Walsall Web Fans looks back at the Play Off Semi Finals between Walsall and Notts County in the 1987-88 season. Walsall finished the league Division Three season in 3rd spot on 82 points, just two points behind runners up Brighton And Hove Albion. The Saddlers would have gone up automatically themselves had they not lost five of their last six away games. Walsall had beaten Notts County 2-1 on April 30th but crashed 0-3 at Bristol Rovers next game. With Walsall only managing a 0-0 draw with Gillingham on their final game of the season and Brighton beating Bristol Rovers in their last game Walsall had to be content with the torment of the play offs. To be fair Brighton won seven of their last eight games to pip Walsall. Saddlers may have fallen apart on away soil but finished the season with a home league record of eighteen games unbeaten.
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.
Walsall Web Fans looks back at the Auto Windscreens Shield Southern Area Semi Final between Peterborough United and Walsall on February 17th, 1998. Walsall enjoyed a good season in all cup competitions during Jan Sorensen’s season in charge of the team but it was this competition where realistically they had the best chance of reaching Wembley. To reach this stage of the competition Walsall had already disposed of Barnet, Brighton And Hove Albion and and Bristol Rovers and Posh had seen off Gillingham, Swansea and Northampton.
Leicester City striker Matty Fryatt is close to to finalising his £1.5million move to Hull City.
Former Saddler Siggi Eyjólfsson has extended his deal to manage the Icelandic women’s team until the end of 2012.
Many football fans look forward to this day over the Christmas season-the excuse to get out the house for a few hours have a drink in the pub with mates and go to a game! Walsall have played in 70 league games on this day over the years plus another 18 games from their non-league days and wartime. All are covered here. The record for the Football League games is…
Played 70. Won 27. Drew 13. Lost 30. Goals Scored 103. Conceded 130.
The first game was way back in 1888 in a friendly fixture against Blackpool South Shore at the Chuckery Ground in which Walsall won by 4 goals to 2 with a hat trick by Grey.
Former Saddler Ricky Sbragia is among a handful of candidates who have been interviewed for the vacancy with Scottish Premier League side Motherwell.
Its hard to believe that in the first half or so of the 20th century that Christmas Day fixtures were generally very much part of the footballing calendar, unless they fell on a Sunday, and bear in mind there were no floodlights so these games were played on the morning which was handy for the women folk to get their partners out of the way for a couple of hours whilst cooking dinner.
Following an 11am Christmas Eve pitch inspection Walsall’s Boxing Day visit to Bristol Rovers has been postponed.
Its been thirty years since Walsall last played on Christmas Eve and indeed down the years in all leagues and competitions have only played 13 times. In the Football League and FA Cup we have the following record…
Played 9, Won 2, Drawn 1, Lost 6. Scored 11. Conceded 25.
Our first ever game on this day was way back in 1888 before we joined the Football League in a Birmingham Cup game at Notts Olympic Walsall ran out winners 6-4 watched by 1,200 festive fans.
Swindon Town target John Campbell has today agreed to sign for League One rivals Leyton Orient.
Walsall Web Fans takes a look back at three seasonal programme cover designs of the Saddlers News issued at Christmas time in 1966, 1967 and 1968.
Peterborough United have given Hull City permission to speak to joint top scorer Aaron Mclean.
Mclean, 27, has scored 14 goals in all competitions this season and has notched 83 times in less than 200 games for the League One club since joining from non-league Grays four years ago.
Andrew Davies has admitted it would be a dream come true if he secures a New Year return to his boyhood heroes Middlesbrough.
Since injury ended his loan spell at Walsall in October, Davies has spent the last fortnight with ‘Boro’ after being granted permission by Stoke City.
Ahead of Walsall‘s Boxing Day visit to Bristol Rovers (weather permitting of course), our festive hosts caretaker manager Darren Patterson has been keen to point out he is an attack minded coach.
League One trio Bristol Rovers, Huddersfield Town and Brighton are all keen to sign Watford striker Nathan Ellington after his loan spell at Skoda Xanthi in Greece expires on New Years Day
Ellington has scored 7 times in 17 games in the Greek Super League but his successful loan spell in Europe will not have any affect on his chances of football at parent club.
Arsenal and Liverpool are believed to be preparing January bids for Southampton teenager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Walsall Web Fans looks back at the month of December 1990 which saw The Saddlers win three of their four league games to continue their recent better form.
After the weekend’s game falling victim to the weather, Southampton will now visit the Banks’s Stadium on Tuesday 1st March 2011 with the normal midweek 7.45pm kick off.
With Saturday’s League One game against Southampton being postponed due to a frozen pitch, supporters who want to purchase a copy of the newly-launched Bescot Years book can do so this weekend as The Programme Shop at Banks’s Stadium will have a special Saturday opening between 11.00am and 2.30pm.