Saddlers' stalwart passes away.WE ARE sad to report the passing of Saddlers' stalwart, Bill 'Chopper' Guttridge.
As his nickname would suggest, he was a no-nonsense and tough-tackling full-back who served the club with distinction in almost eight years, during which time he amassed over 200 appearances.
Arriving from Wolves in November 1954, he went on to become a key figure in the Walsall team that won successive promotions in 1959/60 and 1960/61.
He epitomised everything that Saddlers' supporters want to see in a player; giving his all to the cause every time he stepped out onto the pitch. Sadly injury was to bring about a premature end to his playing days in 1962.
A well-regarded figure, he was always a welcome visitor to Banks's Stadium and the thoughts of everyone here at Walsall FC are extended to his family and friends at this sad time.
The funeral will take place on April 19th at St. Lawrence Church, Darlaston (postcode: WS10 8DN), commencing at 1.00pm. The burial takes place at Fallings Heath, Beebee Road, Wednesbury...