Academy sides finalise pre-season schedules

A photo of training mannequins at Albion's Walsall HQ

Albion’s development teams have confirmed their pre-season plans ahead of the 2024/25 season. 

Richard Beale’s Under-21s kick off preparations with an away match against Hereford on Saturday, July 13. They then follow this up with a tour of Slovenia from the 15th-20th - culminating in a friendly against Croatian outfit Dinamo Zagreb - before further friendlies with Stratford Town, Rushall Olympic and Leicester City back on English soil.

Like the Baggies’ young pros, the Under-18s also begin their warm-up matches on the 13th when they travel to Swindon Town. Leigh Downing’s team then play Blackburn Rovers on the 20th prior to touring Czechia from the 23rd-28th, where they'll compete in a tournament involving academy sides from Dynamo Kyiv, Slovan Bratislava, Banik Ostrava, Gornik Zabrze and FC Zlin.  

And the scholars will conclude their list of friendlies with August games against Stoke City and Derby County. 

Full pre-season fixtures for our youngsters can be found below.


HerefordSaturday, July 13
Dinamo ZagrebSaturday, July 20
Stratford TownTuesday, July 23
Rushall OlympicSaturday, July 27
Leicester CitySaturday, August 10


Swindon TownSaturday, July 13
Blackburn RoversSaturday, July 20
Stoke CitySaturday, August 3
Derby CountySaturday, August 10
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