UK time is: 22:09:42
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Saddlers Legends

Ok so I have to confess this wasn't my selection but my dad assures me that Alan Birch was, in the mid 1970's a useful little player!

As well as being a useful little player he was also one of the youngest to ever put on a Walsall shirt. In fact when he made his debut in March 1973 he was just 16 years old.

It wasn't a bad match to start your Walsall career with either- a cracking 4-3 victory over Bristol Rovers in the old Third Division.

Birch's main asset was his pace and skill which unsurprisingly caused a few problems for unsuspecting defenders.

During his 191 games for the Saddlers, Birch scored 24 goals and played a part in some classic Walsall matches namely wins over Newcastle and Manchester United.

When Birch left Walsall some six years after his debut, he moved to Chesterfield before also having spells with Wolves, Barnsley and anumber of other clubs.

According to the Walsall official website Birch is now the licensee of the Globe Inn in Tamworth. Having a few well earned drinks I would think.

If you have any memories of Alan Birch let us know on our forum.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Join the Vital Fantasy Football League - its Free!

The Journalist

Writer: Cannock Saddler Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 19 2007

Time: 5:04PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Walsall Articles

Taylor 'We Want To Win It' (Wednesday January 28 2015)

Stats: Walsall v Preston (Wednesday January 28 2015)

O'Kelly 'Finest Moment In Football' (Wednesday January 28 2015)

Bradshaw 'It's Still A Bit Surreal' (Wednesday January 28 2015)

Gamble On Wembley (Wednesday January 28 2015)

Smith Proud Of First Wembley Visit (Tuesday January 27 2015)

Wembley Ticket Info (Tuesday January 27 2015)

WALSALL FC ARE GOING TO WEMBLEY (Tuesday January 27 2015)

Smith Backs His Troops To Shine (Tuesday January 27 2015)

Archived Walsall Articles

List All Vital Saddlers Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. loular28Ss 1

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Colchester 0 - 2 Walsall
Walsall 1 - 4 Scunthorpe
Walsall 0 - 2 Coventry
MK Dons 0 - 3 Walsall
Walsall 1 - 4 Swindon
Sheff Utd 1 - 1 Walsall

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
12. Notts County 25 9 7 9 -1 34
13. Oldham 25 8 10 7 -3 34
14. Doncaster 24 9 7 8 -3 34
15. Walsall 26 8 9 9 -2 33
16. Gillingham 27 8 7 12 -8 31
17. Scunthorpe 24 8 6 10 -7 30
18. Coventry 27 7 9 11 -10 30

Breaking League News

Sheff Utd : 28/01/2015 21:47:00
Improved Second Half Pleases Robins
Scunthorpe : 28/01/2015 20:21:00
Oldham Now Rescheduled
Rochdale : 28/01/2015 19:42:00
Hill - No Shame In Stoke Loss
Rochdale : 28/01/2015 19:38:00
Big Decision & Fatigue Cost Us - Saunders
Crawley : 28/01/2015 19:28:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Who is the best keeper we have had since Jimmy Walker?
Suggested By:  
Clayton Ince 19%
Richard O'Donnell 63%
Other 18%