The week that Walsall beat England

Well, not quite! But I was slightly amused yesterday, when it dawned on me that in the space of seven days I was on the pitch at Wembley addressing more than 72,000 football fans for a Saddlers match on the Sunday; and then the following Saturday I was on the pitch at Walsall addressing less than […]

I’m really not convinced the Wemley Stadium station announcer needs to be this loud

This is what the announcer at Wembley Stadium Station sounds like… …From the 10th floor of the nearby Holiday Inn. I really do not think that he really needs to be anywhere near this loud! VID-20150322-00000.MP4

England’s young lions to roar at Walsall’s Banks’s stadium again

All (footballing) thoughts in Walsall are on Tuesday night’s game at the Banks’s in which the Saddlers will take a 2-0 lead over Preston North End into the second leg of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Northern Area Final. The prize for the aggregate winners is a visit to Wembley for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final. If […]

Que Sera Sera – Are Walsall going to Wembley?

Is this the year? Can we start to believe? Will the Saddlers make their first-ever visit to Wembley in the club’s 126-year-history? This morning, the draw has been made for the Area Finals of the Johnstone Paint Trophy; and it has been good for Walsall: we play the first leg away at either Preston North […]

The Step-Over King to hang up his boots

The word legend is often overused – particularly when it comes to footballers. Of course, fans will have their favourites, especially when it comes to former players; but while most former players are still held with affection, and have names that conjour up remarkable memories, not many deserve the title “legend”. But sometimes the word is […]

Black Country’s European football bank holiday festival (also applies to East Mids)

If you’re wondering what to do during the next Bank Holiday, I’ve got just the solution: England has been chosen as the venue for the Group 1 matches of this year’s European Championships and the matches take place at Walsall’s Banks’s Stadium and Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium over the Bank Holiday (half term) week. There are […]

Alan Buckley – a true Walsall legend

The 1983/84 football season will live long in the memory of Saddlers’ supporters. An appearance in the semi-final of the League Cup coincided with the re-opening of what was now to be known as Birmingham International Airport. British Airways too full creative advantage by launching an advertising campaign featuring a photo of the Walsall team […]

Danger lies ahead for the Walsall squad

I said, in a rare piece of commentary, at the start of the football season, that “the road to Wembley starts here.”  It was an optimistic look forward to a hoped-for season of long cup-runs and league success for Walsall FC. Just before last season started, the Saddlers staged a pre-season open training session on […]

For Walsall fans, the road to Wembley starts here

Please excuse a rare piece of commentary on this, the unofficial first day of the new football season: One of the recent additions to the match-day entertainment at Walsall Football Club – thanks to the work of Steve Davies and the Walsall FC Supporters Trust – is the appearance at half time of Saddlers’ legends […]

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