With four Premier League Clubs on their doorstep, they could be forgiven for feeling sorry for themselves. However, that’s false at the Banks’s Stadium, home of Walsall FC.
Walsall, nicknamed The Saddlers, have been around for a terrible long time – 1888 in fact.
A family group club at the heart of the local community, they might not be in the Premier League in a divisional sense but, in a bunch of ways, they are along with their game.
In an age where prices are freezing regular football fans out of the game, Walsall supporters can pop down the Banks’s and watch live football for less than £14 for adults and £8 for juniors. Better yet, you will find family tickets offered at £20 and under-8’s go free. Bonus.
The facilities are top drawer too. The bottom has been redeveloped on a number of occasions since the club upped sticks from the dilapidated Fellows Park in 1990. New Suites have been built, meaning fans can grab a mouthful to eat 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 control – Chris Hutchings (boss) and Martin O’Connor (assistant) both used to play for the club ดูบอลสด. Actually they both captained Walsall before hanging up their boots, meaning they’ve the club in their blood.
Having players having an affinity to a team makes a difference. Walsall has that too.
It’s nothing like the Premier League at League One level. These players are now human and, shock horror, lots of them speak with a Black Country or Brummie twang – the only intepretors needed are those who can’t work out what’they dow arf doe sum bostin stuff at the Bonks ‘, dow they? Stay with me if you can…….
To greatly help support fortunes on the field, Walsall have needed to be innovative off it. They do some really nutrients at the Banks’s Stadium (there’s your translation if you want it).
Walsall Football Club have made utilization of their location alongside the M6 by installing giant advertising signs that attract some big players, who advertise their goods to all or any those commuters who travel up and down the motorway – trust in 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 marriage venue, so a lot of young lovers have tied the knot at the Banks’s too……
To ensure that takes care of what continues Monday-Saturday and you’d imagine the nice folk of Walsall treat Sunday as per day of rest. Wrong. The innovative Saddlers turn the car park in to a Sunday Market which attracts tens of thousands of people every week. Good thinking.
So, with all that going on, you will see why Walsall are proud of what they’ve achieved and how they’re going about ensuring an even prouder future.