With four Premier League Clubs on the doorstep, they may be 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 a terrible number of years – 1888 in fact.
A family club in the centre of the neighborhood community, they may not be in the Premier League in a divisional sense but, in a host of ways, they are on top of their game.
In an age where costs 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, there are family tickets available at £20 and under-8’s go free. Bonus.
The facilities are top drawer too. The bottom has been redeveloped on several occasions since the club upped sticks from the dilapidated Fellows Park in 1990. New Suites have now 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 available as fans of most ages, shapes and sizes come together for a pre-match chat.
On the field, things are going 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 inside their blood.
Having players having 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 now actually human and, shock horror, a lot of them talk to a Black Country or Brummie twang – the only intepretors needed are people 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 must 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 usage 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 – trust me, there’s lots of them. The Suites which are great for a footie fan on matchday are hired out to businesses as conference rooms throughout the week. It’s even a wedding venue, so lots of young lovers have tied the knot at the Banks’s too……
So that protects what continues on Monday-Saturday and you’d imagine the great folk of Walsall treat Sunday as a day of rest. Wrong. The innovative Saddlers turn the car park into a Sunday Market which attracts 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 a level prouder future.