Walsall have played Brentford seven times in cup ties over the last 25 years and have not got a very good record against The Bees over this period – in fact The Saddlers have only won one of those ties – and that was in a penalty shootout!
In the Freight Rover Trophy in 1986-7, Brentford ran out 4-2 winners at Griffin Park thanks to two goals from F. Joseph and one apiece from Stevens and Maddy. Both Saddlers goals came from Trevor Christie with both David Kelly and Paul Jones hitting the bar. This game produced an attendance of just 1,774.
Next up came a FA Cup Third Round meeting in the 1988-9 season. Walsall had gone on a 13 game losing run in all competitions going into this game so it was something of a relief when they drew the game 1-1. Howard Pritchard cancelled out a Keith Jones goal in a game where Saddlers midfielder Mark Taylor was sent off. The Saddlers were back to their losing ways in the replay at Griffin Park, however, thanks to a Cockran winner. Kenny Mower was carried off in this game with a serious leg injury.
The first cup tie at Bescot Stadium between the two teams came in the First Leg of the Coca Cola Cup at the start of the 1995-6 season. Walsall played some superb football in the first half and were well in command by the 37th minute with goals from Kevin Wilson and Martin O’Connor, however the visitors pulled one back before half time from Lee Harvey. Nicky Forster dragged his side level seven minutes after the interval and so the game ended 2-2. Brentford won the Second Leg 3-2 to progress. Taylor, Anderson and McGhee on target for the Bees with Wayne Evans and Scott Houghton were Saddlers scorers.
1998-9 in the Auto Windscreens Shield ended scoreless until the dreaded penalty shootout had to settle things. Walsall actually won this shootout 4-3. The last cup meeting was in the FA Cup in the 2009-10 season when an early goal from Leon Legge knocked out a tired Walsall team who had played a league game at Griffin Park the previous Saturday.