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Whitney Welcomes Walsall’s Budget Statement 

26 Jul 17

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to the local press following the Saddlers’ pre-season defeat to West Bromwich Albion, and has sought to clarify the situation surrounding the statement which was released by the club earlier in the day…


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MATCH REPORT | Walsall 1 West Bromwich Albion 2 

26 Jul 17

On Wednesday evening Jon Whitney’s Saddlers continued their preparations for the 2017/18 campaign as they took on a West Bromwich Albion XI at Banks’s Stadium.


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Walsall Insist This Season’s Playing Budget Has Not Been Cut 

26 Jul 17

Following recent speculation of ‘budget cuts’ at Banks’s Stadium, Walsall Football Club have released a statement insisting that the manager not only has a bigger budget, but has the largest budget ever available to a Saddlers manager in League…


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Club Statement | Walsall Address Reports of Budget Cuts 

26 Jul 17

Walsall Football Club have this afternoon released a statement in response to recent press articles and supporter queries, and you can read it below.


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West Brom Confirm Their Squad for Pre-Season Clash With Walsall 

26 Jul 17

This evening’s opponents West Bromwich Albion, who visit Banks’s Stadium at 7:45pm, have confirmed which members of their squad will be facing the Saddlers as they will also be taking on Championship outfit Burton Albion at the same time.


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Listen to Walsall v West Brom for FREE via iFollow Walsall 

26 Jul 17

Walsall supporters unable to make Wednesday night’s pre-season clash between Jon Whitney’s Saddlers and Tony Pulis’ West Bromwich Albion will be able listen to FREE live commentary via the club’s iFollow service.


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THE TRUST | 2017 Fans v Legends Match Confirmed 

26 Jul 17

The Walsall Football Supporters’ Trust have released a statement confirming that their Walsall Legends side will take on a Supporters XI in a match which will be held at Rushall Olympics’ Dales Lane Ground on Sunday, 1st October, with kick-…


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Roberts ‘Feeling Good’ Heading into the 2017/18 Campaign 

26 Jul 17

With the 2017/18 campaign set to kick-off in around ten days’ time, Walsall goalkeeper Liam Roberts, who recently penned a new one-year deal, has spoken to the local press and discussed the positive atmosphere at the club.


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TICKET UPDATE | v West Bromwich Albion (H) 

25 Jul 17

Walsall FC have issued a brief statement confirming that tickets for the Saddlers’ pre-season clash with West Bromwich Albion, which will take place at Banks’s Stadium on Wednesday, 26th July, with kick-off scheduled for 7:45pm, are still on…


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Whitney Looking to Up the Ante as the New Season Edges Ever Closer 

25 Jul 17

Saddlers manager Jon Whitney has spoken to the local press ahead of Wednesday evening’s pre-season clash with West Bromwich Albion, and discussed how his team will face more intense training sessions as the season edges ever closer.


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Roberts Ready to Fight it Out for a First-Team Place 

25 Jul 17

Walsall goalkeeper Liam Roberts, who is set to battle it out with new recruit Mark Gillespie, has spoken to the local press and discussed his belief that his recent loan spells with the likes of Grestley and Chester, along with his brief time…


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Fans Focus to be Held on Monday, 31st July 

24 Jul 17

Walsall Football Club have confirmed that they will be hosting a ‘Fans Focus’ meeting at Banks’s Stadium on Monday, 31st July.


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TICKETS | v Portsmouth (A) 

24 Jul 17

Walsall Football Club have confirmed the ticket details for the Saddlers’ League One match against Portsmouth, which will take place at Fratton Park on Saturday, 19th August.


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Whitney – “I’m Going to Work With What I Have” 

24 Jul 17

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to the local press and revealed that, despite a lack of options in the attacking department, he is not likely to make any additions to his frontline as he is keen to ‘work with what he has’ heading into…


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Whitney Praise for ‘Natural Goalscorer’ Mitchel Candlin 

22 Jul 17

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to the press following Saturday afternoon’s pre-season victory over National League outfit Chester, and praised young striker Mitchel Candlin, before looking back at his teams’ overall display.


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MATCH REPORT | Chester 1 Walsall 2 

22 Jul 17

On Saturday afternoon Jon Whitney’s Saddlers travelled North to the newly-named Swansway Chester Stadium to take on Chester FC in the latest friendly ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.


