2017–18 Walsall F.C. season

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Walsall
2017–18 season
ChairmanJeff Bonser
ManagerJon Whitney
(Until 12 March 2018)
Ian Sharps Caretaker
(from 12 March 2018 till 16 March 2018)
Dean Keates
(from 16 March 2018)
StadiumBanks's Stadium
League One19th
FA CupFirst round
EFL CupFirst round
EFL TrophySecond round

The 2017–18 season is Walsall's 130th season in their existence and their eleventh consecutive season in League One.[1] Along with competing in League One, the club will also participate in the FA Cup, League Cup and EFL Trophy.

The season covers the period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

Competitions[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

Pre-season match details
Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Ref
8 July 2017 Kidderminster Harriers XI H W 2–0 Peters, Bakayoko 0 [2]
15 July 2017 Solihull Moors A L 2–3 Kouhyar, Edwards 647 [3]
18 July 2017 Aston Villa H D 0–0 7,022 [4]
19 July 2017 Stafford Rangers A L 2–3 Candlin (2) 323 [5]
22 July 2017 Chester A W 2–1 Leahy, Candlin 888 [6]
26 July 2017 West Bromwich Albion H L 1–2 Bakayoko [7]
27 July 2017 Chasetown A W 5–1 Hayles-Docherty, Fisher, Candlin (3) [8]
29 July 2017 Lincoln City A L 1–2 Jackson 2,376 [9]
1 August 2017 Rushall Olympic A D 2–2 Sangha, Peters [10]

League One[edit]

League One match details
Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Ref
5 August 2017 21st Bury A L 0–1 4,240 [11]
12 August 2017 12th Oldham Athletic H W 2–1 Edwards, Oztumer 4,419 [12]
19 August 2017 12th Portsmouth A D 1–1 Leahy 17,198 [13]
26 August 2017 13th Bradford City H D 3–3 Leahy, T. Roberts, Bakayoko 4,817 [14]
2 September 2017 10th Plymouth Argyle H W 2–1 Agyei, Oztumer 5,495 [15]
9 September 2017 13th Bristol Rovers A L 1–2 Wilson 8,544 [16]
12 September 2017 14th Rotherham United A L 1–5 Bakayoko 7,330 [17]
16 September 2017 14th Peterborough United H D 1–1 Oztumer 4,453 [18]
23 September 2017 13th Oxford United A W 2–1 Edwards, T. Roberts 6,895 [19]
26 September 2017 13th Charlton Athletic H D 2–2 T. Roberts, Agyei 3,712 [20]
30 September 2017 16th Wigan Athletic A L 0–2 8,107 [21]
7 October 2017 16th Shrewsbury Town H D 1–1 Agyei 5,971 [22]
14 October 2017 16th Blackpool H D 1–1 Oztumer 4,503 [23]
17 October 2017 16th Milton Keynes Dons A D 1–1 T. Roberts (pen) 7,258 [24]
21 October 2017 14th Doncaster Rovers A W 3–0 Oztumer (2), Morris 7,391 [25]
28 October 2017 15th Southend United H L 0–1 4,145 [26]
18 November 2017 18th Gillingham H L 0–1 4,917 [27]
21 November 2017 15th Fleetwood Town H W 4–2 Oztumer, Ismail, T. Roberts, Agyei 3,225 [28]
25 November 2017 13th AFC Wimbledon A W 2–1 Oztumer, Bakayoko 4,130 [29]
9 December 2017 11th Scunthorpe United H W 1–0 Morris 3,865 [30]
16 December 2017 11th Northampton Town A L 1–2 Oztumer 5,055 [31]
23 December 2017 11th Rochdale A D 1–1 Kouhyar 2,702 [32]
26 December 2017 12th Bristol Rovers H D 0–0 5,759 [33]
30 December 2017 14th Rotherham United H L 1–2 Edwards 4,685 [34]
1 January 2018 18th Plymouth Argyle A L 0–1 10,432 [35]
13 January 2018 15th Oxford United H W 2–1 Oztumer, Bakayoko 4,569 [36]
20 January 2018 16th Charlton Athletic A L 1–3 Oztumer 10,140 [37]
30 January 2018 18th Blackburn Rovers A L 1–3 Edwards 11,241 [38]
3 February 2018 16th Milton Keynes Dons H W 1–0 Ngoy 4,009 [39]
10 February 2018 16th Blackpool A D 2–2 Edwards, Guthrie 3,404 [40]
13 February 2018 15th Doncaster Rovers H W 4–2 Edwards (2), Morris, Bakayoko 3,514 [41]
17 February 2018 16th Gillingham A D 0–0 4,682 [42]
24 February 2018 17th Blackburn Rovers H L 1–2 Fitzwater 6,893 [43]
27 February 2018 17th Peterborough United A L 1–2 Ngoy 2,531 [44]
3 March 2018 13th Southend United A W 3–0 Oztumer (3) 6,413 [45]
6 March 2018 13th Rochdale H L 0–3 3,505 [46]
10 March 2018 14th Shrewsbury Town A L 0–2 7,633 [47]
21 March 2018 17th Wigan Athletic H L 0–3 4,477 [48]
31 March 2018 18th Portsmouth H L 0–1 5,159 [49]
7 April 2018 18th Bury H W 1–0 Thompson (og) 3,807 [50]
11 April 2018 18th Oldham Athleitc A D 1–1 Fitzwater 3,424 [51]
14 April 2018 19th AFC Wimbledon H L 2–3 Fitzwater, Ngoy 4,663 [52]
21 April 2018 19th Scunthorpe United A L 0–1 4,083 [53]
28 April 2018 18th Northampton Town H W 1–0 Dobson 8,919 [54]
1 May 2018 18th Bradford City A D 1–1 Oztumer 18,976 [55]
5 May 2018 19th Fleetwood Town A L 0–2 3,644 [56]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
17 Gillingham 46 13 17 16 50 55 −5 56
18 AFC Wimbledon 46 13 14 19 47 58 −11 53
19 Walsall 46 13 13 20 53 66 −13 52
20 Rochdale 46 11 18 17 49 57 −8 51
21 Oldham Athletic (R) 46 11 17 18 58 75 −17 50 Relegation to EFL League Two
Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(R) Relegated.

