Lane Moses Image 1 Birmingham City 1922

Lane Moses Image 1 Birmingham City 1922


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Willenhall, Staffordshire born centre forward Moses Lane began his football career with Willenhall Pickwick in 1912 and had served during the First World War in France and Italy being awarded the Military Medal. He joined Willenhall in 1919 and had his first spell at then Southern League Walsall in December 1920 before returning to Willenhall in May 1921, who were Birmingham & District League Champions in 1922 and from where he joined First Division Birmingham City in April 1922, making his Football League debut against Burnley in April 1923. He scored his first Birmingham goal on the opening day of the 1923-24 season against local rivals Aston Villa in a 3-0 win, but his 4 goals that season weren’t enough to keep him at St Andrew’s and he moved to Derby County in June 1924 after 16 appearances.

His sole appearance for Derby came in a January 1925 FA Cup tie against Bradford City, and he joined non league Wellington Town in the 1925 close season, then moved to Worcester City a year later, for whom he scored 34 goals in all competitions in the 1926-27 season. His League career, seemingly over, was just about to take off, and when he re-joined Walsall, by then in Third Division (South) for £150 in June 1927, he went goal crazy in 1927-28, scoring on his debut at Bristol Rovers and hitting two hat-tricks and 4 goals against Gillingham, bagging 36 goals in 41 games!

His Saddlers goal ratio continued the next season, scoring 15 goals in 16 appearances including a hat-trick against Crystal Palace, but a knee injury suffered after scoring twice against Northampton Town on Christmas Day 1928 meant he only played once more for Walsall before joining non league Brierley Hill Alliance in May  1929 after 51 goals in 57 appearances for The Saddlers. He played for Netherton in 1931 before joining Dudley Town in 1932, where he finished his career in 1933.

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