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Walsall FC complete the signing of Billy Clifford

Billy Clifford
Billy Clifford is the newest signing for Walsall FC Credit: Walsall FC

Walsall FC have completed the signing of former Chelsea midfielder, Billy Clifford until January 2015.

The 21 year-old is a product of the Stamford Bridge youth ranks, having been associated with the Premier League since the age of eight.

He left Stamford earlier this month and has joined The Saddlers following two pre-season friendlies.

I’ve been impressed by his attitude and his willingness to learn. He has fitted in well and I am delighted to add him to our squad.

There are elements of his game that require work, but he is aware of that and is prepared to come here on a short-term deal and work hard in a bid to earn himself a longer-term contract at the club.

– Dean Smith, Walsall FC boss

Walsall: Those found guilty of racism allegations will be banned for life

Walsall FC have responded to allegations of racism from a section of the crowd during their match against Wolverhampton Wanderers, saying those found guilty of racist abuse will be banned from the Banks's Stadium for life.

The club say they are working closely with Wolverhampton Wanderers and the police to investigate the alleged racist abuse, aimed at two Wolves players during the match.

Walsall Football Club can confirm that we have been in dialogue with our counterparts from Wolverhampton Wanderers regarding allegations that two of their players were subjected to racist abuse during the course of Saturday’s Sky Bet League One fixture.

We are taking this matter very seriously and will fully co-operate with West Midlands Police and Wolverhampton Wanderers throughout this investigation.

Both Wolves and Walsall are fiercely committed to stamping out all types of discrimination within football and will vigorously investigate any and all allegations of racist abuse.

Should anyone be found guilty of the above allegations, they will be issued with a lifetime ban from Banks’s Stadium.

As the matter is being investigated, the club can make no further comment at this stage.

– Walsall FC club statement

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Wolves make complaint over alleged racism in Walsall match

Wolverhampton Wanderers have made the complaint Credit: ITV News Central

Wolverhampton Wanderers have made an official complaint to the FA and to Walsall FC over alleged racism during the match between the two sides at the Banks's Stadium on Saturday.

In a statement, the club say racist abuse was aimed at defender George Elokobi in the first half while he warmed up as a substitute, and abuse aimed at goalkeeper Carl Ikeme came from behind the goal in the second half.

The game was played at Walsall's Banks's Stadium Credit: ITV News Central

The statement continued:

The complaint relates to a small number of individuals in the crowd at Saturday’s game and will not sour the good relationship that exists between the two clubs.

Both Wolves and Walsall are fiercely committed to stamping out all types of discrimination within football and will vigorously investigate all allegations of racist abuse.

Wolves will always strongly support its players who are the victims of discrimination, and Carl Ikeme and George Elokobi both displayed admirable restraint in the face of receiving the abuse on Saturday.

Kenny Jackett also commented on the situation:

Both Carl and George received racist abuse at the game on Saturday and we have made an official complaint both to Walsall and the Football Association.

We were disappointed by what was said to our players but we have a lot of respect for Walsall Football Club and we know this will be down to individuals.

There is no place for racism either in football or in society and as a Head Coach and as a club we will back our players if they are on the end of it. We have made our statement and gone about things in the right way and will now leave the authorities to deal with the situation.

Walsall complete loan deal for Liverpool starlet

Michael Ngoo has signed from Liverpool on loan Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Walsall have completed the signing of Liverpool youngster Michael Ngoo, with the 21-year-old academy graduate moving on loan until the end of the current season.

According to Walsall FC's official twitter account:

"The Saddlers have secured the services of highly-rated Liverpool front-man, Michael Ngoo, on a loan deal until the end of the season, subject to the necessary clearance being received."

Walsall boss, Dean Smith, is looking forward to working with Ngoo and said of the player:

"He’s big, strong, athletic and can score goals. He will improve what we have already got here."

Chamber twins sign new deals with Walsall FC

James Chamber (left) and twin brother Adam (right) Credit: PA

Walsall Football Club has signed James Chambers for another year and twin brother Adam, on a two year contract at Bank's Stadium.

“I’m really pleased that they have both signed new deals,” said manager, Dean Smith.

“They are fantastic professionals and good people to have around the place."

James Chambers joined the club in 2012 from Doncaster Rovers, having played for West Brom and Leicester City.

Adam joined the Saddlers in 2011 after a five year spell at Kidderminster Harriers.

The twin brothers were born in West Bromwich.

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Karl Darlow returns to Walsall

Karl Darlow playing for Nottingham Forest Credit: PA

Karl Darlow has returned to Walsall FC on loan from Nottingham Forest.

The 22-year-old had an eight-game loan spell at the Banks' Stadium earlier in the season before being recalled to the City Ground.

The club say they're grateful for allowing Darlow to come back to Walsall.

The goalkeeper will wear the number 28 shirt and arrives on an initial month loan with a view to extend the deal for the rest of the season.

Dean Smith signs new Walsall deal

Walsall boss Dean Smith has committed his future to the League One club by signing a new two-and-a-half-year deal at Bank's Stadium.

The new deal will take Smith to the end of the 2014/2015 football season, he says looking forward to the future:

“I am delighted that the club has offered me this new deal and I am only too pleased to pledge my future to Walsall FC.

“We have a strategy in place here and a policy running throughout the whole club that will allow us to move forward together and get to where we want to be. Having this deal allows me to continue to plan ahead and build.

“The foundations are the most important part of any building process and we have carefully put these in place during my time here."

– Dean Smith

Walsall extends goalkeeper Karl Darlow loan

Darlow is to stay with Walsall FC until at least 22nd December Credit: PA

The Saddlers have extended the loan of emerging goalkeeper, Karl Darlow until the 22nd December.

The 21-year-old arrived at the club from Nottingham Forest at the end of September, making seven appearances so far.

Manager Dean Smith said they are delighted Nottingham Forest has agreed to extend his loan.

"Karl has done really well for us, he is a young lad who is improving all of the time, he has fitted in really well here."

Darlow was with Aston Villa during his formative years before joing Nottingham Forest aged 16.

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