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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’.


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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…


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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…


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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…


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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.


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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…


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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…


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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…


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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.


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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…


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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.


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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 …


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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…


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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.


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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…


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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.


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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…


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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…


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

9 Jun 18

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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…


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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 …


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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.


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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…


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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.


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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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Transfer Deal Collapses as Dean Keates Pulls The Plug 

8 Jun 18

Keates, who is preparing to take charge of his first season as Saddlers manager.


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Players will return soon 

8 Jun 18

All members of the Saddlers squad will head to their Essington base on June 27 as Keates looks to ramp up his preparations for the new campaign…


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EFL Clubs Discuss Potential New Distribution Model 

7 Jun 18

The proposals were presented to all 72 Clubs at the Summer Conference 2018, and follows an agreement by the EFL Board that the matter of how the EFL shares the revenue it generates could be amended to increase the certainty of additional income…


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EFL: Mind Present Plans to Kick-Start New Groundbreaking Partnership 

7 Jun 18

Mind are the EFL’s new Official Charity Partner from the start of the 2018/19 season and addressed clubs at the Summer Conference, outlining its plans to help promote better mental health to players, managers, club staff and fans.


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Keates Praise For Ambitious Andy Cook 

7 Jun 18

The 27-year-old striker, who was the National League top-scorer last season after bagging twenty-eight goals in forty-five first-team appearances, has agreed a two-year deal at Banks’s Stadium, played a major part in the Rovers side which achieved…


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Rushall Olympic (A): Pics Seeking Programme Advertisers 

6 Jun 18

Rushall, who recently suffered a break-in at Dales Lane ground, are hoping to attract a bumper crowd to the match as Liam McDonald’s side get to test themselves against Dean Keates’ restructured side.


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Pre-Season: Walsall to Take on Rushall Olympic 

6 Jun 18

The Saddlers, who have already confirmed fixtures against Aston Villa, Cheltenham Town and Dutch giants Ajax, will travel to Dales Lane on Friday, 6th July, with kick-off scheduled for 7.30pm.


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Pre-Season: Walsall to Play Host to Aston Villa 

5 Jun 18

The Saddlers, who have already confirmed fixtures against Cheltenham Town and Dutch giants Ajax, will play host to the Villans on Tuesday, 17th July, with kick-off currently scheduled for 7.45pm.


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Mark Gillespie Joins Motherwell on a Two-Year Deal 

5 Jun 18

26-year-old former Carlisle United stopper made twenty-five first-team appearances for the Saddlers after joining on a free transfer last summer.


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Josh Ginnelly: “I Can’t Wait to Get Going” 

5 Jun 18

21-year-old, Coventry-born Ginnelly, who will officially join the club when his Burnley deal expires at the end of June, spent the first half of the 2016/17 season on loan with the Saddlers, where he would make fourteen first-team appearances…


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Josh Ginnelly Joins on a One-Year Deal 

5 Jun 18

21-year-old, Coventry-born Ginnelly, is no stranger to the Saddlers as he spent the first half of the 2016/17 campaign on loan at Banks’s Stadium, where he would go on to make fourteen first-team appearances.


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Pre-Season: Walsall to Face Ajax at Banks’s Stadium 

4 Jun 18

The Saddlers, who will be looking to head into the 2018/19 campaign on a solid footing following a season of struggle last time around, have already announced plans to take on Cheltenham Town later in July and look set to conform more fixtures…


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Bolton Wanderers Lead the Race to Sign Erhun Oztumer 

4 Jun 18

Various news outlets arereporting that Bolton are now favourites to land the midfielder, who will be out of contract at the end of June, as the man dubbed ‘the Turkish Messi’ appears to be closer to agreeing a move away from Banks’s Stadium…


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Walsall Announce New Advertising Deal with Tile Choice 

1 Jun 18

Walsall FC and Tile Choice have a long-term partnership which has seen the company sponsor one of the stands at Banks’s Stadium for the last seven years, but have now opted to switch their attention to the club’s LED screens, which are situated…


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Keates Keen to Build Competitive Side Ahead of Tough Campaign 

1 Jun 18

With clubs such as Sunderland and Coventry City entering the fray, the Saddlers are likely to be among the clubs with the lowest budgets in the league once again.


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Rushall Olympic Appeal For Information Following Break-In at Dales Lane 

31 May 18

It is believed the club’s Sponsors Lounge, Boardroom, Development Room, Club Shop and bar area were all ransacked before the assailants used the club’s minibus to brake through several gates before escaping in the Pelsall area.


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Former Walsall Apprentice To Represent LFE At V9 Academy Trials 

31 May 18

Cairns, an eighteen-year-old striker, produced a healthy return in front of goal for the Saddlers’ youth team and reserves before also appearing in the matchday squad for the Checkatrade Trophy draw with Coventry City, which took place at Banks…


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West Brom Offer Jack Fitzwater a New Deal 

31 May 18

Among those players to be offered a new contract by the Baggies is former Walsall loanee Jack Fitzwater, who is due to be a free agent at the end of June as his current deal nears its end.


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There Will Be No Room For Passengers as Keates Targets Quality Over Quantity 

31 May 18

Walsall-born Keates, who has already added to his strikeforce with the arrival of National League top-scorer Andy Cook – who will be leaving Tranmere Rovers when his contract expires at the end of June – is not short of options with the huge…


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Guthrie ‘Couldn’t Have Asked for More’ Following Full Season of Football 

30 May 18

25-year-old Guthrie, who made fifty-two first-team appearances after joining the club from Crewe Alexandra at the beginning of last season, admitted that he couldn’t have asked for any more during his debut season but did concede that the team…


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Championship Trio Named as Oztumer Continues to Attract Interest 

29 May 18

It is being reported that clubs such as Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Preston North End and Walsall’s League One rivals Bradford City are all considering moves for the midfielder who will be out of contract at the end of June.


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Pre-Season: Walsall to Take on Cheltenham Town 

29 May 18

On Saturday, 28th July Dean Keates’ Saddlers will make the trip to theLCI Rail Stadium where they will take on League Two’s Cheltenham Town in a match which will be the first such visit in ten years.


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Sky Bet League One: 2018/19 Line-Up Confirmed 

28 May 18

It had already been confirmed that Barnsley, Burton Albion and Sunderland will be dropping down from the Championship while Accrington Stanley, Luton Town and Wycombe Wanderers had already booked their place in the third tier after securing…


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Jon Guthrie Confident Walsall Will Avoid Basement Battle Next Season 

26 May 18

25-year-old Guthrie, who made fifty-two first-team appearances last season, insisted that the Saddlers are capable of battling much higher up the table, and went on to praise manager Dean Keates for improving the backline soon after returning…


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Michael Oakes: Ex-Aston Villa & Wolves ‘Keeper Joins Walsall’s Backroom Team 

25 May 18

44-year-old Oakes, who formed part of Dean Keates’ backroom setup at Wrexham, becomes the latest coach to follow Dean down the M6, joining recently-appointed assistant manager Andy Davies who was unveiled around a week ago.







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