Profiling those Saddlers that came and went in the blink of an eye...AS WE embark upon a year of celebration to mark Walsall FC’s 125th Anniversary, a lot will, quite rightly, be said about the most popular players or those who have made the most appearances for the club over the years.
But what about those players that came and went in the blink of an eye? They may have only appeared on a handful of occasions, but nevertheless, have made a contribution to the history of this great club of ours.
We will be highlighting some of the forgotten Saddlers from the Bescot Years, continuing with an International striker who had his one and only taste of English football...
There was a time when players would arrive at Bescot Stadium from all four corners of the globe.
One such player was an Australian International by the name of Scott Ollerenshaw, who was plying his trade for Leichhardt in his homeland when the call came to join The Saddlers in the summer of 1992.
Making his debut for the club in the wind and rain of Carlisle on the opening day of the 1992/93 season, he went on to make 11 starts for the club and 16 as substitute, during which time he found the net five times.
With his first-team chances becoming increasingly limited as the season went on, he opted to try his luck in the Malaysian League where he spent five years as a player before setting up an indoor soccer centre and sports tourism business, which is still going strong today.
He is also a football pundit on Malaysian television.
“You don’t appreciate exactly how frantic the English game is until you are actually out there in the middle of it,” he said. “The pace of the game blew me away at first.”