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Saddlers
Dean Keates Happy to Begin The Season at Home 

21 Jun 18

The Saddlers will follow their opening day clash with Derek Adams’ Pilgrims with a trip to North Lincolnshire, where they will take on Nick Daws’ Scunthorpe United a week later and Keates insisted he is looking forward to the season getting…


Saddlers
Manager Urges Patience as Transfer Targets Continue to Bide Their Time 

21 Jun 18

Keates has already added former Tranmere Rovers striker Andy Cook, ex-Burnley prospect Josh Ginnelly and former Wrexham goalkeeper Chris Dunn to his squad and is still working hard to secure new signings ahead of the opening day clash with …


Saddlers
Walsall to Begin the Season at Home to Plymouth Argyle 

21 Jun 18

This season the Saddlers will face teams such as Barnsley, Burton Albion and Sunderland, who dropped down to League One following their relegation from the Championship, while teams such as Accrington Stanley, Coventry City, Luton Town and …


Sky Blues
League One fixtures 2018/19 

21 Jun 18

Sunderland will kick off the League One season when they host Charlton Athletic on August 4, live on Sky Sports at 12.30pm.


News
Dominic Hyam: Coventry City defender signs contract extension 

20 Jun 18

Coventry City defender Dominic Hyam signs a two-year contract extension with the League One side.


Saddlers
Stoke City (H): Tickets Now on Sale 

20 Jun 18

Saddlers supporters have initially been allocated the newly named HomeServe Stand and Main Stand.


Wolves
A Story Brilliantly Told 

20 Jun 18

Edwards Reveals Spirit Of That Magical Welsh Month David Edwards promoting the They Wore The Shirt book two years ago.


Saddlers
Carabao Cup: Fixture Date & Ticket Prices Confirmed 

20 Jun 18

The clash will give new arrival Andy Cook a swift opportunity to revisit his old haunt as he’ll be returning to the Wirral just a few short weeks after leaving the region in favour of a move to Walsall.


Saddlers
Chris Dunn Backed to Push Liam Roberts For the Starting Spot 

20 Jun 18

Keates, who is keen to add stability to the squad ahead of the opening game of the season, insisted that Dunn has not been signed to make up the numbers, and expects the stopper, who also played for the likes of Northampton Town, Coventry City…


Saddlers
Banks’s Stadium: Stand Names Confirmed 

19 Jun 18

Long-serving club sponsors HomeServe have taken over naming rights to the stadium’s only two-tiered stand with their name now prominently facing the busiest stretch of the infamous M6 motorway, meaning that the Main Stand, which is still sponsored…


Saddlers
Chief Scout Gary Jenkins Praised as Keates’ Backroom Rebuild Continues 

19 Jun 18

Jenkins, who worked for the likes of Crewe Alexandra and Blackpool before joining the Saddlers, took up the role after Keates revealed his desire to build a scouting network which will include several of the club’s former pro’s.


Saddlers
Liam Kinsella Keen to Concentrate on Midfield Role 

19 Jun 18

22-year-old Kinsella, who made twenty-four first-team appearances last season, is keen to concentrate his efforts on a midfield role after achieving success in that position, even making appearances for the Republic of Ireland.


Saddlers
Chris Dunn: “I’m Really Excited to Get Underway” 

19 Jun 18

The towering 6’5” London-born stopper, who along with amassing over fifty National League appearances with Wrexham, has played in the EFL for Northampton Town, Coventry City, Yeovil Town and Cambridge United, making over 240 appearances since…


Saddlers
Goalkeeper Chris Dunn Joins on a One-Year Deal 

19 Jun 18

30-year-old Dunn, who joins the Saddlers on a free transfer following the expiration of his Dragons deal, kept fifteen clean sheets in thirty-five first-team appearances for the Racecourse Ground side last season, helping them set a new club…


Saddlers
Introducing the New HomeServe Stand 

18 Jun 18

The stand, which was previously known as the Tile Choice Stand and is seen by millions of drivers on the M6 motorway every year, has now been rebranded in the company’s famous red colours and renamed the ‘HomeServe Stand’.


Saddlers
EFL: Invited Under-21 Teams Confirmed for 2018/19 Checkatrade Trophy 

18 Jun 18

The young Gunners will join Under-21 sides from Premier League rivals Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea in next year’s competition, which will continue in its current format with the country’s leading Category One Academies looking…


Sky Blues
EFL fixtures day: Your guide 

18 Jun 18

The World Cup is in full flow but fans of the 72 Sky Bet EFL clubs across the country will have a keen eye on Thursday’s fixture release.


