 1 1 Republic of Ireland Mick McCarthy
2011–12 England Roy Hodgson 4 2 1 1

Walsall v WBA[edit]

Season League Results
2003-2004 Division One Walsall 4-1 WBA
WBA 2-0 Walsall
2001-2002 Division One Walsall 2-1 WBA
WBA 1-0 Walsall
1999-2000 Division One WBA 0-1 Walsall
Walsall 2-1 WBA
1992-1993 Football League Trophy Round 1 WBA 4-0 Walsall
1988-1989 Division Two WBA 0-0 Walsall
Walsall 0-0 WBA
1987-1988 League Cup Round 1 WBA 2-3 Walsall
Walsall 0-0 WBA
1965-1966 League Cup Round 2 WBA 3-1 Walsall
1899-1900 FA Cup Round 1 Walsall 1-1 WBA
FA Cup Round 1 Replay WBA 6-1 Walsall

Statistics[edit]

Walsall wins Draws West Brom wins
League 4 2 2
FA Cup 0 1 1
League Cup 1 1 1
Football League Trophy 0 0 1
Total 5 4 5

Managers[edit]

Years Walsall manager P Wal D WBA West Bromwich Albion manager
1899–01 England Louis Ford 2 0 1 1 England Frank Heaven
1964–67 England Ray Shaw 1 0 0 1 England Jimmy Hagan
1986–87 Scotland Tommy Coakley 2 1 1 0 England Ron Saunders
1987–88 1 0 1 0 England Ron Atkinson
1989–90 Republic of Ireland John Barnwell 1 0 1 0 England Brian Talbot
1992–93 England Kenny Hibbitt 1 0 0 1 Argentina Osvaldo Ardiles
1999–00 England Ray Graydon 1 1 0 0 England Brian Little
2000–02 3 2 0 1 England Gary Megson
2002–04 England Colin Lee 2 1 0 1

Walsall v Wolves[edit]

Season League Results
2013-2014 League One Walsall 0-3 Wolves
Wolves 0-1 Walsall
Football League Trophy Round 1 Wolves 2-2 Walsall (4-2 pen)
2002-2003 Division One Wolves 3-1 Walsall
Walsall 0-1 Wolves
2001-2002 Division One Walsall 0-3 Wolves
Wolves 3-0 Walsall
1999-2000 Division One Wolves 1-2 Walsall
Walsall 1-1 Wolves
1985-1986 Division Three Wolves 0-0 Walsall
Walsall 1-1 Wolves
League Cup Round 1 Walsall 1-1 Wolves
Wolves 0-1 Walsall
1923-1924 Division Three North Wolves 0-0 Walsall
Walsall 2-1 Wolves
1888-1889 FA Cup Round 2 Wolves 6-1 Walsall

Statistics[edit]

Walsall wins Draws Wolves wins
League 3 4 5
FA Cup 0 0 1
League Cup 1 1 0
Football League Trophy 0 1 0
Total 4 6 6

Managers[edit]

Years Walsall manager P Wal D WW Wolverhampton Wanderers manager
1888–91 England H. Smallwood 1 0 0 1 England Jack Addenbrooke
1922–24 England Joe Burchell 2 1 1 0 England George Jobey
1985 England Alan Buckley 3 1 2 0 England Bill McGarry
1985–86 1 0 1 0 Northern Ireland Sammy Chapman
1998–00 England Ray Graydon 2 1 1 0 England Colin Lee
2001–02 1 0 0 1 England Dave Jones
2002–04 England Colin Lee 3 0 0 3
2013– England Dean Smith 3 1 1 1 Wales Kenny Jackett

Players who have represented multiple clubs[edit]

WBA and Wolves[edit]

The following footballers have played for both West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers:

The most notable of these is Steve Bull. As an Albion player he played just 5 games, with 3 goals, but was sold by manager Ron Saunders to Wolves, then in desperate straights in the fourth division. Steve Bull went on to become Wolverhampton's record goalscorer.

Walsall and WBA[edit]

