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Flanagan Determined to Stay Positive as He Targets Pre-Season Return 

26 May 17

Walsall midfielder Reece Flanagan, who missed the entire of last season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in training in April, before suffering a dislocated shoulder in his comeback game for the developmental side, has spoken …


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Pitch Renovation Work Gets Underway 

26 May 17

As the 2016/17 campaign is now over and the various End-of-Season events have come to an end, the time has come for work to begin on replacing the pitch at Banks’s Stadium.


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Stefan Gamble Proud to Extend Deal With HomeServe 

26 May 17

Following Wednesday’s news that the club had come to terms on a new five-year sponsorship agreement with local home assistance provider HomeServe, Walsall Chief Executive Stefan Gamble has spoken to club journalists and welcomed the deal.


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Walsall Receive EFL’s Family Excellence Award 

26 May 17

Walsall Football Club is the latest EFL side to be recognised with a Family Excellence Award as their determined efforts to make Banks’ Stadium an exciting and welcoming destination for families have been recognised by the English Football …


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Watford Value Deeney at £35million as Clubs Consider Transfer Swoop 

26 May 17

According to reports on the Daily Mail website, Premier League side Watford will tell any clubs that are keen on striker Troy Deeney that they will have to pay at least £35million to get their man this summer.


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TICKET NEWS | Aston Villa and West Brom Tickets Set to Go On Sale 

25 May 17

Walsall Football Club have confirmed that tickets for the Saddlers’ home pre-season friendlies against Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion will go on sale on Friday at 9:15am.


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Walsall Dealt Transfer Blow as Ugwu Agrees Chesterfield Deal 

25 May 17

Walsall Football Club have this afternoon been dealt a transfer blow as Woking strikerGozie Ugwu, who had been linked with a move to Banks’s Stadium, has agreed a deal to join recently relegated now Sky Bet League Two outfit Chesterfield, on…


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Walsall and HomeServe Agree New Five-Year Deal 

25 May 17

Walsall Football Club have announced that they and Walsall-based home assistance provider HomeServe Membership has put pen to paper on a new deal which will see the company continue as the principal partner of the club for the next five years…


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EFL Announce New Radio Rights Deals 

25 May 17

The EFL has announced that it has agreed two major deals for its national radio rights, which will allow supporters to listen to over one-hundred games per season for at least the next three years.


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Walsall Continue to Target West Ham United Midfielder 

24 May 17

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to the local press and revealed that he is still in contact withSlaven Bilić’s West Ham United over a possible loan return for midfielder George Dobson, who made twenty-six appearances during a season-…


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Makris – ‘I’m No Stranger to Hard Work’ 

24 May 17

Walsall striker Andreas Makris, who joined the club from Anorthosis Famagusta for a record fee last summer, has spoken to the local press and insisted that he is prepared to put in the work to ensure he has a bigger impact in the future.


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Whitney Satisfied With Recent Training Session 

23 May 17

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to the local press and discussed last week’s training session, which saw several members of the Saddlers’ Under-23 and youth squads visit the club’s Essington Training Ground to give the manager and his…


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Walsall to Take on Lincoln City Ahead of 2017/18 Campaign 

22 May 17

Walsall FC have confirmed that they will take on Vanarama National League Champions Lincoln City ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.


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Trialist Invited to Join Walsall’s Pre-Season Training Sessions 

22 May 17

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to the local press and revealed that one of the three as yet unnamed trialists that he recently invited to training has been asked to join the club’s pre-season sessions with a view to earning a contract…


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Walsall Set to Make First Signing of the Summer as Whitney Urges Patience 

20 May 17

As the Saddlers squad continue to enjoy their end of season break, manager Jon Whitney has spoken to the local press and revealed that he hopes to make his first signing of the summer during the next week.


