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Match Previews


3 September 2021

Match Previews


3 September 2021

The Bantams will be aiming to maintain their 100% home record in Sky Bet League Two when they take on Walsall at 3.00pm tomorrow afternoon. 

The Saddlers currently sit 21st in the league table with one win, a draw, and three defeats from their opening five outings. 

This will also be the first time Derek Adams and Matthew Taylor have been in opposing dugouts. 

We have put together an Opposition Guide to give you all the information you need to know about our upcoming opponents. 


The West Midlands side had a fairly busy summer transfer window, bringing in a total of nine permanent signings and 10 players departing for good. 

INCOMINGS: Carl Rushworth (Brighton & Hove Albion under-23s, loan), Zak Mills (Port Vale), Danny Coogan (Rushall Olympic), Manny Monthe (Tranmere Rovers), Ash Taylor (Aberdeen), Rollin Menayese (Mansfield Town, loan), Stephen Ward (Ipswich Town), Joss Labadie (Newport County), Brendan Kiernan (Harrogate Town), Tyrese Shade (Leicester City under-23s, loan), Jack Earing (Halifax Town), Conor Wilkinson (Leyton Orient), Kieran Phillips (Huddersfield Town, loan), George Miller (Barnsley, loan). 

OUTGOINGS: Liam Roberts (Northampton Town), Cameron Norman (Newport County), Joe Foulkes (Kidderminster, loan), James Clarke (Newport County), Dann Scarr (Plymouth Argyle), Callum Cockerill-Mollett (Released), Stuart Sinclair (Released), Wes McDonald (Morecambe), Jack Nolan (Accrington Stanley), Josh Gordon (Barrow), Caolan Lavery (Bradford City). 


Kieran Phillips

The 21-year-old is currently on a season-long loan from Sky Bet Championship side Huddersfield Town and is a player tipped to have a bright future in English football. 

Phillps recently netted his first goal for the Saddlers in a home game against Scunthorpe United. 

Brendan Kiernan

The winger arrived at the Banks’s Stadium from Harrogate Town in the summer and has started every game so far this season. 

He recently scored his first goal for the club against Forest Green Rovers. 

Conor Wilkinson

The 26-year-old striker joined the club from Leyton Orient where he scored 15 goals in all competitions last season. 

Wilkinson has made almost 250 appearances throughout his career, and got off the mark for the Saddlers in their 1-0 victory over Stevenage in their last match. 


After signing from fellow Sky Bet League Two side Newport County in the summer, Joss Labadie was immediately appointed as club captain. 

The 31-year-old midfielder has made almost 400 career appearances with the majority of them being in the fourth tier. 


Matthew Taylor officially took charge of the Saddlers after the end of the 2020/21 season and this his first-ever managerial role at senior level. 

In his playing days, Taylor had spells at Luton Town, Portsmouth, Bolton Wanderers, West Ham United, Burnley, Northampton Town, and Swindon Town.

He played in each of England’s top four divisions and made a total of 742 appearances at club level throughout his career. 


Walsall 1 (Connor Wilkinson 5’). 

Stevenage 0 

Sky Bet League Two

WALSALL: Carl Rushworth; Hayden White, Rollin Menayese, Manny Monthe, Stephen Ward; Liam Kinsella, Joss Labadie, Connor Wilkinson, Jack Earing (Ash Taylor 87’); Brendan Kiernan, Kieran Phillips (Emmanuel Osadebe 78’). SUBS (not used): Jack Rose, Zak Mills, Alfie Bates, Joe Willis, Sam Perry. 


Meetings: 52

City Wins: 17

Draws: 21

Walsall Wins: 14

To purchase your ticket for the encounter, please CLICK HERE or visit the box office at the Utilita Energy Stadium. e-Tickets will be available right up until kick-off on Saturday September 4. 

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