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Whitney – Joe Edwards is Walsall’s ‘Mr Versatile’ 

22 Jul 17

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has hailed Joe Edwards as the club’s ‘Mr Versatile’ as the former Yeovil Town and Colchester United man continues to show playing ability in a variety of positions.


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Checkatrade Trophy | Walsall’s Group E Fixtures Have Been Confirmed 

21 Jul 17

The schedule for the Saddlers’ Checkatrade Trophy – Northern Group E fixtures has now been confirmed and you can find all the information below.


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Whitney – “I Want Selection Problems” 

21 Jul 17

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to the press and issued a challenge to his first-team squad.


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Whitney Confirms O’Connor Injury – No Timescale for His Return 

20 Jul 17

Saddlers boss Jon Whitney has spoken to the local press and confirmed that veteran defender James O’Connor, who has missed both of the first-team’s pre-season friendlies, is injured, and has no timescale for a return.


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MATCH REPORT | Stafford Rangers 3 Walsall 2 

19 Jul 17

On Wednesday evening a youthful Saddlers XI travelled to Marston Road to take on Stafford Rangers in the latest friendly fixture ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.


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THE TRUST | Membership Drive at the First Two Home Games of the Season 

19 Jul 17

The Walsall Football Supporters’ Trust have confirmed that members of the board will be in attendance at the Saddlers’ first two Saturday home fixtures of the season in order to accept new membership applications and membership renewals.


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Whitney – “A Really Solid Performance” 

19 Jul 17

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to club journalists following Tuesday evening’s scoreless draw with Aston Villa and has praised his side as they bounced back from Saturday’s defeat to Solihull Moors to create the better openings as they…


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MATCH REPORT | Walsall 0 Aston Villa 0 

18 Jul 17

On Tuesday evening the Saddlers played host to Aston Villa in their second pre-season fixture ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.


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WATCH LIVE | Walsall v Aston Villa 

18 Jul 17

With thanks to the media team at Aston Villa Football Club, we can bring you live coverage of Walsall’s pre-season friendly with Steve Bruce’s Villans, which takes place at Banks’s Stadium with kick-off scheduled for 7:45pm.


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Whitney – Walsall FC Must Be More Open With Supporters 

18 Jul 17

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to the local press following Saturday’s pre-season defeat to Solihull Moors, and discussed the conversations he had with supporters before kick-off.


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James Wilson Keen to Get Underway as He Agrees Season-Long Loan 

17 Jul 17

New recruit James Wilson, who has joined the Saddlers on a season-long loan from Sheffield United, has spoken to club journalists and welcomed the opportunity to join the club as he seeks to play as much football as possible over the coming…


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Walsall Sign Sheffield United Defender James Wilson 

17 Jul 17

Walsall Football Club have confirmed the signing of Sheffield United defender James Wilson, who arrives at Banks’s Stadium on a season-long loan.


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Sheffield United Defender Set to Complete Saddlers Switch 

17 Jul 17

Media reports suggest that Walsall Football Club are set to sign Sheffield United defender James Wilson on loan, as manager Jon Whitney looks to add numbers to his understaffed backline.


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TICKETS | v Sheffield United (A) – Carabao Cup 

17 Jul 17

Walsall Football Club have confirmed the ticket details for the Saddlers’ Carabao Cup – Round One clash with Sheffield United, which will take place at Bramall Lane on Wednesday, 9th August, and you can find all the information you need below…


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Whitney Seeks Experienced Defender Ahead of 2017/18 Campaign 

17 Jul 17

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to the local press and discussed his desire to sign two more players, a centre-half and a striker, before the 2017/18 campaign gets underway.


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BLOG | Plenty of Work to Do as Pre-Season Gets Underway 

17 Jul 17

With the 2017/18 League One campaign getting underway in under three-weeks’ time,Pete Sadler joins us to take a look back at Saturday afternoon’s pre-season defeat to Solihull Moors, including a brief analysis of Jon Whitney’s pre-match comments…


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Walsall Target George Dobson Completes Sparta Rotterdam Switch 

16 Jul 17

West Ham United have this afternoon confirmed that former Walsall loanee George Dobson has joined Dutch club Sparta Rotterdam, for an undisclosed fee.


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Whitney – We Can Learn From Pre-Season Defeat 

15 Jul 17

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to club journalists following Saturday afternoon’s pre-season defeat to Solihull Moors and has admitted that there are lessons to be learned ahead of the 2017/18 campaign but also praised his side as they…


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MATCH REPORT | Solihull Moors 3 Walsall 2 

15 Jul 17

On Saturday afternoon the Saddlers, who had recently returned from ‘Cassius Camps’ in the Lake District, travelled to Damson Park to take on Solihull Moors in the opening pre-season fixture ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.


