Ray Shaw (1913 -1980) was the manager of Walsall FC for four years, and though this was his only managerial role, he had a long history within the game.
He began, as an amateur, with The Saddlers in 1928, before moving to Streetly Works FC and later Darlaston. In 1937, at the age of 24, he turned professional with Birmingham City and during his decade with the club, notched up 130 games (111 in War time football).
When he retired he became a coach at St Andrews before taking over as the Walsall boss in October 1964. His main achievements whilst in charge were a couple of good FA Cup runs and a 7th place finish in Division 3 in 1968. Managerially he preferred to give youth their head at the club and it was the youth that proved the bedrock of his time in charge. Probably the most notable player to play under him was Allan Clarke - who he brough through the youth set up prior to selling him to Fulham for a tidy £35,000. After he left the club, passing the reins over to Dick Graham, he became chief scout for Leicester City FC - it was to be his last formal role within the professional game. He died, aged 67, in 1980.
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