Walsall have only played 15 Football League Games on this day plus three other matches. In the League the record is…
Played 15, Won 5, Drawn 3, Lost 7, Goals Scored 11 Conceded 18.
The first ever game on this day in the club’s history was way back in 1888 in the non-league days and a friendly game took place at Burnley and Walsall lost the game 1-2.
There was a gap of four years when Walsall played away at Burslem Port Vale and the home side ran out 3-0 winners in a Second Division game. 1898 saw another away game, this time at Loughborough and this ended in a 1-1 draw.
The club lost its league status in 1901 and in a friendly game in 1904 lost away to Aston Villa Reserves 0-8. The only other game on this day in that period was in 1910 in a Southern League Division Two game which saw a 1-3 home defeat against Croydon Common. Football League status returned in 1921 and that New Year’s Eve Walsall recorded an away win at Halifax Town. 1927 saw a home game against Bristol Rovers which Saddlers lost 1-2.
There were two away games in the 1930′s, a 0-0 draw at Hull City in 1932 and a 1-3 defeat at Bournemouth in 1938. There were no more games on this day until 1949 when Walsall travelled to Northampton Town and lost 0-2. 1955 saw a trip to Newport County and again the team suffered a 0-2 loss. 1960 saw a trip to Plainmoor and this time Walsall lost 0-3. There was a home game at Fellows Park in 1966 and Gerry Summers scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot to give Saddlers a 1-0 win.There then followed a gap of 11 years before a visit to Cambridge United occurred in 1977 and this game ended 0-0.
Gary Childs got the only goal of the game in 1983 at Preston North End and in 1988 there was a 0-1 defeat at Bradford City. The first game on this day at Bescot Stadium took place in 1994 against Doncaster with Chris Marsh on target in a 1-0 win and in 2005 against Blackpool Matty Fryatt had to go off after just 10 minutes with hamstring trouble and James Constable, on loan from Chippenham Town, came on as a substitute and got two early second half goals to give Walsall a 2-0 win.