What happened last season?
Started brilliantly - 5 straight wins - tailed off
around Christmas, gloom descended when we signed Don
Goodman - a 34 year-old has-been we thought - but
Don's affro wig and never say die attitude saw us
finish strongly, smash Stoke in the play-off semi
finals, before the best day in Walsall's history -
Cardiff play-off final. 2-1 down with 10 minute of
extra-time left the Saddlers scored twice in a minute
to send the fans wild - no lager left in Cardiff that
What's going to happen next season?
Division 2 life involved us expecting to win each week
and getting disappointed if we didn't. Division 1 life
will be the opposite - we'll expect to lose each week,
and be delighted if we win. I expect it to be very
similar to 2 years ago - we'll start OK, begin to ship
goals, lack fire-power around Christmas, sign a few
foreign unknowns, make a comeback, only to get
relegated on the last day. A season of struggle
Can you recommend a pub for away fans?
The Broadway Pub or the Longhorn - in the Town Centre.
What's the nearest railway station?
Bescot Stadium has its own station - less than 5
Where is the best place to park?
There's a big retail park right next door - masses of
space - best tip is to make sure your way out only
involves left turns - otherwise can take a while.
Soundbites (from assorted Census correspondents)
"We are probably the least fashionable club in the whole of English football with the possible exception of Rochdale."
"We have an owner who takes over £250,000 in ground rent off the club every year. This is a "reasonable" return on his investment (of allegedly £116,500). And for this we are meant to be very grateful. Don't expect us to spend any money on new players and therefore do not expect us to stay up."
"Pedro Matias will be brilliant in Div One."
"After 113 years of relative obscurity, Walsall Football Club appears to be set for a respectable run as a part of England's "elite" (or, at least, semi-elite)....as long as Ray Graydon stays as Manager !!!!"
"The Balti Pies at Bescot are really cool...well they're not, if you see what I mean, they're really hot - not to the taste, not like a vindaloo, they're rather spicey and have a nice flavour. What I meant was when they come out of the ovens they're hot...not cool, but they are cool ! ...oh bollocks"
"Walsall should play Goodman, Byfield and Leitao up front. sell Angell, get back Rammel to sit on the bench! and bring him on when one of the others get really tired!"
"If we beat Wolves just once it will make most fans years! They're so arrogant and always underestimate us 'cos we're a "small club". The fact remains that they've never ever beat us! We're desperate to stay up."
"I could take relegation if Wolves came with us!"