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Stat Attack: Notts County v Walsall

Joe Jones

Notts and Walsall’s fixture history dates back to the 1890s, but there haven’t been that many fixtures despite over a century of head-to-heads.

The first game took place on the 20th January 1894 and resulted in a 2-0 win for the Magpies.

In total, there have been 62 fixtures between the two sides, and this time, Notts holds the upper edge with 26 wins. The Saddlers have won 19 times, and 17 draws have taken place.

Walsall were formed as Walsall Town Swifts in 1888 when two local teams, Walsall Town F.C. and Walsall Swifts F.C. merged. The newly formed team’s first match was against Aston Villa, and resulted in a draw

Two players from this early era received England caps while at the club: Alf Jones and Albert Aldridge. They remain the only Walsall players to be so honoured.

In 1896, the Swifts changed their name to Walsall FC, the name that lives on today.

The club's nickname, The Saddlers, reflects Walsall's status as a traditional centre for saddle manufacture.

Walsall had Arsenal and England legend Paul Merson on their books a decade ago, as player and player-manager.

Sky Sports' Soccer AM have given Walsall the nickname "Warsaw" due to the similarity when pronouncing Walsall and Warsaw. The presenters of Soccer AM often refer to Walsall as "our friends from Poland".

Notts County are without suspended striker Ronan Murray, who was sent off in Tuesday's 4-3 loss at Peterborough.

Kwesi Appiah, who impressed making his debut as a substitute in that game, is pushing to replace Murray - as are fellow loan signings Callum Ball and, yes, Callum McGregor.

Walsall are without left-back Andy Taylor (knee), so Malvind Benning is likely to deputise.

The Saddlers are unbeaten in five and boast the best away defensive record in League One, having conceded 10 goals.

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We need to watch out for the Phantom Mantom, he's said he wants to take us down! Down where I don't know?

I think it's a game we can win, home soil and with the crowd behind us. I'm not going to even mention our 'ace' McGregor's return (opps) I have but we also have Grealish. I don't think any of squad for fear Walsall. Good attacking side but they can crumbled when pressured!


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