Ray Shaw (association footballer)

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Ray Shaw
Personal information
Full name Raymond Shaw
Date of birth (1913-05-18)18 May 1913
Place of birth Walsall, England
Date of death August 1980 (1980-09) (aged 67)
Playing position Wing half
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Streetly Works
1937–1947 Birmingham 12 (0)
Teams managed
1964–1968 Walsall
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Raymond Shaw (18 May 1913 – August 1980) was an English professional footballer and manager who played in the Football League for Birmingham.[1]

Shaw was born in Walsall, Staffordshire. He began his football career as an amateur with Walsall, and played local football for Streetly Works and for Darlaston, before turning professional with Birmingham in 1937.[2] He made his debut in the First Division on 25 September 1937 as an emergency centre forward in a 2–1 defeat at Preston North End. He played only occasionally over the next two seasons,[3] but was first choice (at his more normal position of left half) at the start of the 1939–40 season which was abandoned on the outbreak of the Second World War.[4] Shaw made 111 appearances for the club in the wartime leagues,[5] and a few more when the Football League resumed in 1946,[6] before retiring as a player to join Birmingham's coaching staff.[2]

He succeeded Alf Wood as manager of Walsall in October 1964, stabilising the club in mid-table in the Third Division and twice leading them to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup.[7][8] After three-and-a-half years in post, he handed over to Dick Graham and took up a coaching position with Leicester City.[7]

Shaw died in August 1980 at the age of 67.[7]


  1. ^ Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 235. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6. 
  2. ^ a b Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 123. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  3. ^ Matthews, pp. 180–81.
  4. ^ Matthews, p. 236.
  5. ^ Matthews, p. 232.
  6. ^ Matthews, p. 182.
  7. ^ a b c "Past Managers". Walsall F.C. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Walsall". Football Club History Database. Richard Rundle. Retrieved 12 April 2009. 

External links[edit]

Ray Shaw management career statistics at Soccerbase