We complete our 2019/20 season preview by featuring Walsall -
Nickname : The Saddlers
Stadium : The Banks Stadium
Capacity : 11,300
Round Trip From The Moss Rose : 123.6 miles
Last Season : 22nd (Sky Bet League One)
Last season proved to be a massive disappointment for everyone connected to Walsall Football Club as they ended their twelve-year stay in the third tier. Relegation was confirmed on the final day of the campaign, yet for much of the early exchanges it looked very much like they would be leaving the division in the opposite direction.
Indeed, after remaining unbeaten in their first twelve outings of the season, a play-off push seemed to be on the cards for the Midlands outfit.
Yet a baron run of form saw them plummet down the table and ultimately drop down to League Two.
The Gaffer - Darrell Clarke
The new man at the helm at Walsall has certainly had a major overhaul of the squad at the Banks Stadium, with no fewer than fifteen players coming in to bolster the ranks ahead of the new season.
The former Bristol Rovers manager will be targeting an immediate return to League One and he is no stranger to promotion glory after achieving back-to-back promotions with The Pirates.
Out - Nicky Devlin, Joe Edwards, Kieron Morris, Luke Leahy, Jon Guthrie, Zeli Ismail, Chris Dunn, Jordan Sangha, Tobias Hayles-Docherty, Isiah Osbourne, Omar Mussa, Andy Cook.
In - Stuart Sinclair, James Clarke, Elijah Adebayo, Jack Kiersey, Shay Facey, Cameron spring (loan), Jack Rose, James Hardy, Danny Guthrie, Mat Sadler, Wes McDonald, Zak Jules, Gary Liddle, Rory Holden, Morgan Ferrier.
Our Last Meeting
The two sides last met in last season's Carabao Cup Second Round, as Mark yates took his Silkmen side down to Walsall for what proved to be a memorable evening.
Jamie Grimes opened the scoring with a close-range effort after 10 minutes and our lead was to be doubled on 25 minutes when Harry Smith unleashed a venomous drive into the bottom corner of the net.
The hosts responded in the 33rd minute through Kieran Morris and two quick-fire goals from Andy Cook and Josh Gordon put them into the ascendancy just after the hour mark.
Deep into injury-time, Danny Whitaker produced yet another moment of magic as he sent the tie to penalties and Kieran O'Hara proved to be the hero as he ensured our safe passage into Round Three for the first time in our history.
Our Next Meetings
Home - Saturday 14th March
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