When Walker arrived at Hillsborough in December 1933, Wednesday were struggling to keep out of the relegation zone. With his arrival the team went on an unbeaten 12 match run which took them to sixth in the table and they finished the 1933-34 season mid-table. In the 1934-35 season Walker continued with his successful start in management, in the league Wednesday finished in third place but that year will be remembered for the FA Cup and Wednesday s first Wembley victory. On the way to the final Ellis Rimmer scored in every round and the highlight of those games was a 2-1 victory at Hillsborough over an Arsenal side who were in the process of winning their third successive league championship. The 4-2 victory over West Bromwich Albion won the cup for Wednesday and it was to be over fifty years before they won another major trophy.
After the success of 1935 the next two seasons were extremely disappointing. In the 1935-36 season they narrowly avoided relegation but in the following season 1936-37 they lost their First Division place when they were relegated with Manchester United. After yet another poor start in 1937-38, Walker resigned after an angry confrontation with a group of shareholders.
After the short spell with Chelmsford City, he went on to a successful period of management with Nottingham Forest which was to last for over 20 years.
If you have any comments, or are aware of any errors / omissions then please email me :- Stuart Jackson