Walsall Web-Fans looks back at a friendly loan arrangement between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Walsall from the 1949-50 season when the Saddlers were in the Division Three Southern section of the Football League. Walsall were viewed at the time as something of a feeder club for their more illustrious neighbours with Bert Williams and Johnny Hancocks already going on to full international caps with England. Legendary Wolves manager Stan Cullis answered a Saddlers SOS and loaned reserve striker Ron Hewitt.
He made his Walsall debut on 12th November 1949 in an away game at Ipswich Town and what a memorable debut it was. Hewitt notched two goals as Walsall ran out 5-1 winners. In total he appeared in eight league games and an FA Cup tie at Mansfield before a return to the Molineux.
He never made the first team there and moved on to Darlington. He came into his own in the 1950′s with six good years at Wrexham where he finished top scorer in three seasons at The Racecourse where he bagged 83 goals in 204 games. He was snapped up by Cardiff City for a £7,000 fee in 1957 and whilst at Ninian Park scored 27 goals in 64 games. He went on to full international honours with Wales gaining five caps and scoring once.
He was also part of the Wales squad for the 1958 FIFA World Cup. A move back to Wrexham saw him find the net a further 11 times in 27 games before moves to Coventry City and Chester City then doing the non-league circuit. The Flint- born striker died in 2001 at the age of 73. He enjoyed a good career which started off with that loan spell at Fellows Park.