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Preview: Walsall v Darlington

8 November 2019

Club News

Preview: Walsall v Darlington

8 November 2019

Walsall will begin their 2019-20 Emirates FA Cup campaign against National League North side Darlington tomorrow.

The Quakers have already endured three rounds of qualifying to secure their place in the first round proper for the first time since they reformed in 2012.

The fixture will be the first of four consecutive home games for the Saddlers who will also face Forest Green Rovers in the Trophy before meeting Cambridge United and Stevenage in League Two.

There will also be a minute's silence ahead of the game to pay our respects to the fallen ahead of Rememberance Sunday. 


The Saddlers welcomed back Caolan Lavery from injury after he came off the bench against Swindon Town last weekend.

Darlington suffered a blow earlier this week when striker Tyrone O’Neill, who scored seven goals for them, was recalled by Middlesbrough.


The Saddlers will be looking to end their six match losing run against the Quakers and pick up their first home win since the 1-0 victory over Southampton Under 21s last month.

Darlington are on a seven match unbeaten run in all competitions and have kept a clean sheet in all of their last three matches.


This will be the first time the clubs have met since Darlington’s reform in 2012.

Walsall last played the old Darlington back in August 2008 in the League Cup at the Banks’s Stadium. The visitors picked up a 2-1 victory.

Overall, the two clubs met 42 times with Walsall winning on 18 of those occasions.


Darrell Clarke: “The players are covering the distance, they’re making their sprints and winning a lot of first contacts in games so there is no problem with the effort, desire and commitment but the fact of the matter is we’ve got to get better in both boxes.

“We’ve got to try and put on a performance and try and get to the next round.”

Alun Armstrong: “It’s going to be a massive day for the fans and the club and I hope everyone enjoys it. The only way I’ll enjoy it though is if we win. We don’t want to go there and make up the numbers, we want to go down there and show what we’re capable of.”


You can still purchase tickets for Saturday’s game by visiting our e-ticketing site.

The Ticket Office will also be open from 10am on matchday until kick-off.

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