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Whitney – Mark Bradley Will ‘Lead by Example’ 

19 May 17

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to club journalists and backed new Strength and Conditioning coach Mark Bradley, who recently returned to the club following the premature end to his playing career, insisting the former Welsh international…


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Walsall Light Up Wembley Stadium Once Again* 

19 May 17

As part of the celebrations to mark a full decade since the home of the England football, Wembley Stadium, reopened, the famous Wembley arch has been lit in the colours of all the clubs to grace the stadium, with club crests displayed on screens…


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Laird Backs the Saddlers to ‘Have Another Go’ at Promotion 

19 May 17

Former Walsall loanee Scott Laird, who made over thirty first-team appearances during a season-long spell with the club, has spoken to the local press and insisted that the team can have success next season, backing manager Jon Whitney to take…


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Laird Thankful Following One of the Most Enjoyable Seasons in His Career 

18 May 17

Former Walsall loanee Scott Laird, who made over thirty first-team appearances for the Saddlers, has spoken to the local press and thanked the club, its players, staff and fans for all of their support over his season-long loan spell.


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Whitney Has Held Talks With Potential New ‘Keeper – Keen to Retain Liam Roberts 

17 May 17

As Neil Etheridge continues to consider the club’s offer of a new three-year deal, Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to the local press and revealed that he has held discussions with a potential new first-choice goalkeeper, and also hopes…


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Small Group of Trialists Given an Opportunity to Impress 

16 May 17

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to the local press and revealed that he, John Ward and Neil Cutler will be at the club’s Essington Training Ground over the next few days as they run the rule over several trialists.


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Morris Happy With Central Role – Keen to Stay Among the Goals 

16 May 17

As he and his teammates continue to enjoy their end of season break, Walsall attacking midfielder Kieron Morris has spoken to club journalists and discussed his recent switch from right-wing to the centre of the pitch, insisting that he is …


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Walsall to Hold Regular Training Sessions During the Summer Break 

16 May 17

As the Saddlers squad continue to enjoy their end of season break, Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to the local press, and revealed that he, John Ward and Neil Cutler will be holding regular training sessions throughout the summer in…


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Whitney Keen Work With Local Sides & Secure Loan Moves for Saddlers Starlets 

15 May 17

As he looks to make the most of the club’s youth and development systems, Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to the local press and discussed his desire to link up with local non-league sides and secure some much needed first-team football…


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Whitney – “We Have Held Positive Talks With a Number of Players” 

13 May 17

With Walsall’s 2016/17 campaign now at an end Saddlers manager Jon Whitney has spoken to the local press and revealed that he has already held discussions with a number of potential signings.


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O’Connor Keen to Take Both the Positives & Negatives from 2016/17 Campaign 

12 May 17

Walsall defender James O’Connor has spoken to the local press as he and his teammates continue to make the most of their brief summer break, and has discussed the importance of using last season as an opportunity to learn, taking both the good…


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BREAKING NEWS | Clubs Vote in Favour of Retaining Current Format of EFL Trophy 

12 May 17

The EFL have today revealed that, following a vote involving all the clubs from League’s One and Two, the current format of the so-called Checkatrade Trophy, which includes sixteen development teams from the Premier League and Championship,…


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Kieron Morris – “Last Season is Done – We’ve Got to Look Forward” 

11 May 17

Walsall winger Kieron Morris, who scored six goals in thirty-seven all-competition appearances last season, has spoken to the local press and discussed a variety of topics, including his belief that he is still making good progress as a player…


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Oztumer Under the Radar as Several Clubs Express an Interest 

10 May 17

According to media reports, Walsall attacker Erhun Oztumer, who scored fifteen goals during his debut season at Banks’s Stadium, is the subject of increased transfer speculation as managers up and down the country begin to name their targets…


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Banks’s Stadium to Host Manchester City v Arsenal in Cup Final Clash 

10 May 17

Walsall Football Club have confirmed that the Premier League’s U15 Super Floodlit Cup Final, which will be contested by Manchester City and Arsenal, will take place on at Banks’s Stadium on Friday evening.


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Walsall Submit Vote on the Future Format of the EFL Trophy 

9 May 17

Walsall Football Club have confirmed that it has submitted its vote on the future format of the controversial Checkatrade Trophy,which underwent structural changes ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.


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The Club Shop to Undergo Refurbishment – Scheduled to Close for Three Days 

9 May 17

Walsall Football Club have today announced that ‘The Club Shop’ at Banks’s Stadium will be closed for three days fromMonday, 15th May as refurbishment works are undertaken.


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Whitney has High Hopes for Hayles-Docherty 

8 May 17

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to club journalists following the news that young winger Tobias Hayles-Docherty had put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal, and has welcomed the deal, insisting he has high-hopes for the 18-year-old.


