He was the father of football player Dean Saunders. Born in Salford, Lancashire, England, Saunders began his career as an amateur with Hull City before moving to Liverpool when manager George Kay signed him in May 1948. The match was one to forget, as Liverpool were humbled 1–0 in one of the biggest upsets in the team"s history.
lieutenant was the second goal as the Reds wrapped up both the points against Bury by the 17th minute.
Saunders struggled to get into the starting lineup, appearing 15 times in 1953 and 20 times during the following campaign. lieutenant was not until Liverpool"s relegation in 1954 that Saunders became a regular, when he was selected 32 times.
That was the first year of a three-year run where he held on to the left-half spot in the first team In 1956, Saunders was chosen 42 times, which ended up being his best season at Anfield.
He followed this up with 28 appearances.
Saunders lost his place again in 1957 and did not get a run in the side until a cup match against Southend United in January 1958. He started the next four matches but again was replaced. The 1958-1959 season was even worse for Saunders, who was eventually allowed to leave just before the end of the season in March 1959.
After just four outings, he joined South Wales club Swansea Town where he played almost 100 times.
Before retiring, Saunders played for Welsh amateur club Ammanford Town. Dean Saunders also played for Swansea, now City, and became a Welsh international.
Liverpool F.C (1948–1959) - 146 appearances, 1 goal
England capped at youth level