Archive for April, 2008

Saddlers 2 Tranmere 1

roger6 @ 8:17 pm Saturday 05 April 2008

Just when some of us thought the play-off dreams were disappearing, faint hope remains tonight after a 2-1 win over fellow-contender Tranmere Rovers.

Site sponsor Whitti Steve, fresh from a visit to the big smoke midweek, was at the game, and gave these thoughts on the performance on the message board:

I thought we did well and deserved the win today. We bossed the first half without creating too much, second half we did well but did sit back a little too much when they started going for it. I thought Betsy had his best game so far (that I have seen) and Dobson did well. I agreed with the sponsors that chose N’dour for MOTM, he didn’t do much spectacular, but held the ball well and didn’t give it away, making the midfield that much more solid. Roper and Gerranrd did well, I was disappointed with Taundry (esp for their goal!), but he was poor most of the game IMHO.

A HUGE well done the the small group at the front of the Asbo who kept the atmosphere going. It was great today!

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Neil @ 12:44 pm Friday 04 April 2008

Richard Money has got some problems tomorrow. He’s caught in something of a cleft stick, in that the team have certainly faltered as the pressure of trying to get into the playoffs got to them. With the need now to win, probably, four or five of the remaining six games, the task is near enough impossible. That means the players might relax and start performing again, giving us that outside chance. However, they could, just as easily, “do a Spurs”, who, after winning the League Cup, seem to be on the beach for their summer holidays already. What does he do? Stress that we can still do it and run the danger of them freezing again, or let them relax, with the danger of them falling asleep?

On top of the psychology of the situation, Money also has selection problems. Darren Wrack, Edrissa Sonko and Kevin Betsy all missed the 1-0 defeat at Southend with a bout of flu, as did Michael Dobson, the pick of the midfield against Crewe, and Ishmel Demontagnac, both with knee injuries. The first three should be available again, having played in the reserves in the week, but Dobson and Ishy will still, more than likely, be missing (although they might be fit for Cheltenham).

New defender Aaron Brown could be in line for his first-team debut but he would be most likely to start the game on the bench.

Tranmere’s injury worry has been former Walsall loanee Chris Shuker, who may return for the game. The diminutive midfielder is always a creative threat, so his absence would be welcome.

Predictions?

Bugger it. Nothing but a win will do, so does the form really matter? For the record, Tranmere’s away form is nothing to write home about, having won five, drawn seven and lost eight. They have scored fewer away than we have and conceded more. Normally, I’d be predicting home win, but today I’m just praying for one.

Saddlers moving on up?

Exile @ 12:31 am Tuesday 01 April 2008

An editor writes: Please note the following story was published on April 1st. On the same day the BBC ran an item about flying penguins and the Mirror said ITV would shortly begin filming Dogs on Ice, featuring skating greyhounds.

South Staffs district council has received a planning application for a new stadium and concert venue on land at the top end of Broad Lane in Essington. The new stadium, less than half-a-mile from the new training ground, will be leased by Essington Parish Council to Walsall Football Club as part of an agreement which will see a peppercorn rent; but a 50 per cent stake in the corporate hospitality, conferences and concert business.

The area forming part of the planning application is bordered by the M6, A462, Hilton Lane and the B4156. The road junction from Broad Lane onto the A462 has just been remodelled, widened and traffic lights installed to cope with additional traffic. It is anticipated that the move will increase attendances, attracting a larger number of people from Cannock and Stafford to the club.

Away fans and people attending conferences, will be able to access the stadium through an access road from Hilton Park services, allowing the police to escort coaches on and off the motorway directly to the ground without the need for them to access the local roads.

Project managers, South Show Entertainment Ltd say the 40,000 seater stadium will built as a ring and will be separate tiers:

Tier 1 is nearest the pitch and holds 2,000. This will only be used for reserve and youth matches or when a big attendance is expected.
Tier 2 will be the “normal use” tier in the first instance. It holds 7,000.
Tier 3 is a general purpose overflow and can hold 13,000 – with variable segregation built-in so that, if necessary, this tier can be given over fully to home or away fans regardless of what fans are in that part of the ground on other tiers.
Tier 4 holds another 18,000.
There will be 1,000 additional seats available for executive / corporate sponsorship use.

It will be built in such a way as to ensure that future expansion, should it be required, could be added on.

The bulk of the seats will not be required for the football but will be necessary to sustain the venue as one of the north-Midlands’ premier concert venues, attracting music fans from Manchester, Staffordshire, Shropshire and north Wales.

If approved, work on the stadium will begin in the Autumn with the club moving in from the start of the 2010/2011 season. The club’s existing stadium will be used to expand the neighbouring retail park. As well as a new Sainsbury’s supermarket, an ice-rink will be incorporated to maintain the ‘leisure’ use aspect.

Map of proposed site here:link to location map

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