Saddlers
Pre-Season: Walsall to Host Stoke City Ahead of 2018/19 Campaign 

18 Jun 18

The Saddlers, who were already scheduled to take on Rushall Olympic, Cheltenham Town, Aston Villa and Ajax, have confirmed that they will play host to recently-relegated Stoke City on Saturday, 14th July, with kick-off scheduled for 3.00pm…


Sky Blues
The making of Maddison 

18 Jun 18

Leicester’s expected signing of James Maddison from Norwich is just the next step in the midfielder’s development.


Sky Blues
Concern over the City Tour to Alicante 

18 Jun 18

A few Sky Blue Trust members have been in contact with us to express their concern and disappointment at the recently announced changes to the clubs tour of Spain in early July.


Saddlers
HomeServe Confirm Sponsorship of the Former Gilbert Alsop Stand 

18 Jun 18

Earlier in June it was confirmed that after seven years of stand sponsorship Tile Choice had opted to switch their attention to the club’s LED screens, which are situated on the busiest stretch of the M6, leaving a large sponsorship opportunity…


Saddlers
Walsall Cut Costs With Energy Bill Negotiation 

18 Jun 18

According to the energy consultancy firm ‘Fidelity Energy’ they have been able to negotiate the club’s current energy deals and were able to cut the bills by a substantial amount, providing a boost to the club’s bottom line.


Saddlers
Jack Fitzwater: Former Walsall Loanee Pens New West Brom Deal 

17 Jun 18

The 20-year-old defender, who netted three goals in fifteen first-team appearances for the Saddlers last season, became a crucial member of the first-team during his six-month stay at Banks’s Stadium and was a player Walsall manager Dean Keates…


Wolves
Swiss Role A Good Omen 

17 Jun 18

A Link To The Boys Of 66 Last time Wolves went to Switzerland on a pre-season tour, England had just lifted the Jules Rimet Trophy……well, we had to launch our three or four weeks of World Cup-themed stories on an upbeat note! These…


Saddlers
Walsall Scholar Agrees Leeds United Switch 

16 Jun 18

Shergill, who was released by recently-relegated West Bromwich Albion at the end of last season, was due to begin a two-year scholarship with the Saddlers at the start of July but will now join the Peacocks after the two clubs agreed terms…


Saddlers
Andy Cook ‘Shocked’ as he Prepares to Make a Swift Return to Tranmere 

15 Jun 18

27-year-old Cook, who scored twenty-eight goals in forty-five first-team appearances for Rovers last season including bagging a goal during the side’s National League Play-Off Final victory over Boreham Wood, will officially join the Saddlers…


Sky Blues
Carabao Cup: Lampard’s Derby at Oldham 

15 Jun 18

Frank Lampard’s Derby will visit League Two side Oldham in the first round of the Carabao Cup.


Saddlers
Carabao Cup: Round One Draw 

15 Jun 18

It was confirmed that the Saddlers will be making the trip to the Wirral where they will take on Micky Mellon’s recently-promoted Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park.


Saddlers
Carabao Cup: Walsall Drawn Away From Home 

15 Jun 18

The Saddlers, who exited last season’s competition at the First Round stage after losing to Sheffield United by three-goals-to-two at Bramall Lane, will travel to the Wirral where they will take on Tranmere Rovers, with the fixture due to take…


Wolves
A Sight To Inspire Us All 

14 Jun 18

Hayward Family Living On Strongly At Molineux Steve Galloway, a major player in the money-raising effort, pictured today alongside the newest addition to the Wolverhampton landscape.


Saddlers
Michael Oakes Happy to Be Working WIth ‘Dedicated’ Dean Keates 

13 Jun 18

44-year-old Oakes formed part of Dean Keates’ backroom setup at Wrexham and recently followed the gaffer down the M6, joining fellow Dragons alumni Andy Davies who had also joined the club as Assistant Manager.