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Jackson Determined to Bag More Goals Following Positive Summer Break 

15 Jul 17

Walsall striker Simeon Jackson, who scored just seven goals during his debut season at Banks’s Stadium, has spoken to Walsall reporter Joseph Masi and discussed how much work he has put in over the summer, his desire to get back among the goals…


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Cuvelier ‘Counting Down the Days’ as He Seeks to End Injury-Prone Reputation 

14 Jul 17

Walsall midfielder Florent Cuvelier, who made twenty-three appearances during an injury hit 2016/17 campaign, has spoken to Walsall reporter Joseph Masi and shared his desperation to put an end to the injury issues which have plagued his career…


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Sin Bins to be Trialled in 32 Grassroots Leagues 

14 Jul 17

The Football Association, via their official website TheFA.


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Walsall to Hold Open Training Session on Monday, 31st July 

14 Jul 17

Walsall Football Club have confirmed that they will be holding an Open Training Session at Banks’s Stadium on Monday, 31st July.


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Walsall Linked With Leeds United Striker 

14 Jul 17

Walsall Football Club have been named among a small group of clubs being linked with a move for Leeds United striker Lee Erwin, as manager Jon Whitney continues to prepare for the 2017/18 campaign.


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FIRST WORD | Nicky Devlin 

13 Jul 17

In the latest of Walsall FC’s behind the scenes videos, summer signing Nicky Devlin, who joined on a two-year contract after leaving Ayr United, speaks to Saddlers TV’s Ashley Wilkinsonand shares his excitement at the prospect of getting the…


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Kinsella Keen to Secure Starting Spot as He Focusses on Right-Back Role 

13 Jul 17

Walsall starlet Liam Kinsella, who has played at a variety of positions since turning professional in 2014, has spoken to Walsall reporter Joseph Masi and revealed that he has decided to concentrate his efforts on securing a first-team role…


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Checkatrade Trophy | Under-21s Team Added to Walsall’s Group 

12 Jul 17

The draw to confirm which of the sixteen elite under-21s teams will be added to Walsall’s group in the Checkatrade Trophy has now taken place, and you can find details below.


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FIRST WORD | Mark Gillespie 

12 Jul 17

In the latest of Walsall FC’s behind the scenes videos, recent arrival Mark Gillespie, who joined on a two-year contract after leaving Carlisle United, speaks to Saddlers TV’s Ashley Wilkinsonand discusses his excitement at the prospect of …


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TICKETS | v Bury (A) 

12 Jul 17

Walsall Football Club have confirmed the ticket information for the club’s first fixture of the 2017/18 campaign, which is against big-spending Bury on Saturday, 5th August, and you can find all the information you need below.


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Whitney to Hold Talks With Matt Preston Later Today 

12 Jul 17

As the Walsall squad return to Essington following their three-day boot camp at Cassius Camps, manager Jon Whitney has briefly spoken to the press and confirmed that he will be holding further talks with defender Matt Preston, who is now out…


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Walsall Stars Thankful for Their Cassius Camps Experience 

11 Jul 17

Several members of Walsall’s first-team squad have taken to Twitter to thank the staff at Cassius Camps for all of their hard work over the last three days after they took the squad to their physical and mental limits during a boot camp aimed…


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Lincoln City to Raise Funds for Lee Beevers When they Take on the Saddlers 

11 Jul 17

Lincoln City have confirmed that their upcoming pre-season friendly against Walsall, which will take place at Sincil Bank on Saturday, 29th July, will be a benefit match for former Saddler Lee Beevers, who suffered a serious injury whilst playing…


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Whitney Delighted as Squad Make the Most of Their Visit to Cassius Camps 

11 Jul 17

As Jon Whitney and his Saddlers squad take part in their final day of training at the Cassius Camps in the Lake District, the manager has spoken to club journalists and welcomed the three-day excursion, insisting that he has assembled a special…


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FIRST WORD | Jon Guthrie 

10 Jul 17

In the latest of Walsall FC’s behind the scenes videos, recent arrival Jon Guthrie, who penned a two-year contract after leaving Crewe Alexandra, speaks to Saddlers TV’s Ashley Wilkinsonand shares what he will bring to the team.







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