Walsall | To Gillingham and back
UK time is: 15:40:04
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Gillingham vs. Walsall

Preistfield

29th April 2006

3pm

To Gillingham and back

We'll meet again don't know where don't know when but I am sure we'll meet again some sunny day. Our old promotion song has new meaning now. Since so dire is the situation at the club I am unsure when we will return to Preistfield again...if ever at all bearing in mind that despite there 5 million pounds of debt Chairman Paul Scally still hopes to oversee a move to a new stadium.
This game has turned from a possible relegation decider to a nothing game. Gillingham having dipped into the relegation picture themselves following a 6-0 thumping at Bristol have since put a run together that has seen them move up into mid table and are trying to end the season on a high following last saturdays defeat at Yeovil.
Whilst due to the relegation and Gillinghams madding decision to put up the enterance prices a small band of faithful will see us play for pride only.

Vital Quotes:

Gillingham manager has been speaking on the official site about his disappointment of the saddlers demise but the point been he wants three points to say thank you to the fans that have helped pull the club around in a season which in fact mirrors ours last season.

Likewise the noise out of Bescot is all about pride and showing some signs of hope to the supporters for next season.

Gillingham Team News:

Like Walsall Gillingham hada man sent off last saturday so Brent Sancho will be missing from the defence. Midfield battler Alan Poulton is also sidelined, whilst defenders Ian Cox and Danny Jackman along with on loan striker Gary Mulligan all face late tests. Ex saddler Darren Byfield will be included in the proceedings, hopeful of continuing his good scoring record against the saddlers since his departure.

Player to watch: Darren Byfield

Needs little introduction and his pace will cause any defence difficulties especially ours. Despite rumours of a desire to move back to the midlands it is doubtful we will ever see him in a saddlers shirt again. To some that maybe a relief but there is no doubt that if we had his goal threat since Christmas we would not be in the mess we are now.

Walsall Team News:

With Grant Smith and Mads Timms returning to there parent clubs due to injury it will be interesting if other loan players such as Claridge, Mills and Leary playn a part or not. Their is an arguement that it is time to blood the youngster and see if they are good enough for next year.
Mark Kinsella is also without suspended Chris Westwood and Kevin James will need a test on the reaction to his injury following last saturdays game..but it is another loan player who most likely won't be with us next year.

Player to watch: The youngsters

There are quite a few young players in the squad and it is these players who will probably carry the burden of expectation for next season. So we are looking for the next Matty Fryatt, Julian Bennett etc. Some youth team players were offered pro contracts this week a couple of them may get a chance to see what it's all about.

Match Facts & Stats

Form is very much with the home side both in terms of recent league form and head to head meetings at Gillingham.

Ref Watch:

Mr Paul Taylor is the ref Unfortunatly not the ex gillingham and saddlers boss better known as sun tan man....that would have been more entertaining though.

Match Prediction:

Just as an understrenght Gillingham side was totally outplayed at Bescot earlier in the season I can't see much other than the tables been turned. Home win 3-0

Next Fixtures:

Goodbye to league One
Barnsley home Saturday 6th May 3pm


The Journalist

Writer: Jorge's Jottings Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 28 2006

Time: 8:36AM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
I have found onaother site that the accounts actually show Gillingham 10 million in debt. http://www.priestfield.com/2005%20Accounts.pdf You might have to paste and copy the link in this section.
Big No 9
Report Abuse
28/04/2006 16:14:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Walsall Articles

Phillippines Friendly Cancelled (Monday August 29 2016)

Whitney - Write Me Off At Your Peril (Monday August 29 2016)

Walsall 3-3 Bury (Saturday August 27 2016)

Walsall Team To Face Bury (Saturday August 27 2016)

Match Officials - Bury (H) (Friday August 26 2016)

Walsall v Bury - PREVIEW (Friday August 26 2016)

Archived Walsall Articles

List All Vital Saddlers Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. craig p 1

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
13. Oldham 5 1 3 1 -2 6
14. Bury 5 1 2 2 0 5
15. Northampton 5 0 5 0 0 5
16. Walsall 5 1 2 2 -1 5
17. Bristol Rovers 5 1 2 2 -2 5
18. Oxford 5 1 1 3 -3 4
19. Southend 5 1 1 3 -3 4

Walsall Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Phillippines Friendly Cancelled
Walsall : 29/08/2016 14:31:00
Whitney Conceded Rico Henry Exit Is A Possibility
Walsall : 29/08/2016 12:50:00
Whitney - Write Me Off At Your Peril
Walsall : 29/08/2016 12:31:01
U's have the Blades stuck in
Oxford : 29/08/2016 10:14:00
Forget West Ham 'B' & Focus on Fleetwood
Coventry : 28/08/2016 21:01:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Where Will Walsall Finish?
Suggested By:  
Automatic Promotion 13%
Play Offs 36%
Mid Table Medicority 34%
Relegation 17%