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Hayles-Docherty Thankful as He Pens First Pro Deal 

8 May 17

Following the news that he’d penned his first professional contract, 18-year-old winger Tobias Hayles-Docherty has spoken to club journalists and thankedDevelopment Coach John Ward and Academy Manager Graham Biggs for allowing him to express…


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Hayles-Docherty Pens First Professional Contract 

8 May 17

Walsall Football Club have confirmed that Tobias Hayles-Docherty has put pen to paper on his first professional contract, which will see him remain at the club until the summer of 2019.


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Danny Lloyd Joins The Posh 

8 May 17

Following the news that Walsall had scouted Stockport County attacker Danny Lloyd, Peterborough United ownerDarragh MacAnthony has taken to Twitter to confirm that his side has secured the 25-year-old’s signature on a three-year deal.


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Dobson – “I Definitely Feel Like I’ve Improved Over the Course of the Season” 

8 May 17

Former Walsall loanee George Dobson, who recently returned to parent club West Ham United following a season-loan loan spell with the Saddlers, has spoken to club journalists and discussed how much he has improved during his time at Banks’s…


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2017/18 League One Line-Up Begins to Take Shape 

7 May 17

Following the conclusion of the 2016/17 Sky Bet Championship campaign, next season’s League One line-up is beginning to take shape.


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McCarthy – Jon Whitney is the Right Man to Take the Club Forward 

6 May 17

On-loan Southampton defender Jason McCarthy, who will return to his parent club following a season-loan spell at Banks’s Stadium which saw him play in over fifty games, has spoken to the local press and discussed his belief that the club will…


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Walsall Wood Appoint Gary Birch as New Manager 

6 May 17

Former Walsall striker Gary Birch has today been appointed as the new manager of local side Walsall Wood, following Harry Harris’ decision to concentrate on his playing career.


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YOUTH ALLIANCE | Walsall 2 Shrewsbury Town 0 

6 May 17

Walsall’s Under 18s were back in action on Saturday morning as they played host to Shrewsbury Town Under 18s in the final EFL Youth Alliance (North West) fixture of the season.


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Viveash Leaves Position as Manager of Chelsea’s Under-23s 

6 May 17

Former Walsall defender Adrian Viveash, who made over two-hundred league appearances in a Saddlers shirt, has left his role as Manager of Chelsea’s Under-23s – after nine successful years with the club.


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Mark Bradley Added to Walsall’s Backroom Team 

5 May 17

Walsall Football Club have today announced the appointment of former Saddlers defender Mark Bradley, who has been appointed as the club’s new strength and conditioning coach.


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Walsall to Face Shrewsbury Town as the Youth Alliance Season Comes to an End 

5 May 17

Walsall’s Under 18s side will be back in action this weekend as they play host to Shrewsbury Town in the final EFL Youth Alliance (North West) fixture of the season.


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McCarthy to Keep His Options Open as Permanent Switch Remains an Option 

5 May 17

On-loan Southampton defender Jason McCarthy, who made fifty-two appearances during a season-long loan spell at the Banks’s, has spoken to the local press and once again refused to rule out a return to the club as he will become a free agent…


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McCarthy – “I Can’t Thank the Fans Enough” 

5 May 17

On-loan Southampton defender Jason McCarthy, who made fifty-two appearances during a season-long loan spell at the Banks’s, has spoken to the local press and thanked Saddlers fans as his loan spell comes to an end.


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Cardiff City Linked With Walsall Stopper 

5 May 17

Walsall goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, who has been offered a new three-year contract to remain at the club, continues to be linked with a move away as Cardiff City become the latest side said to be keen on acquiring his services.


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Whitney Explains Why Quartet Will be Released 

4 May 17

Following the publication of the released and retained list, Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to club journalists and has discussed his reasons for releasing Craig MacGillivray, Franck Moussa, Isaiah Osbourne and Theo Vassell.


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Walsall Offer Etheridge a New Three-Year Deal 

4 May 17

Walsall have offered goalkeeper Neil Etheridge a new three-year contract as they seek to secure the future of their first-choice stopper, as several clubs continue to be linked with his services.


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Whitney Hopes to Retain Etheridge, Preston & Roberts 

4 May 17

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to club journalists following the publication of the ‘released and retained’ list, and has discussed the reasons for offering new deals to Neil Etheridge, Matt Preston and Liam Roberts.







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