"Let the young Lambs bound,
As to the tabor’s sound!"
The Saddlers continue their pre-season preparations by saying farewell to the delights of Poland and visiting Meadow Lane Nottingham, the home of the oldest professional football club in the world, sadly relegated from the Football League a couple of months ago.
County’s problems appear to lie just as much off the field as on - only today the Nottingham South MP used Prime Minister’s questions to ask for an investigation into the financial circumstances surrounding the club. Notts are due back in the High Court on July 31st, when they could be liquidated because of an outstanding tax bill. The players and staff have not been paid in weeks,(here we see the benefits of being a “well-run” club?) and this pre-season friendly could be one of their last games. Their only recent game saw them visit Nuneaton Town on July 6th, winning 0-2.
Connections with Walsall? Stacks … including the following Managers:
Major Frank Buckley
John Barnwell (spit)
Mick Halsall (two appointments as caretaker manager)
and these players:
Jimmy Walker (never made an appearance, but was on their books).
Darrell Clarke is on record as saying that he would still like to bring another 3 players in to the squad, but it may take a little time. Presumably availability of funds will play a part, and the potential movement of Messrs Dobson and Ferrier could be a significant factor. Until then it’s “pick and mix”, and we must wait and see which players feature - and how the tactical jigsaw is being assembled.
Prediction … well, so far we’ve suffered a narrow defeat, a draw, and two wins. The running 0-2 Saddlers forecast hasn’t been precisely realised as yet, but that’s no reason to ditch it. A couple of goals from our first-choice strikers Gordon and Adebayo, combined with a really mean defence?