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Club Connections: Newport v Walsall

3 November 2017

Ahead of tomorrow's match between Walsall and Newport, Joshua Bunting profiles four players who have represented both clubs...

 

Paul Hall

Jamaica international striker Paul Hall joined Walsall on loan until the end of the 1999/2000 season and signed for the club permanently on a free transfer that summer.

He helped the Saddlers win promotion to the First Division via the play-offs in 2000/01, scoring seven goals in 51 appearances.

However, he wasn’t a part of manager Ray Graydon’s plans for the 2001/02 campaign and left for Rushden & Diamonds in October 2001.

Hall returned to the Banks’s in 2007 and played a further 19 league games for the club before leaving for Newport, where he made 13 appearances.

 

Karl Darlow

Darlow signed for Newport on loan from Nottingham Forest in March 2012 and made his first appearance for the club in a 1-0 home win against Gateshead.

He played eight times for the Exiles before joining Walsall on loan for a month in September 2012, having his loan extended until December.

He rejoined the Saddlers on loan in January 2013 and racked up ten appearances for the club in total.

 

Ian McLoughlin

Goalkeeper Ian McLoughlin signed for Walsall on an emergency loan in January 2013.

Capped at Under-21 international level by the Republic of Ireland, the stopper played six times for the Saddlers.

In March 2014, McLoughlin joined League Two side Newport County on a one-month emergency loan.

He extended his loan with the Exiles until the end of the 2013/14 season, making a total of 12 appearances for the club.

 

George Johnston

The former Arsenal player had a loan spell with Walsall in 1970, scoring once in five league outings, before joining Fulham for £6,000.

After two years at Craven Cottage, and a season with Hereford United, Johnston moved to Newport County in 1973.

He played three games for County before dropping out of league football at the age of just 26.


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