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 existed for an awful long time – 1888 in fact.
A family group club at the heart of the neighborhood community, they may possibly not be in the Premier League in a divisional sense but, in a number of ways, they are along with their game.
In an age where costs are freezing regular football fans out of the game, Walsall supporters can pop down the Banks’s and watch live football for as low as £14 for adults and £8 for juniors. Better still, you will find family tickets offered at £20 and under-8’s go free. Bonus.
The facilities are top drawer too. The floor has been redeveloped on a number of occasions because the club upped sticks from the dilapidated Fellows Park in 1990. New Suites have been built, meaning fans can grab a bite to consume and watch the live Sky Sports match at lunchtime before settling down to watch Walsall. There’s banter available as fans of ages, shapes and sizes get together for a pre-match chat.
On the field, things are going well too.
They finished tenth in League One last season and the 2 men responsible – 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 have the club in their blood.
Having players having an affinity to a club makes a difference. Walsall has that too.
It’s not like the Premier League at League One level. These players are in fact human and, shock horror, lots of them talk to a Black Country or Brummie twang – the sole intepretors needed are those who can’t workout what’they dow arf doe sum bostin stuff at the Bonks ‘, dow they? Stick to me if you can…….
To simply 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 use of their location alongside the M6 by installing giant advertising signs that attract some big players, who advertise their goods to any or all those commuters who travel up and down the motorway – trust in me, there’s loads of them. The Suites which are good for a footie fan on matchday are hired out to businesses as conference rooms through the week. It’s even a marriage venue, so plenty of young lovers have tied the knot at the Banks’s too……
To ensure that takes care of what goes on Monday-Saturday and you’d imagine the good folk of Walsall treat Sunday as a 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 an even prouder future.