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Walsall Boss to Take a Look at a Couple of Trialists 

22 Jun 18

The gaffer, who has already added former Tranmere Rovers striker Andy Cook, ex-Burnley winger Josh Ginnelly and former Wrexham goalkeeper Chris Dunn to his squad, admitted that he is keen to take a look at the as-yet unnamed players as he continues…


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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…


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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 …


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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 …


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Stoke City (H): Tickets Now on Sale 

20 Jun 18

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


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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.


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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…


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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…


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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.


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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.


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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…


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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…


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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…