Gavin Drake

Journalist

England’s young lions to roar at Walsall’s Banks’s stadium again

All (footballing) thoughts in Walsall are on Tuesday night’s game at the Banks’s in which the Saddlers will take a 2-0 lead over Preston North End into the second leg of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Northern Area Final. The prize for the aggregate winners is…

Que Sera Sera – Are Walsall going to Wembley?

Is this the year? Can we start to believe? Will the Saddlers make their first-ever visit to Wembley in the club’s 126-year-history? This morning, the draw has been made for the Area Finals of the Johnstone Paint Trophy; and it has been good for Walsall:…

Walsall manager Dean Smith on transfers, injuries, pre-season games, and the season ahead

This morning the Walsall squad were put through their paces by manager Dean Smith, head coach Richard O’Kelly and Physio Jon Whitney at an open training session on the Banks’s Stadium pitch. It is a simple idea that the club has run a few times now…

The Step-Over King to hang up his boots

The word legend is often overused – particularly when it comes to footballers. Of course, fans will have their favourites, especially when it comes to former players; but while most former players are still held with affection, and have names that conjour up remarkable memories, not…

Black Country’s European football bank holiday festival (also applies to East Mids)

If you’re wondering what to do during the next Bank Holiday, I’ve got just the solution: England has been chosen as the venue for the Group 1 matches of this year’s European Championships and the matches take place at Walsall’s Banks’s Stadium and Burton Albion’s…

Backing #TeamGethin as Walsall’s quiet man defends British lightweight title

Walsall boxer Martin Gethin will fight to retain his British lightweight title when he takes on former champion Derry Mathews at the Liverpool Olympia tonight. The 30-year-old challenger told the Liverpool Echo that defeat tonight would result in his retirement; but Walsall’s Quiet Man, Martin…

I’m looking for a woman!

Recent matches at the Banks’s Stadium have seen the return of the half-time Crossbar Challenge, where four fans have a chance to win a 2014/15 season ticket simply by hitting the crossbar with a ball kicked from the edge of the D. We’ve had numerous…

Walsall’s Open Training Session returns!

Dean Smith, Richard O’Kelly, Neil Cutler, Jon Whitney and the rest of the coaching team of Walsall Football Club will be putting the players through their paces at another open training session at the Banks’s Stadium later this month. The club has run this free…

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