Wally Hazelden

Walter Hazelden (born 13 February 1941; died 2019) was an English former footballer who played as an inside forward for Aston Villa and Wigan Athletic.

Wally Hazelden
Personal information
Full name Walter Hazelden
Date of birth (1941-02-13)13 February 1941
Place of birth Ashton-in-Makerfield, England
Date of death 2019 (aged 77–78)[1]
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
1956–1957 Aston Villa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1960 Aston Villa 17 (5)
1960–1961 Wigan Athletic 26 (23)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Hazelden was born on 13 February 1941 in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan.[2] He started his career with Aston Villa after being signed as a junior player in 1956.[2] At the age of 16, he made his first team debut for the club in November 1957 against West Bromwich Albion, scoring the opening goal and setting up Villa's second in a 3–2 defeat.[3] On 1 February 1958, before a match against Blackpool, Hazelden presented a gift on behalf of Aston Villa to Stanley Matthews to commemorate his 43rd birthday.[4] A few days later, he represented the England national youth team, scoring in a 2–2 draw against Yugoslavia.[5] He scored five goals in 17 Football League games for Villa before joining Wigan Athletic in July 1960.[2]

Hazelden played at Wigan for one season, making 26 appearances in the Lancashire Combination, and finishing as the club's top scorer with 23 goals.[6]

He then joined Southern League side Rugby Town where he played for 3 seasons making 112 appearances in all competitions and scoring 56 goals


  1. ^ Wally Hazelden at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c "Aston Villa Player Database". Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Day of Surprise and Upheaval". The Observer. Guardian News & Media Limited. 10 November 1957. ProQuest 475325696.
  4. ^ "History: April 5". Aston Villa Football Club. 5 April 2008. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Yugoslavia Youth XI Held To A Draw". The Times. 5 February 1958. p. 12. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  6. ^ Hayes, Dean (1996). The Latics: The Official History of Wigan Athletic F.C. Harefield: Yore Publications. ISBN 978-1-874427-91-9.