Archive for August 16th, 2005

Victory for Supporters\’ Trust

neilr @ 8:36 pm Tuesday 16 August 2005

After a long and hard fought campaign (consisting of badgering the club at every possibility), there was a victory for the Supporters’ Trust today.

The club have announced that there will be a cash turnstile opened on matchdays in the future and that 340 seats in the Lower Floors-2-Go Stand will be made available. The seats will be allocated by means of a seat number on the ticket when purchased from the cash turnstiles (at gates 11 and 12) and the cost will be £14 (£10 concessions).

This is a victory for common sense at last and should encourage more people to turn up “on spec” in the future and, hopefully, increase gates.

The issue of a cash turnstile was to be part of Paul Giess’ article for the Trust in this week’s Observer, but it looks like we have had a victory on this one!

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Nottingham Forest Hunt Fryatt

neilr @ 12:16 pm Tuesday 16 August 2005

The Nottingham Evening Post, part of the same newspaper group as the Birmingham Evening Mail, is reporting that Forest have made a “substantial” bid for Walsall striker Matt Fryatt.

Walsall fans have been expecting bids to start arriving for the teenage scoring sensation and star of the England under 19s all summer, but the first move coming from second division rivals Forest has come as a bit of a shock.

Hoewever, with the transfer deadine approaching rapidly, this, if true, may signal a bidding war by the other clubs rumoured (Wolves, Everton, Wigan), or known (Sunderland, Villa, West Ham) to be interested in Walsall’s best prospect for many years.

Merson Wants Dann Out On Loan

neilr @ 11:57 am Tuesday 16 August 2005

Walsall Manager Paul Merson says he is desperate to find a club interested in taking Scott Dann.

Merson says that the player shows a lot of promise and needs to go out on loan, if his development is not to be stunted, something the Manager feels happened last season. However, there are no offers for the youngster on the table as yet. The 6 foot 2 inch Liverpool born central defender is unlikely to get much first team action at the Saddlers this season, with no fewer than five centre backs ahead of him in the pecking order.

Merson says that he is surprised that clubs are not “knocking my door down” in their eagerness to take him on.

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