|Nicknames||Gort. The Guillotine.|
|Debut||1989. Appearances 252|
|Football||West Bromwich Albion|
|Fascinating fact||Has run a marathon in under 3 hours|
|Best figures||130* Career Runs 6,035 Wicket Keeping record 97 catches/50 stumpings|
A bona-fide ‘Living Legend’, Andy Gorton was one of the club’s founders and has been a permanent fixture ever since, (a bit like Ken Barlow in Coronation Street) keeping wicket with style and grace and notching up thousands of runs as a classy opening batsman. Indeed, Andy is the highest run scorer in the history of The Elf with 5,964 runs, breaking the legendary Tim Oliver’s total in 2018 against Lichfield Nomads. Gort also held the record for most runs in a season since 1989, until Ian Chuck finally beat that tally in 2016.
Gort was our inaugural Player of the Year back in 2009, but perhaps more importantly, Andy is also the heartbeat of the club, putting in a tremendous amount of effort off the pitch which is much appreciated by everybody who pulls on a Walsall Health shirt. Every year, Gort plans a great set of fixtures for us all to enjoy throughout the season.
In 2022 Gort became the first batsman in club history to pass the 6,000 run milestone
Batsman of the Year 1989
Player of the Year 2009
Clubman of the Year 2008 2009 2010 2011