Sniffer's Replacement's Great Start

There can't be many strikers to have made such a start to their Walsall career like that of Harry Middleton back in 1966. Signed from Mansfield Town in the March of that year, he was signed as a replacement for Allan Clarke who had been snapped up by Fulham. Saddlers fans were understandably disappointed to see young Clarke go after his fine goal record but any doubts of signing Harry, who was 29 and something of a journeyman having served Wolves, Portsmouth, Scunthorpe and Shrewsbury before Mansfield, soon diminished after netting an amazing 14 goals in 16 games.

He made his Saddlers debut on March 19th, 1966 v. Brentford and on his third appearance he opened his account v. Bristol Rovers. His haul of goals included 4 in the 6-1 home hammering of Gillingham and a brace each against Oldham and Scunthorpe. He was not so prolific in the following campaign with 5 from 22 games however he did score the match winner against Stoke in our 2-1 Football League Cup win over The Potters.

In what turned out to be his final Football League season of 1967-8, he had a better return with 8 goals in his 16 FL games. In all competitions, Harry's record of 30 goals in his 63 starts over his two and a bit seasons at Fellows Park was a decent return. He moved on to Worcester City and after his spell there continued to turn out in charity games into the 1980's. Away from football, Harry built up a successful insurance brokers in Lichfield.

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