Saddlers
Oztumer Thanks the Fans as He Agrees Bolton Wanderers Switch 

13 Jun 18

27-year-old, Greenwich-born Oztumer, who scored thirty-two goals in ninety-five first-team appearances, was named Players’ Player of the Season and included in the PFA’s League One Team of the Year for both of the seasons he spent with the …


Saddlers
Erhun Oztumer: “I Just Can’t Wait to Get Started” 

13 Jun 18

27-year-old, Greenwich-born Oztumer, who turned down several improved contract offers after deciding to explore his options elsewhere, made ninety-five first-team appearances since joining the Saddlers on a free transfer in the summer of 2016…


Saddlers
Erhun Oztumer Agrees Bolton Wanderers Deal 

13 Jun 18

The Macron Stadium club, who are believed to be working with an increased budget when compared to last season, have lead the race to sign Erhun since the end of last season and have now got their man.


Saddlers
Aston Villa to Face West Ham United at Banks’s Stadium 

12 Jun 18

Walsall, who will be taking on the Villans along with Rushall Olympic, Cheltenham Town and Dutch giants Ajax ahead of the 2018/19 campaign, will also see their stadium host Wolverhampton Wanderers’ pre-season clash with Ajax as the club continues…


Rugby
Ex-Birmingham City winger wanted by Championship and League One clubs 

12 Jun 18

Former international said to be interesting ex-Premier League outfit…


Saddlers
Amadou Bakayoko: Striker Could Depart Despite Extending His Saddlers Stay 

12 Jun 18

According to reports first published on the Express Star website, Bakayoko has suitors both in Britain and abroad with many seeing the Sierra Leone-born forward as a prospect who could still be developed.


Sky Blues
Episode 188 – Lovely Wembley 

12 Jun 18

Well, we did it! Hopefully you’ve not calmed down in the slightest.


Rugby
‘Pork chop punch-up’ Why Sunderland’s new scouting chief left Aston Villa as a kid 

11 Jun 18

Coton has joined Sunderland as the League One club’s head of recruitment…


Saddlers
Carabao Cup: Friday’s First Round Draw to Take Place in Vietnam 

11 Jun 18

Three former EFL Cup winners, Steve McManaman, Louis Saha and Dennis Wise, will join representatives from the EFL and competition partner Carabao Energy Drink to unveil the 35 Round One ties, with live text coverage available on the official…


Saddlers
Chief Scout Appointed as Backroom Rebuild Continues 

11 Jun 18

Walsall-born Keates, who is preparing for his first full season as Saddlers manager, has confirmed that Gary Jenkins – former Senior Recruitment Officer at Crewe Alexandra – is now at the club as the gaffer continues to speak to former Saddlers…


Wolves
An Unlucky One-Off 

10 Jun 18

Caswell Opens Up On His Fleeting Molineux Stay How most Wolves fans learned of arrival day.


Saddlers
Banks’s Stadium: Walsall Council Leader Won’t Rule Out Potential Purchase 

9 Jun 18

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Saddlers
Keates: Josh Ginnelly Has the Pace and Power to Excite the Fans 

9 Jun 18

The manager, who recently completed a twelve-month course as he seeks to earn his UEFA A license, insisted that he had been a long-term admirer of the former Burnley attacker, revealing that he had attempted to sign the Coventry-born man during…


Saddlers
Dean Keates: Walsall Boss Completes UEFA A License Course 

8 Jun 18

Keates, who was joined on the latest course by players both past and present, including Peter Crouch, Ryan Shawcross and Robbie Earnshaw, is keen to add to his knowledge base as he seeks to guide the Saddlers into calmer waters following a …


Saddlers
EFL: Clubs Can Now Opt-Out of Producing a Matchday Programme 

8 Jun 18

In total, seventeen regulation amendments or additions were put forward by the EFL Board alongside one proposed resolution to amend the Articles of Association.


Rugby
Exclusive: Aston Villa recruitment guru leaves to join League One club Sunderland 

8 Jun 18

AVFC head of domestic recruitment has departed the club…


Saddlers
EFL: Checkatrade Trophy Format Debated – Rule Changes Confirmed 

8 Jun 18

After the initial pilot season in 2016/17, clubs voted to retain the position last summer, whereby 16 Category 1 teams were invited to participate in the competition for a two-season cycle which comes to an end after next year’s final at Wembley…


Saddlers
Dean Keates Keen to Get Going as Return to Training Nears 

8 Jun 18

Dean, who has already added two players to his squad over the summer break as Tranmere striker Andy Cook and Burnley winger Josh Ginnelly agreed terms, is keen to hit the ground running when the players return to action.


Saddlers
EFL Unaffected by Premier League’s Mid-Season Break 

8 Jun 18

The two-week Mid-Season Player Break will take place in February and would be structured to ensure that Premier League matches would still be played every weekend over that period.







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