With four Premier League Clubs on their doorstep, they are often forgiven for feeling sorry for themselves. However, that’s not the case at the Banks’s Stadium, home of Walsall FC.
Walsall, nicknamed The Saddlers, have existed for an awful long time – 1888 in fact.
A family group club in the centre of the neighborhood community, they might not be in the Premier League in a divisional sense but, in a number of ways, they are together with their game.
In a age where prices are freezing regular football fans out from the game, Walsall supporters can pop down the Banks’s and watch live football for as little as £14 for adults and £8 for juniors. On top of that, you can find family tickets offered by £20 and under-8’s go free. Bonus.
The facilities are top drawer too. The bottom has been redeveloped on several occasions because the club upped sticks from the dilapidated Fellows Park in 1990. New Suites have now been built, meaning fans can grab a mouthful to consume and watch the live Sky Sports match at lunchtime before settling down to view Walsall. There’s banter to be enjoyed as fans of all ages, shapes and sizes get together for a pre-match chat.
On the field, things are getting well too.
They finished tenth in League One last season and both men in charge – Chris Hutchings (boss) and Martin O’Connor (assistant) both used to play for the club ดูบอลสด. In fact they both captained Walsall before hanging up their boots, meaning they have the club in their blood.
Having players with an affinity to a club makes a difference. Walsall has that too.
It’s nothing like the Premier League at League One level. These players are in reality human and, shock horror, plenty of them talk with a Black Country or Brummie twang – the only intepretors needed are those that can’t workout what’they dow arf doe sum bostin stuff at the Bonks ‘, dow they? Stick with me in the event that you can…….
To help support fortunes on the field, Walsall have had to be innovative off it. They do some really good stuff at the Banks’s Stadium (there’s your translation if you need it).
Walsall Football Club have made use of their location alongside the M6 by installing giant advertising signs that attract some big players, who advertise their goods to all those commuters who travel up and down the motorway – believe me, there’s lots of them. The Suites which are good for a footie fan on matchday are hired out to businesses as conference rooms throughout the week. It’s even a wedding venue, so a lot of young lovers have tied the knot at the Banks’s too……
In order that manages what continues on Monday-Saturday and you’d imagine the good folk of Walsall treat Sunday as per day of rest. Wrong. The innovative Saddlers turn the automobile park right into a Sunday Market which attracts thousands of people every week. Good thinking.
So, with all that going on, you can see why Walsall are happy with what they’ve achieved and how they’re going about ensuring a straight prouder future.