Walsall FC legend Jimmy Walker quits the club

Walsall today announced legendary goalkeeper Jimmy Walker has retired.

Jimmy Walker
Jimmy Walker

The 39-year-old has left as player-coach and said: "This has been one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make,” said Walker.

“This club is very close to my heart and will always be part of me. However, things have not panned out as I would have hoped this season and I have not been able to play as influential a role as I would have liked.

“I am at a stage of my career where I need to take stock and consider my options.

“One of my proudest ever moments was becoming the Saddlers’ all-time appearance record-holder and that will live with me until the end of my days.

“I wish the club all the best in the future; we have a young and exciting team at present and the future looks bright.

“Most of all I’d like to thank the supporters who have taken me in as one of their own and made my time here something I will never forget.”

Walsall chief executive Stefan Gamble, paid tribute to Walker, saying: “Jimmy goes down in history as one of the club’s greatest-ever players and the all-time appearance record holder.

“It will be many years before that record is broken, if ever. He has been a fantastic servant to the club and I would like to place on record our thanks and wish him well in the future.”

Walker made 476 appearances for the Saddlers in his first spell between 1993-2004, becoming a cult figure with fans after playing a part in three successful promotions.

He returned to the club in October, 2010, and on January 14, 2012, he made his 530th senior appearance for the club, beating Colin Harrison’s Walsall appearance record, which had stood for 30 years. He became player-coach in July 2012.

Comments for: "Walsall FC legend Jimmy Walker quits the club"

Blocko Saddler

I wish Wacka all the best. I just hope the events of this season do not sour the memory of a Saddlers legend.

If Kelly does leave then I think it's a farce. These comings and goings are going to threaten the strides we've made on the playing side this season.

Alex

Get in! Billy Davies returns!

Tough luck Saddlers, Kelly & Billy are ours!

Walsallwonder

I agree with Blocko Saddler - good luck to Jimmy walker. Not sure what has happened behind the scenes but he has served Walsall FC well and I am sure he will make good somewehere else.

As for David Kelly............. !!!!!!! Let's see what happens.

I too cannot understand why clubs sack managers at the drop of a hat and after such a short space of time. If every club did that Dean Smith would have been out of Walsall FC ages ago and certainly should have had the sack before Christmas. Fortunately Walsall FC do try to stick to decisions made and for this season a decision not to part company with Dean was the best one they made. All clubs have highs and lows and you just have to have faith and believe.

Johnno

What a farce!

Despite Walker's legendary status, he should have done the decent thing and walked out before and saved us a wage! My respect for him as a loyal servant of the club has diminshed for his complete lack of support he has given the club this year.

And if Kelly does go then I have no respect whatsoever for the guy. 8 days in a job to leave and join someone who's been out of foortball for the best part of 2 years leaves a real bad taste in my mouth.

Come on Walsall and lets prove both are losers for leaving the club!

Nick1982

Johnno

please dont comment when you dont know all the facts, for your information 'Super' Jimmy Walker has not been taking a penny from the club this year in wages, since the summer he has been at Walsall for free.

Also, lets be realistic, we always knew that as soon as Billy Davies was back in a job Ned would be going with him, i doubt anyone expected it to be this soon tho, the draw of a club like Forest, who will no doubt be paying more in wages, is too much of a chance to turn down, we just need to accept it and move on

Ben

A few months pay doesn't diminish his legendary status.

Think of all the points he won us over the years.

Get a grip.

LEGEND

Colin

Thanks Wacka...!

...and all the very best for the future.

Steve

Johnno, just to put the record straight it's been well documented that JW was hardly (if any) picking up a wage this season, this is why he fell out with DS as he has been fit for awhile but wanted to be paid for playing but WFC refused hence why all the loan signings.

coventriansaddler

I would not accept his resignation , then if Davies wants him (why anyone would emply Billy Davies is beyond me) he can stump up the required compo.

Out of interest.....whichever of the Nottingham clubs he signs for it will only be a couple of weeks before administration forces his exit.

Matt

It's difficult saying goodbye to two legends in one day but we have to move on. The wheels will come off at Forest and they'll end up like Pompey. They're not a big club, despite what their 'supporters' say and they continually clutch on to the European Cup glories of over 30 years ago just like Liverpool. What's great about more recent history is that more often than not the mighty Saddlers beat Forest. Can we play you every week Billy?? :D