FA Cup[edit]

FA Cup match details
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Ref
First round 4 November 2017 Newport County A L 1–2 Bakayoko 2,701 [57]

EFL Cup[edit]

EFL Cup match details
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Ref
First round 9 August 2017 Sheffield United A L 2–3 Bakayoko, Oztumer (pen) 5,210 [58]

EFL Trophy[edit]

Pos Lge Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L1 Walsall (A) 3 2 0 1 0 6 3 +3 7 Round 2
2 L1 Shrewsbury Town (A) 3 2 0 0 1 6 4 +2 6
3 L2 Coventry City 3 1 1 0 1 6 6 0 5
4 ACA West Bromwich Albion U21s 3 0 0 0 3 3 8 −5 0
Updated to match(es) played on 7 November 2017. Source: EFL.com
(A) Advances to a further round.
EFL Trophy match details
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Ref
Northern Group E 19 September 2017 West Bromwich Albion U21s H W 3–1 Flanagan, Ismail, Leahy 1,055 [59]
Northern Group E 3 October 2017 Coventry City H D 2–2[A] Ismail, Agyei 1,517 [60]
Northern Group E 7 November 2017 Shrewsbury Town A W 1–0 Bakayoko 1,701 [61]
Second round 2 December 2017 Bury H L 1–2 Oztumer 1,065 [62]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Name From Fee Ref
1 July 2017 Nicky Devlin Ayr United Free
[63]
1 July 2017 Mark Gillespie Carlisle United Free
[64]
1 July 2017 Jon Guthrie Crewe Alexandra Free
[65]
1 July 2017 Luke Leahy Falkirk Free (released)
[66]
3 January 2018 George Dobson Sparta Rotterdam Undisclosed
[67]

Out[edit]

Date Name To Fee Ref
13 June 2017 Andreas Makris APOEL Nicosia Undisclosed
[68]
30 June 2017 Bradley Caswell Stafford Rangers Released
[69]
30 June 2017 Lezion Cela Smethwick Released
[69]
30 June 2017 Craig MacGillivray Shrewsbury Town Released
[69][70]
30 June 2017 Ashley Maddocks Unattached Released
[69]
30 June 2017 Franck Moussa Gillingham Released
[69][71]
30 June 2017 Isaiah Osbourne Forest Green Rovers Released
[69][72]
30 June 2017 Theo Vassell Gateshead Released
[69][73]
30 June 2017 Neil Etheridge Cardiff City Rejected new contract
[74]
30 June 2017 Matt Preston Swindon Town Rejected new contract
[69][75][76]
31 August 2017 James O'Connor Kidderminster Harriers Contract terminated by mutual consent
[77][78]
29 December 2017 Rory Oliver Unattached Released
[69][79]
29 December 2017 Sam Tonks Unattached Released
[69][79]

Loan in[edit]

Date Name From End date Ref
17 July 2017 James Wilson Sheffield United 11 January 2018
[80]
11 August 2017 Shaun Donnellan West Bromwich Albion 1 January 2018
[81]
25 August 2017 Tyler Roberts West Bromwich Albion 26 January 2018
[82]
31 August 2017 Dan Agyei Burnley 4 January 2018
[83]
31 August 2017 Zeli Ismail Bury 4 January 2018
[83]
29 January 2018 Justin Shaibu Brentford 6 May 2018
[84]
31 January 2018 Krystian Bielik Arsenal 6 May 2018
[85]
31 January 2018 Jack Fitzwater West Bromwich Albion 6 May 2018
[85]
31 January 2018 Julien Ngoy Stoke City 6 May 2018
[85]

