It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of our oldest surviving Former Player Dave Walsh. Dave passed away on Friday 11th March in the early hours. A Legend at The Hawthorns and Midlands football in general because he played for both Aston Villa & Walsall. Joined Albion from Linfield in Ireland, where he scored 60 goals in season 1945-46. Dave was the Albion’s first signing following the end of World War 2. Prolific scorer for the Albion, scoring in his first 6 games – a club record- including 2 at Swansea away on his debut. He played 174 times for the Albion with an excellent goal scoring record of exactly 100. He made 31 appearances for Ireland ( 20 for Eire & 11 for Ireland). In 2007 he was presented with a special Gold International Cap by the Irish FA.
The last time the Association saw David was in 2012 when he attended the AGM, prior to that he was a regular at our Annual General Meetings. He would travel up from Thurlestone with his friend Clive, he loved the South Devon coast. Life was not quite the same for him when his wife died and he suffered the last few years with dementia.
The Funeral will take place on Tuesday 29th March at 12 noon at The Sacred Heart Church, Kingsbridge, Devon. Donations to Brain & Spine Foundation.