  • England William Adams began his career at WBA in 1924 before moving to Walsall in 1925, where he finished his career in 1927.
  • England Gilbert Alsop made over 150 appearances for Walsall between 1931 and 1935 before moving to WBA, where he stayed until 1937. He eventually returned to Walsall in 1938, making a further 100 or so appearances during the war before finally retiring in 1948.
  • England Colin Anderson made almost 150 appearances for WBA between 1985 and 1991 before joining Walsall for one season.
  • England Brett Angell joined WBA on loan from Sunderland in 1996. Later in his career he played for Walsall between 2000 and 2002.
  • England Harry Aston began his career with WBA in 1904 and moved to Walsall in 1905. He left the Saddlers in 1907.
  • England Dave Barnett joined WBA in 1989 and left to join Walsall a year later. However he left after less than four months to join Kidderminster Harriers.
  • England Jem Bayliss played the majority of his career for WBA between 1884 and 1891. He then spent a few months at Walsall in 1891 before ending his career.
  • England Lewis Bedford began his career with WBA in 1920 before joining Walsall in 1922. He made almost 100 appearances before signing for Sheffield Wednesday in 1925. He returned to Fellows Park a year later, only to leave again in 1927 for Nelson. He once again rejoined the Saddlers in 1928, but left for the third time after just two months to join Luton Town. He returned for his fourth spell with Walsall in 1929, and finally retired in 1931 after almost 150 appearances.
  • Jamaica Trevor Benjamin joined WBA on loan from Leicester City in 2002. He later had an equally short loan spell at Walsall from Peterborough United in 2007.
  • England Sid Bowser began his career with WBA in 1908 and made over 100 appearances before leaving to join Belfast Distiller in 1913. He returned to the Hawthorns a year later and made a further 218 appearances before joining Walsall in 1924. He retired after three years at Fellows Park in 1927.
  • England Darren Bradley joined WBA in 1986 and signed for Walsall in 1995 after over 250 appearances for the Baggies. He retired in 1997 after two years at the Bescot Stadium.
  • Scotland Alistair Brown joined WBA in 1971 and made over 250 appearances before his departure in 1983. After a very short spell at Crystal Palace, he joined Walsall later the same year before moving on in 1984.
  • England Matt Carbon joined WBA in 1998 and left for Walsall in 2001 after more than 100 appearances for the Baggies. He departed the Bescot Stadium for Barnsley in 2004.
  • England Adam Chambers began his career with WBA between 1999 and 2005. He currently plays for Walsall after signing in 2011.
  • England James Chambers (twin brother of Adam) was an academy graduate at WBA, also joining the first team in 1999. He left a year before his brother, in 2004, but they were reunited in 2012 when James joined Walsall, where he still plays.
  • England Gary Childs was an academy graduate at WBA, joining the first team in 1982. He joined Walsall a year later and made almost 150 appearances before departing in 1987.
  • Republic of Ireland Joe Connor joined WBA in 1898 and left to join Walsall a year later. He departed for Bristol City in 1901.
  • England Nicky Cross began his career with WBA in 1980 and made over 100 appearances before joining Walsall in 1985. He spent two years at Fellows Park and made a further 109 appearances before joining Leicester City.
  • England Reg Davies began his career with WBA in 1953 and joined Walsall in 1955. He left Fellows Park after two years to join Millwall.
  • England Alf Dean began his career at Walsall in 1894 and joined WBA in 1896. He returned to the Saddlers in 1898 and left for good in 1901.
  • Northern Ireland Peter Doherty made wartime guest appearances for both WBA and Walsall during his time at Manchester City.
  • England Paul Downing was an academy graduate at WBA, joining the first team in 2009. He currently plays at Walsall after signing from the Baggies in 2012.
  • Scotland Jimmy Dudley was an academy graduate at WBA, joining the first team in 1945. He made almost 300 appearances before joining Walsall in 1959, where he made a further 167 appearances. He left Fellows Park in 1964 to join Stourbridge.
  • England Graham Fenton joined WBA on loan from Aston Villa in 1994. He later had a spell at Walsall, also on loan, this time from Leicester City, in 2000.
  • Scotland Doug Fraser made over 250 appearances for WBA from 1963 to 1971. After a period with Nottingham Forest, he joined Walsall in 1973. After one season as a player, he retired and became the club's manager until 1977.
  • England Tony Godden made over 250 appearances for WBA between 1978 and 1986. He had a loan spell at Walsall in 1983-84.
  • Republic of Ireland Tony Grealish played for WBA between 1984 and 1986 and later joined Walsall in 1990. He left to join Bromsgrove Rovers in 1992.
  • Jamaica Paul Hall had several loan spells during his time at Coventry City, which included both WBA and Walsall in 2000. He then joined the Saddlers permanently later the same year, leaving to join Rushden & Diamonds in 2001. He returned to the Bescot Stadium in 2007, leaving a year later to join Newport County.
  • England Phil Hawker made over 150 appearances for Walsall between 1982 and 1990. He had a short loan spell at WBA during his final season with the Saddlers.
  • England Ken Hodgkisson made a handful of appearances for WBA before joining Walsall in 1955. He played almost 350 games for the Saddlers before leaving to join Worcester City in 1966. After his retirement, he returned to the Hawthorns to act as a coach and youth team manager for his old club in the 1980s.
  • Jamaica Chris Humphrey represented both Walsall and WBA at youth level, but never reached the first team of either. Instead he began his senior career with Shrewsbury Town in 2006.

All three[edit]

  • Republic of Ireland Keith Andrews began his career at Wolves in 1999 and had a period on loan at Walsall in 2004. He left Molineux in 2005 and later joined WBA in January 2012. However, he left after only five months to join Bolton Wanderers.
  • England Peter Eastoe began his career at Wolves in 1971 but left in 1973 after failing to break into the first team. He later joined WBA in 1982. He had several loan spells during his time at the Hawthorns, including one at Walsall in 1984 and another at his former club Wolves in 1985. He left the Baggies permanently that same year to join S.C. Farense.
  • England Don Goodman made over 150 appearances for WBA between 1987 and 1991. He then made a further 125 appearances for Wolves between 1994 and 1998. He later spent the 2001-02 season playing for Walsall.

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