Loan out[edit]

Date Name To End date Ref
8 August 2017 Milan Butterfield Leamington 5 September 2017
[86]
20 October 2017 Milan Butterfield Rushall Olympic 28 April 2018
[87][88]
20 October 2017 Jordan Sangha Rushall Olympic 22 March 2018
[87][88][89]
31 January 2018 Simeon Jackson Grimsby Town 6 May 2018
[90]
22 March 2018 Jordan Sangha Leamington 28 April 2018
[89]

Squad statistics[edit]

Source:[91][92]
Numbers in parentheses denote appearances as substitute.
Players with squad numbers struck through and marked Left club during playing season left the club during the playing season.
Players with names in italics and marked * were on loan from another club for the whole of their season with Walsall.
Players listed with no appearances have been in the matchday squad but only as unused substitutes.
Key to positions: GK – Goalkeeper; DF – Defender; MF – Midfielder; FW – Forward
No. Pos. Nat. Name Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
League FA Cup EFL Cup EFL Trophy Total Discipline
1 GK  ENG Mark Gillespie 23 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 25 0 1 0
2 MF  ENG Joe Edwards 29 (1) 7 1 0 1 0 1 (1) 0 32 (2) 7 5 0
3 DF  ENG Luke Leahy 46 2 1 0 1 0 4 1 52 3 4 0
4 MF  ENG George Dobson 19 (2) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 (2) 1 3 0
5 DF  ENG Jon Guthrie 46 1 1 0 1 0 4 0 52 1 4 0
6 DF  SCO Nicky Devlin 30 (3) 0 0 0 1 0 1 (1) 0 32 (4) 0 3 0
7 MF  ENG Adam Chambers 43 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 47 0 8 0
8 MF  BEL Florent Cuvelier 10 (13) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 (13) 0 0 0
9 FW  CAN Simeon Jackson 1 (7) 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 1 (9) 0 0 0
10 MF  ENG Erhun Oztumer 41 (4) 15 1 0 1 1 1 (2) 1 44 (6) 17 3 0
11 MF  ENG Kieron Morris 35 (7) 3 1 0 1 0 4 0 41 (7) 3 1 0
13 GK  ENG Liam Roberts 23 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 27 (1) 0 0 0
14 Left club during playing season DF  WAL James Wilson * 19 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 20 1 5 0
15 MF  IRL Liam Kinsella 17 (2) 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 22 (2) 0 2 0
16 FW  DEN Justin Shaibu * 3 (11) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 (11) 0 0 0
17 MF  ENG Reece Flanagan 3 (6) 0 0 0 0 0 3 (1) 1 6 (7) 1 1 0
18 Left club during playing season FW  WAL Tyler Roberts * 11 (6) 5 1 0 0 0 1 0 13 (6) 5 1 0
18 FW  BEL Julien Ngoy * 9 (4) 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 (4) 3 1 0
19 Left club during playing season MF  ENG Zeli Ismail * 12 (4) 1 1 0 0 0 3 2 16 (4) 3 2 0
20 FW  SLE Amadou Bakayoko 33 (8) 5 0 (1) 1 1 1 3 (1) 1 37 (10) 8 8 1
22 MF  ENG Jordan Sangha 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 0 0
23 Left club during playing season DF  IRL Shaun Donnellan * 7 (3) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 8 (3) 0 1 0
23 DF  ENG Jack Fitzwater * 16 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 3 2 0
24 DF  ENG Kory Roberts 17 (3) 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 21 (3) 0 1 0
25 MF  AFG Maziar Kouhyar 5 (10) 1 0 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 4 0 9 (12) 1 0 0
26 Left club during playing season MF  ENG Rory Oliver 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 MF  ENG Daniel O'Sullivan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 DF  IRL Callum Cockerill-Mollett 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
29 MF  ENG Will Shorrock 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 (2) 0 0 0
32 Left club during playing season FW  ENG Dan Agyei * 7 (11) 4 0 0 0 0 2 (1) 1 9 (12) 5 2 0
33 MF  ENG Stefan Mason 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 DF  ENG Dan Vann 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 MF  ENG Tobias Hayles-Docherty 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
36 FW  ENG Mitchel Candlin 0 (3) 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 (4) 0 0 0
37 GK  ENG Brandon Ganley 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
38 FW  ENG Joe Cairns 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players not included in matchday squads
No. Pos. Nat. Name
4 Left club during playing season DF  ENG James O'Connor
14 DF  POL Krystian Bielik *
21 MF  BER Milan Butterfield
30 FW  ENG Cameron Peters
31 Left club during playing season DF  ENG Sam Tonks

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