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Memory Lane – Walsall v.Liverpool 1984 Milk Cup Semi Final 2nd Leg

Walsall Web Fans looks back at the Milk Cup semi final second leg tie between Walsall and

Liverpool at Fellows Park on February 14th, 1984 which was watched by 19,591. There were doubts about a couple of players in the build up to this eagerly awaited clash namely Mark Rees who had four stitches inserted into his calf in the previous league game v. Southend and Brian Caswell who had recovered from a chest infection. Liverpool had two big guns back in their team who were missing from the Anfield clash-captain Graeme Souness and defender Mark Lawrenson. Kevin Summerfield, who was the goal hero in the first leg, was given a starting role which meant the unfortunate Gary Childs was left on the bench. Continue reading

Memory Lane – 30th anniversary of Walsall’s famous victory at Arsenal

Walsall Web Fans looks back at the 30th anniversary of a famous victory at Arsenal in the Milk Cup which occured on November 29th,1983 at Highbury. It was the season in which Saddlers eventually reached the semi finals of this sponsored Football League Cup competition before bowing out to Liverpool but such a feat was certainly a long way off when Walsall were paired away at Arsenal in the draw for the Fourth Round following victories against Blackpool, Barnsley and Shrewsbury Town in previous rounds. There was, after all, two divisions between the clubs and although Arsenal were going though a difficult time themselves they were still a pretty formidable side on their day with international players like Tony Woodcock, Charlie Nicholas, David O’Leary, Kenny Sansom amd Pat Jennings in goal. Continue reading

Memory Lane – Walsall V Man City League Cup Games 1973

Walsall Web Fans looks back on the 40th anniversary of three pulsating League Cup ties with Manchester City which took place on October 2nd, 22nd and 30th, 1973. It was the occasion of the Football League Cup Round Two. In the earlier round, Saddlers had thumped rivals Shrewsbury Town 6-1 with Alan Buckley, on his home debut, scoring a hat trick. This set up a plum home tie against the men from the blue half of Manchester whose squad was packed with internationals. City were in 9th place in Division One whilst Walsall, under new manager Ronnie Allen, where struggling in Division Three in 17th spot. At the time there had been extension and improvements going on at Fellows Park and when the draw was made building work was stepped up so that a 350 seat extension to the main stand was completed along with safety work on the terraces between the Hillary Street end and the players tunnel. Continue reading

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