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Club Connections: Blackburn v Walsall

30 January 2018

Ahead of tonight's match between Walsall and Blackburn, Joshua Bunting profiles three players who have represented both clubs...

Simeon Jackson

Current Walsall forward Simeon Jackson returns to Ewood Park after spending a period of time in Lancashire in 2016. Jackson scored his first goal for Rovers in a 2-1 defeat to Leeds United in March 2016 and netted his only other goal for the club in a 3-1 final-day victory over Reading. He signed a two-year contract at Walsall in July 2016 and has scored seven goals for the Saddlers to date. Jackson, who has mainly been used as a substitute during his time at the Banks's, will be hoping to make a big impact against his former employers if he features tonight.


Frank Talbot

Talbot began his career playing non-league football for his hometown side Hednesford Town before signing for Blackburn in 1930. Several years later he secured a first-team place in the side but was sold to Cardiff in 1936 as part of a two-player deal which saw Albert Pinxton also travel to Ninian Park.  He was sold to Walsall in 1939, but the outbreak of World War II meant he only played during the 1946-47 season before retiring. He remained active in football as a coach following his retirement.


Dough Ithier

In 1998 he had a three-week trial with  Premier League Champions Blackburn. This side, managed by Roy Hodgson, included players such as Chris Sutton, Damien Duff, Colin Hendry and Martin Dahlin. However, he was refused the relevant work permit and went on to sign for Walsall shortly after, scoring one goal in three appearances.

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