Writer: Saddler 13
Date:Wednesday September 13 2006
Firstly, this week I would like to express my deepest sympathies to the family of ex-Saddler Matt Gadsby, who died at the weekend, playing for Hinckley. He was an excellent professional, who made 47 appearances for us. I have found memories of Matt playing at full back, or even in central midfield, under Ray Graydon. He was a player who was comfortable on the ball, and he was always reliable. His most memorable appearance came on the 27th May 2001 in Cardiff; when he came on to replace Paul Hall. I remember him flying down the wing in a rare counter attack towards the end of extra time, and running next to him was Dean Keates, who was waving frantically and shouting, 'take him on, take him,` as he was suffering from severe cramp. And you know what, he did. He went on to make a number of appearances for several clubs in his short career, including Kidderminster Harriers and Mansfield Town. His presence on the field will be sadly missed. RIP.
Secondly, I would like to flag up something that had gone unnoticed by everybody at Grimsby last weekend. The Saddler`s defence had obviously brought along their ballet shoes, and not their usual white gold addi..nikey… boot things. The first goal was a 9.5 to 'Ropes,` whose superb flick with his right leg had Wayne Sleep quaking in his pumps. The second goal saw everyone joining in; it was like a production of 'Swan Lake,` but without the lake, or the choreographed movement. Kris Taylor was the closest to impressing, but his attempted jump saw him used as a stool for Grimsby`s goal-machine Peter Bore to score the winner. So, in terms of football; non-existent, and in terms of the ballroom-come-sunny-grassy-football-field dancing, it needs some improvement.
For Walsall, to finish as Champions of League Two is still a possibility, but only if Real Madrid loan Cicinho to us and all the other teams have their defenders say to Hector Sam: 'There`s the goal, just put the ball into the net, go on.` Even then, I don`t even think Sam could find the net. To be fair to him, he was out of action for a year, while playing for Port Vale, and if he had played a full season, then he would have gone to the World Cup with Trinidad and Tobago. Against the Posh, he had a mixed game, where he played some clever flicks, but he also fell over like a sack of suds. He will need to improve, as Tony Bedeau is on his way back, and I think he has more pace than Sam, as well as shooting ability.
Next up: Macclesfield Town. This should be three points, but you just never know with Walsall. When that bloke down the boozer said 'it`s a funny old game,` you could be entitled to agree. But, when it goes against you, it`s not that 'funny` at all, so let`s hope Walsall are laughing come Saturday tea-time. If the Posh game was anything to go by, then ding dang do!
Date:Wednesday September 13 2006
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Crewe v Walsall - Preview (Friday April 17 2015)
Tayls - Confidence Is High (Friday April 17 2015)
Bradshaw And Downing Deals Close (Friday April 17 2015)
Smith Hopeful Heart Will Overcome Money (Friday April 17 2015)
Smith - O'Donnell Negotiations Proving Difficult (Thursday April 16 2015)
Vote - Walsall Fan Of The Season (Thursday April 16 2015)
Walsall Through To Senior Cup Final (Thursday April 16 2015)
Hiwula Delighted With Win (Wednesday April 15 2015)
Saunders 'We Were In The Game For A Hour' (Wednesday April 15 2015)
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