Archive for July, 2011

Poll: Walsall’s 2011/12 season campaign

Exile @ 9:38 pm Tuesday 26 July 2011

Now preseason is well underway, with very mixed results, it’s time for you to turn your tingly spidey senses on and predict where Walsall will finish next season. Will it be a season of triumph or tragedy? You choose!

Where will Walsall finish the 2011/2012 season?
  • 12-15: mid table mediocrity (35%, 265 Votes)
  • 7-11: respectable (32%, 242 Votes)
  • 16-19: flirting with disaster (16%, 120 Votes)
  • Playoffs (10%, 75 Votes)
  • Relegated (4%, 28 Votes)
  • Champions (3%, 23 Votes)
  • Auto promotion (0%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 763

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Walsall vs Wolves Pre Season

Neil @ 8:47 am Wednesday 20 July 2011

A decent work out last night against a farily strong Dinglehampton XI, which proves that we do have some promise for the forthcoming season.

What is most important in these games, of course, is how patterns of play look like developing and the abilities of the players, rather than results – injuries are the last thing anyone wants.

WFC Jimmy supplies the assessments:

Walker- Didnt do much…wasnt really worked apart from two tap ins.

Westlake- Looked steady.
Butler- Awesome.
Smith- Looked steady.
Sadler- Some loose passes but looked ok.

Nicholls- Game passed him by.
Peterlin- Looked a very tidy player, looked decent alongside chambers, worth a one year deal imo.
Chambers- Great signing! Bags of energy and our engine in the middle . Will be very important to us this season.
Hurst- Looked lively and looked to get the ball in the box asap.

Grigg- Took his goal well, will be interesting to see how much he progresses this season.
Macken- take a bow son!

Grof- made one good save, wasnt sure if it was his error or not for the goal.
Beevers- Looked ok.
Lancashire- Didnt do much.
Gnakpa- Looks to run with it often which is positive, looks to have a few tricks up his sleeve.
Taundry- Threw himself into a few tackles, some good cross field balls.
Jarvis- Didnt do much, had half chance but dragged his shot wide.
Paterson- looks good on the ball, will be interesting to see him progress aswell this season.
Bowerman- Wasnt involved much.

In The Hunt For McCormack?

Neil @ 9:12 am Tuesday 19 July 2011

South London Today is reporting that the Saddlers are in the hunt, along with Brentford, for Charlton midfielder Alan McCormack.

The 27 year old Irishman is a central midfielder, best known for a successful spell at Southend, although he started his career at Preston North End.

He is described as “all-action” and “known for his battling abilities and his box-to-box energy”.

He has an eye for a pass, and can also net from the middle of the park.

Leave it to Beevers

bangsection @ 11:23 am Thursday 14 July 2011

It’s fair to say that the right back position has given us a few hairy moments over the last few years but let’s hope that ends with today’s signing of Lee Beevers. The 27-year old defender started his career with Ipswich but failed to make a start at Portman Road before transferring to Boston United in 2003. His performances for the Lincolnshire club earned him seven caps for the Welsh U-21 side and he was named Supporters’ Player of the Season in his first full campaign. After a further season with Boston he moved to Lincoln City where he helped the Imps to three successive League Two play-off appearances, picking up another fans’ award in 06/07.

After being signed for Colchester by dour, red-faced, referee’s assistant Paul Lambert, Beevers’ U’s career hit a sticky patch after a serious shoulder injury kept him out for three months. After making 13 appearances for Colchester last season (often in a holding midfield role), with a further eight from the bench, Beevers was released in May.

Clearly his versatility is an advantage, with Dean Smith commenting: “[Lee] can play right-back centre-back and left back so he can slot in comfortably anywhere across the back four.

“He’s a steady defender, very good on the ball and reads the game well.”

Smith also seems to imply that Beevers may be something of a growler:

“He’s a good talker and organiser, he’ll bring his experience to us.”

Let’s hope that local journalists exercise suitable restraint when composing stories featuring our new signing. After all, there is nothing funny whatsoever in being called “Lee”.

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